What would a “do it yourself” blog be without a pallet or a reclaimed wood project.
A while back, we built some benches for our outdoor dining table. With the remaining wood we built this planter. This project has a double purpose. The first one to add some curb appeal, the second one, to protect the front window.
Time: One day, including drying time.
Level of difficulty: Medium
- Hammer and quality nails
- Or drill and screws
- Saw blade
- Tape measure
- Sander and sand paper
- Paint or stain
- Plastic bags
- We started with the bottom part and frame, including the feet. If you have not included this on your design, it’s a good idea to have them. I will keep the bottom from rotting.
- Then we built a center support. The center support is needed to support the “walls” and will keep them from warping. After that front and back boards were attached.
- Once we tested the planter to make sure it was not wobbly, we painted the exterior as well as the interior.
- After the paint dried, we put the planter in place and made some drainage holes. We covered the interior with heavy-duty plastics bags. The lining will help keep the soil in place and protect the wood.
- We added rocks to the bottom to ensure proper drainage. Then came the soil and thorny plants.
- Voila, now we have a lovely planter, which serves as décor and barrier for the glass window.
Tips for success:
- Unless you are a master builder, you will need to do a quick sketch. How long, tall and wide. How much material will you need? If this is your first project, keep it simple.
- Before you start cutting, review the steps in your head. You may even want to keep your sketch with measurements and steps visible. I always do.
- Make sure your wood is straight. Make your marks and measure twice.
- We usually “stage” our wood to see how all the pieces fit together.
- Painting the interior is necessary if you have untreated wood. It will keep it from rotting. Plus it looks nice.
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