Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Multipurpose Potting Table...Done!

If you have been reading along with me for a while, you will remember my post about wanting to find a potting table for our deck. I wanted it to be versatile and use it for planting and extra table space for entertaining. After collecting two old barn doors and an ugly table this is what I ended up with.



The old barn doors were found on craigslist for free, I knew this one would make a fabulous table top. Now the search was on for some legs.

A couple of weeks later I found the table for eight dollars at a garage sale. It had a hideous laminate top but the legs were wood and I knew they would work.


After taking the table apart, a new apron was made with one of the old barn doors. My husband used a 2x10 on top to give it some height.


Then I primed and painted with two coats of exterior paint.


After the paint was dry, I brushed this glaze on and wiped it with a damp cloth.


Then came the fun part...the hand sander! My first time using one.

 

  I would have been there all day distressing this by hand.


Here is a close up of the barn door turned table top.


 

The clock needs to come down a bit.


For less than forty dollars I have a multipurpose potting table that will get a lot of use this summer. I can already picture it with candles burning and a pitcher of frozen margaritas!
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51 comments:

  1. I love your table! It is so cute! Great job!

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  2. That turned out great!!! I love the locker basket underneath! I think that's what I'm going to do with mine, put flowers in it! That is awesome you got a barn door for free!

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  3. I love this!!! It looks fantastic!!!

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  4. You did a great job! Nice repurposing also. I need a potting bench and this is giving me some ideas. Love those barn doors.

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  5. This is such a clever and creative project. Well done!

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  6. Londen it is ADORABLE. I am so jealous. You did an awesome job rockin that sander! Love love love it and congrats on such a creative and inexpensive solution to your "green" potting table.

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  7. Londen this is awesome and I love how you accessorized your new potting table. Great job my friend!!
    Hugs~
    T

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  8. Awesome job. And don't you just love the hand sander- it has made a huge change in my life redoing furniture. Of course my arm tends to shake a bit after using it :)
    tammy

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  9. Great job! I actually have two tables that need new tops. An old door is a great idea.

    Thanks for playing along today.

    Kathleen

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  10. THAT table is adorable! It has so many uses plus it's so pretty! In the fall, you could have a bon fire with a big Karaffe of Hot Cocoa and all the S'More fixins on it! I LOVE IT and I love how the legs have a bit of a lean to them...PERFECT!

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  11. Looks great, love how you set it up!

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  12. I like your potting bench. I made one recently out of an old baby changing table.

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  13. Robyn,
    What a great idea!! I didn't even think about fall. Hmmmm...

    Thank you everyone for your sweet comments. When I was priming the other day, I was not sure it was going to turn out the way I envisioned it. I love when it all comes together!

    Londen
    xo

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  14. Simply divine ... thank you for the great tips!
    xo
    Jill

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  15. Londen, I love it! Isn't it great when it all comes together just how you envision it? You definitely scored on finding the barn doors.

    Congrats on your feature on Nesting Place, I was so excited for you when I saw it!

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  16. love it too! It turned out perfect!

    Shellagh

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  17. UBER cute!!!! I am glad you have your potting table. Send me word when the margaritas are ready. I know I have been MIA...ever since I posted about my week off---work and studying have tripled (if not more). I am ALMOST done with classes...then I can relish in more spare time. Mini medical school is WORK! :)

    Thank you for missing me. You know I have missed you. :)

    Cheers~
    e

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  18. this is fantastic! you are so clever.

    ~janet

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  19. I want a potting table so bad and I'm just waiting for the right pieces to put themselves together. lol Your reno is wonderful!!!

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  20. Thanks for the comment over on my blog. I love your table here. It turned out so cute!

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  21. Love how your table turned out! Just found your blog and LOVE IT!
    Beth

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  22. no, YOU are crafty!! i'm blogginf about you right now...so check it out later!

    xoxo

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  23. Super cute! Love your idea of putting the furniture up on milk crates while you painted it! Very smart!

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  24. I love how this turned out! Great job!

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  25. How cute is that table. Everyone can always use a potting table. I am always on the floor while I am potting. You are so creative to put this together. It looks wonderful. I hope you are enjoying it!

