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Making a Potting Bench

July 30, 2008

My husband brought home a desk from his brother's trash pile. I'll admit I was annoyed when I saw it on the back porch, but then I got inspired to make this cute potting station with the desk, an old chair, a shelf I got for $2.50 at the thrift store, and a 25-cent roll of wallpaper from a yard sale. As you can see, "Ned", the cat loves it, too!

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Approximate Time: Weekend (with drying time)

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Instructions:

Desk:
  1. Tighten hardware on desk. Clean desktop well.
  2. If desired, paint edge of desktop with latex or acrylic paint. Allow to dry according to manufacturers' directions.
  3. Measure desktop and cut a section of wallpaper (or Contac) a little larger.
  4. Soak wallpaper and place on desktop. Use squeegee to remove bubbles.
  5. For easier cutting, use small vises to attach a metal straight edge along edges of desk. Cut paper with utility knife.
  6. Allow to dry overnight. Seal with several coats of acrylic, allowing to dry between coats.
  7. Attach wire basket or cup hooks to hang rags.
Chair:
  1. Paint in coordinating colors to match desk.
  2. Cut a piece of wallpaper to fit seat and back of chair. Soak with water, attach, remove bubbles.
  3. When dry, seal with several coats of acrylic.

Shelf:

  1. Paint as desired.
  2. Attach to wall above desk.
  3. Paint basket to match, hang on side for gloves.

By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA

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