I love using reclaimed wood to make projects, y’all know that! The reason? The cost! The only thing I have invested in this reclaimed wood potting bench are some screws, paint, time and energy. You will notice in the end, this also makes a great outdoor beverage station.
How to Build a Potting Bench from Reclaimed Wood
This is what I gathered to design my potting bench. An old door, reclaimed pickets, and some reclaimed lumber.
Make two sides for reclaimed wood potting bench
I quickly decided against using the door after I realized that I had enough reclaimed wood to make the entire potting bench. First, I started making 2 identical sides.
Notice I put the bottom boards toward the inside so I could rest a bottom shelf on them.
Reclaimed wood potting bench design stage
Nothing is secure yet, this is a dry fit to make sure I’m okay with the way things are going.
Use exterior wood screws to secure your boards
I secured each of the boards with screws and cut an extra board for the front of the base.
Then, I used more pickets for the back of the reclaimed wood potting bench. I clamped it in place as I used screws to secure it to the base.
Make any minor adjustments needed
There was a gap between the picket top, and the base leg, so I filled it in with a scrap board.
Simple potting bench | Outdoor Beverage Station
The potting bench was basically finished, but I thought it needed a little something else. Something that would also make this project perfect for an outdoor beverage station!
Add an upper shelf
I wanted to add a shelf. This is the point where I make extra work for myself. If I were to make sketches, I wouldn’t run into these issues. But I’m here to “teach” you so that you can get it right from the beginning. After I did a temporary dry fit for my shelf, I noticed that I could see the board in the back.
I clamped another board to the back, directly behind the shelf board. Not only will it look better, but it will help make the shelf sturdier. After attaching the shelf and the new board, I removed the board on top.
I love fast, easy, cheap projects! Did you see all the reclaimed wood I got last week? So many more projects in my future! Let's take one last look....
Who doesn't love whitewash?
I white washed it!
This isn't just a potting bench, it easily doubles as an outdoor beverage station! See how easy it is to achieve matching decor with spray paint!