Weathered Bench Container Garden

A couple summers ago, I discovered two weathered benches in an old shed at my parents’ farm that I decided to bring home with me. I managed to paint the larger one a bright yellow color for the Outdoor Extravaganza last year, and it eventually made its way to our front porch. The other smaller sized bench ended up being shoved under our deck and somewhat forgotten about. Last week, I finally pulled it out in an attempt to give it new life as part of our new container garden.

Weathered Red Bench with a Vegetable, Herb and Flower Garden | Satori Design for Living

 

At first glance, I wasn’t sure I would be able to revive this worn out bench. It was a little worse for wear than I had remembered. I knew, without a doubt, that the pink chippy paint had to go. (It turns out the bench came painted those colors from a farm sale years ago.) One end was patched together in a hodge-podgey way, and I was hoping we could somehow fix or trim it without it being too noticeable.

Weathered Chippy Bench Before

 

The only solution we could come up with was trimming both ends. This meant exposing the un-weathered wood, but I knew over time it would return to its rustic glory being exposed to the elements.

Weathered Chippy Bench Before_2

 

After a good sanding to remove the pink paint (I kept some of the blue-green) and large splinters, I spray painted the metal legs bright red for high contrast against the rustic wood top. I thought the red would also tie in nicely to our new garden stool and pillows in our outdoor lounging area.

Weathered Bench Makeover with Red Spray Paint

 

While the bench was drying, we got to work on digging out the back corner of our yard for the container garden. Being able to grow more herbs and vegetables is something I’ve been wanting to do for years, and it was nice to finally be creating an area to do so.

Container Garden Area Before

 

After removing the sod, we put down landscape paper to block weeds and topped it off with a layer of cedar mini bark. We put the bench in place with a slight slope to allow water to run off, and I started layering potted vegetable and herb plants on top and all around. Some of these came from the seeds I started back in March.

Weathered Red Bench with a Vegetable, Herb and Flower Garden | Satori Design for Living

One advantage of container gardening is being able to move pots around to allow plants to get more or less sun/rain depending on what they need. Succulents can get burnt in direct hot sun and, if necessary, I can easily switch their placement with rosemary or another plant.

Weathered Red Bench with Succulents in Strawberry Pot

 

Weathered Red Bench with a Vegetable, Herb and Flower Garden | Satori Design for Living

 

To attract bees and butterflies, I added some flowers as well. White pansies, alyssum and red verbena help tie our backyard color palette together.

Weathered Red Bench with a Vegetable, Herb and Flower Garden | Satori Design for Living

 

Weathered Red Bench with a Vegetable, Herb and Flower Garden | Satori Design for Living

 

Aside from the bench, our stone retaining wall is the perfect place to house more pots. On the ledge, I planted swiss chard and oregano. Below, there’s lettuce and rosemary.

Weathered Red Bench with a Vegetable, Herb and Flower Garden | Satori Design for Living

 

Weathered Red Bench with a Vegetable, Herb and Flower Garden | Satori Design for Living

 

Weathered Red Bench with a Vegetable, Herb and Flower Garden | Satori Design for Living

 

Weathered Red Bench with a Vegetable, Herb and Flower Garden | Satori Design for Living

 

It’s a good start to a container garden that will likely evolve over the summer and years to come. I can’t wait for the plants to grow and fill in the area. The best part will be eating the herbs all summer long!

Grey stone retaining wall with rustic bench and potted plants | Satori Design for Living

 

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Outdoor Paint Projects link party where your project will be seen on 6 blogs! It’s the final week of this year’s Outdoor Extravaganza.

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Be sure to check out the other hostesses’ beautiful paint projects today!

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Tiffany from Living Savvy

Angie from Echoes of Laughter

Lucy from Craftberry Bush

Dawn from Inspired Living

For even more gardening and outdoor inspiration go here.

See you tomorrow!

Shauna Oberg

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Comments

  1. Loving that red against the weathered wood. This looks so great!  I might do some potted herbs this year too.

  2. I don’t know how many times I’ve looked over a weathered bench.  So cute and useful in a backyard. 

  3. I love how you added bright red to this cute weathered bench. It looks great! I’m a fan of container gardening too. Much less wedding that way!

  4. I love, love, love this idea!!! The bench adds such character to the space and really seems to give it a purpose!! 

  5. I LOVE your color choice! It gives the bench a bit of zip…….great job! I am really enjoying your blog!

  6. I love it!!! The contrast is my fave and the red is a perfect choice! It’s perfect and really draws the eye into that pretty space! Nicely done!

  7. I love it Shauna! It is an amazing piece of architecture to have in the backyard…both pretty and functional too! I adore the weathered look ! Thank you so much for organizing this lovely party! Angie xo

    • I think it will look better once it weathers a bit more, especially on the areas I had to sand down. Thanks for participating this year. I loved having you!

  8. This is so pretty and I love the pop of red under there!!!

  9. This looks great! I love the red legs – they add some nice colour to that corner of your yard!

  10. What a great little bench.  I love how you gave it a new life.  The garden looks great!

  11. I’m in love! I have to admit, when I saw the first pic I was instantly loving the weathered bench top and really wondered what was to become of it. I was so excited to see where you went with it! What great inspiration… and on that note, I am so bummed out – I had my first two projects all planned out – yet they are both still waiting for me to pause long enough to enjoy doing them… hhhhhhh :-/

    • If it wasn’t pink, I probably would’ve left it more in its original state. Not the look I was going for combined with the other colors I already have going on in my backyard! Too bad you couldn’t join this year’s OE, but it looks like you’ve been very busy (which is always a good thing, right?). Thanks for stopping by to check it out anyway :)

  12. Benches have got to be one of my favourite things to use for decorating in the garden. I love how you painted the legs red. We have an old bench made from fruit crates found in the basement of our old house. It’s on the deck and dressed with rustic birdhouses and my orchids which I bring outside for the summer.

  13. It looks so fun… full of whimsy & rustic charm! Perfect addition to your outdoor space!

  14. The pop of red is really cute! And your container garden is beautiful.

  15. Everything looks so beautiful! Love the bench with the bright red legs and natural top.  It looks so sweet!

  16. Shauna – Your bench is fantastic! I love the red legs – spray paint makes everything better, doesn’t it? :)

  17. Your bench and potted plants look great Shauna, what a lovely outdoor space!

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