Distressed Potting Bench Table

Okay, so I know this isn’t actually a potting bench table.  I’m pretty sure it was meant to be a coffee table or end table, but when I got done painting it, the colors just screamed “potting bench” to me.

Distressed Potting Bench Table in Boxwood and Shutter Gray #mmsmilkpaint

Which may sound weird since I know nothing about potting, planting, gardening or any of that.  I can arrange cut flowers in a vase.  That’s about the extent of my “gardening” skills!

Distressed Potting Bench Table in Boxwood and Shutter Gray #mmsmilkpaint

But the green (Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Boxwood) layered over a soft blue-gray (MMSMP in Shutter Gray) with just enough chipping and distressing gave it a rustic, garden-y feel!

Layering Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint colors #mmsmilkpaint #boxwood #shuttergray

I think layering milk paint colors is one of my very favorite ways to paint.  I have come so far since my perfectionist days, huh?!  I just love how authentically distressed and aged this look is.

Milk Painted Layered Green Coffee Table

And can we just talk about the terra cotta pots for a minute?  So, I painted 5 of them.  And then I got all lazy and quit!  It was kinda fun spending time by myself, outside, splattering paint here, there, and everywhere.  But then I just got sick of it.  I think I was just anxious to take pictures of my bench and didn’t want to spend any more time not photographing it.

Weathered & Distressed Terra Cotta Pot Planters & Green Potting Table

So, there are 5 cute weathered-looking pots … and the rest are chillin’ on the floor waiting for me to find some more ambition!

Distressed Potting Bench Table in Boxwood and Shutter Gray #mmsmilkpaint

Linking to : Craft-O-Maniac, Liz Marie Blog, Miss Mustard Seed, & Funky Junk Interiors

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  1. Ronnda says

    Did you use mmsmp on the pots? Yesterday I was looking at several of my pots with plants in them when I was outside and I thought I should paint them, and then I see your post! :)

    • Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says

      I didn’t, Ronnda. I thought about it, but I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to mix colors up. I used ASCP on the pots.

  2. Rondell says

    I love this and the color you painted it! I have a potting bench my husband made for me but since then it has been just wood, now I think I’ll go with the green! Love the pots too! Great job!

  3. says

    Saw your linkup on Miss Mustard Seed – I just love the colors and overall feel of your bench! The painted pots are such a great touch too. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Allison K. says

    Hi Allison,
    Love the color choices.. I have an antique dresser in my patio being used as a potting bench that I’m about ready to paint! Would you mind telling me if you used any bonding agent with the Shutter Gray and if you used any resist between layers? I was leaning toward Luckett’s Green but after seeing the Boxwood, I may change my mind:)

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