Upcycled DIY Potting Bench

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2 Hours

This year I expanded my vegetable garden space to make room for a flower cutting garden. You can see my garden expansion HERE. I spent the Winter looking at pretty pictures of English and French cottage gardens, and I have an idea in my head of what I hope mine will look like this Summer!

One thing I fell in love with was the idea of a romantic looking potting bench in the garden…now to find something I could tranform. We live near a big university and the students were moving out for the year; my husband told me he had driven by a big apartment building and there was a huge dumpster filled with all kinds of furniture….start the car, let’s go!!

From the street I spied a white vanity sitting next to a dumpster…it turned out to be the perfect size and in amazing condition!! My husband was just psyched that my dumpter diving expedition was over in 2 minutes. Let me show you how I upcycled a dumpster vanity into an upcycled DIY potting bench…

I removed the mirror from the vanity and cleaned down the soon to be potting table to remove all the dirt.

My first step was to give the entire table a coat of light turquoise paint. Wow what a difference a little paint made!!

The bright color really brought out all the pretty details of the table! I let the paint dry completely before the next step.

My favorite way to highlight the details of a furniture piece I’m working on is to dry brush different colors over the base color.

Dry brushing is a technique where you lightly dip the end of a straight paint brush into your paint, then dab/tap off most of the paint (I use a paper towel to dab off the excess paint) before lightly passing your paint brush over your piece. This helps any details really pop.

Look how the turquoise and terra cotta play off of each other…isn’t it so pretty!!

Here's a closer picture so you can see the details of the paint.

Since I’m using this outside as a potting bench, my final step was to brush on a satin polyacrylic to protect it.

Let’s Head To The Garden!

Once the polyacrylic top coat was dry it was time to move it into my garden and see if my cottage dreams would come true!!!

I think they definitely did!!!

It was a perfect morning to test out my DIY potting bench! Some of my fragrant lilacs are blooming and I needed to bring in an armful to enjoy.

…and my pot of pansies is still going strong!!

Happy Gardening!


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Jennifer Howard| Cottage On Bunker Hill
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  • Rae5975230 Rae5975230 on Jul 01, 2021

    I did a similar project. Painted a chest of drawers charcoal and then a dry brush of silver aluminum over the textured part. It had a wicker look and the silver made it really stand out.

    your stand worked out beautifully


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