I had this adorable little kids hutch sitting in my basement, and I was unsure what to do with it. I was messing around with ideas for Ryan's outdoor space and thought how cute it would be to give her a mini potting bench to match mine. But I didn't know what to use for it or how to build a potting bench. A light bulb moment struck, and I dug this little hutch from the basement!
Painting The Potting Bench
I started by painting the hutch. I used Fusion Mineral Paint in the color bayberry. It is a pretty sage green and perfect for an outdoor space. I used two coats to cover the hutch completely. I decided not to distress this piece.
Sealing The Potting Bench
To seal the potting bench, I needed to use something that was going to hold up to the elements. I had an outdoor deck sealant on hand and decided to use that. It actually had a bit of a dark tint to it and gave my potting bench the perfect aged finish. It took about a day to dry, and now has a smooth hard finish. I think it's going to hold up long term but only time will tell.
Decorating the Potting Bench
Once the rain stopped here in Michigan, we brought the potting bench outside. Ryan was so excited, as she just started loving digging in the dirt and planting flowers. I let her decide what she wanted to use to style her potting bench and she chose a few plants from inside the house, and I gave her a few extra pots that I had laying around too.
For your kids potting bench, you can just pick up a collection of terra cotta pots for them to use. If you don't feel comfortable with them using ceramic, snag a pack of plastic pots for them to use instead.
For the time being, I set the potting bench right outside her playhouse. If you missed that project, you can see how we bought a playhouse kit and gave that a makeover here! When she's not using it, we place it inside of the playhouse just to keep it lasting even longer!