Monday, April 28, 2014

DIY Planter Box & a Bit of Crazy

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that John's car was stolen and then in the ensuing police chase, smashed into  pole at about 60 mph. Needless to say they totaled his car. And here just over a week later, my friend and I were off to Orlando for the day and we got rear ended on our way to meet someone from Instagram. Fortunately my car is left with the most minor of dents and scratches, but seriously? Come on! Add a daughter graduating HS in about 3 weeks, my parents and John's parents will be flying out and a friend will also be coming out for her graduation. That means I have added work of getting everything in the house ready for all the company! Oh and did I mention John retires from the military in July which means, while I get the house ready, I have to keep in mind that we are moving in July? Can someone please come and clone me about 2 or 3 times?

Found via Pinterest

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. 

Using some wood paneling we had, we cut it down into a square and then using wood glue and some fancy weights we had around, we glued the paneling onto the box and then stained the whole thing Dark Walnut by Rustoleum that we had bought for the the entertainment center we just DIY'd.

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. 

I LOVE how it turned out! And ironically as I type this, I just had a maintenance person here at my house and he commented on my beautiful planter box and asked where I got it, because his wife would love one!

1 comment:

  1. Oh how crazy/scary! Glad none of you were hurt!

    That planter box is gorgeous!! Looks like something expensive!