Potting Bench Makeover

A year ago, I created a potting bench area on the lower porch of my home.

You can view last year’s potting bench here.

It looked like this:


A vintage enamel top table that I added a skirt to . . .

~ ~ and placed a garden bench on the table as a “shelf unit”.

After a year, the skirt was looking a little sad and needed to be replaced.

Potting Bench 2014

So off to the fabric store I go . . .

~ ~ to get a “happy fabric”.

Potting Bench 2014

Potting Bench 2014

Potting Bench 2014

My potting bench . . . A place where I can fill my flower pots with pretty plants.

A place where I can store all my planting materials . . .

~ ~ neatly stored behind the gathered skirt.

Clay flower pots

Potting Bench 2014

Potting Bench 2014

A garden bench re-purposed into a potting bench shelf . . .

~ ~ holds my vintage garden tools . . that I often use!

Potting Bench 2014

Potting Bench 2014

A garden bench that was given to me by my sister many years ago . . .

~ ~ she found it at craft fair and knew I would love it . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ as the back had beautifully painted birdhouses.

Potting Bench 2014

Potting Bench 2014

The chair seat received a new pot of flowers . .

Potting Bench 2014

Potting Bench 2014

This potting bench and outdoor grill area is under the pergola . . .

~ ~ just outside the room of my craft room and my granddaughter’s space.


Where you can also have a view of this . . .


this . . .


this . . .


and these . . . one of my hydrangeas just starting to produce flowers . . .

~ ~ all covered in some “deer netting”.

Potting Bench 2014

I am ready now to get the veranda into shape with the help of my potting bench.

Hope you have a beautiful day among the flowers you love!

I am joining:

At the Picket Fence Fun in the Sun Summer Party

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Cedar Hill Farmhouse for The Scoop

From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursdays

Ivy and Elephants for What’s It Wednesday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

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  1. Good morning, Shirley I just love your pretty front porch.

    Great potting station too. Hope you have a great week,

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  2. I love the new fabric and your porch area is like visiting a resort.
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  3. Just perfect! The colors are fun – I love the skirt!
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  4. So pretty! I love the fabric!

    Happy Monday Shirley!
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  5. What a perfect area to have a potting bench! You have accessorized it beautifully! Your chair is so cute! I know you really enjoy working here.

  6. Hi Shirley, So pretty and tranquil, would love to sit a spell and have a nice cold glass of ice tea (un-sweet with lemon). You inspire me to get outside an commune with nature. Enjoy your space and have a wonderful day.

  7. Oh how beautiful Shirley! I need one of those:) Love the skirt and pretty vibrant fabric. Your hanging ferns look amazing!

  8. Such cute fabric….and a handy potting bench. I love your rockers and view from your porch. So very relaxing!

  9. That looks so nice. I like the idea of using fabric to cover the underside of the table. Do you use a special outdoor fabric? I don’t have a potting bench set up. I just store everything in our garage and plant things in the area that they’ll be used. Having a potting bench probably makes it a lot easier!

  10. What a beautiful potting bench Shirley !!!
    It’s on my list of things to do – thanks so much for the inspiration – this is just so pretty!
    Hugs from Montreal,
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  11. It’s such a cute potting bench, Shirley. I love the new fabric.
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  12. Great new fabric!

  13. Love the new fabric on the potting bench, great colors. I had a bench very similar to that years ago, I may have mentioned t hat last year. Sure wish I held on to it. Your porch is always so pretty! Hope you getting c ontrol of those deer.

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  14. Very cute- love the skirting. It’s a cute little nook area and the potted chair is adorable. I’m going to share the netting idea with a friend who struggles with deer eating her flowers and such.
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  15. I love the new fabric you chose for your potting bench! The blue chair looks great there too.
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  16. What a beautiful view you have from your front porch WOW. I would be in the rocking chair with a sweet tea looking at your view. The potting table looks really good and love the fabric – good choice.
    Shirley, you have a beautiful home inside and out. How did Sweetie’s room turn out – bet she feels so good at having her own space at your house.
    Have a terrific week.
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  17. Shirley, your potting bench is so cute! Love the new fabric…it’s so cheery and happy! This is a great spot for potting up all of those gorgeous plants that you have! You have such lovely views all around!
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  18. Love the fabric you chose for the skirt, Shirley! Your potting bench is great. I always wanted one and probably would have gotten one if we hadn’t moved. I had a nice long patio at our old house that it would have been a nice addition, plus I figure it would have come in handy during BBQ’s to hold food or drinks.
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  19. I just love your potting table/area, your porch and your yard! You are a hard worker to have it all looking so beautiful. I have a table like yours, that used to belong to my parents. I do believe it is going to be my next project. We have allowed the cats to eat off of it and it is almost ruined. Time to take it back! Have a great week!
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  20. Your potting bench is so cute! Love the new happy fabric you found for it.
    BTW, I think I’m going to need to get some deer netting. For the first time ever, they’re eating my hydrangeas! I know you can empathize with my frustration!!!!!
    Mary Alice
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  21. Jeanette Price says

    You always put your heart and soul into everything and it really shows. It looks so lovely back there. You do know I could come from your porch to back here and hang out too. You have so many places I would love to sit:)

  22. Shirley, the potting table is so darling and useful. Love the skirt it gives it a fun touch.
    Have a Loverly day!

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  23. I could hang out on that porch of yours for hours. Love the fabric on the potting table.
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  24. Shirley, what a beautiful, happy place to ‘play’ with your flowers and plants! 🙂

  25. Oh how lovely Shirley! I could sit out there all day.
    Thanks for your sweet comment on my post.
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  26. Oh Shirley! You must spend a LOT of time on your porch! Not only is it utterly charming, but the scenery is so lovely too!

    My mom had a bench that was very similar to yours. Sure wish I had it now, but I will live vicariously through you :).
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  27. Your potting bench is fabulous…..love the new fabric!!! Such a beautiful porch…..your ferns are so beautiful too :o)
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  28. I remember this potting bench, and I still wish I could have one! Our HOA frowns upon “outbuildings of any proportion, make, or model” so I probably won’t ever be able to. Oh, well, I can live through you!

    Your outdoor area is always a breath of fresh air! Such pretty views all around! I love it that you actually have the Boston ferns hanging from the porch ceiling & rocking chairs as all of us Midwesterners envision that Southerners do! Well, of COURSE, you do! Where else on earth would you fan yourself, have a conniption fit, and sip your sweet tea? 😉

    Beautiful, Shirley! Enjoy it all!!!
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  29. What a pretty fabric, Shirley! I love the new look of the potting bench.
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  30. Nice touch to the porch…

  31. Your home is just gorgeous and every area is perfection to me. You are truly blessed. XO
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  32. Love the happy new blooming fabric you chose for your Potting Bench Shirley!
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  33. Love you bench Shirley! Thanx for sharing at THT.
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  34. SUPER cute!! what a great idea to put a skirt around it….adorable for sure!
    ~Karla & Karrie
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  35. I want a veranda … very Gone with the Wind! Love the updated bench – and your gorgeous ferns and hydrangeas!
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  36. Liked the new fabric Shirley! Loved how the colors pop. We could use that on our fairy house this weekend.

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