Even beginners can build this DIY Potting Bench Outdoor Buffet Table, inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch.

I feel like a kid who has just learned to tie his shoes or ride a bike without training wheels.

Fist bump. Oh yeah! We did it! We did it! We did it! Power tools rule! 

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

Can you tell I’m excited to show off the potting bench outdoor buffet table my husband and I built from scratch?

In the world of superstar DIY bloggers, who hang shiplap in their sleep and build tiny houses in their spare time,  I’ve always felt like a little bit of a pretender.

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

My husband and I have tackled our fair share of household projects during our 11 years of marriage. Things like painting, laying laminate flooring, rehabbing furniture, hanging various fixtures, patching holes in drywall, making minor plumbing repairs and replacing broken parts on appliances. But we’ve never built anything together from scratch. And we leave the big DIYs to the professionals.

I didn’t marry a handy man. Until we built this potting bench together, my husband had never even laid hands on a circular saw. I brought the toolbox to our marriage.

When it comes to DIY projects, I have more of an aptitude than my husband, probably from years of watching my engineer dad tinker on things around the house. But I paint furniture. I don’t build it.

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

Well, maybe I do.

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After successfully and stylishly hacking an IKEA nightstand with the help of my carpenter friend, I was feeling particularly capable. All Helen Reddy, “I Am Woman,” invincible.

So, I showed my husband some potting bench plans from Ana White and told him we should build our own to use as an outdoor buffet table on our patio. He was skeptical, but I think I convinced him when I showed him the $2,000 price tag for the Pottery Barn buffet and hutch that inspired this project.

We printed out the lumber list, headed to Home Depot for supplies, including our first circular saw.

In addition to the saw, we also needed a drill/driver, a tape measure, a square and a level. And lots of wood screws!

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

Ana White’s cut list, instructions and how-to video were very detailed and easy for even novices to follow.

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

Though the instructions didn’t recommend it, we did find it helpful to drill pilot holes when working with the 1X4 pieces of wood to keep them from splitting.

It took us the better part of a gorgeous Sunday afternoon to build the potting bench, but it was totally worth it. We spent between $100 and $150 on lumber and accessories to build the potting bench and transform it into an outdoor buffet table for serving drinks and food on our patio.

Kick your summer cocktail game into overdrive with this frozen tropical lemonade, spiked with homemade infused pineapple rum. And unlike most infused liquors, this fruity rum only takes 10 minutes to make. #ad #worldmarkettribe

We spent another much hotter afternoon painting and staining the potting bench to coordinate with the rest of our patio decor.

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

After sanding the piece, we painted the entire potting bench with two coats of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk paint in Kitchen Scale, followed by a wash of Shutter Gray milk paint. Finally, we sealed the piece with charcoal gray DecoArt Americana Decor Color Stain, brushed on and wiped off to give the outdoor furniture patina and a weathered look. (I’ll be sharing more about this painting technique in a future post about our outdoor farmhouse table.)

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

To mimic the look of the Pottery Barn server, I added some black hooks along the apron for hanging towels and grilling tools and whatnot.

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

I used industrial pipes to make a towel rack for the side of the potting bench. And I also added a bottle opener to one of the hutch supports.

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

This outdoor buffet table is a fabulous addition to our new patio and pergola area. (Stay tuned; I’ll finally be revealing the entire space makeover later this week!)

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

When we have parties outside, we plan to use the potting bench for drinks and for serving.

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

I’ve been having a blast decorating the buffet with galvanized items and other outdoor dishes and serving pieces.

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

I have even used it for some photography staging.

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

What better place to photograph a hot weather thirst quencher than on the new outdoor buffet table.

Kick your summer cocktail game into overdrive with this frozen tropical lemonade, spiked with homemade infused pineapple rum. And unlike most infused liquors, this fruity rum only takes 10 minutes to make. #ad #worldmarkettribe

(Here’s the recipe for the spiked mango-pineapple frozen lemonade.)

If you found this post via Pinterest and want to build your own DIY potting bench, you can get the free plans from Ana White here.

And if you’re a reluctant builder who is worried that you don’t have the DIY skills to build something like this, I hope you’ll find encouragement in our story. You can totally build this.

Just be safe, follow the directions, take your time and if you need help, ask for it.

Inspired by a $2,000 Pottery Barn hutch and server, we built this outdoor buffet table for around $150. A project like this is easier than you think. We are beginners, and this is our first building project!

The finished project may not be perfect because every build is a learning experience. But you will be proud of your handiwork and you’ll be proud of yourself for attempting something new and different and scary.

If you’re interested in the serving pieces and accessories I used to style our potting bench outdoor buffet table, you can find many of them at the links below:

For more outdoor inspiration, check out these posts:

6 Questions to Ask When Building a Pergola

6 Questions to Ask When Building a Pergola

Creating an Outdoor Entertaining Retreat

Creating an Outdoor Retreat

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Comments

  1. I love the look of this potting bench and it is easy enough for me to make! I also love the color you chose to paint it. I am pinning this for my next project!

  2. Great potting bench/outdoor bar and I love the color you painted yours too. It caught my eye at the Work It Wednesday party. Pinning to share :)
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  3. This is such a cute idea. I love the bench. Thanks for sharing with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week.

  4. I have one of these benches I bought for 25 bucks years ago. Painted it red. It’s been in storage, but guess who will be busting it out. Love this idea and the color. Thanks for sharing!!! Linda

    • Atta Girl Amy
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      Wish I could have built my potting bench for $25! I’ve been searching yard sales for a while now, and never found one so we finally broke down and built our own. Very glad we did, as we’ve already gotten a lot of use out of it. Good luck making yours over. And color me jealous that you got such a deal on it!

  5. I love how the buffet potting bench turned out. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party.
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