Now that I had my herb pots I needed somewhere to put them. I have all of these potting pots but nothing in them. Time to work on my porch! I had already bought two blue lawn chairs and had a treated tree stump from my parents to function as a “end table” to put in between the chairs. All summer I have been keeping an eye out for a rectangular, metal garden bench to put along the railing of my porch. But no luck and now I had things I wanted to put out there. I don’t know where, but my mom ended up buying a large, metal… what I think is supposed to be a decorative medallion and gave it to me to use instead. I just needed to build a base.
I was not unfamiliar with power tools and wood work. A while back I couldn’t find accent tables I liked and end tables were too big for the space, so I built two. So back to the wood shop I went.
Since the table I was making was a wood base and a metal top I needed to figure out what color I was going to paint it all. Ideally I would have liked an all metal table and that it would have been rectangular. However, since that was not an option I had a choice to make. I had sky blue chairs and light browns and white from the tree stump, I wanted to go with cool tones. Not my go to black. I landed on a medium grey that was a primer and paint in one and worked on wood and metal.
Painted them both up, attached them, and there you go.
I am more of a succulent than perennial type person. I like the structural design and color of them. (This is also one of the reasons why I really like geology!!) Plus they are low maintenance which is always a plus if you aren’t home to water daily. I took my glass bowl finds from a few projects back and filled them up.
Succulents should be potted in a fast-draining mixture that’s designed for cacti and succulents. If you don’t buy the specialized mix, you can modify a normal potting mix with sand or small rocks to help with aeration and drainage. These plants generally have shallow roots that form a dense mat just under the soil surface. I planted one grouping in a pot that had a hole for drainage and one that did not. For the pot with drainage I pot a coffee filter at the bottom to prevent soil or rocks from falling out with the water. For the pot (glass bowl) you can drill a hole in the bottom (there are special ones for going through glass) for drainage, but I just left mine with no hole. A mini experiment to see if the hole is really necessary. If you do as I did most of what I read have said to put charcoal towards the bottom of the soil mixture to left absorb and “rotting” smell that may come from the water not leaving.
With the scrape wood I have some ideas I have seen in magazines that I would like to try to make that would be cute decorative items to also go on these tables. But that is for another time.