As I’ve shared in previous posts, I’ve been working on the exterior of our home…the gardens and the deck, which is our outdoor living space. Jeff and I have always talked about having a nice outdoor living space with a fireplace, a covered area, maybe even retractable screens. Our deck is nowhere close to that dream space. It’s a simple deck with warped and faded boards, no shade, no fireplace, no bells and no whistles.
If we were planning on living in this house long-term, it might be worth doing something about it, but our hope is to move to a home with a bit more property in a few years and we don’t want to put much more money into this house.
What I can do, though, is make the existing space look the best it can look. I can add things that will make it feel more like an outdoor room, even though it’s just a deck. And, all of the things I’m adding, can come with me when/if we move down the road.
Remember I showed this bare wall between the French doors and a window? It is just screaming for a hutch-like potting bench. I was thinking about looking for an old hutch or maybe having Jeff or my dad build one from scratch, but I realized I had something in the basement that would work.
It’s an 8′ long workbench that was left in the house when we bought it. It’s probably from the 1940’s. It’s solid as a rock and perfect to use for a potting bench. I do want to add some height to it, though, and I had a pretty specific thing in mind. For some reason, I imagined a chicken roosting box as the top of the “hutch”. I actually put that on my shopping list…potting soil, drill bit, Chicken roosting box.
And guess what I found?
Yep. And a perfect one that’s made out of galvanized metal with great details like the air holes and folding “shelves”, I guess you could call them. It’s perfect, because it’s relatively water resistant, so I’ll be able to store pots and small gardening tools, etc. inside the cubbies. I can store larger items like a watering can and bins with soil, gravel, etc. on the bottom shelf of the workbench.
Now we need to figure out how to attached the chicken roosting box to the workbench in a hutch-like fashion. I’m counting on Jeff for that part. The funny thing is that when I mentioned bringing up the very heavy, very large workbench from the basement, I winced, unsure of his reaction. He just nodded and said he thought it was a great idea and would look nice there! Always full of surprises, that one.
I’ll let you know how it turns out!
I also picked up a few other galvanized buckets for planters. I love this mop bucket on wheels…
…and an insert for an ice cream freezer (a roadside freebie) that a sweet reader gave me.
I also picked up a drill bit meant for drilling holes in metal, so I could add drainage to my new planters.
I realized, as I’ve been spending more time in the garden section of stores, that my preferences sway towards antiques. Just like they do when decorating the inside of my house. Give me an old galvanized mop bucket on wheels any day of the week over a new glazed ceramic pot.
And twice on Sunday.
More on decorating the deck soon…
On a personal note, I’m having my wisdom teeth removed tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. It’s sort of a long story as to why I’m 36 and still have my wisdom teeth, but I do and they need to be remove. So, I’d appreciate your prayers and you may or may not hear from me tomorrow. I have actually written a post-surgery post once before. I was particularly goofy after having my gallbladder removed.
I am stocked up on ice cream and soup and have a few days cleared for rest and recovery…