$5 Garden Potting Stand Tutorial

In: Miscellaneous Tutorials, The Cent-Sational Salvage Challenge
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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.



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.


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.



Step 4.

Then put your 2 box frames together.


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.


fits like a dream. And doesn’t wobble.


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.


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.



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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  • 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 :)

    • https://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!

          • https://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!!

    • https://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.

    • https://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!

    • https://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

    • https://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.

    • https://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!

    • https://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.

    • https://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!

    • https://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!

    • https://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!!

    • https://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!

    • https://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.

    • https://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 :)

    • https://onblissstreet.com Erica

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