Monday, March 25, 2013

Bench 2 Container Garden

I've had this little bench since this summer.  She was a little lot rough around the edges!  Definitely had seen better days.  I'm actually not even sure what it was used as.  An end table?  A piano bench?  The top was so rough (I mean there were quarter inch screw heads sticking out of the top and it was cracked and gouged to the point where there was no fixing it) that I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it.  

I think I might have mentioned several times ;) that I am ready for spring.  Well, I was staring at it and all the sudden I knew exactly what she was meant to be in her 2nd life!  I was so excited that I made poor, sweet hubby get off the couch to come to the shop with me to help me complete my "vision". :)

We {you do know when I say "we" I really mean "he" under my "supervision" ;) } used a 4 1/8" hole saw to cut 6 holes into the top.  Simple as that!

*please be careful using a hole saw!  It can "grab" the wood and rip your arms out of their sockets (he made me do a hole for the experience)!  Even though I say this jokingly--I am not joking!  CAUTION ladies!


 Seriously--not pretty!  The picture doesn't do it justice either...

Here it is after we cut the holes and I sanded it down


Oh, isn't she sweet?!

Confession time.  My first vision didn't work out too well.  I knew WHAT she was supposed to be but I had a hard time finding what COLOR she was supposed to be.

I started out by painting it with peacock blue milk paint and using a homemade vinegar stain on the top.  Although I adore that color it just didn't look right on this particular piece.  The I painted over thewhole thing with my homemade green chalk paint (which happened to be the color of the inside of the gun cabinet I recently redid).  Again, I love the color, but there was no contrast between the table and the plants and it looked blah.

 I texted a great friend (who happens to be one of the most creative people I know) and told her I needed some color inspiration.  She said she liked the color of the robin egg blue dresser I did.  I knew right away it would be perfect!

Thanks Dena!!

I actually like that the other colors show through when I distressed.

This just makes me want to stick my hands in the dirt (I really do love that feeling--sometimes I even just play in there for no good reason!).

 I added these cute little knobs to hang scissors, shovels, gloves, etc on. 


This cute little bench was featured by Peggy @ PJH Designs

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  1. totally love the color and the fun knobs :)

  2. I love everything about this table from the color, the knobs, to the burlap and twine accents on the pots. Your tulips are such a lovely color, too! Well done!

  3. PS. I added this to my Turquoise Love page here:
    Love it!

  4. It's it amazing what paint can do for a piece of furniture! This turned out great. Love the color.
    I am your newest GFC. Hope you will stop by if you have time.
    Have a great week,

  5. Wow, what a cool piece for herbs!

  6. Absolutely beautiful and what a wonderful use! Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d}.

    Pinning to the party board ~ hugs, Mary Beth

  7. Beautifully brilliant! Pinning this too.


  8. Beautiful! I have a question though ... is there something under the pots to catch the water run-off? Or do you remove the pots when you need to water the plants?

  9. This turned out wonderfull! You know, everything below the top was in great shape and so pretty - love the details on the legs! It's a shame that somebody abused the top so badly, but your vision turned it around and now she's gorgeous! Love the color too! Another innocent table saved from the landfill! Yay! Hugs, Leena

  10. This turned out beautifully! I love the color and the concept. Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. LOVE it!!! Great idea!!! You are brilliant!! Hugs! Claire

  12. What a clever and cute idea! Pinning it... love the color, too. (Thanks so much for linking up to Project Inspire{d} this week!)

  13. Your little bench was just waiting for someone as creative as you to freshen and renew her. Beautiful distressing - the colors are bright and cheerful. Great idea about the holes cutting out the bad parts - I might have a few tables like that sitting around!

  14. This turned out so beautiful and your friend was right - that robins egg blue is absolutely perfect! What a great spring project! We'd love for you to link up at Living Well Spending Less' Thrifty Thursday! Hope to see you there!

  15. What a great idea! I invite you to join my link party every weekend. Hope to see you soon!


  16. I love it! The color is so pretty too. Like Hilary, I wonder what catches the water? Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week!


    1. Thank you Deborah. :) I had intended it for outdoor use, so I didn't think of that, but you certainly could just take the pots out to water them if you used it indoors. I should ask the woman who bought it what she is going to do! :)

  17. I so love this idea! I love the color also! Thanks so much for the inspiration. Thanks for joining us at Transformed Tuesday and you are soooo featured tonight! Have a great week.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  18. Cool piece! I have some ideas now...
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  19. Featuring this!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  20. Lisa,

    I'm so sorry I forgot you last week. I added you this week.

    Peggy~PJH Deisgns


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