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  26. wow- I love this - you did an amazing job on it- I especially love the finish and the barn doors what a great find on craigslist!

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  27. And how cute it looks sitting there! I found my "potting bench" a few weeks ago at the antique mall. A thirties formica table. A gardener must have a potting bench. And my old one ended up in my kitchen!
    Brenda

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  28. Hi Londen,
    I'm so glad to see you again!! I Looove your post, it's wonderful! What a wonderful potting table, you clever thing.(wink)

    Thank you for visiting, wishing you good luck in our contest. I hope you win that bad boy table runner!

    Ciao,
    Laurie

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  29. I love that table, and especially the barn door top! And you distressed those legs to perfection. I would love to know how to do that the right way, but every time I try, it just ends up looking like it's dirty!
    It's my first White Wednesday, so it's really nice to meet you!
    Happy WW!
    Carol

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  30. I love it!!!!!! :o))) I can not wait to enjoy a margarita on your deck....

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  31. Great job! That table is adorable. The legs are so cute too!

    Thanks so much for linking up to The CSI Project's hardware Store Challenge! We hope you will come back next week for the Martha Stewart-inspired challenge -- The MS Craft Department are our guest judges!!!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  32. You really did a fine job on that table! I just love it. I don't think I would find too many barn doors on Craig's list out here in San Diego but I am gonna start searching just in case! Saw your post on Mustard Seed Creations link party. Thanks for sharing

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  33. hi londen! congrats to you again as well- how exciting!!!! i didn't even know until i got your comment because for some reason i am not getting the csi feed. i am following it, but as of 4 days ago i stopped getting the feed- bizarre! can't wait to see what "martha"-esque project you come up with. i have no idea what i am going to do yet, but better figure it out!

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  34. That is SO COOL! I love the weathered top.

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  35. Londen-

    This came out so cute!!! I love that the table top is an old barn door. I do agree...the clock should come down a bit, but the whole thing looks WONDERFUL! How easy using the glaze versus distressing the whole thing. Looks Great!

    Katie

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  36. Well done! She turned out amazing. I just love how you have it decorated!

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  37. The table is gorgeous and I love the way you accessorized.

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  38. Oops, just realized.... you used the hand sander to distress. I misread and thought you achieved that great distressed look from the glaze alone. Now that would be an invention...wouldn't it!

    Katie

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  39. It looks great!! Everything looks so well together,too.

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  40. Londen -

    Magnificent job on the potting table! Functional and makes a splendid presentation as well. I am searching for an old barn door for a project I am working on. Hope I get as lucky as you did! Thank you for sharing.

    Your Friend,
    Deborah

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  41. I think I spent too much time drooling over this post to have any time left to comment, but I'm looking at it again (more drooling). LOVE the potting bench. I SO wish we lived next door to each other. We could do all kinds of fun projects together while the girls all played. Awww...well, if you're ever thinking of moving to California....

    About the cake, yup, I made her little cake and she thoroughly enjoyed smashing it to smithereens. :)

    I hope you see this comment...you sure have a lot of comments on this clever little potting table of yours...

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  42. wandered over here from Frugal Friday and had to comment. You see I just found a table like that, laminate and all for 9.99 and was planning to put it out our bedroom deck for me to sit on in the mornings with coffee...I might have just changed my mind!!!! Thanks!

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  43. Very cool! I just love that marriage.

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  44. I love your table so much, I grabbed your button! I love your style too, and I 'll be checking back in often! Please visit me when you have a chance.
    http://maisondecor8.blogspot.com/

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  45. I have a table exactly like this. It was our first dining table 43 years ago when we married. It now sits in the garage holding junk. I love what you did. Can I ask, did you remove the table top ( I see you removed the drop leaves) before installing the barnwood? I have to try this. So nice! Thanks!

    Mary
    www.primitiveseasons.blogspot.com

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  46. Mary,
    So funny you have the same table! I did remove the table top and the apron. To add height a 2x10 was used on the top before adding the barnwood. We also used the old wood to make a bigger apron. Hope this helps.

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  47. GENIUS!!! For your first time with a palm sander you are already going like a pro!! I love the whole idea and the final result is straight out of a magazine.

    Thanks so much for sharing on our first Fresh Coat Friday!!!
    Holly

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