Sunday, June 15, 2014

Potting Bench Challenge

Ah, I survived my show and had a fun day of selling, seeing friends, chatting, and finally relaxing. As part of this show, Junk Fest, the show organizers gave 6 of us junkers an old cast iron sink and challenged us to make a potting bench with it.  Here is what I came up with:
reclaimed wood potting bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/06/potting-bench-challenge.html

Very me, I know, which it should be, right?
reclaimed wood potting bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/06/potting-bench-challenge.html
I thought I was going all out, but holy shmoly--mine was small and simple compared to the others.  I didn't win, but my bench sold early in the day and I was happy about that.  Of course, I had to use my brightly colored reclaimed wood.

I added a drawer for potting soil. 
reclaimed wood potting bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/06/potting-bench-challenge.html
The drawer pull is a brass sprinkler fitting.
reclaimed wood potting bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/06/potting-bench-challenge.html
I included small shelves on the upper back board. One is perfect for a hoe head twine holder,
reclaimed wood potting bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/06/potting-bench-challenge.html
and one for some soap and a scrub brush.
reclaimed wood potting bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/06/potting-bench-challenge.html
And what potting bench doesn't need a bottle opener in case you need something cool to drink after that hard work?
reclaimed wood potting bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/06/potting-bench-challenge.html
A trowel towel holder,
reclaimed wood potting bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/06/potting-bench-challenge.html
rusty nails for tool hooks,
reclaimed wood potting bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/06/potting-bench-challenge.html
and a clipboard chalkboard are some of the other details I included (Yes, tomatoes is spelled wrong, I fixed it!).
reclaimed wood potting bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/06/potting-bench-challenge.html
The sink works--hubby helped with the plumbing.  You hook it up to a hose--I made sure to make a tall faucet for watering cans. The sink has a drain hose out the back.
reclaimed wood potting bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/06/potting-bench-challenge.html
This bench would make an awesome outdoor buffet too!  
reclaimed wood potting bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/06/potting-bench-challenge.html
So while it wasn't the winner, I was glad I stayed true to my style and I am happy it has a new home.
reclaimed wood potting bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/06/potting-bench-challenge.html

22 comments:

  1. It's awesome! A definite winner in my book.

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  2. I love it! Cool colors and perfect accessorizing!

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  3. Delightful potting bench! Anyone would enjoy working on it. Is this show televised?

    Blessings,
    Dianne
    www.sweetjourneyhome.com

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  4. Great colors and so useful and pretty! Love it! It's a winner in my book!

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  5. I love it! and of course it is so you, and so it should be! :)

    happy it found a new home so quickly.

    I'd probably panic at the thought of a challenge! yikes!

    gail

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  6. I love it! Love the use of color, it looks so cheerful!

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  7. Love it and yes, it is you! I saw something like this...not near as cute at a recent glamping trip and was planning on making one and I love your version. I have an old sink so will adapt some of your ideas to mine, if it's ok??? I want it here when my friends come camping in the fall.

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    1. Thanks, and you bet, I would love to see yours when you are done!

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  8. It's a winner to me! Adorable and so you!

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  9. Yes!!! It's very you but I love it!!!
    xxx

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  10. I think it's amazing. You thought of every detail. Pinned :)

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  11. Becky, I literally gasped when I saw this on Hometalk yesterday -- you're amazingly talented!

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  12. This is gorgeous Becky! I love how colourful it is...and that sink oh my! Love it all!

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  13. OMG, I'm in love with this potting bench. It's perfect!

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  14. Becky,
    thanks so much for sharing this charming potting bench. Love all the color...sink and clip board.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  15. Oh my gosh Becky - I NEED this for my backyard - this is fantastic - love that you made it so colorful!
    Saw it at Coastal Charm and it was the first thing I gravitated to - love love love !
    xoxo

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