apple Our Fifth House: A Potting Bench And A Summer List

Monday, June 27, 2011

A Potting Bench And A Summer List

Do you remember this?

work bench turned potting bench

I blogged about this work bench here when I cleaned up a small section of our garage.  Well, it went from work bench to potting bench. 

potting bench

potting bench

I used some left over paint from when we had our shutters painted last summer (Valspar Graphite in a Coronado exterior latex paint).  I added some water to the paint to give this bench a washed look.  

summer list potting bench

I created a shelf by turning over two old urns and placing a scrap piece of wood on top.  These urns used to be black.  I used Rustoleum's Heirloom White and a some of our exterior trim paint ( I don't know what color it is.  It was left by the previous owners).  Then I sanded them in places and used some antiquing glaze by Valspar to give them an aged/weathered patina.  

summer list

summer list of fun activities

I re-purposed the cabinet doors we took out of the kitchen to create "shutters" to go next to my "trellis window".  The kids and I had such fun putting together our summer list of things we want to do!  The "trellis window" is a ReStore $5 purchase.  It's a twin headboard that I've turned into a trellis, and I'm hoping that sweet potato vine starts to wind its way upward.  I've also decided to use some twine to hang my garden tools here as well because one of my small garden helpers misplaces my things (even though she has her own "princess" garden tools).   

chalkboard shutters

What's not to love about chalkboard paint?! 

chalkboard flower pots

Those chalkboard pens are amazeballs!  I. big. fat. love. them!!!!

diy painted flower pots


Painted pots in fun summer colors aren't too bad either!

painted flower pots

painted flower pots

Here's a closer look at our summer list. 

summer list on chalkboard


summer activities list

diy chalkboard shutters


Uh......did someone say......have a watergun fight?!  



What's on your summer list?  Have you been doing any re-purposing lately?  

Take a look at how I've used this bench for all the different seasons! 
potting bench for all seasons




45 comments:

  1. oh carmel, that looks incredible! i love it!!! love the symmetry of the chalkboards, and everything else! it is just wonderful!

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  2. Carmel, I love it. You are so smart to turn those urns over and create that awesome shelf. Love, love, love the shutters made from your cabinets. Cute pots and colors. Hope you share this at the wow party tomorrow night, too.

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  3. Carmel! I love your nook! The bench looks awesome and the repurposed cabinet doors... well you know how I feel about those!
    I love it all! it looks so cheerful.
    gail

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  4. Hold the phone!! That is amazing! I want one! Ok, inspiration for some day. You did such an amazing job. I would like to try the chalkboard paint somewhere one of these days. Enjoy your new space - it's incredible.

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  5. Incredible nook..you can change the look/items seasonally. thanks for sharing!

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  6. LOVE it!!! How clever of you.....your summer list looks fun!!
    Suzanne

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  7. Love the bench. It really adds some character and looks so Summery! :)

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  8. It looks SOOO good!!!! I love it!!

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  9. I definitely have "junk" in my yard. :o) On the bed subject, I have two old metal cot springs - both are being used as a trellis.

    I'm obsessed with chalkboard paint, but have yet to use it! I seriously need to get on the bandwagon.

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  10. Amazing! I've got to follow you now! Actually just found your blog and I'm going to look around! and follow you :)
    Debbie

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  11. Beautiful! Wonderful color combinations, very refreshing.

    Melody
    Crafty Butt

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  12. OH MY GOSH I LOVE IT!!!!!!! I AM DEFINITELY WRITING THE REST OF THIS COMMENT IN CAPS BECAUSE I AM SUPER EXCITED ABOUT HOW GOOD THIS LOOKS!! I WANT ONNNNNE NOW! Ok ok maybe I'll stop writing in caps, but seriously girl, this is incredible! GREAT JOB!! : )

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  13. Ummmmmmm, UH-MAY-ZING!!!! What fun!!! Enjoy checking things off your list! Your childrens faces in that pic are absolutely priceless by the way!

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  14. That looks so so so amazing!!! you have such a good eye for color, and you style the perfect vignette!!! Great job!!!

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  15. Carmel,
    I don't think I've been to your blog before but I am just super-impressed with your potting bench. I am visiting from BNOTP. I am a new follower now.

