Updated: Sep 17, 2021
Front porch sittin with fresh squeeze lemonade... sounds like the perfect afternoon doesn't it?
I have always admired the Pottery Barn beverage station and I've even cut out and saved several styled images of their carts out of magazines. I love the rustic look with the stained wood and dark hardware. It wasn't in my price range so I searched and searched online for a similar furniture piece that I could repurpose. Luckily, I found a piece called a potting bench on Amazon for around $80!
They do not sell the same potting bench anymore but it is similar to this one on Amazon. It arrived in a few pieces and the top and bottom were already put together. The legs and back just needed to be screwed on. It took less than 10 minutes for assembly!
We made a few minor adjustments such as trimming the ends of the top of the table and using some scrap wood to build some shelves.
This is how it looked assembled, before staining, and before we made the shelves.
THIS is how it looked after we put the back boards and shelves on!
I stained it in a walnut color and added this black bottle opener on the side.
Also added hooks across the front...similar to the Pottery Barn piece.
Then it was time to decorate!
This lemon citrus squeezer is really fun to use! I love the yellow color!
I filled the bottom shelf with some faux plants, baskets, and tins. I really love decorating with recyled glass bottles like these lemon Sanpellegrino bottles.
I thought about adding casters but my porch is slightly slanted... I wouldn't want my lemonade cart to roll away!
We've had this cart for a while now and it's so fun to have a place to make porch drinks! We like to use it to hand out lemonade at our garage sales too! In the fall, I plan to turn it into an apple cider station. In winter, wouldn't it be fun to have an outdoor hot cocoa bar for neighbors as they tour the Christmas lights?
For less than a $100, I think this beverage cart revamp turned out great! What other ideas would you suggest to decorate this station? What kind of treats would you serve?
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