Rustic shed reveal with sawhorse potting bench and old rake sign for garden tools

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Rustic shed reveal with sawhorse potting bench and old rake sign for garden tools | made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils & Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net
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When I was asked to create some garden themed stencils, one of the first ideas that popped into my mind was something to do with a potting bench.

A potting bench was something that would entice you outdoors, keeping you creating, through the beauty of flowers and plants.

Plus, I wanted a bench! Hey… maybe I’d even garden. 🙂

But nothing ever materialized.

Until the crate broke in front of the shed… YES!

So a ‘rustic shed reveal with sawhorse potting bench and old rake sign for garden tools’ transpired!

Rustic potting shed sign with an old rake to hold garden tools, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils & Fusion paint / funkyjunkinteriors.net
Potting SHED seemed to hold more promise than just a bench… an entire shed for the whole experience?! I’m certainly game!

Now, if you know my style at all, you know I love productive junk.

So let’s make a Potting Shed sign, with a fun twist! This one will utilize an old rake to hang garden tools.

Rustic potting shed sign with an old rake to hold garden tools, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils & Fusion paint / funkyjunkinteriors.net

How to make this old rake Potting Shed sign.

Supplies: (contains some affiliate links)

2 reclaimed wood planks

Potting Shed stencil – stencil store

Fusion Mineral Paint – Casement & Chocolate – Fusion’s website

Palm sander – Amazon affiliate link

Rustic potting shed sign with an old rake to hold garden tools, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils & Fusion paint / funkyjunkinteriors.net

a) Two boards were fit together, to accommodate the Potting Shed stencil size.

b) Fusion’s Casement (white) was coated in the main areas of the boards where the stencil would be placed, for higher visibility.

Rustic potting shed sign with an old rake to hold garden tools, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils & Fusion paint / funkyjunkinteriors.net
c) Decide on placement of rake and graphics.

Note: Tours until Dusk was positioned to be inside the rake.

Rustic potting shed sign with an old rake to hold garden tools, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils & Fusion paint / funkyjunkinteriors.net

d) Using Fusion’s Chocolate, stencil Tours Until Dusk first, then move up Potting Shed, to miss most of the rake.

Rustic potting shed sign with an old rake to hold garden tools, made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils & Fusion paint / funkyjunkinteriors.net
e) Using just the flowers from the Potting Shed stencil, apply them along the bottom of the sign, just short of the rake sides.

Tip: Every time the flowers were stencilled, I flipped the stencil around, and positioned the stencil  higher or lower than the last, so the flowers would appear more random.

Potting shed sign with an old rake that holds garden tools on a rustic garden shed | made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils & Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net
f) Using a palm sander, lightly hit the sign in random places for a naturally weathered appearance.

g) And add rusty junk jewelry for good measure! Ok… and to hold the boards together. I just love the character it adds.

And here’s the rest of the shed!

Potting shed sign with an old rake that holds garden tools on a rustic garden shed | made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils & Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net

As I was planting away, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to take a few shots with it really being used. This is not a staged shoot!

Isn’t it even pretty in all its messy glory?

Potting shed sign with an old rake that holds garden tools on a rustic garden shed | made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils & Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Potting shed sign with an old rake that holds garden tools on a rustic garden shed | made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils & Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net
After everything was potted up, I simply hosed off the top, and it was a done deal. It really works!

Sawhorse potting shed bench placed over a flowerbed, part of a rustic shed redo using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils & Fusion Mineral Paint |funkyjunkinteriors.net
Some galvanized goods were stacked for storage underneath the bench, and as garden fillers. It really is a potting bench in action, plus a garden feature!

Sawhorse potting shed bench placed over a flowerbed, part of a rustic shed redo using Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils & Fusion Mineral Paint |funkyjunkinteriors.net
You may have noticed some boards missing from the top of the potting bench, compared to the first draft.

Rustic shed reveal with sawhorse potting bench and old rake sign for garden tools | made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils & Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net

The option for a shelf or table size is awesome!

The shelf allows the sun and rain to hit the plants below. And when more working space is required, 3 more planks plunked on top will do the trick.

I honestly found the shelf size to be perfect for working.

Rustic shed reveal with sawhorse potting bench and old rake sign for garden tools | made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils & Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Recognize that oil funnel from my branch ladder flower stand?

I replaced the wire vine with a new one. Love it!

Rustic shed reveal with sawhorse potting bench and old rake sign for garden tools | made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils & Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net

rustic shed before
Rustic shed reveal with sawhorse potting bench and old rake sign for garden tools | made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils & Fusion Mineral Paint | funkyjunkinteriors.net
Welcome back, cute little rustic shed! I just love your new summer outfit… it’s so… productive! 🙂
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Read the whole series HERE or:

Part 1 – removing the damaged

Part 2 – building a sawhorse potting bench

Part 3 – shed reveal with potting bench and new sign – you are here


Potting Shed : Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils
Find the stencil Potting Shed HERE or visit a Fusion Mineral Paint Merchant for paint or stencils HERE

Visit more projects made with Old Sign Stencils HERE

Visit 7 garden themed sign projects HERE

Disclosure: the stencils are from my own line, and Fusion Mineral Paint gave me the paint to work with. I however was not compensated for this project.
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  1. I love my potting bench on the side of my shed and I use it all the time! Love the sign with the rake… Great idea! I need to clean up under mine, flowers are a great idea!

