My New Potting Bench/Bar/Server


Today I am sharing the new use for my old Baker’s rack.




I have been busy getting the courtyard prepped for summer, and now
that the rain has stopped (?), things are happening!!!


Potting Bench Before

I found a second-hand baker’s rack at a shop here in Lexington called Uncle Ray Jay’s.  It was the basic dark green, but I knew it had great potential after I did my thing with a can of black spray paint.




We have a radon elimination system in our place (have you tested your crib for radon??), and its big, ugly, white, main control is in a corner of our courtyard.  Finally, last week after some of our readers made the suggestion, I had it painted to blend in with the brick.  You can see the pipe peeking out there.  The fern is hiding the main unit.



Potting Bench4

This baker’s rack will come in handy.  I have been on the look-out for something that could do four things:

1. Hide the radon unit.

2.  Serve as a potting station.

3.  Serve as a bar.

4.  Serve as a buffet when we are entertaining.


Potting Bench 5

Well, what do you know?  I found it, and it was a bargain.




When it is not in use, it can look like this, but these items can easily be stored away when it is time to set up a bar.  Since the large shelf is wood, I plan to give it several coats of sealer to help it hold up against Mother Nature, but I can also switch it out for a piece of marble or granite in the future.  Come back later this week because we have made some other changes in the courtyard, and I can’t wait to share them with you.


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Linking to Between Naps On the Porch and A Stroll Through Life and Fox Hollow Cottage


  1. says

    Oh I love it. What a perfect piece to showcase flowers and plants, then to use when you are entertaining. Great job. I would love for you to share this at my Inspire Me party this afternoon. Hugs, Marty

  2. says

    What a great find. I been looking for one awhile now but it is so hard to find where I am locating now.

    TY for sharing your ideas.

    Happy Tuesday.
    /CC girl

  3. says

    What a good idea! I love the way you’ve fixed it up. Baker’s racks aren’t too hard to come by…I may have to copy you. 🙂

  4. says

    I have been thinking of something along these lines…I have a baker’s rack from my old house that I INSISTED we take with us in our move. It is currently in the basement but want to get it out and use it. Now I am inspired!