A little over a month ago, I was contacted by a fellow Floridian and craftsman to review a handmade wooden herb bed. Kirt thought it would make a great addition to my booth at The Picker’s Market. I saw a picture and agreed to give it a trial run. The herb bed was delivered the following weekend but there was a problem and I knew it immediately. I loved it. I loved it and I wanted to keep it, like for myself. I’m constantly shopping for the store. I see hundreds of items come and go. For the most part, I know this is a business and I’m ok with letting someone else love the treasures I find. But I was totally smitten with this herb bed. I called Kirt up and explained the situation. Luckily, he was completely flattered and gave me his blessing to keep it and make it my own.
I started by giving the outside of the wooden herb bed a white wash of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The wood is completely reclaimed so it already had a nice weathered patina.
The herb bed has sturdy handles
and even a screen placed inside to help with drainage. Because, let’s face it, you don’t want to lose all that rich soil!
Once the white wash was dry, I used stencils I had on hand and traced each letter with a pencil.
Next, I used a detail brush and black craft paint to fill in the letters.
After the craft paint had completely dried, I took a piece of medium grit sandpaper and lightly sanded the entire herb bed. I was a little worried the craft paint would smear but it didn’t at all.
Following the light sanding, I sealed with polyacrylic. Isn’t this herb bed so awesome?
I used two bags of garden soil I purchased from a local home improvement store.
I bought these herbs from a local grower at the farmer’s market this past weekend. I was able to fit approximately 15 plants in the herb bed. I know, right? That’s huge.
Love these herb beds as much as I do? You can purchase your own here and customize it just like I did!
A very special thank you to Kirt for gifting me this handmade wooden herb bed and to Houseplants.com for sponsoring this post. I can’t wait to make a tomato, mozzarella and basil panini!
Do you guys have any great recipes featuring fresh herbs? Let me know in the comment section below. I would love to try them!