Last Mother’s Day my husband Dave did something extraordinary! He built me a potting bench! :-) While this may not sound like an extraordinary gesture to some of you, to me it was truly a red-letter day because it was the first thing he’s ever built for me. You see, building stuff is not his thing, but in a true gesture of sacrifice, he built me a potting bench because he knew how much I wanted one. Now THAT’S true love in my book. :-)
That potting bench has become one of my very favorite things. It’s great place for potting flowers (obviously) and corraling all the things you need to do so. But as much as I love this bench, I also knew it could be a lot more functional, so I decided to give it a bit of a makeover.
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After a quick trip to Walmart I had everything I needed to address the things that were lacking in my humble potting bench.
Taking a look at the “before” picture below you can see it’s beautifully-stained and sturdily-built, but lacks in organization and overall aesthetic appeal.
The thing that bothered me the most about the potting bench was the collection of potting soil bags and other miscellaneous gardening gear that was always collecting on the bottom shelf. It looked so unorganized and messy.
So the first thing I did was purchase a curtain rod, some clip rings, and a couple of yards of blue ticking fabric. Voila! If things get messy all I do is close the “curtains.”
To further improve upon the bottom shelf area, I also bought this inexpensive plastic bin and simply poured the extra potting soil into it. Now it’s easy to just scoop out what I need without have to reach into a dirty bag…and it looks so much tidier.
Next on my wish list was some way to organize my gardening tools. I found inspiration in the hardware aisle where I spotted this inexpensive key ring holder. A piece of twine through the holes in the handles and now I always know exactly where my tools are.
Since gardening is a pretty “dirty” (but fun!) pastime, there is always some sort of mess that needs wiping up. A place to keep a roll of paper towels seemed like a good idea and this holder I bought for less than $5 fit perfectly on the opposite site of the bench from the tool organizer.
Another small, but effective addition to my potting bench makeover…clothespins!
I attached clothespins to the front and sides with simple peel-n-stick mounting squares (that I cut down to the size I needed.) They are incredibly handy for hanging gardening gloves, holding seed packets, and my FAVORITE use….as a small trash bag holder. I never seem to have a place to throw away dead-headed flowers, etc. This solves a major gardening pet peeve of mine! When it’s full, just toss it.
I also repurposed this $2 sugar shaker as a twine dispenser…something I use a LOT of both inside and outside of my home. Stays dry and dispenses like a dream! :-)
Now my serviceable, but lackluster, potting bench is a superstar! And all it took was a few well-placed, and very inexpensive items.
I hope this has inspired you to look at the areas of your home that with a little love and attention could be transformed into truly useful spaces!
I was so inspired by my new and improved potting bench that I decided to plant perennial flower seeds as a celebration! Can’t wait to watch them grow!