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Potting Bench Made From Old Door

Hi, Friends!  Today, I wanted to share my garden potting bench that was made from an old door by a local craftsman.  When I first saw this piece, I loved how unique it was!  

Potting Bench Made From An Old Door

When we first purchased the potting bench, it was painted with homemade milk paint.  Last year the paint was almost worn away.   So, I repainted it with Benjamin Moore Mill Springs Blue in an outdoor formula, a shade close to the original!


DIY Fabric Bunting

Even though a piece like this is meant to be utilitarian, I also like to add some fun accessories to dress it up – when it’s not covered with dirt!   And, the outdoor cats do like to sun themselves here too!  I made the red and white plaid bunting with scrap fabric.  It has held up well, even to the sun and rain!  I shared a tutorial showing you how to make your own fabric banner that won’t fray in a previous post.    And, that post includes templates for two different styles of pennants.


Using Vintage Items in Outdoor Decor

Last summer I found these tiny, red sneaks at a local antique mall!  It’s the little details like these sneakers that make me happy!!!


drill holes in a galvanized tub to use as a planter

I used a galvanized container from Walmart and drilled holes in the bottom to use it as a planter.  I planted it with trailing red and white petunias.  This year I’m having a real fondness for this color combo – red, white, and aqua!

Right beside the potting bench is this chippy birdhouse that I attached to an old spindle.  And, the birdhouse was built by the same local craftsman who made the potting bench for me.  He is so talented and makes everything without using power tools!


diy sign using galvanized letters and scrap wood

I made this simple “Grow” sign using galvanized letters that I found at a local craft shop.  I attached the letters to a piece of painted wood with E6000 Adhesive.  And, this sign was so easy to make!  Plus, it looks great hanging under the outdoor lantern.

This vintage milk box holds my garden cloves and other small hand tools!  It keeps them dry and ready when I need them!    And, the vintage egg basket was my grandmother’s.  I love using it to hold utilitarian items like these painted clay pots.

At this time of year, I also like to use my potting bench as an extra space for outdoor entertaining.  It’s perfect to use as a beverage station for an outdoor party or picnic.


Do you have a potting bench at your home?


Lori J Leeper

Friday 10th of July 2020

This is so fun! I love the colors and how you repurposed! I want to plant something on it! :)

Christy @ Our Southern Home

Friday 10th of July 2020

I adore this look! Makes me want to go find a screen door to duplicate the look!

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maryjo materazo

Wednesday 6th of July 2016

i love your potting table vignette!! every detail is perfect. the {grow} sign is genius! so simple, and yet why didn't i think of it? lol. i also have a vintage milk box which i use on my front porch when i have people drop off something this way it's not in plain sight (the check under the mat makes me nervous). anyway i like the idea of housing gardening supplies in it. like i said, it's all perfect! love your post. xo- maryjo ps. found you over at wow linky party @ savvy southern style.

Doreen Cagno

Monday 11th of July 2016

Thanks so very much, Maryjo! I'm so glad you hopped over from Kim's party!