DIY: Potting Table from Pallets (Spring & Summer Garden Projects)
DIY: Potting Bench from reclaimed wood

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Last Saturday I finally managed to finish my potting table. Because of Easter and a migrain attack I couldn’t post it untill today, though. The table is made of old pallets and I painted it a nice blue. All accessoiries (minus the 1.5L. pot and the little white watering can) are bought at the thriftstore – I love every piece! I will show you how I made it below.

First I dismantled 2 pallets and started with the table top. I sawed 10 pieces in the same length. Then 4 for the outside and 2 for underneath, for extra stability. I just glued those last 2 pieces of wood with sealant (deposit?). P. tacked the sides onto the table top with a tacker that works with the air compressor.

For the table legs I sawed 8 pieces of the same length. First they measured 100 cm but I thought that was too high so we sawed off 10 cm :) I used 4 pallet blocks for extra stability; one for each leg.

Finally I sawed 2 pieces to put between the legs. It makes the table even more stabil plus they serve to hold a shelf below. I made the shelf the same way as the top, just a bit smaller so it would fit. This time I used screws to hold everything together. The shelf just rests onto both sides, there was no need to tack or screw it onto the legs. After that I sanded the whole table. It took a while but I wanted it to be as smooth as possible.

To ‘pimp’ the table a little bit, I decided to make a little chalk board. I used a left-over piece of pallet wood and sanded it. I taped off the borders and with some homemade chalkpaint (this time black lacquer and a bit of grout) I painted it in.
I cut an old necklace (that was way too heavy to wear) and used some of the wooden beads as knobs so I can hang some little tools onto the table if I want to. I sanded them to give them a bit of a distressed look. The table wasn’t supposed to be painted at that time.

This is how the potting table looked by then (the last photo above). I liked it already but still, I couldn’t decide whether to paint it or not. I thought, without some color, there was something missing. So after some thinking, I went to the DIY store and bought a nice light blue, matte paint. Actually it’s supposed to be painted on walls but what the heck ;) And it worked just fine! The brand is called ‘Histor’ and the color’s name is ‘Bries’ (S 1030-B10G). Some clear varnish to protect everything against rain and such and I was ready.
I can’t wait to move on with our backyard re-do. The weather was very bad, these last days. I hope to show you some more by the end of the week!

What do you think of all the old accessoiries on the table? Oh, I love going thriftstore shopping :) I even bought more but well…. there wasn’t more room, hehe, so I need to make some shelves to hang onto the fence. You’ll see it all when I’m ready!

If you want to see my other ‘Spring & Summer Garden Projects’ so far, click here!

Heidi

I’m linking this project up to:

Not JUST a Housewife
Nutmeg Place
The Shabby Creek Cottage
House of Hepworths
Gluesticks

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DIY: Planter from an old Fence (Spring & Summer Garden Projects)
DIY: Planter from an old Fence

 

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Actually I wanted to show you the making of my pallet potting table today, as I thought it was ready. But I still doubted if I should paint it a nice color as a finishing touch. Tonight I decided to do just that, so I still can’t don’t want to show you the potting table now. Maybe tomorrow!

But I also made a nice planter as a spring gift for my sister M. She lives in Germany (Winterberg) and came to visit us today with her husband and one of her sons. Although I knew that she loved the planter that I made last week, I wanted to make something totally different.

It was team work, as P. tacked and nailed the wooden pieces together. The tacker we needed for this works with an air compressor and I’m (still) too afraid for it’s power. I also need to learn how to hammer nails in straight because I always hit them wrong!
But there was enough work for me as you can see here….

I sawed 7 pieces out of an old fence that we had, sanded it smooth and painted on one layer of dark brown acrylic stain. 3 Peaces for the bottom, 4 pieces for the sides.
Ofcourse you can also take pallet wood for this!
We are using the same stain to paint all fences in our backyard – I love the dark but warm color! One can (2,5 liter) only costet 3,95 Euro (for the Dutch: we got it at the ‘Action’). We bought 8 cans, as we plan to make a pallet floor and a pallet shed for our backyard too and it looks better when they have the same color as the fences.

Then I sawed 4 small pieces to put in the edges and stained them too (ofcourse).

I had a nice wooden knob laying around plus 4 round shelf legs (feet) that I once bought in my favorite thriftstore. I thought they would give the planter a sweet look. What do you think?
The feet needed 3 layers of stain!

And here is the finished planter. I put some small plants in it, just for the photo. My sister loved it and she promised me to send me a picture as soon as she had her own plants in it. That will take a couple of weeks, as they live in the mountains, where it still freezes at night. There’s even a chance they’ll have snow again in the next few days.
The planter looks a bit like a drawer, don’t you think? So if you don’t want to make one from the scratch, you can also use an old drawer ;)

Tomorrow, P. and I hope to make one more for my mother-in-law too. I just hope I’ll be able to find some nice shelf legs (feet) again. If not, I’ll use some wooden blocks or so.
But first, I’ll go thriftstore shopping in the morning with C. and mother-in-law. And afterwards, I hope to find a beautiful color of paint for my potting table. I’ll cross my fingers that it won’t be raining!

Heidi

 

Linking this project up to:

Nutmeg Place
Fine Craft Guild
House of Hepworths

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DIY: Flower Pots from printed Tin Cans (Spring & Summer Garden Projects)
DIY: Flower Pots from printed Tin Cans (Spring & Summer Garden Projects)

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When I was in the thriftstore, last Saturday, I spotted 2 lovely printed tin cans. A blue one, used for chocolate and a silver one, used for cookies. I thought they would make lovely flower pots for our backyard.
I already had 3 other tin cans so I decided to use all 5.

First, I drilled some little holes in the bottom so excessive water is able to drain off.
Then I put in enough potting soil and planted some different, fresh flower plants. Done!

Although it’s a very simple little project, I think it’s very cute. I can hardly wait ’till the flower plants start blooming!

Heidi

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