While sitting on the deck enjoying our morning coffee I mentioned to Mr. Frugalista that I would love to have a potting bench/bar in our back yard. It was a beautiful warm sunny day and we decided right then and there that it was the perfect day to build one. So we quickly threw a plan together in our heads and headed over to Home Depot to pick up what we needed for our DIY Potting Bench and Outdoor Bar.
This was an easy afternoon project! Unfortunately we were so engrossed in our project that we forgot to take pictures during the process of building it. So here it is after a couple coats of stain. You can see we doubled up the lattice. Why? So it would hide our adjacent firewood pile and stack of pallets (for future projects *insert wink*.
So you're probably wondering why the heck did they cut a hole in the top?
Here's where the Potting Bench AND Bar comes in.
Using 1x1 lumber and plywood we built a potting tray to fit the opening. It makes planting flowers into small pots so easy. I fill the tray with soil and dig away. When doing my larger pots on the deck I take the tray and my gardening tools with me. Love it!
When entertaining around the fire pit we insert a cooler filled with ice and cold drinks and attach a flexible plastic drain hose to the back of the cooler and run it behind the potting bench. It keeps the cooler drained and waters my shrubs at the same time!
- 2 x 4 lumber
- 1 x 1 lumber
- fence boards
- wood lattice
- coated wood screws
- Behr semi-transparent exterior stain in Natural Cedar
- Behr Premium Plus Ultra in Antique Red
- Rust-oleum Painter's Touch Ultra in Fossil
- Exterior Satin Polycrylic
- The frame is a simple 2x4 construction. If you look closely enough at the pictures you can get a good idea how it was put together.
- The top and bottom shelf was made with ripped fence boards that we cut on the table saw.
- We spray painted both sheets of lattice.
- Once dry we doubled them up by overlapping them slightly and gluing them in place with construction adhesive.
- Once the glue dried we cut the lattice on the table saw to fit the opening.
- The lattice is sandwiched between 1x1 lumber on both the front and back of the lattice and nailed into place.
- The entire bench received a couple coats of exterior stain.
- Then I decided it needed a pop of color so I painted the frame in red.
I found the galvanized vase at a thrift store for $2.00 several months prior and had no idea what I was going to do with it. After I installed the bottle opener I remembered I had this vase and ta da...perfect for catching the bottle caps! I drilled some drain holes on the bottom to prevent rain water from collecting inside.
I had the metal hooks in my stash but it was white so I gave it a few coats of brown spray paint. Perfect for hanging garden tools!
The sign is a knock off from one I saw that retailed for over $30.00. I made it for free with salvaged wood and stencils I had on hand.
Adding Character to the cooler:
Using painters tape I created stripes and using Rust-oleum Spray Paint For Plastic I sprayed the stripes in red, moss green, and white. I protected it with several coats of exterior clear coat in a satin finish.
I hung several lanterns on the tree behind the bar to light the path at night. The glow of the candlelight adds so much ambiance.