How To Repurpose Vintage Metal Cubbies: Portable Potting Station

October 17, 2019

How To Repurpose Vintage Metal Cubbies: Portable Potting Station

I wanted to share this idea for how to repurpose vintage metal cubbies into a portable potting station. I've been seeing tons of these vintage cubby units at estate sales and vintage markets lately. They come in all sizes and there are lots of ways to repurpose them. Here's how I came to create this portable potting station from the metal cubby unit I found at Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market. 

I’ve been hunting for some vintage garden tools and last week I found a green metal hand rake with a wooden capped end. It’s perfectly worn and chipped, and it’s GREEN, so of course I fell in love with it right away! On the same day I also ended up finding a pair of green handled clippers and a spade with a wood handle. I just love the way the three look as a set.

how to repurpose vintage metal cubbies

how to repurpose vintage metal cubbies

My new tool collection inspired me to do some spring planting and I wanted to show you the metal cubby storage bin that I’ve been using as a portable potting bench.

how to repurpose vintage metal cubbies

I found this large metal cabinet with divided cubbies at Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market last summer. I got a great deal on it, and I pretty much love anything that has little cubbies like this. I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it at first, but it has naturally taken on the role of a little potting station, and I’m really liking it.

how to repurpose vintage metal cubbies

I don’t do a ton of planting, and our garden area is small, so this little station is a perfect size for me. The cubbies are just big enough for gloves, tools, packets of seed, and other small accessories. The only downside is that the metal cabinet is heavy. So now I really want to add casters to the bottom so that it’s easier for me to move around. That, plus a little wooden stool, and my potting station will be perfect!

how to repurpose vintage metal cubbies

Stay tuned and I’ll post again once the casters are added. They will really make my station more portable. Thanks for reading!




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