Before long, winter will be a memory and planting season will be upon us.

So, it seemed like a perfect time to finally share with you the ins and outs and how tos of the DIY potting bench makeover I did last year for the Chic Chateau showhouse.

DIY Potting Bench Makeover

This was such a fun project, to recreate a piece of furniture for a new purpose.

DIY Potting Bench Makeover

I started out with this white yard sale cabinet, which probably was originally a changing table.

DIY Potting Bench Makeover

It had been badly painted — lots of drips and uneven coats. So I spent quite a bit of time sanding off the original finish before painting it myself.

DIY Potting Bench Makeover

While I did a fair amount of sanding to smooth the surface, to save time, I opted not to strip the original paint job. Instead, I gave it a rough base coat of green chalk paint. (I used Mardi Gras, an olive green, from Maison Blanche Paint.)

DIY Potting Bench Makeover

Next, I followed up with two coats of Sherwin-Williams flat latex paint in Indigo Batik, which was one of the main colors used in the showhouse.

I did a bit of distressing, just a little light sanding, so some of the green paint would show through. Then, I finished with several coats of poly to seal the finish.

DIY Potting Bench Makeover

In keeping with the gardening theme, I replaced the wooden knobs with mismatched outdoor faucet handles.

Pretty and Organized Garage at Chic Chateau

I also picked up a few faucet handles at Hobby Lobby since I didn’t have quite enough of the real thing.

Pretty and Organized Garage at Chic Chateau

I added a galvanized corn dryer to the top as a potting surface.

DIY Potting Bench Makeover

To make it functional, I added hinges on the back to attach it to the potting bench. It lifts up so you can dump the dirt off.

DIY Potting Bench Makeover

I decoupaged the inside of the cabinet door with photocopies of old seed packets.


I really hated to let this piece go, but it was for a good cause.

Pretty and Organized Garage at Chic Chateau

If you want to know more about that gorgeous garden clock hanging above the potting bench, be sure to visit Worthing Court to see how my friend Suzy made it.

Pretty and Organized Garage at Chic Chateau

You can see more of the pretty and organized garage we designed for Chic Chateau HERE.


  1. Love your creative knobs and the clock!!!!

  2. I love that you and Suzy worked together to create such a great space! Love all the elements!

  3. Such a nice project: love the color choice and the knobs! Very creative!

  4. I love how creative you were in your vision to make a potting bench! Super smart to add a hinge for the potting tub to get rid of the extra dirt:) Visiting from the DIY Suday Showcase:)

  5. Ok this is too CUTE!! My hubby needs one of these in his greenhouse! We love the clock. He says no pink though. Lol!
    Thanks for linking up at #PureBlogLove Link Party. The party goes live every Thursday night at 8 p.m. EST. and runs through the week end. I’m hosting at I’d love to see more of your great ideas at our party!

  6. WOW…I just love everything about this!!!! Thank you so much for Sharing at Share it One More Time….

  7. This is ADORABLE! And I love that clock! Very nice. :) I’m sharing this on my Facebook page. Thanks for linking up at My Favorite Things!
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  8. Absolutely, positively fantastic! So glad you linked up to Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope to see you again this weekend!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

  9. This is such a great idea! I wonder if we’ve got anything we can repurpose like this!
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  10. This is a great transformation! Love the decoupaged inside and the faucet handles! Just letting you know I will be featuring your potting bench on Best of the Weekend tomorrow night at 8pm. Thanks so much for linking up to BOTW. Hope you’ll stop by tomorrow!

  11. I needed this awesome potting bench earlier today when I was filling my front porch planters! Love the color but the faucet handles are my most favorite. Such an awesome touch!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your awesomeness on Show Me Saturday! I appreciate you!


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