July 15, 2015 by Terry
My dear husband brought this sweet potting bench home for me after working away for the last 40 days. I had asked him to keep his eyes open for me and pick up a few items on his way home if he saw anything I might like.
This potting bench was one of the things he’d found.
Take a peek at the before …
I started by removing the hardware on the drawer and used some “Furniture Make up” and a stencil to create the number on the drawer front. I wanted to add a little interest to the piece other than just changing out the hardware. It also gives it a little added texture. After the makeup was dry I sanded the edges and allowed some of it to break off in a few places giving it a well used feel.
I then mixed up a custom color of chalk paint using left overs in antique white and a steel blueish color. I covered the whole body of it with just one coat followed by a good sanding. I left the top original and only gave it a good cleaning. The body color was toned down by brushing on a little dark wax.
The handle on the drawer was replaced with an antique pull from a previous piece. I painted it as well and distressed it with sandpaper and antiquing wax. I like it much better than the little ring pulls that were on it before.
The Furniture makeup turned out lovely as it always does. I don’t know why I don’t use it more. I keep forgetting about it on my workbench!
I had a lot of fun photographing this pretty little potting bench. I had also created a new chandelier out of an old 80’s light fixture and a vintage wire basket. I removed the handles off of the basket, then took apart the 80’s light (removed all the “80’s” off of it ) and gave everything a coat of antique white paint. The basket just got a light dusting of paint, I liked the grey of the wire showing through a little for a touch of contrast.
After it all dried I rewired and reassembled the light fixture inside the altered basket. It turned out so pretty and I like the way it looks outside on our patio.
One more thing … Just because this is a potting bench doesn’t mean it has to be one … it could also be used as a vanity in a bathroom or as a front entry way piece. It’s fun to use things in a creative way and you can really create interest by thinking outside of the box!
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