This potting table has been a long time in the making. A few years ago my husband and I spotted this cool workbench base at an estate sale. I think we paid about $30 for it. It sat in our storage area holding wood and cast offs forever, waiting for a make over. Just before we moved I decided to finally give it purpose and transform it into a sleek potting bench! Did y’all know my husband is a landscape architect by degree and we LOVE to work in the yard? I probably don’t share that enough with you, but this new house will have lots of opportunity. 🙂
This post is sponsored by Wagner and contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure for details. I can’t wait to show you what a beautiful job my Wagner FLEXiO sprayer did and let you see a few other project options to help you decide which sprayer would be best for you. I can promise if you want a professional finish fast, a good paint sprayer is a must!
I’ve always wanted an outdoor space to house all my gardening paraphernalia, so I’m not sure what took me so long to get this project done. You could easily make a similar potting table by purchasing an old table or workbench at a garage sale and adapting it. I see precious potting benches all over Pinterest, but they look so complicated to make. This one was a bit of a cheat in that I only had to created the top! Much easier and a great idea for you to steal.
I bought new pressure treated wood to stand up to the outdoors and built a table top to fit my metal base. You will need to brace your long table top board in a manner that fits your base. Use wood screws and a drill for ease and stability. Next I trimmed the table top using some smaller boards and again, wood screws and a drill did the job. I lucked out and only had to make a few cuts on the wood because the table was long enough to accept full 8 foot boards. If you know your measurements you can have the store cut the boards for you and that makes a really quick project for you!
Next came the fun part…paint! I decided to venture from the traditional chippy white I often go for and use a sleek black finish on the entire table. I busted out my new Wagner FLEXiO 5000 Sprayer (you can get more info here) and worked on painting multiple projects. (I even invited a girlfriend over for a mini paint party and we lined the driveway with projects) Seriously this sprayer is a beast. It was the perfect choice to paint this potting bench because it provided a smooth finish for the table and the power of the sprayer let the paint blow down into the cracks between the table top slats. It seriously took longer for the paint to dry between coats than it did to spray the whole table. Be sure to clean the nozzle in between coats for the best outcome!
I also painted a great card table I scored for free that I will show you soon and my girlfriend used it to spray an iron bed. The coverage and finish were amazing. The cool part is the options you have on spray speed and force, you don’t typically have to thin paint with this sprayer and the settings are so flexible for just about any project you might encounter.We were both thoroughly impressed. I have used my smaller Wagner Studio Home Décor sprayer a ton and it is great, but for larger jobs like this I prefer the FLEXiO 5000 model for sure. You can knock out painting outdoor furniture fast with this tool. Even with changing paint color for different projects the process was super speedy.
A long time ago I tried a large sprayer that had to be hooked up to a compressor. It was a nightmare. The finish was awful, it was hard to clean and overall turned me off on paint sprayers. This is nothing like that. So easy to work with, a cinch to clean and the unit is lightweight in its own carry case for easy transport and storage. The Wagner FLEXiO 5000 is super simple to run and can be used on a wide variety of projects. I will be using it to stain some fence, paint some bed frames and paint walls in the new house soon.
ok – back to the bench…It’s best to secure the top portion to the bottom once you finish painting. I used u brackets to hug the top to the base. These pictures are from the old house, but I know exactly where it will be going in the new house once we get that fence built. 😉
Of course adding a shelf made from scrap wood adds some charm. I am debating on painting the shelves too…what do you think? Leave raw or paint black? I can’t wait to fill pots for the patio and really just have a place to store my clippers and gloves so I can find them! Mine tend to walk around, lol. Having a workspace lends itself to getting more work done and this spot will be much needed in the near future. To say our landscape at the new house is lacking would be an understatement! We are chomping at the bit to get rolling on the yard transformation and at least my tools will be in order even if nothing else is right now.
Next I hope you will hop over and see a few more projects you can do with the line of Wagner sprayers and see which sprayer would be best for you. You can also follow #WagnerSprayers for more project ideas. As always – thanks for stopping by!
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