Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Potting Bench Progress! (and problems)

So, here is the thrift store china cabinet planned for a patio potting bench ...

Problem #1 - I didn't realize it, but the center doors are not removable. Not a problem with the bottom, but I would have liked to have the option on the hutch part. I did, however, find that there is a light on the inside of the hutch! Unexpected bonus!

Problem #2 - The glass is impossible to remove without breaking it. I'd hope to be able to keep the glass in case I wanted to ever use it as a china cabinet. Oh well. I guess I can always buy new glass if I ever need to. Then, I thought about just cutting the entire top so that its more open shelving and cutting the panels on the doors on the bottom and adding lattice so that its more like the inspiration picture. For now, I may leave it as is and think about cutting it up later.

So, I got to painting once my two monkeys were napping and managed to sand and prime the base. This brings me to Problem #3. I mixed up green paint I had with white, but I accidentally added too much white so I ended up with more of a minty green than the more mossy green I'd hoped.

The light was fading when I took the pictures above so its hard to see the true color. While its not what I planned, I think it does add some brightness to the always dim patio. I'm wondering if I could try a dark stain glaze on this. My last attempt at glazing was a failure, but I suppose if I don't like it, I have plenty of paint!

It is extremly humid today, so I may not paint but hopefully, it will be done (at least painted) by the end of the week!

P.S. New look for summer ... I'm about as indecisive about my blog backgrounds as I am about paint colors so I'm sure this won't last long. I keep considering getting a nice professional template, but I have yet to find something I can live with long-term. ;-)


  1. Take a look at

    I got my free header from it. I also some other really cute headers and designs ranging from free, $10, $25 and up.

    Good for you for getting so far on your furniture. I like the light green... you could glaze it then sand the edges a bit.

  2. So far so good....Love the inspiration piece and this one is a close second...It will look great when it is done..Have fun!!! Love Tiina...

  3. The hutch is just gorgeous and I like the color. I think the lighter color will show off pretty pots and flowers better than a darker color. I can't wait to see the finished project. BTW check out my post about a "Cloche Party" and come and join us. Hugs, Marty

  4. Melanie, I think the hutch is lovely...can't wait to see the finished product. Great job!

  5. Oh wow! It's looking good! Can't wait to see it finished! :)

  6. Melanie, Your hutch is so cute. You might try a oak jel stain on the paint to give a soft look. You put it on with a cheap paint brush and then wipe it of with a soft cloth. Sandi

  7. Love what you are doing, and that inspirationgl piece is our of this world!!!

    good luck on it,
    Barbara jean

  8. It looks good, despite the problems! I have no doubt it will look great once finished.

    I've also tagged you for a fun little game - check my blog for details.

  9. Lovely, and, ironically (or not so ironically) it looks as though the color you have chosen for the hutch, is the same color as your background here on the blog...sllliiiiccckk! Hmmm....LOL! Anyhow, can't wait to see it finished. Happy Thursday!

  10. Me & My House,
    You know, the background color was really unintentional! It seems that once I become obsessed with something, it takes over completely! ;-)


  11. Can't wait to see the finished project. The new look on your blog is very pretty. Loved the flowers!
    Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts


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