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Friday, June 28, 2013

Potting Table/ WashStand or display. DIY

This started out to be a potting table ... but ... 
let's see what happened.

 In April we added a storage room to our workshop and I needed to burn or use a bunch of stuff ... Soooo ... I had a plan ...

I had this old screen I salvaged from an 1920's Art Deco house that was demolished ... just sitting behind the work shop for months, but still in sound condition. Needed to be stripped.

and four very weathered porch bannister pieces that were almost rotten ... 
well, in places, they were.  
Ace Vinyl Spackling saved them and we were able to make some tall legs by putting two together and adding a base. I just rubbed spackling in all the cracks and weathered places and it filled like magic.

We used our Kreg pocket hole jig to construct everything. (This was my Christmas present) ...

Papa John's Pizza just opened and we reclaimed the lumber they used to crate their signs and made the shelves and counter top, again, using the Kreg pocket hole jig. (love it!!!). 
Had to remove thousands of staples.

The stretchers between the legs were made from old window screen frame boards I saved when we replaced the window screens on our rental house that was built in 1940. Beautiful hardwood with minor rot and had been stored outside for years. 

We used these chair or rocker spindles/legs for extra support under one shelf. They had to be shortened and filled. 

Most of the assembly work was done on the work table with it flat on it's back. An old aluminium screen door guard, brackets, screen door handle and screen hook were used, along with a number 5 cut from old wood. Used my Cutting Edge Stencil for the first time. So easy !

 I did not use outdoor paint and have a wax finish on it, so it may not be suitable for outside. To make painting it easier; I painted each peice before I assembled it, but in the end, decided to use dark wax on it ... what a job!!

Would make a nice washstand or a display shelf in the bathroom, garden room, covered porch or maybe just anywhere. The bottom shelf is slatted, but the others are solid.

Top selves are 12" wide so they needed extra support. It is 32" wide, 22" deep and 82" tall.
Big and heavy. 

Everything used was recycled, reclaimed or re-purposed. The only thing new were the screws.

Would be awesome to display white ironstone, 
but no room in my house for it. 

So ... is it a potting table or not ??? 
What would you use it for?

Thanks for stopping by. 

Hope you are inspired to build something, maybe not as hard as this was, but let it challenge you. 

Linking to:

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One Room Three WaysDear Lillie


  1. That piece turned out wonderful! I think it would be used kind of like a Baker's Rack! Someone will just love it I am sure! You put a lot of work into it! Nancy

  2. It turned out beautifully.I can see it many places. If I had it , I can see it as a vanity in my hall bath. I prefer made pieces or dressers as such instead of the builder grade stuff. Or in the kitchen as a display piece or a coffee station or baking station. Sunroom as a display show piece...
    :-) Wish we lived closer.. I'd be asking you for a price .
    Hugs, Gee

  3. I would use it as a potting and project piece as well as display it would live on my office porch. Someone will love it. Take Care!

  4. I really love the finished product!!! Great job.

  5. What a great use of reclaimed stuff...It's what I call a year it is a potting bench..the next year it could be a display unit inside. You did a wonderful job...

    Have a great weekend!

  6. As always Audrey your imagination, artistic vision, skill and pure inventativeness blow me away.

  7. WOW! That is one fantstic looking vision. Beautiful job Audrey!

  8. Lovely Creation!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  9. Right inside the front door where it can be seen by everyone! Love everything about it - can't believe it did not sell

  10. This looks fantastic! I can't believe it didn't sell! Their loss, your gain!

  11. Omigosh Audrey! What a fabulous piece and so ingenious! I'd use this in the house, in the kitchen or dining room or even an entryway. What a wonderful job you did!

    Have a great day,


  12. You really had a vision on this piece Audrey. The paint tied all the pieces together and it is just awesome.

  13. Oh my GOSH!!! I love this. I would NOT use it as a potting table. I am afraid it would ruin it. I like the idea of a bakers rack in the kitchen. Or on a screened porch. If it were mine, I would most likel find room for it in my sewing room.

  14. I swear, Audrey girl, you have more talent in your little finger than some of us have in our whole bodies.
    This is just precious...and so unique. I love it and would use it ANYwhere I could find a spot. It's adorable....

  15. ...oops...did my comment get lost?

  16. It DID get lost...where do lost comments go??

    This is a fabulous piece, A.
    I just love it to pieces...
    xo bj

  17. This would be perfect in my sunroom Audrey! It's just beautiful! I love how you put it all together. Mr. B just loves his Kreg jig he got for Christmas several years ago :-) Thank you for sharing this at the party this week! I can't wait to see what you share next week!

  18. This is an amazing piece! Wish I were close, I just love it!

  19. This is bj's comment that got lost. Came to my mail box, but did not appear on my blog. Is this a common problem?

    bj has left a new comment on your post "Potting Table/ WashStand or display. DIY":

    I swear, Audrey girl, you have more talent in your little finger than some of us have in our whole bodies.
    This is just precious...and so unique. I love it and would use it ANYwhere I could find a spot. It's adorable....

    Posted by bj to Timeless Treasures at Thursday, July 04, 2013

  20. So cute! I would have bought it! I think it would make a great baker's rack in my kitchen. My kitchen....jus' sayin'.

  21. I don't know how I missed these last two posts of yours. I love this shelf...I like it for a potting bench, though I'd want to have it in a covered area. It would also be pretty for a buffet on a porch with a table set up for eating outside!
    so pretty. You do great work.


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