Here It Is! My Finished Potting Bench!

kirkus(5a)July 20, 2010

Well, I finished my rustic, potting bench last night! It was sooo much fun to make. My family and I spent the day going to thrift stores in the small towns north of us! So much fun! At the same time, I've been anxious to get home and post pictures! :o)

Our neighbors gifted us with a work bench when they recently moved away. I added old doors ($5 a piece from a salvage yard) to the back along with iron pieces I had collected from thrift stores. I inserted an old, enamelware pan for the "sink"...the pan was $1 at a garage sale because it was rusty. I love rust! :o) The stain was free!

I added an old wooden ladder piece to the back for support. I used the ladder rungs for towel bars on the side. (The ladder was on a curb with a sign that said "Free". I made the rest into a trellis awhile back.) I added rustic hooks for tools on the side but need to collect more. The wood piece for the shelf was found in a free wood pile in the small town near us.

The potting bench is sitting in our driveway right now...it's sooo heavy! LOL I'll be moving it to our covered side porch when my brother can come out and help me move it! I hope you enjoy my new creation! I've always wanted a garden potting bench and have been planning this in my mind for years. Happy Gardening! BEAR HUGS! Kirk

BEFORE PICTURE with my little helper son...

AFTER PICTURE...

Another AFTER PICTURE with a few of my garden/potting treasures on it... Can't wait to get the bench to the side porch!

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smickerdoodle

OH WOW! Kirk that is amazing! I absolutely love it! and is that the little Bear? He has really done some growing up. He is cute as ever!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 9:04PM
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luvs2click

Serious envy here.....that is fantabulous!! LOVE IT - especially with all your treasures on it! Thanks for sharing such an awesome project. Definitely need me one of those.
Arlene

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 9:42PM
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nanagrandma(9 SouthWest, Calif)

I am speechless the before and after are ........out of words, except fantastic, beautiful, creative use of materials that you salvaged!!!!!

Luvit

Nanagrandma

PS Your little bear is so cute!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 9:56PM
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tasymo

STANDING OVATION!!! Awesome job, Kirkus!! I want one!!!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 10:06PM
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caroleena(Z8)

i was not expecting the impact of the after photo. this is the most unique and gorgeous bench i've seen! i am dead serious. and that handsome little guy ain't bad either! lol!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 10:08PM
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jeannespines

WOW! Well worth the wait for the pics, Kirk!
Yes, all the planning you put into this original pc certainly pd off! The rustic iron scrollwork for the shelf & the front is drop-dead gorgeous! Love everything about this potting bench...the finishing & the recycling!

Hope you are sending pics to your former neighbor...sure he/she will appreciate how you recycled his bench! AWESOME! TFS! Jeanne S. (& the "after" pic needs to go on one of your cards!)

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 10:32PM
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nanatricia

OMG I love it !!!!!!!!!!You did great!!!!!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 10:38PM
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desertrat1(Zone8_CA)

Wow is an understatement, seriously! That looks like something period style that would be in someones 1800's house to wash up with. The cast iron shelving brackets, the hooks on the end, and the chain lock slides on the corners are absolutely fabulous!! The brown finish too makes it all come together. You should do some woodworking on the side because you make it look easy (and we all know IT IS NOT). Your brother is just going to LOVE you for making him help you move that thing! I always
enjoy REAL before and after photos. Thanks for sharing!
Love

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 10:47PM
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pondgal(6a Pa.)

That is totally AWESOME!!!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 11:29PM
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Marlene Kindred

AMAZING!!! Love the transformation! If I hadn't just made one myself, I'd fly out to WA and take that off of your hands. Absolutely LOVE the metal work on it....you find the neatest pieces out your way. Such a work of art...you should definitely be proud of that! I'm shaking my head here....amazing...just amazing!~

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 12:05AM
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kirkus(5a)

Thank you for all of your kind comments. After working so hard on this project (and in my mind for so long), your kind words mean the world to me! Thank you! Thank you! Bear Hugs! Kirk

P.S. I had those old doors for 8 years...just knowing I was going to do something with them. :o) Almost got rid of them!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 12:26AM
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sunnyca_gw

