I've been looking at potting benches online since the dark days of winter. There are so many commercially available models of benches that deciding on one can be quite a chore. My other problem was that I am trying to salvage and repurpose more of what I already own. So, I started thinking about the materials we had lying around. While we didn't have a lot of wood, what we did have was an amazing 1940's metal table top that I'd picked up for $5 a few years back. I've collected these tables for years and I was sad to find the top sitting in a salvage yard with no purpose. This got the gears turning in my mind. What could I create using this table top?
With my husband willing to lend a hand I described what kind of potting bench I'd like. I wanted one that was taller than most you find on the market. I also wanted something simple enough to serve as a sideboard for outdoor parties. I didn't need a lot of bells and whistles and I wanted to keep the project cost under $30. All he had to do was incorporate my metal table top and a hook for my enamel pail which I use when I'm planting. He drew up a quick sketch and we went to the hardware store for some douglas fir and a few cup hooks. The total cost was $23.
The finished table
Vintage metal bucket for potting
With the materials home we assembled the bench in just an hour and a half using wood screws. The metal table top fit on perfectly and will be easy to keep clean. We installed five cup hooks to hang garden tools on one side and a double hook (found in the garage) for the metal garden pail. Now I have a simple, stylish and affordable place to plant, store my chicken food and garden supplies and serve outdoor guests. The total cost was $28. You can find similar metal buckets at flea markets and antique stores. Look for your own creative pieces at local thrift stores and yard sales.