$5 Garden Potting Stand Tutorial

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$5 Garden Potting Stand Tutorial

Spring is in the air!  The sky is blue, the birds are singing- except for the one that was deduced to a pile of feathers by the outside cat…  But hey, on a happier note,  it’s time for some gardening!  A little curb appeal per se.  Also, my project for the

 Cent-Sational Salvage Challenge

is due!

Wanna know what it is?  Well, obviously, it’s a garden potting stand.  Duh.  Wanna know how I made it?  Okay, you twisted my arm.

It all began with a trip to Habitat Re-Store-Rockford, Illinois.  Where I met this sweet, adorable volunteer who sold me this sink for half price.  $5!  What a sweetie!  The volunteer, not the sink.

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Now, what to do with it… thinking, thinking, thinking.  This happened for a while- at least a few days.

Then, as I was helping Peanut plant some seeds at the dining room table.  Dirt, seeds, and messy mess all over, Boom!  It happened.  An idea!

I stood upon the chair that day and declared, “I will make a potting stand and it will be like none the world has ever seen!”

It was dramatic.

So, since the rules clearly state:

  • You cannot spend more than $15.  Check- $5
  • You have to buy your kitchen utensil at Habitat- Restore. Check- nice lady above is proof.
  • You can use anything you have in your personal stash as long as you didn’t shell out any money for this project.- Check.  My bro and I pulled an entire trailer of 2 x 4’s from a construction site dumpster when there was still snow on the ground.  Check it out on Instagram.

 

Step 1.

Measure sink-  I’m pretty sure it’s a standard kitchen sink.  Mine measures 33″ x 22″ so the plans for this stand will fit that perfectly for you.

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Here is the shopping list:

1 Re-Store Sink

3– 2″ x 4″ x 12′

1– 2″ x 4″ x 6′

Self tapping screws

Kreg Jig- Optional

 

Step 2.

Cut your lumber-

10– 36″ pieces ( for legs, planks for shelf)

4– 33″ pieces ( long sides of box frames)

4– 18″ pieces ( Short sides of box frames)

Step 3.

Put your box frames together.  I used a Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes in the ends of the short sides.  You could also screw diagonally if you do not have a Kreg Jig, but if you do not.  Buy one- it’s the bomb dot com.

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Step 4.

Then put your 2 box frames together.

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Step 5.

Attach your 4 legs to the corners of 1 box frame using self tapping screws.  Make sure each leg is level or you’ll get a wobbly stand.

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fits like a dream. And doesn’t wobble.

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Step 6.

Add you second box frame in the same way midway down the legs.  Wherever you want your shelf to be.  I choose 12″ high.  Use a level and buddy to get it just right.  Then use self- tapping screws to fasten.

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Step 7.

A added a piece of scrap 3/4″ plywood for a little table.  I stuck some scrap blocks that I found on the floor to give it some weight and keep it from sliding off of the sink.

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There ya have it.  Now that’t a garden potting stand.  But wait.  It’s kind of ugly.  I think we should pretty it up a bit, don’t you?

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I know, I know, your saying, “What the…it’s so, it’s so… Blue!”  Yes, you’re right, it is, but it’s my favorite oops paint blue ever!  This $8 can of  “Bahamas Underwater” has made some AMAZING projects.  Watch, I’ll show you.

First:

Give it a light sanding all over, just to let the bare wood peek through.  Like it’s been worn down by years of use and weather.

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Next.

Wipe on a coat of Minwax- Dark Walnut stain with an old sock, then wipe it off with another.

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Dreamy isn’t it.  Like an old green barn.  Ahhhhh……

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At some point, I have the option to hook up the hose to an old faucet and bang, I have a working faucet outside.  Probably would work awesomely for water balloon and squirt gun filling as well!

But for now…

Pot some pretty flowers…

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Wipe the dirt into the sink basin for easy clean up.

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Push it through the hole.

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And into the ice cream bucket.  Courtesy of Dear ol’ Dad.

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Much better than on my dining room table.  Mission accomplished.

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33 comments

  • http://www.liverandomlysimple.com Jessica @LiveRandomlySimple

    I love the color and it is such an awesome idea…but since when is a sink a utensil lmao. I didnt know we could go crazy like this. You will win for sure hahaha! That is an awesome project none the less! I need a krig jig. Its one thing I have had on my list of tools I want for a long time! pinned and shared :)

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      haha, I know, but in all fairness, the only other kitchen utensil in the ENTIRE store was a broken pasta spoon. I guess it is a challenge, now I’m second guessing not buying the broken pasta spoon! Darn you Jess! Oh, I adore my Kreg Jig! It’s probably my favorite thing next to my Dewalt Drill, or whom I like to cal, “My Precious.”

