So far, everything around your planting bench has gone according to plan. It has been built to specific plans that you have absolutely adore, and you have found the perfect plants to grow inside of each of the dual planning pots. But now that it is built, you want to make sure that your planting bench fits in with the rest of your patio furniture, and does not stick out like a green thumb (pun intended).
Making your planting bench feel like an integral part of the team does not have to be a painstakingly long process. Rather, decorating it can be a fun family adventure, full of creativity and excitement for everyone involved. If you have a clear idea of what is needed, and how to get there, you too can have a bench that will be loved and adored by all who show up to your next family event.
Before you even think about picking up a brush to begin the process, consider how you want your planting bench to fit in with the rest of your patio. If the rest of your patio furniture is stained, then you will want to try and find a stain to match. But if your deck and furnishings are painted, let us try to make this piece match those. For those who are incredibly creative, consider making your own decoration plan from scratch.
For those who want to turn your planting bench into a decorating adventure, why not make it a family project and choose your own theme! While painting and/or staining your bench to make it fit in with the rest of your patio theme can be a good idea, decorating it yourselves will make it a project that your family will take pride in for years to come!
To begin the process from turning your planting beach from a plain old piece of furniture into a work of art, have a family discussion on how the bench should look when complete. Ask your children to draw potential plans and designs for the bench. And once everyone agrees, you can begin to put the paint on the bench.
In order to make the entire project kid friendly, there are some tips to take into consideration before you begin. First, select a paint that offers a balance of protection and beauty. Acrylic based paints are less toxic to the kids and environment handling them, giving a safer choice for everyone involved. If your family has selected a design for the bench, and are ready to begin, you may want to stencil it out with pencil that can eventually be erased once painted on. For younger children, consider drawing out the design and numbering each area for a fun "paint by number" experience! And once you are done with the painting process, consider using a clear primer to seal the design. By using a primer, you will be sealing the wood with an extra layer of protection, and protecting your family's design for years to come!
Decorating your potting bench can be a fun, simple way to get every member of the family involved in your outdoor life. And using any of the options above can turn your patio into not only a work of art, but a fun project for everyone to take pride in for generations.