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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Duncan Phyfe Potting Bench

H made a fun potting bench/table from a Duncan Phyfe  that we bought at a yard sale  Saturday.   It was in pretty rough shape,  but the price was right....$25.

Both of the leaves were already off of the table,  so he used one of them as a backboard.   Then he layered a window frame and an arched wall shelf to the backboard.   He was going to put the other leaf across the front of the table,  but it covered up too much of the pretty legs.   A coat of white paint and she was ready to go....

Here is the before and after.   I don't know if you've ever painted over mahogany before,  but even if you use a coat of  primer the stain still bleeds through.   I think the  pale pink that bleeds thru is pretty,  so I don't worry about it.

I wrapped a garland of silk roses across the top and added my new yard sale sign.

I have some pots ready to be planted....

and plenty of soil nearby.

H put the new potting bench in front of the studio

Here's a few pics of the inside of the studio.

The potting bench may also do double duty since it sits near the tea room....maybe I will serve tea on it!


  1. H did a great job, it looks beautiful! Good for potting flowers or serving tea, love the extra pieces he added. Gives the piece so much personality.


  2. What a sweet transformation, I'm just crazy about it! It's sitting in the perfect spot, just lovely, Penny!

  3. Oh, how nice that is, and what a great idea! Looks beautiful.

  4. Bonjour,

    Le rendu de votre table en acajou devenue blanche est formidable ! Bravo pour cette initiative.

    ❀ Gros bisous ❀

  5. What a great find. That table will have many uses. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  6. Penny,
    Absolutely love it!! You and H are Masters of Transformation!! Do you sell a lot of recycled furniture at your booth? I think that it would be a top seller if you did!!
    We will FINALLY be getting some Spring like weather with temps. in the 70's next week.....


  7. What a great transformation! The table is very shabby and very beautiful now.

  8. Now that is what I call a CLASSY potting bench! But of course it would make a delightful place to have tea.. I wouldn't want to get that lovely white all dirty with potting soil..and the legs...lovely! I love my potting bench..but it's classless compared to yours! :)

  9. What a great find Penny and I love the transformation! I'm sure you will put it to good use. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  10. Definitely the most beautiful potting bench EVER!! I love the whole area. So amazing!! Thank you for joining us at Project Challenge!

  11. Unos rincones muy bonitos. :) :) Feliz fin de semana. Bss.


  12. Another clever creation, love it!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  13. Penny, Your backyard looks so beautiful and I love that table and all the vignettes and old wagon. Love it and thanks so much for linking up to our Something to Talk About Link Party today. have a great week, Lisa at Concord Cottage

  14. It looks wonderful painted white and it looks fantastic in your garden!

  15. I love those tables and I think what you did with yours is amazing. Course I'm sold on white.

  16. Oh Penny, what a glorious potting bench! You really transformed the table into something very beautiful. Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration.

  17. Hi! Just found your blog from Northern Nesting's blog and I just love your style! What a wonderful creation! Have a wonderful weekend!


  18. How creative! Love how you transformed thus piece! Giving me some inspiration for other pieces... Lol. Thanks for sharing at Talented Tuesday!


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