Thursday, March 31, 2011

While The Cat's Away...The Mouse Will Build A Potting Bench

Last Saturday my husband was out of town, and a brilliant thought hit me...

"Why not build a potting bench!"
The thought actually came to me after I re-found this crate sitting in a stack of wood outside.
I am no carpenter, but I was fairly certain this was something I could tackle in a day.
Especially since I had long envisioned a potting bench on this lonely wall. I went ahead and got to work.
All I needed was one crate, cut in half with one board cut out of it. (This one was 7 boards wide and I only wanted 3 on each shelf)
Four 2x4's cut to your own desired length or height I should say.
And of course one cute little helper. (I had two helpers but the other one wasn't much on the "help" part.)
I finished it off with two pieces of "trim" for the front and a light white wash that I added some black to so that it would be more grayish.
Our lovely neighbor kids kept throwing this huge branch over the fence, so finally I decided to quite putting it back and use it instead. Some plant hangers hung upside down and screwed in with a mason screw kit worked perfect. Target had the metal buckets on their dollar spot and they were just what I was looking for to put all of my "many" gardening tools in.
Although it wasn't my dream potting bench, it was free except for the price of wood screws! There's just something about doing it yourself that gives you that extra measure of satisfaction as well. I am satisfied.

Next up, planters made out of free wood fence panels... (do you see a theme here?)

Have a safe and happy weekend!
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18 comments:

Helen said...

Well, you certainly have a great eye for creating. Looks to me like a little "nesting" going on here. Just a nosey friend - should you be up on ladders and such now?... Like I said - nosey posey, that's me.

Lori said...

just perfect! Enjoy your tiny space of heaven.

Melissa said...

I think it is perfect! Great job! I would love to make something similar, have to keep my eye out for some pallets I guess. I was looking at buying one last year, but they are just too expensive. Great re-use too!

Inspire Me Heather said...

Say what? You did that in a day? Holy moly, I love it! It looks just great there!

Sarah said...

So super cute! Great work!

Lana M. said...

That is just the cleverest thing! So cute. Course if I had it in my yard, people might actually think I had a green thumb. NOT! I'd still like it on my patio.

Angela said...

Great work!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Free and super cute!! You totally rock!!

Sarah @ Stella&Gray said...

this is fabulous!

Becky C said...

Jillian, this is so cute! I love the potting bench. Great job! And I really think the stick with pots is an awesome idea :)
Blessings
Becky C

christie said...

Looks great!

Deanne said...

Great job, we have made lots of things from old pallets - its great to be able to recycle them and they're free which is always a bonus!

Britta said...

Wow- that looks great!

Prior said...

love it! Lezlee

Louisa Book Cottage said...

You are amazing!! Will you make one for me?

Allison @ Quaint Oaks said...

Looks great! I have a few palletts...now I have an idea for how to use them! Thanks for sharing.

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redmetalroof said...

Jill, is there anything you won't try? How about trying your hand at building me a cottage- just a teeeeny, weeeny one! After you have the baby, of course! Love ya