Tuesday, May 22, 2012

potting bench reveal

It's finished!

AFTER

BEFORE

Oh my goodness, isn't it amazing what we don't notice when we live with things
a tad too long! That was plain UGLY!

I added a vintage hook on the side.


The rusted frame before sanding and using Rustoleum Metallic Matte Nickel
followed by Metallic Aluminum and rubbed in a bit.

Thank you to my thoughtful neighbor, Karen, for the beautiful bouquet of peonies!


 I found this can of Minwax Water-Based Wood Stain in my basement.
The color, Antique Jade, was exactly what I had in mind.

It was from 2001, I just mixed it up well and it was fine.
After applying the stain, I distressed it lightly with sandpaper.
I like the matte finish and rustic look, so I'm leaving it as is until I see how it weathers
before adding any type of sealant.
 

Remember when I told you about this deal at Home Depot


Here are two I purchased, trimmed and potted in my urns.


Although I've called it a potting bench, we use it as a buffet and beverage
station for get togethers more than anything.
Next week I'll show you a new idea I ran across and how I set it up for beverages.
In the meantime I'm going to enjoy the nicer view on that side of my deck!


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40 comments:

Tracey Steele said...

Very impressive, such a difference in the before and after shots. And what a kind neighbour you have, the peonies are very pretty.

Lauren -aCommonersCastle said...

Wow! It looks like a completely different piece! I really love the combination of colors. How sweet is your neighbor? The peonies are gorgeous!

Debby Steele said...

Beautiful!! You did such an amazing job. xoxo

Jill Elaine said...

That is beautiful! You did a great job. And I really really like the potted plants on it - and the peonies! I just planted a couple white peonies this spring. Hopefully they will give me a ton of blooms next year!

Nancie B said...

I would say all of the hard work was worth it-very impressive "after". And jealous that you have a neighbor that can grow peonies. My dream flower- not gonna happen in Texas!

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

Oh.... I've been out of town and I've missed so much! This was definitely worth all the hard work....it looks like a photo out of Southern Living! Congratulations on your anniversary too..... loved hearing your sweet story!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

Pam, it turned out SO beautiful I love it!! All of that hard work was so worth it. The peonies don't hurt either-gorgeous!!

Holly said...

It's so cute Pam - you did great with this! And how sweet of your neighbor to drop off the peonies. They are so pretty. It's a perfect spot for beverages and snacks. Hope you had a wonderful anniversary and I bet you got lots of fun things planned for the weekend, right?!

Bethany Brower said...

hey - i love this! i always think one of these would be super convenient to have outside... do you use it a ton???

Simple Dwellings said...

Wow- this looks amazing! Great job. It is so incredible what paint/stain can do! I love that you also use it for serving- great idea! Your plants and flowers look so beautiful on it. Bravo on a job well done!

Ange said...

Beautiful! The color is so pretty!

Stacy Curran said...

It's PERFECT and perfectly styled. Out of a magazine! You inspire me :)
Stacy

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

It looks awesome! You did a great job. The peonies are so beautiful. Hope you had a great anniversary with the hubby!

Lisa Scibilia said...

Oh my goodness - I'm in love!! I'm coming over this afternoon to sit out there with you and admire your new potting bench/buffet :) Add this to my list of must-haves, after seeing yours! So charming and useful.
The peonies are gorgeous too!

Like Me Some said...

You seriously transformed that baby!! looks awesome!!!

Amanda said...

Yay! it looks amazing! and so jealous of your beautiful peonies- I bought some Saturday for my sisters bridal shower (wont tell you how many bazillion dollars I spent!) and they were HALF the size of yours. It all looks so lovely

Robin said...

Looks amazing! I just love the urns too!

Keeping it Cozy said...

It's beautiful! I knew you would make it look amazing. :-)

Dana Frieling said...

All that stripping was worth it! So true about living with things a tad too long.

modern jane said...

What an incredible difference! It looks fabulous! I'm jealous of your peonies too.. Mine have yet to bloom:)

René said...

Your potting bench looks great! I'm have a project or three that could use that stain. Thanks for sharing this!

Little Sister said...

It looks awesome!Love it! I want one! :)
~Amy

Nancy said...

Im so excited for you that its done, and it looks fabulous! great job Pam! I bought those same arborvitae at Home Depot, and love them...happy potting!
xo Nancy
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Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

just beautiful! i love the green= it's fun and earthy still, too!

Eclectically Vintage said...

This is fabulous - love the little vintage hook! And I am seriously in love with those bushes you trimmed into little topiaries! I was just at Home Depot today - now I need to go back and look for those!

Hope you plan on joining our The Great Outdoors link party on Tuesday!
Kelly

Lori said...

You did such a great job. I love the patina color. What a beautiful shot!

momto8blog said...

how fabulous!! love the beautiful color and flowers...looks great!!!
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

Leslie said...

Love it Pam! .. and I was going to ask about those peonies and you mentioned your neighbor brought them over. I have such difficulty getting my to grow well. Those are gorgeous!

leslie

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

Great job on your bench! Bet it feels good to have it done! Love the color!

A Vintage Vine said...

Love how you trimmed those evergreens...for that price who could resist! You did a great job on your potting bench makeover...I have so much work to do in the yard, I just put on the blinders when I am out there, perhaps a potting bench would get me going!! I have always wanted one, thanks for sharing.

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

Oh, Pam, it couldn't have turned out better! And I love the evergreens. Never would have thought to trim them that way but they make the perfect little topiaries. What a fun, functional piece!

Maureen at The Inglenook Decor said...

so French Country...love! happy weekend Sam!

Carly | a simple affair said...

Oh now that is a beauty! You did such an incredible job!

Olive Cooper said...

It rocks the casba. As a drink station it is equally splendid:} Olive Out

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

We use our potting table as a buffet for the most part too. Yours turned out so fantastic!! I am inspired to give mine a makeover. New follower here. Love your blog.

Londen

Jenny said...

This looks fantastic! I have a thing for potting benches, and have one that I'm working on too. Yours turned out beautifully!

Bunni said...

Thanks for sharing your projects with us. I'm already thinking a/b the printed bricks...may do one tonight! That's what's so wonderful a/b blogging...great ideas get shared & now you will live in my garden! Love it!

Sandy said...

Potting tables ALWAYS get my attention! I love your table. Love the rustic charm and it looks great with all your topiaries and pots. I really like the vintage hook on the side! I just redid an old enamel topped table for a little potting shed. Just need to figure out how to add some kind on shelving to the bottom of the table. Love your blog. Now I'm going to quit blabbing and take a look around.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Just saw this on Better After. I LOVE it! I've been wanting a potting bench for so long. I even bought a hutch to turn into one last month but when my Mom saw it...she wanted it to use inside so I'm back to square one. Your's is perfection. I love the color. So happy I found you. I'll be adding you to my bloglist and following you.

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

Congrats on your Better After feature! Although I know this took a lot more effort than "just a coat of paint." Gorgeous!

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