I’m a sucker for sentimental home decor. In fact, a lot of my furniture was passed down to me from family which I’ve enjoyed reusing and repurposing in my own home.
One such piece was my husband’s childhood toy box. When Matt’s Dad offered it to me, I gladly took it.
It has served us as kitchen seating, a mudroom bench and a foyer bench before eventually being moved out to the garage. Every time I saw it leaned against the wall, I would study the wood and try to imagine ways to reuse it until one day I had an idea.
DIY Potting Bench
I found a set of easy-to-follow DIY potting bench plans from Ana White and showed them to Mr. Hines, explaining how I wanted to salvage certain parts of the toy box for the potting bench.
We headed to Home Depot on a Friday night (Am I a fun date? name that movie) to buy wood and materials, then soon after got to work.
Tip: If you don’t have a saw, take your measurements with you and let the store cut your wood for you.
Mr. Hines drilled and assembled as I read the plans, one step at a time.
Once the potting bench was built, I painted it to blend in with our exterior paint colors.
I am so pleased with how it turned out! We not only use it for potting plants, but also as a serving station for outdoor dining. That’s what you call a two-fer!
I had so much fun working on this project with my husband. Not only did we get to preserve a time in his childhood when siblings and cousins used the underneath side of a toy box lid to practice newly learned skills like writing their name
and reciting the days of the week,
but we get to create new memories as we enjoy favorite pastimes
That’s what I consider an ultimate expression of a successful home.
You can find, and even print, the DIY Potting Bench instructions, toy box not included, at DecoArt.
p.s. Look how big the jasmine in the photo above is now.
See you in class,