Handmade Wooden Herb Bed

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!

Many blessings,



  1. says

    CoCo…I love this herb bed!! I think you and Kirt should strike up a partnership 🙂 His creative craftsmanship and your artistic painting skills are wonderful!

    My go-to herb is basil as it is easy to grow and it is so versatile. My next fave is rosemary. I grow both herbs on my deck and use frequently – especially when will grill out.

    Thanks for sparking my creativity!

    • CoCo says

      Such sweet and thoughtful words, Vicki, thank you! I’ll pass on your ideas of a partnership to Kirt 🙂 I love rosemary and basil too. They both smell amazing!

  2. says

    Coco, WOW that is amazing. I have always wanted an herb garden and I love the way you added the letters and gave it an aged look too!!! Hmm, I am inspired now!!! Beautiful job!!! Lisa

    • CoCo says

      Thanks so much Kelly! I know we both are looking for ways to stay and eat healthy foods. It has made such a difference already in the way we add flavor to meals and even smoothies!