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I love to garden. I have dreams of having a  lush English rose type of garden. There is only one problem – I live in the middle of the freaking desert! I have been hanging onto an old headboard and footboard with hopes of turning it into a potting bench and I finally did it!


I had great pictures of how we did this step by step but they somehow disappeared into the depths of my computer Sad smile  It wasn’t that hard though. All my hubs did was put  a couple supporting pieces on each piece where we wanted the shelves and then cross beams to place the shelves onto. You can see it from the side of the bench here.



I attached an old rake head to the side to store my tools on.


And then in the middle I stenciled this awesome saying! (At the bottom of this post you can download it as a Chalkboard printable.)


It turned out even better than I imagined!



I have big plans for planting some ivy in a pot so that it can grow on the shed. Here is how I painted it. First I sanded the old white paint off.

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I wasn’t super picky about getting all the paint off since shabby chic was the look I was going for.

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These are my painting super stars. Rust-Oleum Espresso and Rust-Oleum Heirloom White .

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First I painted the edges in the espresso.

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You don’t have to be super exact. In fact I left my hubs a little message on the back because he was coming in later than I was!

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Once I had my initial edges painted I got out my soap. Yep, my other favorite painting tool! This cuts off tons of work sanding later on!

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I rubbed the soap all along the edges where I wanted the brown to show through.

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Then I painted the whole thing with heirloom white. After I let it dry for about a hour I went in with the sandpaper and scraper and took off the paint to show the brown through. If you use soap you barely have to rub the sandpaper or a scraper over it and the white comes off really easy!

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I love this saying so much so I created a quick chalkboard print that you can download.

Life began in a garden chalkboard

You know you have a bit of a gardening obsession when your husband says, “It must be spring, I keep finding dirt all over the house and tools.” I cant help myself I love to work in the yard and find such peace and satisfaction in growing things!

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Previous author of Over the Big Moon. I shared my passion for home and family life! I love graphic design, DIY projects, cooking, and working in my garden! My favorite role is taking care of my husband and our 3 amazing and busy boys!

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