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Outdoor Fall Decorating: Potting Table Refresh

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Late summer, early fall is my crunch time to get outdoor projects done. Do you feel this same pressure?? This year I am working on a potting table that I love but it has fallen into disrepair. In Outdoor Fall Decorating: Potting Table Refresh I am sharing how I brought it back to life.

Along with my potting table refresh, I am teaming up with two other blogger friends to bring you more autumn inspo!

Maria is adding fall touches to a bedroom and Alicia has some yummy ideas for a fall dinner party.

Make sure to visit their sites linked at the end of this article!

Now let’s get to work!

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Potting table before

 Outdoor Fall Decorating: Potting Table Refresh

My potting table is is made of un-treated pine which does not hold up to the elements here in Seattle. The wood has weathered, but not in a charming sort of way. It’s more a cracked and rot sort of wear.

I considered staining the table to match our fence and trellis, however this felt like too much wood ya know?

At the moment the potting bench sits against our house, so I chose to paint it the color of our trim!

Gather supplies.

Painting supplies on table.

Luckily my sister helped with this project. She’s been helping me tackle a ton of my house projects.

Prep and paint goes faster with company!

Repair cracks.

Plastic wood on potting table.

To make this table last a few more seasons, some repairs were needed.

Nothing major, just repair a crack in the drawer.

Use plastic wood and putty knife to fill cracked wood.

Sand wood.

Hand sanding wood.

Sand all wood and plastic wood to create a smooth surface for paint.

Cover any areas that should not be painted.

Woman using painter tape on potting bench.

The table top of the potting bench is a thin metal. It is a bit wonky. but it still gets the job done.

We used paper and painter’s tape to cover it.

Paint your potting table!

Using paint gun to paint potting table.

Normally, you would use a smaller sprayer to do a job of this size, but this is all we have so thought I would give it a go.

Person in tyvek suit painting potting bench. Outdoor Fall Decorating: Potting Table Refresh

Update hardware.

Installing new handle on drawer with drill.

New hardware can really add a big impact when refreshing a potting table or other furniture.

The only pieces I changed are the handles because the stock handles felt plastic.

I stuck with the same profile and color.

Potting table after!

Potting bench updated with paint

The potting table is so cute!

It will be perfect to pot some plants of course, but it will also serve as a drink station for gatherings!

potting table refresh

With the painting all done, mums, pumpkins, and a gourd add the perfect touch.

This potting table is a bargain especially compared to this one I saw at Pottery Barn that is 20x the cost!

Check our inside fall decor to see how I used velvet pumpkins around the house too.

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24 thoughts on “Outdoor Fall Decorating: Potting Table Refresh”

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  2. You really went all out on this potting bench Marie! I’m excited to tell you this post will be featured in this week’s Tuesday Turn About Link Party! Hope to see you this week! Pinned πŸ™‚

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