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!



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

  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!

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

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

  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!

  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.

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

  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.

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

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

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