Ya’ll, it’s been HOT where we live. Like Arizona-in-the-early-spring-hot. Like hotter than what we’re accustomed to in Iowa. But we survived the weekend, and lost a combined total of 3 meeeeeellion pounds in sweat, as a family.
That’s a lie actually.
But at least the sweat we produced was coupled with sunscreen and FUN.
Nick and I designed a potting bench together to fit our needs. I wanted a lot of surface area to use as ‘counter space’ for potting plants, along with some shelving and places for hooks. Nick’s desires were nothing more than to hide the nasty garbage cans. Can you blame him? I mean…
WOOF, right? It’s a humbling thing when you post a picture of your unfortunate garbage can situation onto the world wide web. But the after will make it ALL WORTH IT! Trust me!
Potting Bench with Garbage Can Enclosure
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This potting bench is a pretty simple straight-forward build, and all the building plans are available over on BuildSomething.com! Be sure to hop on over there and see our step-by-step process, materials list, and lots of helpful pictures too!
I’ll share a bit of the process below as well so you get a feel for how this Potting Bench Garbage Can Enclosure goes together!
We dug up the sod and leveled things off in preparation, filling it up with river rocks and adding some leftover 12×12 pavers from our DIY Patio. Pro tip… gather all the children for this step. It may take longer, but it makes for cuter pictures. You could even invite the neighbor kids if you don’t have any of your very own.
Measure and cut all the components of the legs, and assemble with pocket holes using your Kreg Jig! Times four.
Cut leg dividers and leg braces, pepper them with pocket holes, and this thing starts taking shape!
We used 2×8’s for the bench top. After cutting them to size, we added pocket holes every 10 inches, and glued & screwed them into place. Make sure you maintain the correct spacing of the legs at the front of the bench top!
Time for the roof! Or is it an ‘awning’? Whatever you call it, the actual plans with dimensions and angles will be really helpful, so I’ll just let you consult those! It’s not every potting bench that has a roof, my friends.
It’s also not every girl that has a 6’8” husband who’s willing to build sh*t for her, soooo…. I’m grateful.
We cut all the slats using the table saw and miter saw, with an angle on the top edge to serve as a ‘french cleat’. Start from the bottom and go up, using spacers to make sure they’re consistent and level!
In looking at the building plans, you’ll find that the sides and door fronts are very similar. Boards pocket-holed together and framed. The doors have an angle brace… mostly for looks.
Next we cut out and assembled the components for the shelves, and assembled! I love that the slats mirror the slats we used as the back board!
The family that works together, stays together. Now that doesn’t rhyme at all, so disregard.
And soon we’ll be painting this thing and adding some shingles to the roof ‘awning’. So stay tuned for that!
Ain’t she pretty?!
And I love that our nasty garbage cans are enclosed completely. NOBODY HAS TO KNOW!
Paint job and shingles coming soon, so STAY TUNED! <3
UPDATE! Come see how it turned out after painting and adding shingles! <3
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