Base Cabinet Turned Potting Bench

I love poking my head into the local Habitat for Humanity Restore from time to time--I never know what amazing things will show up there! Awhile back I found these two base cabinets that had been reduced to 75% off, which made them only $25 for both of them!
We are in desperate need of more storage in our home, so I knew I could find someplace to use these cabinets. Sure enough, I was able to find a place for the cabinet with doors on our backyard patio. Two coats of Fusion Mineral Paint helped give it new life as cute potting bench!
I took the doors off and left the shelves open. Now I can use it to store my pots, garden tools, even kid's toys. The top was made using cedar fence pickets we had leftover from a recent fence project.
Since Fusion is waterproof, it is perfect for outdoor use. And the cedar is treated as well and holds up great to rain, water, and dirt. If you want to see more of my makeovers or learn more about Fusion Mineral Paint, please visit my blog!

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  • Margaret Craig Ledbetter Margaret Craig Ledbetter on Mar 19, 2016
    Great job! 😀 Where can I buy the paint you used? Thank you in advance..

    • Lost & Found Lost & Found on Mar 19, 2016
      Thank you Margaret. You can search to see if you have a local retailer, or if not, I sell and ship online from my website,

    • Joan Gondeck Joan Gondeck on Mar 20, 2016
      I have found it at Home Depot

    • Lost & Found Lost & Found on Mar 20, 2016
      Joan Gondeck I believe you may have Fusion confused with a brand of chalk-type paint that is sold at Home Depot. Fusion is sold exclusively by private retailers that own small shops or have their own private website, and it's also not a chalk-type paint but rather an acrylic. Chalk-type paints won't hold up to outdoor wear and tear as they aren't waterproof. You can find similar acrylic paint at other places, although Fusion is formulated to be zero VOC, easy to clean up, and completely non-toxic. Thanks!

  • Amy Lozell Barber Amy Lozell Barber on Mar 19, 2016
    Hi. I am very interested in this fusion paint. Will the paint stand well on wooden dining chairs? You know shoes rubbing on the legs/posts (in that areas) could cause paints to wear or peel off. It is my concern. Thank you. Amy

    • Lost & Found Lost & Found on Mar 19, 2016
      Thanks for asking Amy! Fusion is a highly durable paint. It's acrylic-based, and will cure up to be waterproof and stainproof. It will work great for your dining chairs, provided you make sure the surface is properly prepped. I would give them a good cleaning and a very light sanding if they have a higher gloss on them. I have painted my kitchen island with Fusion and my boys sit on the stools and kick it with their feet over and over--not a mark!

    • Donna Donna on Mar 20, 2016
      The spray fusion that they came out with for plastic chairs will chip. I did a chair that was my Moms and have several scratches on it. This is an awesome idea! Great job!

  • Diane Blank Diane Blank on Mar 22, 2016
    What did you make from the second cabinet? Just love what you did to the first one!


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  • Linda Jowers Linda Jowers on Feb 06, 2017
    Will have to check out our store. Most of the cabinet I have seen are not in this good a condition. I have noticed the same upward price trend at our Goodwill. Just go to the bargain bin store now.

    • Joanie Joanie on Jun 24, 2017
      I lived in your area for 7 yrs. I raised 4 sons there. We lived in a rented house and fixed it up. It was a shocking culture shock for us, beings we are from the North. It's a longgggggg story. We enjoyed our stay, until it was ready for another change in the country. Btw, I love your makeover, not to forget what I was writing about. :))

  • This is a great idea, I want to give this a try.