Tots 100 & Homebase Storage challenge – After

It’s taken a while longer than I had hoped but I did have some valid excuses.  My 50th Birthday, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Half Term sort of got in the way. 

I was thrilled to be asked to be a founding member of the Tots100 Home club in association with Homebase  . The first challenge being “storage”.  As you may know I work from home (out of my dining room).  I have to admit that “stock” had taken over the room to the point of not being able to see any surface and the family eating meals on their laps in the living room !  Here is the before post
How the room looked
Hubby has promised to build me my very own office *shed* in the garden this summer, if it ever stops raining, he can get enough time off work and we can find the funds ! so in the meantime I continue to work from what is now a lovely, tidy and organised space in my dining room.

These days I love a bargain, I particularly enjoy utilising things that you wouldn’t normally associate them with.  For example I have stacks of vintage suitcases and wicker picnic hampers which I use for storage.  So for this challenge I wanted to try and find something in Homebase that would suit my taste, but which you wouldn’t normally think of for indoors in your house.

I chose this :

The Homebase timber potting table.  Available at Homebase at the moment for £29.99

In fact I loved it so much I bought TWO one is going in my shed/office when it gets built !

What do you think of the end result ?

Hubby put it together for me, as it was made from timber it was rough wood, I rubbed it down and  gave it a few licks of paint with another Homebase great find; Sanctuary Matt Emulsion in Chalk White.  A tip, just because it says its suitable for walls and ceilings doesn’t mean you can only use it on those surfaces.  This is my new favourite flat, chalky paint and I will be using it on my furniture projects.  It comes in a gorgeous array of colours.  Perfect for my Shabby chic lifestyle and reloved furniture projects.

It’s so lovely to have a tidy room back again.  Just hope I can stay disciplined and keep it this way. 

 Although I loath plastic storage boxes I also purchased several of the Rolling underbed storage boxes.  I have them under the sofa in the living room, perfect for storing books and magazines.

If you have enjoyed reading this post, you can follow what we get upto on the Tots100 Home Club 

 You might even like to put together your own mood board with the great app available on the Homebase Facebook page

Here is my moodboard  The White Approach

I’m off to start on the next project making your bedroom a sanctury !



  1. Jen Walshaw
    June 11, 2012 / 11:42 am

    I have my eye on the potting table for the garden overhauls in August! I love it, I bought baskets with my money. It has started me off on a real declutter and clean!Well done you

    • Karen Jones
      June 11, 2012 / 12:05 pm

      Thanks Mrs, I am buying a marquee for my garden challenge if this rain keeps up !! xx

  2. Jen Walshaw
    June 11, 2012 / 11:42 am

    I have my eye on the potting table for the garden overhauls in August! I love it, I bought baskets with my money. It has started me off on a real declutter and clean!Well done you

  3. thechaosqueen
    June 11, 2012 / 11:47 am

    This is fab! Can't believe how good it looks, and for under £30. Well done!

    • Karen Jones
      June 11, 2012 / 12:04 pm

      Thank you, I'm pleased with how it turned out Course the wicker baskets make it really xx

  4. Liz@Violet Posy
    June 11, 2012 / 12:04 pm

    Oh wow, that looks amazing! Oh I need one of those now 🙂

    • Karen Jones
      June 11, 2012 / 12:08 pm

      lol, thats th idea. If Homebase now sell out of potting tables I can take the credit ha! Thanks lovely xx

  5. gidders1
    June 11, 2012 / 12:25 pm

    Oh, I love it when someone uses something that it wasn't made for…really clever! It looks beautiful. Love that you can now tidy everything away. The baskets look fab! As always brilliant!

    • Karen Jones
      June 11, 2012 / 12:32 pm

      Thank you Mrs *bows* xxx

  6. notSupermum
    June 11, 2012 / 12:55 pm

    I love that little potting table! I might get one but actually use as as a potting table, I'm such a rebel!

    • Karen Jones
      June 11, 2012 / 12:58 pm

      ooooh use it as a potting table ! I never though of that ; ) xx I like the rebel style

  7. FourHappyBunnies
    June 11, 2012 / 5:15 pm

    Wow that looks fab. I L-O-V-E the panelling in your photos. The potting table would be perfect for my mum – I'm off to show her your photos x

    • Karen Jones
      June 11, 2012 / 7:42 pm

      thank you, we love the panelling too. Lots of original features still in the house xx

  8. Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping]
    June 11, 2012 / 7:24 pm

    It looks great painted up and brought indoors – good idea!

    • Karen Jones
      June 11, 2012 / 7:42 pm

      Thank Mrs xx

  9. helen
    June 11, 2012 / 9:01 pm

    that looks great! I love your room, so very white & clean. That potting table could even be used as a changing table if it was turned around, who would've thought! well done, it looks lovely x

    • Karen Jones
      June 12, 2012 / 6:31 am

      Thank you, great idea to use as a changing table too, you would need to really rub it down first as it is very rough timber xx

  10. TheBoyandMe
    June 11, 2012 / 10:27 pm

    That is truly genius! Love it.

    • Karen Jones
      June 12, 2012 / 6:31 am

      Thank you sweetie, hope you are home and dry now from soggy Devon xx

  11. Midlife Singlemum
    June 11, 2012 / 10:58 pm

    Excellent. I've been waiting for this post and your d ining room is looking lovely. Happy Birthday (my 50th is in 12 weeks).

    • Karen Jones
      June 12, 2012 / 6:30 am

      thank you sweetie. oh will keep an eye out for your birthday posts : ) xx Not feeling so bad now, was not liking being the big 50 last week xx

  12. Bloggomy
    June 11, 2012 / 11:13 pm

    Great look… impressed x

    • Karen Jones
      June 12, 2012 / 6:29 am

      aww thank you xx

  13. Anonymous
    June 12, 2012 / 7:08 am

    Absolutely amazing you should have put a before and after picture it looks fantastic well done x

    • Karen Jones
      June 12, 2012 / 7:31 am

      Thank you, if you click on first link The Tots100 homeclub one you will see my before post, but you are right I should have made it clear. xx

  14. Heather
    June 12, 2012 / 7:55 pm

    Wow, it looks absolutely amazing! Love the idea of using a potting table indoors – really creative. I'm also now trying to think where I could put one in my own house…

    • Karen Jones
      June 12, 2012 / 9:46 pm

      Thank you, the possibilities are endless xx

    June 12, 2012 / 9:39 pm

    You are a genius! this is so clever and looks incredible! totally have fallen in love with this potting table painted and kept indoors, only problem now is trying to find a place for it in my own house, hmmm… x

    • Karen Jones
      June 12, 2012 / 9:47 pm

      aww, thank you *blushes* I really LOVE finding new uses for things. As soon as I saw the potting table at homebase I KNEW what I could do with it xx

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