Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Potting Bench Beginnings

Over the weekend we were able to get alot accomplished by renting a U-Haul trailer, and with the help of our son-in-law, we emptied out one whole unit and then combined the last two. We started this a year ago with 4 big units that are climate controlled, so we were spending big bucks each month just to store all our stuff. 





When I use the word "we" it is loosely. If it hadn't been for our s-i-l who is a spacial and organizational genius it wouldn't have gotten done. I had been waiting to get the outside furniture over for what seems like ages. We had to have the deck rebuilt this Spring before we could get all the stuff over. That was finished last month, so now we have a blank slate.



This is just a little of what I'll be working with. I have a cute chippy shelf that was in my office at the old house, that I'm hoping I can use out here, too. Everything has a coat of dirt and grime on in that will have to be cleaned off, but oh, am I glad to see it all again!



The guys just piled things back here, but I'm excited to get started making it a functional and cozy space. I love the first image of the potting bench. It reminded me of mine, with the build and distressed painted surface. I'd like to be able to use this potting bench for a buffet counter too for cookouts or casual dining. This is under the deck, and part of the walk out basement patio, so it's still going to get some of the weather on it. I'd like to get some galvanized metal sheeting for a table top protector. Don't know if that's possible, but an idea. Any of you try galvanized sheeting before?






We unpacked a gazillion boxes that were full of my patio, porch, gardening, and sun porch decor. I had sold a ton of it before we moved, but I still have plenty for this area. The park bench, a salvaged wood coffee table, and some wicker pieces are out here too. More on those when I can get things cleaned up and styled a bit. That strange thing in the upper left corner is a fountain, hopefully it's still works.


So, here's my blank slate to work from. I was going through my Pinterest Board on Potting Benches for some inspiration, and found these photos from the BHG.com site. Most of these images were new to me, and some really great inspiration ideas. 


I have most of these garden-y elements, now, just to get organized.



metal chicken feeder/shelf



fruit baskets



milk carrier




step ladder and watering cans




metal gym basket



wicker baskets for tools



seed packets to display



vintage glass jars for seeds and garden markers




and of course the potting bench

so adorable!


Now, if I only had the shed...




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