recycle art : whimsical potting bench

// April 10th, 2012 // Re-use projects

Whimsical potting bench (click to enlarge).

Whimsical potting bench (click to enlarge).

My main goals when building this potting bench were to re-use materials wherever possible, and to keep the costs to an absolute minimum.

After building a lumber box to tame and sort the timber I had, I was able to determine that I did not have sufficient timber to build a potting bench to the design I had chosen, however the top of an old table which a friend had given me was disintegrating and so was in need of replacement, making it a perfect if somewhat quirky candidate for the base of the potting bench.

Drop-side table - before re-use for potting bench.

Drop-side table – before re-use for potting bench.



As the project evolved, I experimented with different ideas to complement the odd combination of materials. I finished it off with a few playful touches such as a window and planter box, and incorporated a portable sink (which was the only item I purchased for this project).



summary of materials used:

  • Old table (table top was removed as it was disintegrating) – free, given from friend.
  • Hardwood tongue & groove floor boards – free.
  • Hardwood decking off-cuts – free.
  • Treated pine posts – free.
  • Treated pine slats – free.
  • Old sash window frame – free, from demolition site.
  • Oven racks – free, found in council clean-up.
  • Utility hook – leftover from previous project.
  • Hose reel – free, re-used.
  • Towel/utensil rail – free, re-used.
  • Hughie Sink (portable plastic sink) – $24.95

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