I had just removed a crumbled up flower crate along one side of the shed, and placed two sawhorses down instead… would this idea work?
Raise your hand along with me, if you’ve always wanted a potting bench, but have never had one.
Ohhhh, I’ve envied having a potting bench forever. Especially when seeing other bloggers create them. Do you most recently remember Grit Antiques’ junk styled She Shed bench?
That sweet setup just made me realize, it’s not always necessary to totally build something from scratch. Just compile a buncha cool junk, and see what you get!
So when this shed needed something along this wall in place of that crumbling crate… bingo.
Rather than create a ‘floor’, why not create a flower bed? Yes… under the bench!
How fun! Rather than ‘just a potting bench’, it would also become a pretty summer flowerbed feature. I like it ALOT!
So 3 boards were cut to the desired flowerbed size to scale with the sawhorse legs, levelled, then just left loosely in place.
Keeping everything level was actually the hardest part, but crucial. I just placed the level on top of the sawhorses or boards, and worked it until I was happy.
At some point, I may protect the sawhorses with a clear finish of some sort. But I also have plans to bring the works indoors during winter, so that will help avoid deterioration.
Taking mental note to leave everything loose so it’s easy to carry back in…
(or use for other things… always thinking ahead!)
Who am I kidding? I just want to make things the
lazy easy way.
Do you remember my pressure washing post? I landed these great fence boards from a neighbour down the road, and had them stored, waiting for a new job. Perfect!
The boards were much heavier and heftier than a 2×4. And I’m pretty sure they’re treated, because they showed very little deterioration. Excellent choice for this idea!
The boards were sanded with a palm sander, then a ‘sloppy’ coat of Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement was added for partial coverage.
Fusion is outdoor durable, so this made that task pretty much instant.
The white paint toned down the orange tone of the boards perfectly!
You can read more about my own Fusion tips HERE if desired.
The planks were then placed loosely on top of the sawhorses, leaving small spaces in between, to allow water and soil to sift through. If I don’t want soil to fall through, they can be moved tighter for the short term.
Without lifting a nail.
And now I want to pot flowers! Guess I’d better go get some… what enticement. What took me so long?
Next, bring on the pretty! A surprise project and full reveal is tomorrow. Here’s a peek!
Can you see what I see? Who else thinks this kinda setup would work for them?
Part 1 – removing the damaged – you are here
Part 2 – building a sawhorse potting bench – you are here