You’ll love this affordable farmhouse-style potting bench!
We have been loving the warmer weather! It’s been great to spend more time outdoors. We’ve been spending a lot of time on our backyard because it was a MESS.
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At some point, someone gave it some love and planted some beautiful trees and gardens. But the previous owners let the weeds and overgrowth take over and it was looking pretty sad.
We made it a family event to get out and pick weeds, trim the trees, cut out dead bushes, and put down black mulch. It’s looking SO much better! But we’re only halfway done!
During this time we also planted our garden and it’s taking off. I decided this year that I wanted to add herbs to the list of things we’re growing. The more we grow, the more I want to branch out and try new things!
I ran across some plans on Ana White’s site after perusing Pinterest one day for a potting bench. I knew it would be the perfect addition to our gardening space!
The plans were easy and Eric was able to put it together in just a few hours. I love that man, he truly spoils me!
We’ve used Ana White’s plans for several builds and love her stuff! She provides free plans and has so many beautiful designs from tables to planters to chicken coops!
You can find the plans for the potting bench here, but I’m going to list the supply and cut list below because they are incorrect on her site. We wished we had read the comments and saved some frustrations!
Potting Bench Supplies and cut list
For the wood, the original plans called for regular wood but we purchased pressure-treated since it will be outside and we want it to last for a long time.
The dimensions of the bench are 4 feet wide with a standard counter height work surface and a shelf suitable for tools at about 14″ hanging heights.
3 – 8 foot 2x2s
3 – 8 foot 2x4s
4 – 8 foot 2x6s
120 – 2 1/2″ long wood screws
Exterior wood glue
Package of 1 1/4 inch cup hooks (to hang tools)
Making the cuts:
*Make the longest cuts first to make sure you get the full use of the wood! We didn’t do this and ended up having to go purchase an extra piece.
Front Legs: 2 – 2x4s at 34-1/2″
Back Legs: 2 – 2x4s at 53-1/2″
Slats: 10 – 2x6s at 15-1/2″
Front/Backs: 3 – 2x2s at 40″
Back: 1 – 2x4s at 40″
Top Back: 1 – 2×4 at 47″
Table Top: 3 – 2x6s at 48″
Top Shelf: 1 – 2×6 at 50″
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Building the Potting Bench
Here are some pics Eric took along the way showing the progress of the build. Refer to Ana White’s site for complete step-by-step instructions and a YouTube video with more details!
Here she is all finished and moved into place! The last step was to drill pilot holes and insert cap hooks to hang tools from! She was ready for use!
I LOVE how this project turned out! This potting table is so useful and I’ve already enjoyed using it for the herbs we bought at our local garden center!
I may stain it in the future, but I haven’t decided yet. I’m going to let it hang out for a while.
I purchased that cute “In the Garden” sign at Michael’s and you can find it here! It’s perfect over the potting table!
I found that cute vintage metal scoop at an antique shop. Now I’m on the hunt for a large vintage watering can and a few other fun gadgets to add to the bench!
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