Thursday, February 20, 2014

Radio Flyer Potting Bench - Pinterest Inspired

This was supposed to be last week's post, but we had a little design flaw that had to be worked out.  This bench was made from found objects, mostly objects found in my stash.
Here is the inspiration photo I found on Pinterest one day when I was looking for potting bench ideas.  When I saw this, it just so happened I had just come across a Radio Flyer wagon and had also just found a kitchen cart at my favorite flea market.
I rummaged through my stash to see what else I could find to complete the project.  The shelf is made from an old dresser drawer front and the trim you see on the front of it was made from the bottom skirt from the same dresser.  I had two of these windows, some cute little brackets found in my travels that were never used and some curtain rod brackets.
The inside of the wagon was pretty rusty so my husband sanded it with a wire brush and painted the inside of the tray white.  Then he removed the wheels which are being saved for another project and attached the wagon with bolts to the top of my kitchen cart.  All the wood got a coat of Old White to make things look uniform.
I am fresh out of plants and potting soil since it is the dead of winter (even here in California) so I'm sharing this project as a beverage cart/food cart.  Wouldn't this be great for parties if you lined the wagon and filled it with ice?  Simply place your sodas and other beverages in the ice.  Your glasses can go on the shelf and you have another shelf on the bottom for extras.  This kitchen cart had a wine rack underneath perfect for an out door barbecue.
Here is the before picture just as we were about to fit the wagon onto the top of the table so we could drill the holes.  I know my husband reads my blog and he is probably saying "We?"  I will admit he did all the labor and heavy lifting on this project.  I was simply the director.  If you are wondering about our design flaw, it was that the window had to be attached with L-brackets on the front and the back at the base.  Otherwise, the weight of it caused it to lean.  Now it stands straight and tall.
Thanks for stopping by.  The Little French Flea Market is open this weekend.  You can find the address on Facebook.  We are located in Chatsworth, California.
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Mondays          Le Chateau des Fleurs       The Graphics Fairy  
                                      Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday

Wednesdays      Ivy and Elephants

Fridays            French Country Cottage       My Romantic Home        Miss Mustard Seed
                                     Common Ground
Saturdays        Funky Junk Interiors