Oct 9, 2014

Fall Potting Bench

Yesterday, I was out in the gorgeous fall air playing on my potting bench. Potting benches and autumn go together for me like ice cream and hot fudge. There's nothing better than a pumpkin or two sitting on a potting bench waiting to be carved into jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, or a basketful of just-picked juicy apples ready for making caramel apples.

My husband made this potting bench for me last year out of pallets, and it's been so handy having it close to our little vegetable garden on the side of our house.

I brushed off the dirt, made a few quick and easy decorations for a fun fall display, and added some things from the garden shed.

My felt leaf banner embroidered last year was inspired by the talented Lisa at Lil Fish Studios.

Turquoise mason jars are topped with one of my prized thrift store finds, a set of heavy zinc lids. The wood tray is also a 75¢ thrift store find that was one of my first chalk painted projects. The apple cider label was simply printed onto card stock and taped onto the side of the tray.

The leaves haven't quite turned their fall colors here in Boise yet, so I picked these pretty colored ones off some inexpensive craft store stems.

My apple sign was painted by hand onto a piece of scrap wood. It was adapted from a cute sign with printable template shared by Cristina at Remodelando la Casa

Remember my old faux painted milk can? It makes a perfect pumpkin perch. 

Fall mums fill an old wooden crate. 

My French Flower Pot is a galvanized bucket with a graphic from The Graphics Fairy transferred onto fabric. 

When I searched my stash yesterday, I couldn't find a large picture frame for a chalk board, but I did have an old painted artist canvas I didn't want anymore. I have to say, it made the easiest and quickest chalk board I've ever made. I literally just slapped two coats of chalkboard paint on the top and sides with an old brush, let it dry a few hours, and primed it with chalk. Works great!


It was so fun decorating my fall potting bench. Wouldn't it make a great spot for serving a buffet for an autumn party? I better get busy carving those pumpkins and dipping those apples into caramel!

Enjoy another great fall day!


  1. Beautiful photos and finished projects! I would like to do some small projects, but where does the time go? My actual potting bench is serving as my coffee station!

  2. Oh my goodness, your potting bench all decked out for fall reminds me that I need a potting bench!! I love what you did. It's a little spot of happy. :)

  3. I LOVE your potting bench! I'm gonna need one of those now! I bought a super cute trellis to attach to our garage for the mini-pumpkins I plan on having next year (if the squirrels can keep away). The vines are so cool and I think will do really well growing up the trellis. A potting bench next to all of that would be amazing. I love all the pumpkins, flowers, and decor on yours! The apple sign and chalkboards are so cool! You always do such a great job in decorating, every detail is perfect! Have a wonderful weekend. P.S. I got your e-mail about the bloglovin thing. I really thought that had all transferred correctly. I've continuously gotten notifications about new followers but didn't realize it was all for the old blog and wasn't getting me any traffic. It's tough starting over from scratch...I wonder if I should have never changed to the .com thing... :(

  4. An adorable little vingette you've created! Could you please send your hubby over to show my hubby how to make that potting bench?!?!

  5. What a sweet little spot in the garden Laurel! I especially love the signs. And oh yes, this would be so cute incorporated into a food station or bar for a party!

  6. A potting bench like yours is just what I need to greet me at the back door, Laurel! I love the way you've filled it with festive fall touches! I'm pinning this in hopes somebody will make me one someday! thanks for sharing.

    And your living room looks so stylish and cozy!!!! I love it all!


  7. I can tell I'm going to have to build another potting bench - fabulous look!! Love all of it!

  8. Laurel, now that is just about the cutest autumn thing EVER - you thought of everything - what a fun fun post.

    Love it.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. Laurel, your beautiful potting bench makes me want to go and decorate the one I have all forgotten in the backyard! I love it all! Thanks for the shout out. :)

  10. I love your potting bench, Laurel, and how you have it decorated. That Apples sign is too cute. I wish I had room here for a potting bench. I would probably decorate mine, instead of actually potting at it!

  11. I don't do much gardening.. but dang, now I want a potting bench. I love what you did with it.

  12. I have not decorated for fall yet, but I am thinking that I would like to set up my outdoor table similar to your potting bench. I guess a trip to the pumpkin patch is in my cards this weekend.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Gorgeous! I am loving all the color!

  14. Laurel I'm loving your potting bench it's dressed to perfection. Love the galvanized bucket with the image.


  15. I love your fall display! Everything is gorgeous!

  16. The most beautiful potting pench in the history of potting benches ;) So tidy and colourful!
    Obviously, I would love if you share it with my fall themed party Big Autumn Bash:


  17. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! It just foesn't get any better than this. I am pinning it! :)

  18. This is a fabulous potting bench and you've made it so beautiful for the fall season. I'm in LOVE with that leaf garland that you made! Your entire display is just beautiful! Jamie | anderson + grant

  19. Laurel I love your potting bench all done up for fall!

  20. Hey, friend! Did you see your feature yet over at My Repurposed Life? Your potting bench is so beautiful and I'm so glad that Gail featured it. :) ~ Jamie

  21. Your home is beautiful inside and out - love this potting bench vignette you've created, so vibrant!


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