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A couple of years ago, before I began my edible garden, I bought a raised garden bed to grow blueberries on my deck. The bed didn’t really last very long. Someone (ehem, Mr. O) moved the table and one of the legs got all wonky, causing the bottom to fall out.
I transferred the blueberries to the full garden and managed to save them, but the raised bed has sat empty on my deck, looking sad and neglected ever since.
I’m not sure where the idea for the potting table came from. HGTV is as good a guess as any. But once it was in my head, it stuck.
I hit up my local flea market for what I needed. I found an old window that was the perfect size for just $15 and I was on my way.
First I had to get the table back together. I used a couple of 3″ deck screws to make it more structurally sound.
I took the glass out of the window and gave it a good sanding. For older windows, glass is fairly easy to remove. Just remove the putty from the back side of the windows and pop the glass out. You can save the panes for another project. Side note: If you’re not sure how old your window is, it’s a good idea to take precautions because it may contain lead paint.
Next up is paint. I opted for a luscious apple red to make this piece really pop. The color is actually called Whip Lash from Behr. Since this it going to be outside, I decided to paint the whole thing, even parts that aren’t seen to help it last longer.
Cut the chicken wire to fit and staple it to the back of the window.
Screw the window on to the table. I used 2 spare 2 x 4s I had leftover from the sandbox and 2″ deck screws.
Hang some carabiners hooks on the chicken wire for your tools. I was going to use S-hooks, but the tools could have flown around in a strong wind.
I’m in love with the finished product. The red is gorgeous and I can easily clean this off and use it to serve food and drinks during parties. It’s fabulous.