Ballard Designs OUTLET Meets Craigslist Potting Bench
When I say big boy, I'm not kidding - this thing weighs a ton. I consider myself a pretty strong woman, so I kind of balked when the craigslist seller said that it was heavy. She wasn't kidding. Anyway, we got it home and it's sitting on my screened in porch, which is also where I will be redoing it since I don't think I can bribe my husband, sons and their friend to help haul it outside for my painting convenience I digress. While the potting bench is fab, the doors on it are not - they stick and don't stay on the track. So, I thought that using fabric on a curtain rod would make for a good look and also add interest to the room. Something along these lines:
Which brings me back to Ballard. They have all sorts of goodies at their outlet for fab prices, and my trip was no exception. I recently purchased a new rug for the porch, and found this fabric that would totally tie with the look I have going in there. Three yards for about $21. But it gets better. I got another 20% off, and then another 20% off my entire order. As I was checking out, the angel of a checkout lady said that she had some other fabric that I might be interested in. I had seen it, sitting behind the counter, thinking it was on hold for someone else. It was three yards of this beautiful document fabric. Oh. My. Goodness. I have been coveting this fabric since I first saw it in the Ballard catalog. So many possibilities! Scored three yards for less than the price of one. Did I mention that one of my best friends just got a job at Ballard Designs Outlet? Does life get any sweeter than that?
My glorious fabric from Ballard
In getting our house ready for an open house earlier this summer, I decided to tackle this project, to give the potting bench a little more personality, and to tie together with our screened porch. I still want to paint it, but I did give it a bit of a facelift that will work for now. I had to use no-sew Stitch Witchery to put my curtains together since my sewing machine was inadvertently put into storage, but let's face it, I probably wouldn't have sewn it anyway. The old gate on top I actually found in the trash at a house we toured (don't worry, the house was empty - I wouldn't want people to think we were "weird" or something.)
I scored a couple of curtain rods on clearance, and gave them a nice coat of black paint.