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!

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