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  16. Wow, Carmel. It looks amazing. It's all so fun and love the use of the shutters.

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  17. Thanks everyone! Welcome and thanks for following Jane and Debbie!

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  18. What an awesome potting bench!! I just love all the touches you've done!! The upside down urns for a shelf was genius...the headboard....all of it! :)

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  19. So cute!! LOVE the chalkboard shutters!! I so have to get myself some of those caulk pens! I love the color of the bench also!!

    Tiffany {Living Savvy}

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  20. OMG Carmel I don't know how I missed this post, I love the way this potting bench turned out and the shutters are fantastic!! Martina

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  21. I love this space and love that you used things you had already and repurposed them! Beautiful.

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  22. What?!? I mean, *who* does that??? Turns a headboard into a trellis and a work bench into a potting table and old cupboard doors into chalkboards??? You do, my dear, because you are a talented genius and it looks amazing!! I'm blown away by how great that turned out...and P.S. I love the summer list the most, that is too cute. (c:

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  23. Amazing job! Great great transformation! I must say you are very talented.
    Everything looks so perfect here...so fresh, so summery! The little ones are adorable:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  24. I LOVE this, Carmel, and it fits perfectly in that spot! Great color and I love how you set up the top. Love the chalkboard shutters, too.

    Visiting from WUW. : )

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  25. oh your kids are so funny! LOVE this project you lucky girl! Fabulously generously sized work bench and a perfect fit on your back patio! Couldn't be nicer at all - simply charming!

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  26. This is SERIOUSLY amazing!!! I agree with Michelle. I want to WRITE IN ALL CAPS. :) Love love love!!

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  27. Oh! You have no idea how perfect the timing is of this! I have been searching for potting bench ideas and absolutely LOVE everything about yours. I scrolled up and down studying all of the details and think the little shelf with the overturned urns is genius! You have so much talent and creativity Carmel and it all looks magazine worthy! :-)
    Vanessa

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  28. i love the bench! such a perfect spot for a wee bit of gardening.....or the perfect buffet for an outdoor party.

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  29. Oh...I've been wanting a potting bench too. I've been searching for something to repurpose as such. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  30. Wow Carmel - you totally knocked it outa the park with this one. I'm in awe!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  31. This was such fun to see and look at all the different things that you did. Great job. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

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  32. Love this! new follower from linky at the picket fence. laura

    http://imnotatrophywife.com

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  33. Total cuteness...swear...I LOVE! I can't see the lights...but I agree, twinkly lights at night look good all the time :)

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  34. Love your potting bench, and the chalkboard shutters too. I love it all, thanks for sharing!

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  35. Wow....just love the potting bench! Such a great space!

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  36. so glad I found your cute blog....your potting bench is DARLING!!! love love your stacked shelf and the painted pots are great!

    www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

    newest follower!

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  37. That looks incredible! I'm putting your potting bench in the PoPP Spotlight. Thanks for linking up.

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  38. Wow- this is really amazing-I mean beautiful-love the chalkboard shutters, the "wicker trellis" and just about everything-super inspiring!!

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  39. I've been reading all your posts from current going back and I love your blog!!! I'm going to keep reading now!

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  40. I love potting benches - yours is attractive as well as functional! Great reuse of old materials and now you have wonderful spot for all your gardening projects!

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  41. I hope you don't mind, but I am reposting this on my blog (with credit of course) I'm writing a post about diy projects husbands and wives can do together! Any suggestions? Email me at cookieswithcronkite@gmail.com

    I would love your opinion!

    www.cookieswithcronkite.com

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  42. The house is so beautiful.....How amazing you use the shutters...co ordinate to the beauty.

    window shutters clayton, ca

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  43. Hi there! I'm loving your blog - Just read your post about a summer reading list - and this one about the summer list - What's funny is we do the same things. What's REALLY funny is that we have some of the same things on our summer lists! Lemonade stand? Check. Stay up late? Check. Ice Cream? Check! Kids are so predictable. I actually have a post coming up about these very subjects - soon. Our reading list is a little different - just a place for the kids to record what they've read.
    Oh, and congrats on the HGTV gig! way to go!
    breida

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