Ok, this really is another pallet potting bench, or at least that was my intention when building it. But after seeing the piece finished in the bright colors I used, I decided it would make great patio bar or buffet. It just screams party and umbrella drinks.
I am not sure if I have made any two potting benches alike. Each one has a little different design and I didn't stage this as it was headed to the trailer for The Prairie Sisters' show this weekend.
I added a hook and pew clip on the side--great for towels or utensils.
A metal flour container on the other side can hold condiments, ice if you used a plastic bag, a flower??
There is plenty of storage with the large, lower shelf and the skinny, upper shelf. Oh and these are a few of my latest signs also heading to the show and a shoe shine box that would be a great planter or tote for silverware and napkins.
This cabinet certainly needed some first aid when I got it, but for two dollars, it was worth the resuscitation.
After about an hour of degreasing and scraping old, stuck on oil, I painted it with Annie Sloan Decorative Chalk Paint in Emperor's Silk. This red really is the perfect red and usually only takes one coat!
I built a little stand or shelf for the cabinet,
and painted the first aid white cross on it and finished with a glossy coat of urethane.
I see it as a fun "First Aid emergency medicine cabinet", i.e. liquor cabinet.
But, it would work equally as well in a bathroom as a real medicine cabinet.
I think I am becoming a man. Now before you get too excited, what I mean is that I am having a difficult time painting wood. Some of the wood in my reclaimed wood stash is so beautiful I just can't paint it. Thus was the case with this wine rack I made:
As you can see, I did get a little color in there, after all, I am still me--bright color girl :).
But, I chose to leave the lovely alder pieces as is.
And not only did I not paint them, I also did not stain them a dark color, but used a natural stain on them instead.
This was a simple enough build. I started by making the shelves, screwing the ledge on up through the bottom of the shelf.
I then used fairly long screws to screw the shelves on through the back. This does have heavy D rings on it to hang it on a wall. But it needs molly bolts to keep it secure on a wall and since I am selling this, I do not need 2 (more) large holes in my walls.
PS--It was only a small glass of wine in the middle of the afternoon--all for staging the photo shoot.
Okay, call me blonde! I have always seen the noreply blogger on comments and thought it was nore ply--a server or something like that. So tell me this please, if I respond to a comment from a NO reply blogger in an email, do they get it or is it lost in space? Goodness, I am a smart girl, really, but computer stuff just flabbergasts me. My 75 year old mother is a computer programmer--writing the stuff. I did not get those particular genes. Thanks in advance for your answer :). Now, that you have had a good laugh at my blondeness, let's check out some links from last week:
First of all, the important stuff--prayers are with all those in Boston dealing with another senseless tragedy. Praying for peace for our nation and world!
Now the not so important stuff--I already shared this dog bed on my Facebook page, but if you haven't seen it or aren't on Facebook (and because I have nothing else to share today) I thought I would show it here. I saw this originally at Home Frosting. I made it a little differently than she did, but same style. I used, wait for it...pallet wood.
I added some paint and a wishful, hopeful thinking sentiment--good dog. My puppy wasn't so sure she could live up to the high expectations.
A pillow ticking cover, that is removable for washing finished up this cozy dog spot.