This project turned out to be one of my favorites! A month ago, I potted some veggies and created a space for them, on the side of my house. As I was running between my garage and vegetable garden (to bring tools, fertilizer, potting soil, pruners and gloves to the garden, as needed), I realized how nice it would be to have a potting bench with some storage. I also knew that it was not a project I could build myself and didn’t feel it was so necessary to spend considerable money on it either. So, I went back to my love of recycling and repurposing and hit the garage sales, one fine Saturday. As luck would have it, I struck gold my first time out and found an older IKEA desk top for only $4.00.
It had a work surface and plenty of storage, including dry storage (in the form of a cubby with a door), which I knew would be the perfect spot to store my garden gloves, to keep them out of the weather.
STEP #1 – a light sanding with a fine grade of sand paper, making sure I hit all surfaces, corners and crevices!
STEP #2 – remove the dust created by sanding with a slightly damp cloth.
STEP #3 – I chose a green, semi-gloss acrylic paint so my potting & storage bench would blend into the background.
However, I also gave it a sense of fun by free-painting some flowers, fauna and garden creatures to dress it up and express my creativity,
Not only did I enjoy the zen-ness while painting on my own, but when the adorable children I live next to caught a glimpse of what I was doing,
they joined in and added a little of their own artistry.
It didn’t matter that we ended up with a hot pink & orange flower or a blue butterfly because it was simply a fun day for all of us!
Here is the result of our creative art —
STEP #4 – Drill a small hole for an inexpensive (87 cents) pink ceramic, weatherproof knob for the cabinet door and seal the potting bench with INDOOR/OUTDOOR Helmsman Spar Urethane ($10) to protect my finished project from the weather and elements. Because the cabinet is such an inexpensive piece of furniture, it’s made from compressed wood particle board with a laminate cover. I think the weather will eventually take its toll on my sweet potting bench, but the clear satin sealant should buy me a couple of seasons at least, I hope! PROJECT TOTAL -apx. $22.00.
The bench is so useful because it has already saved me many back & forth trips to the garage for garden tools and necessities. Now, they are all close by and at hand and SOOOO convenient!