All the iron work really turned it into a fabulous antique potting bench with 21 century practicality. The finish is perfect for the piece & i sure was shocked to see it as I had the 3 doors across the back-bottom part!!! Was I ever wrong!! You will get so much enjoyment working at that lovely bench.Jan

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 12:33AM
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Purplemoon

I am speechless!!!! Thank goodness everyone else covered it with their glowing praise. I couldn't agree more!

hugs you AMAZING bench-creator,
Karen

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 12:49AM
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luna_llena_feliz

Beautiful! I like how the rusty brackets look like carved wood. Gives it an arts and crafts feel. I was trying to envision what your bench would look like knowing the materials used but I didn't come close to something this wonderful. Great job!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 1:19AM
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indylisa

LOve it and what everyone else has said!!!!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 7:59AM
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grandma_cindy(5)

That is so very cool! Personally, I couldnt bear to use it to pot things LOL

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 9:16AM
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shrillmtb

What a transformation!! You definitely have a knack for finding interesting 'junk' and then putting it all together to create something absolutely fantastic. Gorgeous bench!!

Sheryll

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 9:46AM
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nonacook(8bFL)

WOW! was the first thing out of my mouth!!!!
It's beautiful---Almost too pretty for a
potting bench!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 9:53AM
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tbledsaw(5)

Oh my GOSH!!! IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!! Completely jealous now LOL :o)

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 10:58AM
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soonergirl1968(7a OKC)

How cute is that??? I LOVE it!!! Great job!!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 11:36AM
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excessfroufrou(7)

How wonderful is that! I love it. It looks like something out of "County Living" magazine. You really are quite the carpenter. The iron work is sooooo beautiful, I swear, you people are going to make me like rust before I know it. Great job.
Four

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 11:45AM
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maximavswife(4)

W.O.W.!!!!

Someone please contact DH! He will never believe I am speechless! That bench is truly a work of art and love. TFS!

Kath

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 12:44PM
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AmeliaD(8AL)

There are no words left - everyone has already used them all up! I would put that in my living room! Great job...

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 4:51PM
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kirkus(5a)

Wow! You all know how to make a guy's day! Thank you for your words of encouragement! Thank you so very much!

Well, I couldn't wait for my brother to come out to help me move this heavy piece. LOL So, my wife Carol and 2 daughters (ages 20 and 10) helped me move it to the side porch. You should have heard the yelling! LOL It is sooooo heavy!

I'll take an additional picture with the potting bench on the covered side porch. :o)

Again, thank you... This is the kindest, most encouraging forum!

Bear Hugs! Kirk

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 7:21PM
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kacram

that is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm gonna have to drive over and torture the name
of your favorite junking place out of you!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 11:45PM
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mmebrady

oh it's gorgeous! I don't think I could bear to get it dirty!!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2010 at 10:11AM
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luvstocraft

Wow! what an amazing transformation. Bet your neighbor would be so amazed to see his old bench now! I could never in a million years look at the "before" items and know that when put together, they could turn out so wonderful as the "after". Those iron pieces just really make it special--great collecting and fabulous workmanship! Luvs

    Bookmark   July 22, 2010 at 10:59AM
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oldcrafty(8)

WOW what an awesome job I'm jealous wpuld love to be blessed as to have something sooooooooooooo unique

    Bookmark   July 22, 2010 at 11:07AM
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kelly_oh(OH z6)

that is tooooo cool!!! Clearly, I'm not very creative, cause when I read your first post, for some reason I kept seeing the doors on the back, but on the bottom of the bench. The finished product just blew me away. I'm of the mind that it needs to go IN the house, tho, to show off some treasures :)

    Bookmark   July 22, 2010 at 11:47AM
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laurastheme(8)

SO creative, awesome, unique....and everything everybody else said. Like mmebrady said, I wouldn't want to get it dirty.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2010 at 1:31PM
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hostarhodo

As stated above, bravo well done. So I had to sit back and think what else you could do. A beautiful plant in the pan and then add a spotlight, use it to soak plants, for fall add mums and pumpkins, for Christmas add a small lighted tree, etc.

