As I’ve been sharing on my blog lately, I’m really starting to get into this gardening thing. I wander around our garden beds most evenings, watering when needed, dead-heading the petunias, pulling out weeds. I used to find that kind of maintenance annoying, but now I find it enjoyable. I’m also learning how to tend to my indoor plants. I’m seeing which ones are thriving, moving some outside if they are struggling, etc. I just purchased a few more of the varieties that have been doing well and spent some time this evening potting them.
As I was working on the patio table, I kept eyeing my chicken roosting box…the soon-to-be “hutch” to my potting bench.
I didn’t show it before, but this is the workbench that will be the base of the potting bench.
It came with our house and I have always had a soft spot for it. Jeff has been ready to turn it into firewood a few times, but I insisted we keep it. Yeah, it’s had a run-in with some termites and it’s a little rough, but look at the patina on the wood and those bead board planks used as the bottom shelf. It’s a little rough, but it’s a cool piece and will make a fantastic (and FREE) potting bench with the roosting box ($95 from an antique store) hung over it.
It’ll go on this blank wall on the back deck.
The workbench is 8′ long and really heavy, so we have to wait until Jeff can line up strapping young guys to help him carry it up the basement steps.
So, while I’m waiting for that to happen, I’ve been looking for inspiration and thinking about how I want to use the potting bench for both storage and display.
I am so inspired by Kathleen’s potting bench that she shared on her blog, Faded Charm. While mine will look different, this is definitely the feel I’m going for…
photo via Faded Charm
I’m excited to dig out some old boxes and crates that have been hanging out in the basement to use for storage and I’m planning to play around with some milk paint on terra cotta pots to age them.
I’m also considering putting a sink in the workbench. It won’t be connected to water, but might be some day and will be a handy place to rinse things with the hose. I found one on Craig’s List very similar to this for $50. I’m inquiring about the dimensions to see if it would work on my workbench.
Photo via Faded Charm
While I like the rough wood on top of my workbench, I think it would look pretty cool to top it with zinc (or something with a similar look). That probably won’t happen, but it’s fun to dream a bit. I love the look of this potting bench, photographed at the Antique Gardener by Maria of Dreamy Whites.
photo via Dreamy Whites
I’m probably going to paint the workbench white as well, maybe leaving the top wood. It does need a little pretty-ing up!
And, while I was browsing Pinterest for potting bench inspiration, I found this awesome idea…
(I couldn’t find the original source for this photo.) I am so in love with this! I often see sinks like this when I’m out at antique stores, so the next one I find that is priced well is coming home with me.
Lastly, I found inspiration for my outdoor space in an unlikely place…
photo via Holly Mathis Interiors
I was immediately smitten with the windmill blades Holly Mathis found for this living room wall. She found them on Craig’s List, too, if you can believe that! I admit that I immediately searched “windmill” on Craig’s List. Of course, I came up empty handed, but I did have an idea. I remembered seeing a bundle of wood lathe strips at an antique store I frequent. They are already weathered and the perfect size to make my own “windmill blades”. I picture hanging them above the roosting box, but we’ll see how they turn out. It is a bit of a nutty idea and sometimes those end in epic failure. A DIY crash and burn, if you will.
Today was my first day back at the studio and, while it was tough to get myself in gear, it was nice to be there. Kriste and I worked on cleaning, packing orders, getting organized and ready for upcoming projects and events. Since I was struggling a bit, we decided to go on a field trip to a local nursery and to Wegmans to pick up flowers and produce for a fall photo shoot that we’ll be working on tomorrow. Think pattypan squash, figs, baby artichokes, cabbage, hydrangea…it’s going to be pretty! I’ll share some sneaks tomorrow.