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I also made a New Year Resolution to do one DIY type project a month in 2014 in hopes that it would help get my creative juices flowing while fixing up the house a bit for all the company we are about to have. I had these wicker storage boxes on either side of our entertainment center. I put pillows on top and used them as extra seating when we had company. But they were fairly cheap and after 8 years were a bit worn and frankly, not cute anymore.
I wanted to make a planter box for outside by the front door and thought, hmm maybe I could repurpose one of these storage boxes into a planter box. So I ripped off the wicker, and John drilled some holes in the bottom and then using scrap wood we had in the garage we encased the frame of the storage bin and stained in with some stain we had and viola! A planter box.
Using wood scraps, we created the look of having used a 2x2 for the side frames, And then we cut down some wood to create the look for using a 1x2 to frame it, From there if you want to make this, you would need Some thin wood paneling and nail it into your frame. Since our storage box already had that, we didn't need to worry about it.
Sounds simple enough, right? But to be honest, it would have been easier if we went and bought the 2x2 and 1x2 and some more paneling to make this, rather than trying to create the look around an existing box. But by doing it this way, we were able to use scrap wood from previous projects and not spend a penny. That is always worth the extra effort, in my opinion.