      • http://www.liverandomlysimple.com Jessica @LiveRandomlySimple

        haha sorry! there is just no competing with a project like this lol. you rocked it for sure! I adore how it turned out and we were in the process of using a few doors to make potting benches..and then I saw this and now I have to find a sink lol.
        A kreg jig is something I have wanted for a while and just keep putting it off. not sure why since I would use it almost daily, but I hate spending money lol.

        And as for the drill…that is one thing I could never live without!

        • http://www.liverandomlysimple.com Jessica @LiveRandomlySimple

          we got a kreg Jig!! and a few attachments for it. I am so excited to build something next week lol. whoop whoop!

          • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

            Woo Hoo!!!!! Your going to be attached to that thing like it was a new purse. 😉

  • Adreanna

    I love it!! I’m still working on my Challenge Creation, but yours is definitely inspiring!!

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      Thanks Adreanna! I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Only 4 days left…….

  • Holly Hauck

    This is such a good idea! I love it. You are motivating me to try some new things.

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      Thanks Holly! I hope so! xoxo

  • Becky

    What a fantastic idea, Erica – how do you come up with this stuff? You are my hero!

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      haha, your so nice! Honestly, crazy ideas pop into my head all of the time, I have a hard time filtering the good ideas from the nutty ones! xoxo

  • Ashley Tukiainen

    Love this idea! I am now in the mood to garden! Too bad I can’t do any gardening until we get back from our wedding in June

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      aww, container gardening for you until then!! xoxo

  • chellie schmitz

    So cute! Brilliant. you know, I actually have an old sink from our remodel that I had great intentions of turning into a sand/water table for the kids.

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      I saw a post on FB from Habitat ReStore using a sink for just that purpose! I purposely left the sink unfastened so that I could build a separate stand for the kids and use the same sink! xoxo

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  • http://www.howdothejonesdoit.com Jayleen

    I love this. You make it look so easy!

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      Thanks Jayleen! It is soo easy, you can totally do it! My Mom tells me that if I can sew a straight line, I can make …, well, if you can use a screw driver, you can make this potting stand! xoxo

  • Darlene Nemeth

    Fantastic upcycle. The sink is perfect for a potting stand and play table for the kids. The stainless steel makes for quick and easy cleaning, Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us at the Craft Challenge Link Party.

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      Absolutely, thanks for stopping by Darlene!

  • Bonnie Hoffman

    You got a great deal on that sink. Our local Re-Store is kind of pricey but sometimes I find a good deal. Using the sink as a potting stand is genius! Thanks for partying with us at the Creative Craft Challenge Link Party!

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      Thanks Bonnie! Some of the stuff at ours is a little pricey, like an awesome window I just bought earlier in the week for $20 (totally worth it though because it’s AMAZING!), but I got the sink at a half-price sink sale day!

  • Crochet Hooks

    wow i am amazed at the 5 bucks! what a bargain! love the potting stand and the option to hook up water just makes it even more awesome! I need one of these for sure and will eat the gallon of ice cream too :) Thanks for linking with us at the creative challenge!

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      Thank you so much! Yes, I’m just trying to figure out more ways to use those buckets so I can eat the ice cream!!

  • http://tigerstrypes.com satrntgr

    What a great use up – love that!!! Perfect for gardening or for using for a BBQ!!

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      We have used this as a little table while we were grilling! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • http://www.homemaker-mom.com/the-homemakers-journey-blog Suzie Homemaker

    Well o my ! This is amazing. It turned out cute too! I love it. So happy to find this post at craft challenge!

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      Thank you so much! We have used it so much I don’t know what we did before we had it! xoxo

  • http://rzashida.blogspot.com/ Rzashida

    That’s something special! I threw out an old sink some years ago, I wish I hadn’t.

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      Check those thrift stores! You can probably get a great price on one! Thanks for reading Rzashida, xoxo

  • Crochet Hooks

    I have loved this sink redo since you linked it to the creative challenge but struggled with the idea is the sink or stand a utensil? So!! I have decided that a sink is a utensil and am featuring your post this Friday (well today) at the Creative Craft challenge! Congrats!! Hope you can stop by :)

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      Yay!!!! Thank you so much! I’m so excited :)