Have you all seen the new potting bench trend filling your Pinterest feed? I have and I’ve kind of fallen in love. So much so that I decided I needed a potting bench. Do I have a green thumb? No. But hopefully this gives me the motivation I need to learn how to grow some pretty plants and flowers.
We created this potting bench using reclaimed wood we had laying around. It cost us $0. The workbench was in the basement when we bought this old farmhouse. The window was a gift. And the studs were from our nursery renovation and are from the 1800’s.
Total time to build this potting bench was less than an hour! I urge you to challenge yourself and try to recycle materials to build one for yourself! I showed my husband a few inspiration photos but for the most part we winged it, and it was so easy!
Potting Bench Tutorial
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Measure the base of your window and cut a stud the exact same length. Our window was 34 3/8″ wide so we cut a stud 34 3/8″ long.
Use a level to make sure your board is straight and attach to back of workbench using nailer.
Now it’s time to cut the side studs that will frame your window. These need to be the the same length as the height of your window. Our window was 33 1/2″ tall so we cut (2) studs at 33 1/2″ long.
Nail first side stud in place. Use the framing nailer to nail to workbench and 3″ nails.
Set window in place and nail second side stud in place.
To help secure your window, nail at an angle penetrating wood window frame and stud. Use your finish nailer when nailing through the window frame. If you use a framing nailer for this, you will most likely crack the window. Do this several times, taking care not to crack the glass.
Cut top piece by measuring from edge of the first side stud to the edge of the second side stud. Our top stud ended up measuring 42 1/2″ long because our window was 34 3/8″ wide and the side studs were a little over 4″ wide each.
Nail top stud into place by nailing all the way across the top of the window frame.
For added structure, cut two studs at 45 degrees. These can be any length you want.
Nail side supports into place on each side of the potting bench.
This helps your window frame from swaying and adds firm support to the window.
Now comes the fun part, using and styling your potting bench with all kinds of flowers and plants!
Styling Your Potting Bench
Since this potting bench will take residence on our front deck, I had to find decor that would last through outdoor weathering. I picked up several terra cotta pots, a metal sign, some metal hooks, an enamel pan and some old metal tool drawers to use as planters.
For Mother’s Day, my husband took me to our favorite local greenhouse to pick up some plants for my potting bench as well. We chose to use lots of greens and pinks in our planters.
We placed the terra cotta pots up top on the potting bench and used bright vibrant flowers in them.
I also found those metal watering cans in Hobby Lobby’s spring section and hubby turned them into planters by drilling some drainage holes in the bottom. I purchased one of the larger ones and one of the small ones.
I also added some cast iron hooks to hang our potting tools from.
We repurposed these old rusty green metal tool caddy’s into planters by drilling holes in the bottom as well. They fit perfectly under the potting bench and will last great in crazy Michigan weather because they’re metal!
I also chose to hang up a faux garden rake and shovel on the hooks since we don’t plant very often. In fact we’ve already gotten all of our landscaping and deck planters finished so we are done for the season, wa-hoo!!
Wow, that was a photo filled post. Can you tell I was excited to show y’all my potting bench? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Do you love the new potting bench trend just as much as I do?!