Sometimes when you come across a piece of furniture for $25 you just buy it and then figure out what to do with it later. This little cabinet sat in my basement for about a year. Sorry, I don’t have a before picture but just imagine a sad little bright green cabinet. I’m pretty sure it was a record cabinet in it’s last life.
As these things often go in my brain, one day for some reason I thought, that little cabinet would make a cute potting bench and just like that an idea was hatched. As I often do I hit Pinterest for inspiration. There are so many lovely photos of succulents, gardens and creative gardening ideas. I was inspired……
I decided to use Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint because a) it would fit in with the rustic layered look I was going for. B) Milk paint with hemp oil is more suitable for an outdoor environment. C) I wanted a deep warm green and Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint had the perfect color for this project.
I also have a BIG stack of Monahan Papers that I recently received. I wanted to match the green in one of the papers that I planned to use with this project.
Have you heard of Monahan Papers? All I can say is I am in love!!! They are gorgeous aged papers with everything from botanical to french to farmhouse. The texture and the aged look and feel are sheer perfection. They can be used on furniture, wall decor, crafts and so so many other things. I have big plans for these beauties. I will also have them for sale soon at my online shop very soon.
Anyway, I’m thinking botanical prints and potting bench would be a win-win, right?
Are you ready to see how I combined all of these elements to update a sad little record cabinet into a potting bench?
After painting, I attached Monahan papers to the top with mod podge on the back of the paper and on the cabinet. I smoothed out bubbles with an old credit card. Also before applying, I sanded the edges with a sanding block to get a distressed look to the edges. After applying the paper and allow the glue to dry I distressed the paper lightly in certain areas.
I used two 13 X19 botanical prints.
Next, I applied hemp oil to the entire cabinet including the back of the cabinet and over the top of the paper. I love using MMS Hemp oil for the right project. It’s so easy to work with. You just brush it on and wipe off the excess with a lint free cloth. It darkened the paint finish and the papers finish as well.
I like the rustic finish with the original bright green paint peeking thru. I added some plants, shutters and potting tools to create a potting area.
Here are some of the details
I used two sided tape to hang botanical prints above the cabinet. The opened cabinet is the perfect spot to store your potting soil. The open storage below holds more supplies.
I had two of these old shutters lying around. I tied small clay pots with jute onto the shutters and planted creeping jenny in them.
A little step stool makes the perfect multi-level plant stand.
I hope you are inspired to get out there and bring some lovely natural touches into your home.
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