Saturday, July 19, 2014

Childhood Desk Repurposed as a Potting Bench

No matter how you slice it, this isn't a very interesting story. I wanted a potting area in the garage. Bill no longer cared about his childhood desk. 

 It coordinated pretty well with the mancave but he was past it. The kids didn't want this piece because it is heavy
Let's face it, they move every year and who wants to lug something impractical around.

I hated to see it go. 
It's so iconic and I craved an area where I could coral all my garden stuff.
 I just love the louvered look to the hutch doors. 
The hutch had been stored in the garage amid the spiders and the leaves.

I had a darling playhouse when I was little. I remember not playing in it because of the spiders. 
One summer I was not going to denied my precious playhouse. My dad and granddad built it. 
I grabbed the broom and banished the creepy crawlies. 
That memory came flooding back when I grabbed the broom here. 
I was doing fine out here until I felt something on my arm and I screamed like a girl. 

The spiders eradicated, the walls needed a coat of paint.
A carpet remnant saves my feet.

The flower pots, sprinklers, gloves and containers were stored in the shed and in various totes. 
It feels wonderful to have them all in one spot.

Some of my fall decor was handy. Make the sign here.

Sign design: Ella Claire

Oh, I love fall!

This furniture was made by the A. Brandt Furniture Company out of Fort Worth. It is somewhat collectable although Bill refinished the top of the desk before he put it in the game room. He did a pretty good job coordinating a replaced pull. 

While I think the top would look cute white, I could never envision the bottom that color and I still have hopes that this will end up in a little grandson's room someday. 

Okay, enough reveling. 
I have to get to the rest of the garage.



  1. What a great idea! Love it without the creepy, crawlies.

  2. Oh, I just love it repurposed as a potting bench! You've got it looking like a page out of Pottery Barn!

    I was clipping my roses yesterday and a Japanese beetle poked its ugly head out. I screamed out loud, dropped my pruning tool and ran in the house where I stayed for the rest of the day. I googled Japanese beetles, and it seems my flowers are doomed for the next few years. ugh

  3. Katie,
    This is awesome. I love the Re Love of your hubby child hood desk into a potting table. This is so cute. I am so afraid of spiders I can take any other creepy crawler but not spiders so I give you credit to tackle them to have your nice little corner potting table. Looks really great.

  4. That's a fabulous idea, but you are wrong about one thing, Katie. This was an interesting story! It makes me want to find something to use for a potting bench. And my garage looks worse than yours!

  5. Oh Katie, I just love love LOVE how you repurposed the desk! Your styling is equally fabulous!

  6. I love how you repurposed you desk in to a great garden bench. I hate creepy crawlers too, and I enjoyed your interesting post and sharing a little bit about you with us. If you seem our garage you would think yours is neat!

  7. Like the idea of using this piece for your gardening purposes. It has all the necessary storage areas to make a great potting bench. The only thing I would add is a glass top for the desk for easy cleaning and to protect the desk from scratches from movement of the pots.

  8. your idea gives me the idea to paint chalkboard squares on containers to label what is in each container. No more paper labels.