I think we can all agree that color is good in moderation, tastefully balanced with neutrals and textures. Of course if your taste is ‘farmhouse’ you might gravitate toward neutrals more. Or if you love boho décor, you might be brave with vibrant color and patterns. There’s no right or wrong!
So when it came time to make a choice about what color to paint our potting bench, I was conflicted! Naturally I wanted to paint it a fun color and let it really stand out. But I had to consider the fact that our front door is aqua, and our pergola is a orange-y cedar stain. We can get away with that because our house is a very neutral ‘greige’ (beige-y gray). But I soon gave in to the fact that adding another color into that mix wouldn’t be the best option.
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With our house being a lighter greige, and the trim of the house being a darker greige, we decided to color-match the trim color for the potting bench and have it almost appear to be an extension of our garage! The closest color we could was (get this) Perfect Greige. It was meant to be!
Before painting, I stained the bench top in this shade, as well as the slats on the shelving. Then taped and papered this part off to protect it from overspray.
We picked up a gallon of outdoor primer, and Perfect Greige outdoor paint from Sherwin Williams, and pulled out our handy paint gun.
I cannot convey to you just how convenient the Flexio 590 is. It makes painting go quickly and smoothly… both figuratively and literally. And unlike many paint guns that we’ve used in the past, it’s EASY TO CLEAN. Which is a priceless feature IMO.
The priming went on smoothly and only required one coat! Moving on to the paint, we were so glad that we didn’t have to thin out the paint. The Flexio put on a beautiful even coat with amazing, even coverage.
We were so excited about the creamy/smooth finish of the potting bench that we almost forgot we had to finish the roofing situation! We decided not to walk you through that process when there’s a great video tutorial for you to watch here. So I’ll just share these fun process shots.
All that was left was to put the doors, hardware, and shelves back into place! BOOM.
I love that it just feels like it flows seamlessly with our home without fighting for attention with an obnoxious color.
Don’t mind our mangy dog that’s not yet lost his winter coat.
Do you have any large-ish outdoor projects that could use a paint sprayer… like a fence, deck, wooden playset, or pergola?! We’ve done the research for you, and highly recommend the Flexio 590. And believe me, we’ve tried a LOT of paint guns in our day. If you tackle any big outdoor projects, we wanna see! Tag us on social media… we’re @RealityDaydream on both Facebook and Instagram!
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Marti Bowland says
How ingenious to add french cleat slats as a back to this large, beautiful potting bench – I never thought of that even though I love french cleats. And your husband is a great builder, looking at the fire pit and the pergola you have. I agree with the color choice. It allows your pots and plants to be the star of your potting bench. I saved this picture for inspiration as I assemble mine from an online store and think about wheter to paint it. Thanks for the posts.
Terry Murphy says
just wondering where the plans are…would love to build it but see no place for downloading the plan, any help would be greatly appreciated
Bethany Sy says
That’s because this post is us talking about painting the potting bench. The building post is here!
Ethan Jackson says
The painting on the bench looks great! Thanks for share this amazing painting with us. Please keep sharing.
I love this design! I want to build one very similar to yours. Can you tell me the purpose or advantage of the “roof” on it when there’s already the overhang from the garage? Just wondering and considering whether or not to include it on ours. Thanks!!
Bethany Sy says
We did it partly for looks, and partly for hanging basket plants while repotting. Hope this helps! I’d love to see yours when it’s done!!
Fredrick Ferrier says
How many hours did it take to build it?
How did you prevent overspray between the slats from getting on garage siding?
Bethany Sy says
We put a tarp up behind the potting bench before painting. 🙂
I just love this very cool potting bench/ garbage storage brilliant concept Jen
Andi Cacciatore says
That potting bench looks nicer than some inside furniture I’ve seen!! I’d love it in my kitchen! Lol! Beautiful job!
Couldn’t agree more on your color choice! Fun, bright colors might have worked, if your bench were not like an extension of the garage. I think it looks amazing! And I cannot wait to get a paint gun. Nothing drags a project down like having to tediously paint everything with a brush or roller!
Holy cow. That potting bench looks great!