Monday, May 4, 2015

Potting Bench Progress

Hi Everyone, hope you all had a great weekend...

I've spent most of my time outside this last week. First, working on getting the container planters filled with flowers for the deck, patio and front yard, then coming up with more things for the potting bench area. 

Here's what it looked like a week or so ago, right after we brought over my bigger pieces from storage. When I first showed it to you all I just had the counter and a few random garden goodies.

I sold my little enclosed scalloped bookcase that I'd had on the potting bench at the other house, so I was trying to come up with an alternative, when I spied an old bookcase in the garage that hubby had made about 35 years ago. It had gone through several transformations, none of them very good, and was currently painted black with lot's of wear and tear (I'd used it for years as display at my antique mall spaces) I took off the back which was MDF and painted the shelves and frame with two good coats of ASCP Pure White and some antique white interior latex. It covered most of the abuse and so now I have a little place for some pots and watering cans.

This little concrete statue has been missing his foot for ages, and has lot's of cracks and problems, but I love him, so he's sitting here for now. At the other house he'd been near a bird feeding station, so he was covered in 2 year, stuck on, old bird seed and droppings. really sad. He had a good bath and hose down. I think he's now good to go...

I have most of my flower pots filled with flowers, that I'll share with you this week, but I have a few last minute planting additions. You all know how much I love my Crystal Light (faux) Mojitos and what's a Mojito without fresh mint? gotta have fresh mint. It will go up on the deck in the sun, so I can run out there each evening and pick a sprig or two for my Happy Hour fun. (it doesn't take a lot to make my Happy)

My Sis and I both have these cute little moss baskets, so I'm copying her with a little Maidenhair Fern tucked inside. It looks like an Asparagus Fern is trying to hitch a ride...hmmm...not sure what that is sprouting up.

One of my many bunnies is eyeing it for lunch.

I have to thank my hubby for taking such good care of all my assorted garden goodies and statues. I was out of commission for a good part of the first move and he lovingly and carefully wrapped each and every one for me. (Actually, he would probably have liked to set them all at the curb with a big "FREE" sign, but he knew if he did, he'd never hear the end of it)

I have more arranging to do out here, but it's been fun pulling it all out of boxes and cartons, to bring together again. I miss having the sun porch, but this is a wonderful area under the deck, which is sheltered with a nice large patio. I painted my park bench this weekend, so hopefully I'll have the seating area presentable soon.

Remember my little Picket Fence Gate from the Sun Porch?
It's here for now; it makes a fun vintage, chippy backdrop for photos.


I'd like to introduce Barb Harmon from The French ElementsI hope you'll take a moment to browse her beautiful linens, sachets, Christmas Stockings, pillows, and custom embroidered napkins. You'll find her link on my sidebar, and be sure and visit her Etsy Shop for more lovely creations.

See you Wednesday Evening at 6 PM for the party!

Linking to these great parties:

The Scoop at Stone Gable
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Let's Talk Vintage at Bella Rosa Antiques
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Treasure Hunt at From My Front Porch to Yours
Share Your Style at Common Ground
Share Your Cup at Mrs. Olson's
Outdoor Projects at Craftberry Bush


  1. Debra, I love your potting bench! I've been trying to figure out where I want one. Because we have varied deck levels, if I don't have it close to the house, I have to carry heavy pots up the steps. And that doesn't work. I'm hoping mine turns out as charming as yours!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  2. You are ready for the rest of the spring season - lookin great over there, lady!

    Have a blessed week.

  3. Looks awesome Debra. Love your potting bench. I was out working on my plants and flowers this week end too. So happy we are getting decent weather for the Midwest. Happy New Week.

  4. You've decorated your potting bench just beautifully - as usual. Love all of the little details.


  5. Debra your potting bench adds so much charm. You have such a talent for styling your tabletops...I enjoy looking at the pieces you put together.

  6. I love how your potting bench looks like. I`m working on my too, but I will probably need more time to decorate it in your big style :-) Alexandra

  7. Everything looks lovely and inviting. Thank you for the shout out Debra. I appreciate it. Xo

  8. OMG..i need to change my log in!

  9. Your potting bench looks so pretty! I love all the little statues you have. Glad they made it safely to your new home.

  10. Debra,
    Your personal touches are bringing your new home to life, dear friend!!!
    I adore the the moss basket with the Maidenhair Fern!!!
    Your husband's shelf is a great riser within your vignette!!!
    Seeing your "bunny" reminded me that mine is still in Studio One.
    Time to continue with the out~of~doors decor!!!
    Evenings on the back deck are 'heavenly' this time of year!!!

  11. It's looking good out there. Once you get the outdoors the way you want it, I think you'll feel even more at home.

  12. Your potting bench looks very good and I love all your garden treasures. They are what makes a garden. Once you get everything in order and then you can sit back, put your feet up and have a great cocktail.
    Have a terrific week.

  13. Debra, your potting bench looks great, and you've given me an idea I'm going to try to copy - the shelf on top of the bench. I'm always looking for another place to put something that makes me smile. I just need to paint a shelf with outdoor paint. Love your garden statute.

  14. I love your beautiful potting bench and all of your wonderful garden goodies! Lots of eye candy!

  15. Debra, this post makes my heart pitter patter - everything from the stacked bookcase to the little boy's missing foot (and the bunny's cracked butt). I love your potting bench area. I <3 the garden so much, nothing makes me happier....well, ok, hunting for vintage finds is right up there. :)

  16. Love the progress! I need one of those too! Enjoy your day dear friend, BIG HUGS!

  17. Your potting bench is charming and so inspirational! I just moved a long table to the porch and am just beginning to make it my potting bench. Your post couldn't be better timed! So glad I found your blog. All the best, Rié | Portobello Design Blog

  18. I love all. Is there a recipe for your mojitos?

  19. Looks great to me! I wonder if putting together a similar area would help me to be motivated to work outside. I've just never been a green thumb... but you make it look fun! :) Thank you for joining "Let's Talk Vintage!" today!

  20. Greetings to the caring and thoughtful husband. :)

    Your potty bench gave me an idea; inspiring post!

  21. It all looks so nice. I am glad that he took such good care of everything for you :)

  22. Debra,
    Your potting bench is wonderful. Everything you do makes my eyes happy and inspires me to make changes here.


  23. Your potting bench looks lovely with all the vintage pieces, Debra. How sweet of hubby to carefully pack it all away for you.

  24. Your potting bench is so wonderfully appointed with the prettiest garden related items. So glad the hubby took care of and carefully packed your statues...You are inspiring me to refresh my potting bench...

  25. Things are coming together so nicely Debra. I love your little cement statures. I too love anything like that! My potting bench is green. Has been for years. I've been thinking it needs a new color. Love your picket fence and pink watering can! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  26. Debra, I loved every detail of your gorgeous potting bench, along with the stories behind the objects. That, to me, is what makes a house--or a potting bench--a joyful home: the history, the days of our lives, the memories. You've certainly brightened my Sunday!

  27. Love the vintage charm of your potting bench. Someday, I'll get around to putting one together!


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