Saturday, June 9, 2012

a new Potting bench

The other day I ran out to do a few errands, it was a beautiful day with birds chirping loudly and the sun shining bright.  I decided to take the long way and enjoy some quiet time when I came upon a garage sale.  I popped in just for fun and found this rusty old work table just waiting for me.



A little backstory...does anyone remember the potting table we put together a couple years ago using a barn wood door and a 1970s kitchen table?


Well, I pulled it out of the garage planning to give it a fresh coat of paint when I decided I wasn't loving those country legs since our house morphed into a craftsman style cottage

I was craving something a bit more streamlined...still rustic, just different. 

When I found out the "rustic" wood top came right out of my new find I knew it would be really easy to spray paint, perfect!  First I used a wire brush to get all the loose pieces of rust and paint off.  Then I went over the entire piece with sandpaper to make sure it was all cleaned up.


I used Rust-oleum rusty metal primer and two coats of painters touch flat black, also by Rust-oleum.


This workbench was sitting in storage for many years unused, now it has a new life as our potting bench/buffet for the grand total of twenty dollars including paint. 


Every summer I grow basil along with a few other herbs, this year I bought this cute boxwood basil and paired it with a small boxwood shrub, both from Home Depot.

The top of the table was going to get cleaned up with my palm sander but I think I like the ickiness of it for now, it adds character.


Now the hunt is on for a different side table, something made of wood would be a better fit with all the black metal going on here.




Sometimes taking the long way home will lead you to your next treasure.  Happy hunting!

 
Sharing with Cassie @ Primitive & Proper  Check out her blog for lots of furniture projects!

 

18 comments:

  1. I love it - the clean lines and weathered top. Nice score, Londen! Your deck space is gorgeous by the way!

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  2. Love the new potting bench! Right price too!!

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  3. Great find. A little elbow grease and spray paint brought it back to life.

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  4. Ohhh, I love a good find! Your new table looks like the industrial tables they are selling for big bucks!

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  5. Such a great find! And way to make it AMAZING with a little extra elbow grease. Beautiful outdoor space!

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  6. I am so dreaming of potting benches ... and adore your garage sale repurpose!

    :)

    Linda

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  7. What a great outdoor room! Love the new potting bench, I will now be searching yard sales for something similar.

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  8. Every time I visit I get inspired. I love this table. I need to find something like this (especially with the wood top)!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!
    karianne

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  9. I just love it! I would be thrilled to find something like that at a tag sale!

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  10. Love your new piece! So many uses all summer long!
    annie

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  11. It reminds me of the metal console I found on the side of the road!! Love it used as a little outdoor bar!
    Here's to taking the long way home more often!
    Kelly

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  12. Love that table, wish I could find something like that with half as much charm. It would be perfect on my patio!! Good find.

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  13. Love your back porch furniture. Where did you get your cover and chandelier? It's perfect.

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  14. I love your new potting bench! I would have snatched that up in a heartbeat! You've inspired me to stop at the next garage sale. I haven't been going much lately.

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  15. What a gorgeous piece. I really loving your porch too. What a wonderful place to spend time.

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  16. Wow! I love your potting bench, so rustic, . I think I can visualise myself sipping coffee on your porch, gorgeous space. Hayley x

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  17. Basil is a really yummy spice. You ever grow garlic?

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