Wednesday, May 29, 2013

DIY French Potting Table

My potting table began as a ordinary drop leaf table.  The top was cracked and glued, so I didn't feel bad about the reconstruction.
The first thing I did was remove the hinges from the under side of one leaf and attach them to the top.  You can place the hinge so it won't fold back and the leaf will stay upright.
I added a shelf for function and stability.  The shelf is held up by two spindles cut down from a couple of stair spindles I had left over from another project.  I screwed the spindles in from the bottom.

I added a board for the shelf which was screwed in from the back.  The shelf and spindle were stained dark to match the table and both were painted white.

I copied a graphic from The Graphics Fairy and stenciled it on.


And there you have it.  A French potting table from a broken drop leaf table.

I have to say that I am a little proud of myself.  This is the first building project I've done that didn't involve any stupid mistakes.  You know, like missing the spindle or shelf with the screw, stripping the screws, putting the hinges on the wrong way, making the shelf crooked, and I could go on and on.  Any or many of these things would normally happen to me. It was a good day for DIY!

I'll be sharing with the following parties.

The Graphics Fairy for Brag Mondays
 Between Naps on the Porchfor Metamorphosis Monday
The Farmhouse Porch for Cowgirl Up
Redoux Link Party
Knick of Time TuesdaySavvy Southern Style for Wow Us WednesdaysDIY by Design
Primp for Primp Your Stuff Wednesday
 Restore Interiors for Restored it Wednesday

Domestically Speaking for the Power of Paint party
The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday

The 36th Avenue Party TimeNo Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on ThursdayMy Romantic Home for Show and Tell FridayFrench Country Cottagefor Feathered Nest Friday
Miss Mustard Seed for Furniture Feature Friday 2805 for Potpourri Friday
At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Shabby Art Boutique for Shabbilicious Friday Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special


  1. Oh my goodness, you are so smart, love it!!!

  2. Love this Janet. Very clever!

  3. Wow, now that's some creativity! And that little green box is adorable too! Nice work!

  4. what a great idea. love that you totally revamped this old piece. beautiful finish and stenciling!

  5. I love this! You have inspired me with this potting table. I need one.

  6. Genius! I would never have guessed you made it from a drop leaf table. Love the little green box, too!

  7. That was a fabulous remake. I love every single thing you did and to think it might have ended up in the trash...much worse to think how many such table have when they were only a few steps away from glory! Wonderful post. You inspired me!

  8. Love it!! I pinned it to my "Awesome Furniture" Board. :)
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. This is such a wonderful project!! Thank you so much for sharing at Redoux. I just shared the link at my Facebook page and I am pinning it next. -K

  10. Just found you on Miss Mustard Seed, but previously I saw a pic of your potting bench floating around fb and shared it on my fb page as well. W/ that said, I obviously LOVE your potting bench! Such a genius idea...

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  11. Oh Janet! You are simply brilliant! I have an old drop leaf in my garage and one of the leaves is drooping. What a great solution. Thanks so much for sharing. Pinning!!! Blessings, Patti

  12. So pretty, what a difference from the before!
    I love the lettering, so cute :)

  13. OK if I keep reading your blog I will have to many ideas to do. I have all the items for this one too.

  14. I love what you have done with this. I like that you have basically walked us through a step by step tutorial.

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  15. I am very impressed! What a neat potting table. EVERY garden should have one!

  16. Your blog is very beautiful, and I love what you have done...Your ideas are fantastic
    thanks a lot
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  17. Very clever idea and it looks fabulous!!

  18. This is just lovely! What a wonderful use for an old table. Love how you repurposed this!

  19. That’s creativity at its finest! I love your renovation. You’ve inspired me with this potting table.

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