  2. Donna, the finished product is just so fun and beautiful! I love how it makes me feel inspired to garden.

    The potting shed stencil/sign fits so perfect there.

    Great work!

  3. Oh so cute and so You! I love your style and keep up with all your projects as they are posted. Thanks so much for sharing them with all of us.

  4. Hello! Love the new post on your shed!!! Everything you do is my style! You are so talented!!!

  5. Donna,, I can’t even tell you how much I love this idea! Yes now begin your gardening….will be so easy to work there. LOVE IT!!!!!!? ? ? ?

    • Thanks Karen, and you are right! It’s easier with a starting point. Problem is, I keep tinkering on this and don’t go beyond it. Yet… 🙂

      Those emoticons you used are the cutest! I’ve never seen them before!

  6. This is awesome Donna – I love it and really like seeing all that dirt on the table. I knew you’d get inspired!! This made me think of my grandma’s rustic shovel that I keep near the house. If that shovel could talk, wow!
    I need to make something creative with it but before I do that I need to get some of that chocolate fusion paint. LOVE that Color!

  7. Just love the cute summer ‘outfit’ you’ve created for your shed. I’ve always liked this feature in your yard and now it’s even more fun. Well done!

  8. Loving it.. Looks special.. Just got my new stencils. Cant wait to use them. thanks so much. what’s next in the stencil world?

    Gail

    • Hi Gail! Thank you for the kudos and your stencil order!

      I have two new designs coming out within the month… and here’s a hint. They are all season, everyday types, two of the biggest suggested designs. It’s all about inside next round… more soon!

  9. Good morning, Donna

    You are so creative. Love the potting bench revel. As several of the posts said, your style is my style and that is very true in my case also.

    Thank you,

  10. Donna, Better Homes and Gardens has nothing on you! This is magazine perfect…you did a fabulous job and I love it. You are so dang creative. What a wonderful blessing 🙂

  11. Donna, this is really homey, useful, and inspiring. I actually like both the before and after. The before, because the window shows up so well, and the After because it is so utilitarian.
    You made great use of the stencils, too. Yup. It’s a winner.

    • Hi Lisa, yes, those are grapes! I don’t prune the bushes heavily, so the yield each fall is pretty large. I call the neighbours over to help themselves when ripe… it’s too much for us.

      I just like to putz around in the yard and grab a few for a snack while working. I leave the juicing and jam making for my neighbours… and then they share. What a great working relationship… haha

  12. Donna I’m loving this so much and your stencil sign is gorgeous and perfect for this potting bench. One of the things I love about this bench is how high the bench is, no back-breaking bending while potting up your pretty’s, that is one reason I have never bought a potting bench I knew I would have to have a stool so I could sit because they are to low.
    You have done a great job putting this together with your sign and the flowers.Is there anything prettier than old wood and flowers? Thanks for all the inspiration you give us.

    • Hey Patty! I agree! The height turned out perfect for a stand up bench! The key were those sawhorses that I had sitting around doing nothing for at least a year. This was a fun (and easy) challenge!

      Keep your eyes open for some… so many people toss them!

  13. Oh my oh my! Land sakes, Donna, I love it! Especially the part of the rake on the stenciled sign. What a cool use for a rake. It reminds of when my mother-in-law used a large rake in the bath to hang towels from. And the rusty junk jewelry! Awesome! Now I’ve gushed and gushed and had fun. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Just beautiful! (and very functional too!) I’ve been thinking about making some sort of “junk” water feature for my back patio. Something not too big, made of rusty gold with a circulating little pump. I’ve never made a water feature before. Any ideas you might want to share??

    • Hey Sharon! I’ve always wanted to make one too. At the moment, I have no idea what to suggest, but I was thinking of using an old claw foot or metal tub of some kind with a small water fountain pump.

      I think as long as you find something that can be watertight, it could work! But I’ll let you know once I know… 🙂

  15. I love this!!! How do you get the black paint on there, with out it bleeding under the stencil? Do you roll it, or stipple… I hate the leaks, and sometimes sanding just doesn’t get rid of it. And I use a light hand, but it doesn’t always work. What type of paint do you prefer to use when you do these projects?
    Thanks Donna,
    ~debbie~

    • Thanks Debora!

      The trick to super sharp lines is seriously a dry brush. Just dab most of the paint off onto a rag, then tap with a stencil brush.

      As for paint, I used Fusion Mineral Paint on these signs which worked wonderfully, especially outdoors! Acrylic craft paint works great too!

  16. Hi Donna, just love this, I bought the stencils off you last year but hoping to get the sign done very soon, I have all the bits and pieces it’s just the time! Could I please ask did you seal it with anything to protect from the weather? Thanks 😊

    • Hi Karen! Thanks for purchasing the stencils! I don’t clear coat any of my work. Using the right paint is key! Fusion Mineral Paint is made for indoors / outdoors, so there’s no need to worry. That said, if they weather a bit, I find that only enhances an old sign design. 🙂

      • Thanks so much Donna, that makes it a lot easier too. I will add Fusion Paint to my list and get moving to get it done! Love following what you do, you are so clever 🙂