Today I am excited to show you how I made my potting bench from repurposed shutters and a desk! My potting bench was first seen at My Repurposed Life last year.
I usually start looking for projects to do from my stash of collected free stuff that is
overtaking the back porch. I knew that I wanted to do something with these old shutters my friend had given me and I was going to see if I could turn them into some benches. As I was getting them out to look at them I noticed this desk...
This bad boy was in pretty rough shape. It was another one of my free finds from Craig's list and it had been on my back porch for too many years. As I looked at it, and had my shutters in my hands, I had one of those magic moments...pure inspiration. Apparently benches were not going to win out, I had a better idea.
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In order for my idea to work I needed to cut the shutters in half. I removed the hardware...
Then after measuring the halfway point I used my trusty Kreg Rip-Cut and Ryobi Circular Saw combo to cut them in half. These tools are a match made in heaven.
I was left with 4 shutters.
After a quick dry fit on the top of the desk I knew my potting bench was going to work! They were the perfect size! I marked for pocket holes and got to work.
Using my K5 I drilled pocket holes for attaching the shutters together.
The bottom pieces of the shutters were a thinner material, about 1/2'' thick so I used my Kreg Micro Drill Guide System to drill smaller pocket holes. This helps to avoid splitting. These pocket holes will attach the shutters to the top of the desk.
I attached the back shutters together with Gorilla Glue and 1 1/4'' pocket hole screws. You can see I made sure to clamp the wood first.
Next, I attached the side shutters to the back shutters. For this I used my Right Angle Clamp to drill in the first few screws, then removed it to finish the last ones.
As I was working I realized that a shelf would be really nice to have, and I discovered that the 1x2 wood pieces that I had removed from the shutters would be perfect! I started by cutting two pieces the length of the back shutters then I cut for small pieces to make the shelf support.
It was really quick to put them together with wood glue and finish nails.
When I attached the shelf support to the shutters I nailed them on first, then pre-drilled holes and added screws at an angle, securing them in the middle and on the ends.
Next up was finding wood for the top of the shelves and a bottom shelf. I ended up using some of the free deck wood that I used to build my Entry Table made from Reclaimed Lumber. I placed two boards on the bottom, and realized that I needed to rip a third board to complete the shelf.
I used my favorite too combo again and busted it out in no time!
Wood glue and clamps were necessary to get the drawer in working order, it was really struggling before this fix up job.
After getting all the deck wood cut for the shelves I did another dry fit. It was looking good! Notice that the very top deck boards are smaller, I cut some in half to make them fit better.
The deck boards got a very good sanding and then I stained them with Rustoleum's Kona. I also sealed them with three coats of poly, sanding between coats 1 and 2. My bench will be on a covered patio, otherwise I would have used a spar poly, which is better for an outdoor finish.
Here I am attaching my shutters to the desk top, with my smaller micro screws. Then I gave everything a very good cleaning.
This was my first project using myHomeRight Max Pro , and I LOVED it, and I still do! I used Gail's chalk paint recipe and an oops paint to prime the whole thing. And it took me less than 10 minutes to prime, awesome. There is NO way I could have painted those shutter in that time!
When I went to add my final paint color I forgot to strain my paint first, it was an oops paint and was older and you should always strain older paint before putting it into a sprayer to avoid clogging. When I realized this, I strained it, and had no clogging afterwards. Can you see the chunks of dried paint on my
screen door mesh, ahem...high tech straining cloth? It was a happy ending and I got my potting bench painted in record time and I was loving the color!
I added my old deck boards, which were now nicely finished, with my Ryobi nail gun , and called it a day!
Not bad for a spur of the moment inspired project!
And a shot from the back. You can see I choose not to fill the pocket holes here, because no one will see them, and I am lazy.
Look how useful it is! I really like the charm the shutters add.
Plus they are handy. A peg board shelf pin worked great to hang this dollar store pot to hold supplies.
Don't forget you need a place for tools too!
That desk drawer is perfect for items as well, and how about that bottom shelf to hold bags of soil! Whoop!
Why not add plants to make the shelves pretty...
I love how my dollar store pots dressed up with contact paper add some fun pops of color.
Some of these plants are real and some I just grabbed from the house to add some more green, cause I still need to go shopping for more...
I love the stained wood and paint combo, plus is doesn't hurt that this is my favorite color. ;)
For a free repurposed random project I am pretty happy with the results!
Do you need a potting bench? Maybe you have some old furniture laying around and you could build your own!
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