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.

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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.

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The herb bed has sturdy handles

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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!

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Once the white wash was dry, I used stencils I had on hand and traced each letter with a pencil.

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Next, I used a detail brush and black craft paint to fill in the letters.

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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.

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Following the light sanding, I sealed with polyacrylic.  Isn’t this herb bed so awesome?

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I used two bags of garden soil I purchased from a local home improvement store.

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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.

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Love these herb beds as much as I do? You can purchase your own here  and customize it just like I did!

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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!

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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,

CoCo

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16 Comments

  1. 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!

    1. 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. Oh it’s adorable! And big! I like the white paint and stencils…perfect saying 😉
    Great job!

    1. Thank you, Angie! I love how big it is too. I can’t believe I was able to fit so many plants in there!

  3. Jennifer K. says:

    I love this!! I need one of these. Such an awesome job you did on this!

    Jenn

    1. I really appreciate your kind words, Jenn, thank you! I’m hoping I can keep the herbs alive now that they have this cute container 🙂

  4. 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

    1. You’re so sweet, Lisa, thank you! I’m really excited about the way it turned out!

    1. Thank you Jenn! It really helped having the reclaimed wood as a base because the white wash went on so easily!

  5. Kirt Danielson says:

    Where can I get one of those Herb beds? 🙂

    1. I know a guy who knows a guy 🙂 Thank you so much! I LOVE IT!

  6. Love herbs & what a charming way to have a growing spot! Basil, mint, rosemary & thyme are my must-haves. You’ll enjoy this everyday ~ and everyone who sees it will want one to enjoy too!!

    1. I can’t wait to use these herbs in one of your amazing drink recipes Bobbi!

    1. 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!

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