$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
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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.
Then put your 2 box frames together.
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.
fits like a dream. And doesn’t wobble.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Wipe on a coat of Minwax- Dark Walnut stain with an old sock, then wipe it off with another.
Dreamy isn’t it. Like an old green barn. Ahhhhh……
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…
Wipe the dirt into the sink basin for easy clean up.
Push it through the hole.
And into the ice cream bucket. Courtesy of Dear ol’ Dad.
Much better than on my dining room table. Mission accomplished.
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