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Baby to Potter


I'm so excited to share this project with you I could just BURST!! I have been wanting a potting bench for many years, but had no reason for one since we had too many trees and shade to have a garden. This last February we had an extraordinary amount of love shown for us as 4 men came to our house every day for 5 days while my husband was out of town.



They said they wanted to surprise him by taking out two trees he had asked to borrow a chainsaw to cut down. We'de been wanting to cut these trees down for 5 years running to allow for this much desired vegetable garden that we now have!
         Now that it's done and here, I have been able to rekindle a long time dormant gardening passion. 
During much organization and dejunking, our last baby turned one. I realized I was ready to get rid of a lot of baby things, some of which included a stroller/car seat combo, baby swing, front pack and changing table. As I worked in the garage doing the organizing thing and kept passing and piling things on top of this old changing table that I've changed many a million diapers on...


                        I decided it could really work as a recycle project. So I put it in the back yard. 
Then I saw these old fence posts we've had around here for quite some time and...
thought about these hooks I bought on clearance like a gazillion years ago and always wanted to use, but never could find the perfect place to hang...

and the wheels in my mind were on high speed until I could've burst!

So I got to work and started with the "hutch"...
  I was loving the rustic look it was taking on, but wasn't satisfied because it still looked like...
                                                              a changing table.
                                                                  (whine, mumble, wimper)

                                                                                Then, after much swinging and thinking...
I took a break and waited a day or two and...

Painted
                                Every- last- spindle! {This is why they developed sprayers. In ALL sincerity!!}
It was painful. But worth it. After an hour of errands and kids, I went to town nailing, and hacking, chopping and piecing until I
came up with this:

And I LOVE IT!
 Every.

Last.
 inch.
 Much more than I ever liked it as a changing table.
Happy Gardening!!
XoXo,
 

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a beach cottage

39 comments:

  1. Soo Cute!! Love it!!

    I found you through Funky Junk SNS!

    Come Visit Me!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

    inspiringcreativeness.blogspot

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  2. I SOOOO love this! I have a changing table in the basement that would be perfect for this!!

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  3. What a great idea- so creative. I agree, much better as a gardening table! :-)

    -Jami
    An Oregon Cottage

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  4. this is so cute - found you through WUW post on Saavy Southern Style.

    I don't have a changing table, but I will be on the lookout for one or something similar at garage sales, etc. This is a great idea! the paint color is perfect.

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  5. Woops - I mean SNS on FJI.

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  6. What a great repurposed item! I love it. I think I need a potting bench. Hmmm... have to see what I can come up with... you've inspired me!

    came over from FJI, SNS... nice to meet you.

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  7. Oh my goodness gracious girl, that is fantastic!

    You are inspiring some women around blogland tonight, that's for sure.

    Nice to meet you. I will be checking back in to see what else you have up your sleeve.

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  8. Oh Michelle! I am such a gardening fan and am so excited you now have the room to do it! This potting bench is freakin amazing! Way to go!!!!

    Kim
    www.kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com

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  9. Brilliant! Stopping by from Craftomaniac Hop. New follower! Blessings… Saved By Love Creations

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  10. Hi I love this post, great photos and idea!
    New google follower via Tuesday hop, Karima from
    www.karimascrafts.com

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  11. Oh Michele! I love this! I wish I held onto my change table now. Damn it! Never mind. I might keep my eyes open for one at a yard sale!

    Thanks for the idea! (Popping over from Tip me Tuesday.)

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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  12. So creative! I love it!! I love the hooks you put in! Such a cute touch!

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  13. That was genius. So I made myself follower #16. I like making things with found object myself.
    Lisa

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  14. That turned out so nice. I so want one of these...thanks for sharing. :) Following you from MMM. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link up party going on over on my blog right now. The most viewed link will win a set of fancy rectangle chalkboard labels. This week I’m co-hosting with Reasons to Skip the Housework…so links will show up on both blogs! How fun!

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

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  15. Oh my gosh - fantastic renovation. It looks amazing. I would love for you to share this project at my linky party.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/06/inspiration-board-link-party_21.html
    Thanks for the creative inspiration.

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  16. I love it too - it's outstanding! Gosh darn it, make me want to build one too. your gardens will be truly lovely ~ diane

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  17. Fabulous! I hope you will share at my party!


    http://www.cherishedbliss.com/2011/06/craft-and-tell-no-10.html

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  18. Michele, this is awesome! I just wanted to let you know you are Blog of the Week tomorrow on A Creative Princess!

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  19. It is so beautiful! I currently use a computer desk that I spraypainted beige to match the exterior paint on our house - but now I want one made with a weathered wood hutch just like yours.

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  20. Hi Michele, I featured your post on my top ten this week at Boogieboard Cottage. I loved it, thank you for linking it! Have a great week, Mary :O)

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  21. Wow, I love it! I have an old changing table just like it that is my wrapping station... I love what you did with it! Very clever... Beautiful job! ~ osc

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  22. Here's a big WOOOO HOOO to you, girlie! What a great transformation!!! I am incredibly impressed with your creativity! And I'm so glad that you know have a wonderful veggie garden to provide God's bounty for your cute family. :) Thanks for visiting my blog, leaving your sweet comment (which made me giggle all night long!), and for your encouragement! ♥

    xoxo laurie

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  23. I love this right there with ya! Such a cute idea, and I LOVE what you did with the top. SO CUTE! Thanks for sharing it with us on DIY Thrifty Thursday!

    Michelle
    www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

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  24. What a terrific idea! I had changing table just like that, but never would have thought of doing this. It looks amazing. I'll be featuring this.

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  25. This turned out lovely! Thanks for sharing at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  26. Thanks for linking your great project.

    I am just reminding everyone about tonights link party that runs Friday evening through Mondays!
    I also have an ongoing give away link party now too.
    Hope to see you soon.
    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/
    come strut your stuff

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  27. Found you through Frou FruGal link up. What a fabulous project and the result is great!

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  28. Sooo cute!!! And very creative with using the crib!! :) Have a great weekend!

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  29. I love this. I have been trying to find some examples of what I really want for my potting bench!

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  30. This is so great! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

    http://reuseandupcycle.blogspot.com

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  31. This is genius and I absolutely love it!! Thanks for partying with me this week over at 365 days 2 simplicity's Simply Creative blog party. I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

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  32. Oh wow! This turned out wonderful....great idea:)!
    Beth

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  33. Well done you clever woman. Great idea and after you painted it turned out wonderfully! Good for you for persevering.

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  34. Love it, off to goodwill in search of a changing table!

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  35. Great job! I love it! Happy Gardening! I'm now a follower!

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  36. So clever! Love how you painted it out and added some rustic charm with the wood!

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