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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Potting Bench and Wire Basket Makeover

Potting Bench and Wire Basket  Makeover

In my last post I said I was working on my potting bench and it is now finally done.  I have had this potting bench for about 16 years and it has had a few purposes in it's life time.  It started as a potting bench and then when I had my store it was cleaned up, painted, stenciled with ivy and used for display.   After the store was sold it has been just sitting around collecting dirt.

Before I get started on the potting bench, do you remember when I wrote in last post I tried to get pictures of the birds enjoying their new retreat and wasn't able to get one before I posted?

Mr. OMT did finally get a picture of the birds enjoying their new retreat!  
I don't know who is enjoying this more?  Us or the birds?  It is so relaxing and peaceful watching them and listening to the water flowing from our new garden fountain.  

OK...so on with the potting bench makeover.   As you can see it has seen it's better days and was in a much needed  makeover and some organization.

Potting bench before make over 2 at One More Time Events.com

Potting Bench and Wire Basket Makeover at One More Time Events.com
 with all the building and work we have been doing the in yard  the white just stuck out like a sore thumb!  Me being me and "Things having to match"  I decided to go with colors in the same tones of the Vegetable bed, bird house/bath/feeder and Planterpainted potsPatio Pillows , Vertical Wall Garden and garden fountain. (wow we have been busy!)
Because it started out white and not wanting to sand it, I started painting it with a nutmeg brown arylic paint, adding some streaks light green arylic paint and a terra cotta speciality finish creating a wood grain effect. 
Potting Bench Painted at One More Time Events.com


Creating wood grain finish with paint at One More Time Events.com
 To finish it off a stain with a sealer was used.

Close up of how it turned out
adding Stain to painted finish on Potting Bench at One More Time Events.com
When I was picking out the paint colors I took a piece of scrap left over from the pillows I made for the patio... I think I got pretty darn close!  Don't you?
Outdoor Pillows made from tablecloth at One More Time Events.com

Potting bench makeover at One More Time Events.com


I really like the new color!

Time to get things organized 

To help solve the organizational problem,  I purchased two wire baskets at Marshals for $7.99 ea.  I think these really were intended to be for office files, but I really liked the size of them and the name plate on front.
Potting bench Wire basets at One More Time Events.com
Sisal rope 
Embellishing Wire Baskets with rope at One More Time Events.com
I hot glued the sisal rope around the edges of the basket and wrapped the handles as well,
with a little help from my daughter's kitten Pickles
Potting Bench and Wire Basket Makeover at One More Time Events.com
Wire Basket makeover with rope at One More Time Events.com
one basket is filled with  flower and vegetable vitamins and the other holds pots, gardening gloves and hose attachments.
Wire Baskets for gardening tools at One More Time Events.com
Fresh cut flowers from garden were placed in mason jars in the metal milk carrier. 
Accessorizing potting bench at One More Time Events.com
I purchased these faux plants at a local thrif shop for around $7.00 (for all three). 
Potting Bench and Wire Basket Makeover at One More Time Events.com 
Potting Bench and Wire Basket Makeover at One More Time Events.com
 
Decorating Potting bench with mason Jars at One More Time Events.com
Handles on mason jars were made with wire. I have a few of these with candles in them hanging on the apricot tree.
Potting Bench and Wire Basket Makeover at One More Time Events.com

I love how this turned out and "It all now matches!"
Potting Bench and Wire Basket Makeover at One More Time Events.com

Had fun playing around with placemet of flowers 
Potting Bench and Wire Basket Makeover at One More Time Events.com

Potting Bench and Wire Basket Makeover at One More Time Events.com
I believe I like this look best!  I am sure it will change, but for now I will leave it like this,  for awhile anyway.  So, this makeover probably only cost around  $30.00 or less. Can't beat that!
I am very pleased how it turned out!
 I am thinking one more basket is in order!   I have "an idea" famous last words.   I have some other things I want to incorporate into the bench!  What do you think?  Would love to hear your ideas!
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8 comments:

  1. oh my! I am so inspired by your post! I don't know which project I like best, because I like them all! The baskets look great! I am following you, so glad to find your blog! It is so nice.
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  2. Love the rope on the baskets and your potting bench is just adorable. It would make a great bar of buffet too!

    Robin
    Robin Flies South

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  3. Love how your potting bench turned out. Great vignette too.

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  4. Your potting bench turned out great! Doesn't it make you feel good to take an old piece and give it new life? :)

    By the way, I love those wire baskets, and the way you embellished them makes them really special.

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home!

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  5. Your potting bench looks great, and I love what you did with those baskets with the rope!

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  6. Awesome job on the potting bench. I really love the paint job. Your faux plants are so pretty. I may end of copying your wire baskets - that was the perfect touch.

    Visiting from Imparting Grace and am a new follower. Off to poke around your blog some more.

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  7. This is adorable! I'd love it if you linked up at the summer link party I am co-hosting! http://embracingmessy.blogspot.com/2012/06/summer-with-chance-of-link-ups.html

    Thanks!

    Kelsey
    embracingmessy.blogspot.com

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  8. Very sweet potting bench and I love those wire baskets!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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