DIY Potting Table

A vintage enamel top table doubles as a potting table or bench.
I have a new potting table!

It started out life like this.

A vintage enamel top table doubles as a potting table or bench.
A little rough (to say the least).  Very, very rough.

But when I showed you how to restore a vintage enamel top table it came out looking like this.

A vintage enamel top table doubles as a potting table or bench.
Much, much better.

Well, a couple weeks ago I still had not moved it out of my kitchen down to the family room where it was going to live. And I needed to pot up some flowers.

So, I put one and one together and decided to move it outside temporarily to use as a potting table.

A vintage enamel top table doubles as a potting table or bench.

And I love it out here!

It’s actually been quite useful outside, because when it’s not doing potting table duties it can work as a small dining table.

A vintage enamel top table doubles as a potting table or bench.

I found the small metal trashcan online and it’s great for storing my potting soil.

A vintage enamel top table doubles as a potting table or bench.
And this is a Pepsi crate that I bought at an estate sale for $3.00.  It’s being repurposed into a gardening tool caddy (we’re a Coke family here, so I didn’t feel too bad in putting the Pepsi crate outside and making it work for a living).

 

A vintage enamel top table doubles as a potting table or bench.

So if you’ve always wanted a potting table or potting bench, but haven’t wanted to DIY a whole thing with power saws and all that.  And didn’t want to spend the money on buying one pre-made . . . maybe make one out of something you have around the house.

You just really need a sturdy table to get you going in the right direction after all.

EDITED TO ADD:  Some people have asked me about this plant.  It’s a coleus.

The place where I bought it didn’t have too much info on the tag other than “coleus”, but I think it is a Kong variety, which generally have huge leaves and taller plants.

They do well when they get just a little early morning or late afternoon sun, although some coleus love the sun.

A vintage enamel top table doubles as a potting table or bench.

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The other thing people are asking is about the small metal trashcan – you can find them on Amazon HERE.  And coleus plants/seeds can be found HERE.

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Comments

  1. says

    Pam – I am the same way with plants. I am trying to not buy so many this year..I really need to work on our front garden area before I do anything else.

    Your table is just adorable. I wish I had kept the old one I had! xo Diana

  2. says

    Hi. Thanks for stopping by. I planted the impatients in the coke crate. I put a plastic bag down on the bottom. I had to make sure everything didn’t run out the handles, hah. I just planted it two days ago. Hopefully it will fill out.

  3. says

    Gorgeous table!

    And can I ever relate to you. I can’t stop buying plants either. And don’t get me started if a garage sale has perennials that they divided for sale.

  4. says

    Well, isn’t that table handy? I love it as a potting bench. I’m the same way about plants…just keep buyin’ them. Usually because some start not looking so good and then I need to refresh things 😉

  5. says

    I think it is meant to be a potting table. It looks great out there with your new plants and the Pepsi crate. That is one cute table. I just love her.

  6. says

    great idea as a potting table!! I am looking for one too. I have a little potting shed and I think a table next to it would be so cute. So many projects…so little time. Have a wonderful day.

  7. says

    That is an amazing transformation on the top. You can’t see any signs of damage or wear. Wonderful choice of color.

    I am sure the drawer also comes in handy to keep tools close at hand.

  8. says

    It looks great outside as a potting table Pam! I love the Pepsi crate and coleus are so pretty, one of my favorite.
    Have a wonderful day!
    xo

  9. says

    What an awesome lookinng makeover you did on that table and I have the same problem with buyings plants…just so hard to stop:) Thanks so much for coming by my party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

  10. says

    i love that you have a bowl of door hardware, lol, that is cracking me up. that…thingamajig is very interesting! your flowers and porch look great-and i’m a coke gal, too. cherry coke zero, oh you better believe it!

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