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.
This was such a fun project, to recreate a piece of furniture for a new purpose.
I started out with this white yard sale cabinet, which probably was originally a changing table.
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.
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.)
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.
In keeping with the gardening theme, I replaced the wooden knobs with mismatched outdoor faucet handles.
I also picked up a few faucet handles at Hobby Lobby since I didn’t have quite enough of the real thing.
I added a galvanized corn dryer to the top as a potting surface.
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.
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.
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.