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!
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!
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!
Oh it’s adorable! And big! I like the white paint and stencils…perfect saying 😉
Thank you, Angie! I love how big it is too. I can’t believe I was able to fit so many plants in there!
I love this!! I need one of these. Such an awesome job you did on this!
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 🙂
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
You’re so sweet, Lisa, thank you! I’m really excited about the way it turned out!
CoCo I love this! Absolutely love how this turned out and how vintage it looks…I definitely need one for my yard 🙂
Thank you Jenn! It really helped having the reclaimed wood as a base because the white wash went on so easily!
Where can I get one of those Herb beds? 🙂
I know a guy who knows a guy 🙂 Thank you so much! I LOVE IT!
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!!
I can’t wait to use these herbs in one of your amazing drink recipes Bobbi!
It’s so cute! I love the detail you added, and anything with tomato, mozzarella and basil sounds good to me!
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!