Great as a outside buffet table, drink area, ice with bottled pop or water or other drinks in pan. It is endless.

Most people would probably say "What do you mean a potting bench" or "Rustic yeh right".

Hope you haven't popped all the buttons on your shirt, but you do deserve a great big pat on the back.

Just had another thought, I could see that little one sitting on top soaking his dirty feet after being in the garden. My daughter did that in the bathroom years ago when her feet were cold.

Now, next project-no rest for the weary.

Betty

    Bookmark   July 22, 2010 at 6:04PM
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kirkus(5a)

Betty, what GREAT ideas!!!! You have the wheels turning in my mind!!!! I love the fall vignette and buffet ideas!!!! I already used it to plant plants as well. I also took a watering can and washed up my really dirty hands in the pan today! Thanks for inspiring me to think beyond the box! Bear Hugs! Kirk

    Bookmark   July 23, 2010 at 6:25PM
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shpnquen(z5, IN)

I am SOOOO jealous of this masterpiece!! DH is getting close to finishing my potting shed, and it's very nice so far, but I just don't think my potting bench is going to look as nice as this! Glad to see that you found a very cool way to use those metal decorative corners you found. I have to admit that I'm peeing all over myself for those babies! (snort!) I will have to save this as inspiration for sure! Thx for sharing...

    Bookmark   July 26, 2010 at 8:09PM
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shysue

I have a serious case of ENVY!!! I've been wanting DH to build me a potting bench on the side of our shed. Yours is to die for!!! Maybe if I show him this picture, it will inspire him.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2010 at 10:58AM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

That looks really, really nice. You did a great job on that. Love all the embellishments.

Such great memories for your little helper too.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2010 at 10:26PM
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kirkus(5a)

Just took a picture today of our potting bench on the side porch...will post it soon. :o) I've added lots of treasures. :o) Bear Hugs! Kirk

    Bookmark   January 29, 2011 at 5:53PM
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puggranny(Zone 8)

You are so talented!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   January 30, 2011 at 1:31AM
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threekittens_ia

OMG. Love this too!

    Bookmark   January 30, 2011 at 10:29AM
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maggiejoe

oh, this is just much to beautiful to be used for potting!!!

    Bookmark   January 30, 2011 at 2:22PM
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chelcass(Z5 Michigan, U.P.)

Ok! Now how did I miss this. Awesome Job Kirk! You know that would make a great unit for the kitchen. I can just see pots hanging and a rice cooker, crock pot etc. sitting on the shelves.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 2:41PM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

Just the bench for a victorian gentleman in his greenhouse! I'm sure it will look incredible where ever and how ever you use it.
Kathy

    Bookmark   February 2, 2011 at 8:40AM
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surya55_gw

What a fantastic project! It came out beautiful!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2014 at 10:18AM
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hapi4me

Truly inspiring & imaginative piece of art. My daughter & I are gathering recycled items to construct our potting table to go with our almost completed lean-to greenhouse. We are so excited to begin our new adventure into greenhouse & vegetable gardening. Thanks for sharing & giving us even more inspiration.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2014 at 3:49PM
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Denise1963

What they said!

    Bookmark   March 11, 2014 at 11:35AM
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elfs_garden(7a)

Simply Stunning!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 5:54AM
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newtoucan

Extra fabulous. Show us your other stuff! Inspirational.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 6:05PM
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brit5467(7b/8a Coastal VA)

Wow, Kirk....almost 4 yrs old now and people are still remarking on this. And rightfully so. Its very beautiful and creative. How's she holding up? And do ya have any more "t to t" to inspire us?
bonnie

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 9:16AM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

Kirk, we can't find any "American rust" that isn't priced at the antique level!
DH found some old barn wood at a great price and we're hitting all the flea marts and yard sales for the iron work, to no avail!
Luckily he's a partially out of work wood carver and can carve some brackets and decorative things to add to the bench! I'm thinking of taking up carving myself!
Thanks for your great photos to get us started! Nancy

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 9:42PM
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kirkus(5a)

Made my day to see my old bench being reposted. Thank you for the kind words! :)

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 9:43PM
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