Potting Bench Ideas



One of the nicest things my husband has done for me, and he’s done many, was to make me a potting bench in the garage.  It’s about 12 feet long with a utility sink in the middle.  The one side of the bench has a laminate top and the other side has a granite top. The reason for that is because we bought these pieces cheap at a cabinet shop and a granite slab yard.   I have 2 deep shelves underneath each countertop.  He used corrugated tin for the “cupboard” doors covering the shelves.  Behind the bench he used cedar fence planking, which he stained grey to resemble barn wood, and nailed vertically to the wall to look like an old fence.  He also painted the garage wall apple green.  It looks great!

I can’t tell you how handy this area of the garage is.  And having the sink with cold AND hot water is marvelous.  The shelves are nice and sturdy and deep enough to hold half used bags of mulch, fertilizer, potting soil, etc.

He made a couple of shelves to hang on the wall above the “fence” and I have decorated them with some fun random items; a big metal star, organizers with plastic holders for small hand shovels, scissors, pruners, etc., shelves with old watering cans, and even an old camping coffee pot.  I have no idea where it came from but it sure looks cute on my shelf. I even hung up my old cowboy hat that I wore on a pioneer trek.

This wonderful work space even doubles for cooking space when I need it.  Whenever I make chile verde in my big 22 quart electric roaster that’s where I cook it.  The garage smells heavenly.  Or if I want to make bacon I take my griddle out on my bench and cook it out there.  So much better that my garage should smell like bacon rather than my house.  It’s also great to do some canning in the fall.  A Coleman stove and our pressure canner and we’re set!