I added the lower shelf using two old bead board barn boards for authenticity to the shabby look. I also added the number tags I had been saving to do something fun with.
I had so much fun filling the cubbies with salvaged, unoccupied bird's nests, weathered terracotta and vintage garden tools I've picked up here and there.
The new lower shelf holds a great yellow dairy crate and some red impatiens, some of which have been planted in a repurposed coffee percolator.
The new "potting bench" shares the porch with an old stool, turned plant stand; galvanized concrete mixing bucket turned into a planter; picket fence turned wall "art" and an old half-crate turned wall planter with an old lunchbox planted with red ivy geraniums. It all comes together in a great big smile to welcome me home each day and send me out into the world with a smile.