The other day I decided to paint my potting bench white. It was originally redwood, but it had faded quite a bit over the years from being outdoors.

I brought this potting bench with me from Texas. Found it at a consignment shop and decided a gardener like me needed a potting bench.

I painted the potting bench I had outside a glossy white and brought it indoors to use.

Once the paint dried I brought it indoors. I thought maybe I’d use it as a coffee bar and add Christmas decor in my dining room.

I love repurposing things.

And that’s just what I did.

The white potting bench I painted white. It now has Christmas decor on top and a red and white gingham curtain below.

Then I decided to store things like paper towels on the bottom shelf. I sewed a red and white checked curtain, gathered it onto a rod, and hid what was on the bottom shelf.

In the Christmas spirit by then, I started bringing in boxes of Christmas decor.

I brought to the potting bench a small lamp with a red lampshade. It’s a bit dark in this dining room.

Then I gathered up some small items of Christmas decor and decorated the potting bench turned coffee bar. Adding it to the small coffeemaker and such that I already had arranged on it.

My white potting bench turned coffee bar with coffee fixings and Christmas decor

There are all the fixings for coffee here. Sweeteners and cream, etc.

I think it all looks so pretty on the glossy white potting bench. I’m glad I chose glossy white spray paint.

See my vintage Santa mug with a small Christmas tree inside?

Then I looked out the window and saw this gorgeous male cardinal hopping in the tree branches.

He is so pretty in his bright coat of red feathers. Perfect for Christmas!

The female cardinal is never far behind. When I see the male arrive I know she will show up soon.

I’m off to the kitchen to get water to pour into my little red coffeemaker.

Then I’ll make a cup of coffee and warm my hands around my coffee mug. I think I’ll sit down by a window and enjoy the birds flitting about the trees.

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  1. Your potting bench looks great! My imagination is curious as to what it will be next! Our flowers here in southwest Missouri also got bit by the frost but I have many pansies that will bloom through till January. I love your blog and have become a follower so I will definitely stay tuned to see how the potting bench turns out!

  2. The flowers are long gone here in northern IL. We are having such weird weather…it has been really cold these past few days (down to 10 – 20 at night; 30's during the day), but now we're having a gradual warm-up with temps supposedly reaching 61 by Sunday! Your potting bench looks great in your kitchen; can't wait to see what you do with it.

  3. Brenda, what a great example of shopping your entire home AND garden to re-use and re-purpose! Can't wait to see what you will do w/ the potting bench and I am wondering what wonderful red items will adorn it!!

  4. I cut the last of my roses and put them on the kitchen windowsill day before yesterday. It was 23 this morning when I woke up really early, a bit before six. Now everything looks all "toasted" — I don't like Winter.

    Your bench looks great. It would be a great little baking center!

  5. Winter is here too Brenda…knew it was coming…all my mums have froze but my African Violets are all blooming as well as my Thanksgiving cactus…Love the Cardinal picture…it was stunning! Carol

  6. It got cold here last night too and more of the same tonight. I'm probably in the minority, but I'm happy to see and feel it. :o)
    As usual, your photos are gorgeous. I love cardinals! He looks so majestic. I love birds in general. :o)

  7. It is sad to see the summer plants completely spent…but amazingly, I still have a few begonias hanging on. They won't last long, as we just had our first freeze here in NJ. Love your cardinal shot…and can't wait to see what you'll use the potting bench for.

  8. It's really cold here in Alabama too Brenda, I covered all my plants last night hoping they will survive for a while longer. Stay warm and can't wait to see what you do with the potting bench.

  9. Your blog was recommended by bloglovin' and while I don't usually click over I am so glad I did…love your potting bench. I will be waiting to see what in store for it! Winter has come to Ontario where I live as well, even some snow flurries in the last few days…my cannas are looking brown and wilted as well – guess I better dig up the bulbs and put them away for next year!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  10. Cute little potting bench. Can't wait to hear what you'll use it for. Good for you painting it. I love all the little touches your adding and changing in your home. It is nice to hear that your able to do so much after a year off with that foot/ankle. You sound like you're back to yourself and puttering away…like the good old days! I'm happy for you Brenda. 🙂 ~ Pat

  11. Wow, Brenda, that photo of the male cardinal in the Rose of Sharon is about the best I've seen of one of those little fellers. Look how his tail is parallel with the branch, and the spikes on his head are the same as the spikes on the dried blossom in front of him. You can see the tension in his body as if he's ready to take off, and his face has an expression that seems to show the gears whirring in his little head as he ponders his next move. Thanks for sharing it. We've moved to a town that's a bit farther north than our former home, and we've had a touch of snow this week. We haven't seen many cardinals, but we took a drive on Monday, and in a 70-mile round trip we saw over 100 deer!

  12. winter is here too. it was 23 degrees this morning.
    your potting bench looks great in white and your peace plant is beautiful. I've never had any luck with those.

    I'll be watching to see what ya do with that potting table

  13. I did a Google search for "cozy home blogs" and yours was one of the first on the list. So glad I came across you! I love your photos, style and sharing. Can't wait to learn more.

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