A Change of Mind

Welcome to the 385th Metamorphosis Monday!

How was your weekend? Something very weird happened to me this weekend. I think I must have gotten a knock on the head. πŸ˜‰

Remember the potting bench that I ordered recently?

Potting Bench


I had planned to give it a few good coatings of this marine varnish.

McCloskey Man o 'War Marine Spar Varnish


It’s the same thing I used on this potting table that lives downstairs under my deck. (Directions for building this potting table can be found here: Build a Potting Table for Spring)

Pottery Barn Abbott Inspired Potting Table & Buffet Server 25


A few days ago I started assembling the table but stopped. I decided it would be better to paint the varnish on all the individual pieces first, and then put it together. That would be easier and I could really get the varnish everywhere it needed to go.

Potting Bench Assembly


There are a lot of pieces to this table, love its design!

Potting Bench Parts


But this weekend I got a crazy idea.

Potting Bench

I brought the table inside, it’s way too hot to work out on the porch during the daytime right now.

Potting Table Primed for Painting


No, the porch is strictly a place for iced tea, lemonade and Mint Julep sipping right now, preferably under the soft breeze of two swirling ceiling fans.

Build a Screened Porch


But inside, crazy stuff is going on! The potting bench pieces are all white with primer.

Potting Bench Parts Ready for Painting


And this crazy woman just bought a quart of Sherwin Williams paint. Look out! It’s about to get all Dahlia up in here! Once I’m done painting, I’ll need to assemble the potting bench. Hope to share the results real soon!

Update: See how the potting bench turned out in this post: Periwinkle Blue for a Whimsical Potting Bench.

Sherwin-Williams Dahlia, SW 6816


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  1. I can’t wait to see the Dahlia bench! Color makes everything better! Thanks for the party Susan! Stay cool-

  2. Love that Dahlia color… can’t wait to see how the bench turns out! Thanks for hosting! πŸ™‚ ~Rhonda

  3. Susan, Your potting bench is going to be BEAUTIFUL in dahlia! Looking forward to seeing her transformation πŸ™‚

  4. Oh! How fun! I can’t wait to see how this design mystery turns out! πŸ™‚

  5. Vickie H. says

    OMG! I LOVE that color! Can’t WAIT to see how it turns out! That is such an INSPIRED choice!!!

  6. I started working on my potting bench yesterday. My husband assembled it last weekend and it was redwood….I was/am determined for it to look aged so I had a quart of Driftwood wood stain and started working on it yesterday afternoon. What I didn’t realize was it was oil based and immediately stopped “painting”. Luckily I started with it upside down so I could see how it would look before I continued. I’m going out today to find a latex paint I can use on it for the same effect. Do you think I’ll have a problem painting over that oil once it’s dried? I hope not….still wish I’d seen your bench before I ordered mine. Oh well…..once it’s styled I’m sure I’ll like it.

    • Judy, I bet you can lightly sand that area where you applied the stain and then just make sure you use a good primer over it. I’m pretty sure there are primers you can buy that are designed especially to cover over an oil based stain. This is the primer I used on my bench: http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/products/catalog/extreme-bond-primer/?referringCategory=interior-paint-coatings/primers/&N=759705555 Just make sure whatever primer you use, that it will seal out an oil based paint/stain and can be painted over with Latex paint. Wherever you buy it, ask there to make sure. Your bench is going to be beautiful!

      • Susan, I painted quite a bit of the bench and of course most of it is “slats” but I guess I could sand that some. I told my husband last night I wish I’d used a primer before I started painting so I’m going to take your advice and prime over what I’ve already painted and the rest that’s still the redwood. Just for grins, I checked the Target website and your bench is now “unavailable”. Just think, you’re responsible for a sell out!

        Thanks for the link, I’m going to check it out now.

  7. Love that color! It’s soft but has a kick to it. Should liven up your potting.
    Stay cool~

  8. Charlotte says

    I love the Dahlia color! I have been itching to find a cute smallish coffee table and paint it Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg. I just have not found the table, Yet! I can’t wait to see the finished project.

  9. You’ve gotten my attention with that gorgeous color. Can’t wait to see the finished piece. Thanks so much for the beautiful party this morning!

  10. Susan,

    Don’t leave us in suspense too long! Funny, I didn’t take you for a lavender lady but, I am sure it will look lovely – can’t wait! But with all the colorful flowers I am sure it will have on it – it will be beautiful!


    • lol I hope to finish it in the next few days. It’s funny because I’m not inside my home, but I love blue, purple, pink, yellow and white in the garden.

  11. Well, it sure will be a bright spot in the garden!

  12. I love that color, Susan! Can’t wait to see the result! Thanks for hosting! Hugs…Debbie

  13. Oh no….you left us hanging, can’t wait till tomorrow to see what’s next. πŸ™‚

  14. A woman’s prerogative to always change her mind! If you eyesight starts to fail you, you will always be able to find your Dahlia potting table. Now I have a question. There will be a baby boy shower in September for my one, and probably only grandchild. I will be doing the centerpieces. My DIL loves the color purple and of course shades of purple look lovely with blues. I was trying to think of flowers that would be available at that time of year, here in the NE, and Dahlia’s came to mind. Do you or your readers know if they come in shades of purple, violet etc? I want this to be perfect as it is my babies baby. Unfortunately, I am not leading the charge for the shower, the Mommy’s sister have taken on that role, along with two aunts, who act as surrogate mothers, since the Mommy to be lost her own mother when she was just a teen. So I have (I hope, not yet confirmed) centerpieces, favors and cake. I would love to hear suggestions for centerpieces featuring blues and purples and creamy whites. The them for the shower is “Over the Moon”, since this was a blessing we never expected.

  15. Hi Susan! The colour of your potting bench is going to be fabulous! Thank you for hosting! πŸ˜‰

  16. Well I am pretty sure you are going to love it and with the prep you’ve done it will turn out perfect! The Dahlia color is so pretty!

  17. I am excited to see the finished project. I think the color you chose will be fun and give you so many design options!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  18. Can’t wait to see it!

  19. Thanks so much for the party each week!! Looking forward to the final reveal!!


  20. Well, that’s a 180 turn! I love it, and the fact that you have no one to answer to but yourself. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see it, Susan.

  21. Well, aren’t you all fun and daring… love it! πŸ™‚ Looking forward to see the end results. I linked the finished results of my sunporch re-do… which started with inspiration by your post of refinishing the floor on your porch. Thank you for that, we love our sunporch now!

  22. Ooh, your creative wheels are turning, Susan! I can’t wait to see your finished product. I know what you mean about it being too hot on the porch. H&H (heat & humidity) have returned to the South! I always hate to hear the heat index make its way back into the forecast. Happy painting!

  23. Can’t wait to see it all finished. Great color that you picked. Thanks so much for hosting, Susan.

  24. Dahlia will be gorgy Susan! I can’t wait to see it. Hmmm…now you are giving me ideas for the old swing in my yard. . .
    Thanks for hosting πŸ™‚

  25. bobbi duncan says

    Purple is a favored clothing, jewelry, and floral color I love, so I can’t wait to see your adorable potting bench all dolled up.

  26. Goodness, what a fun color for your potting bench! I can’t wait to see it finished!

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