A couple of years ago I purchased a bunch (and I mean a bunch!) of old windows, much to the dismay of my hubby. He said I wouldn’t do anything with them and that he would end up having to store them somewhere. Well he was partly right. He did have to store them somewhere, but I am using them ever so slowly, lol! I pulled one of those babies out of the shed along with scrap wood left over from our DIY shiplap wall and came up with a plan.
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DIY Planter Using Scrap Wood
Each month my blogging BFF’s and I get together for a creative challenge. This month’s challenge is to build something from scrap wood. I had my project all planned, it was a beginner woodworking DIY (I am a beginner when it comes to table saws and air nailers) and I wasn’t it sweating it.
Until 4 days ago when I couldn’t find the metal letters I bought at Hobby Lobby eons ago. They were key to my project!! I told everyone I didn’t think I was going to be able to participate this month, but being the great BFF’s they are they all cheered me on to finding a different project. So, with just 1 day before it was supposed to be ready, I figured out what I could do and spent my evening in the garage (my hubby’s domain). If I ever find those darn letters, I will put together my original project and share it with you!
The rules are simply that the project has to fit the challenge theme, which will be something different to inspire you each month!
Get inspired and creative with your hosts:
Lisa @ The Purple Hydrangea | Kim @ Farmhouse Made | Kimm @ Reinvented
Denise @ My Thrifty House | Sam @ Raggedy Bits | Susanne @ Life On Pearl Street
Vineta @ The Handyman’s Daughter | Janice @ Sawdust Sisters | Anika @ Anika’s DIY Life
Sarah @ Sugar Bananas | Emily @ My Mom Made That
My idea was to build boxes to attach to the window to be used as planters. So I measured the width of the window and cut my bottom and front pieces using the table saw. I have to admit, I love the whirring sound it makes when it cuts through the wood. Then I measured how tall my side pieces needed to be and cut those.
*special note: decide if your side pieces will be inside or outside of the box, it does make a difference. Oops!
I did tell you this is my hubby’s domain, didn’t I? Well, I had to go back in the house to find out where he keeps the air nailer. I found the wrong one, so he had to come out and show me where the right one was, make sure it was loaded and then help me with the first few shots. After that he went back in the house and I finished it on my own. I used 2 inch brad nails, those suckers go in there quick when you have an air hose forcing them out!
My boxes don’t have backs because the window will be the back.
It’s All In The Details
I had little hope that these scrap wood boxes would look as aged and weathered as the window, but I was prepared to paint and sand until I got them pretty close.
First I stained them, then I used some leftover white chalk paint to dry brush the boxes. I had to water it down, because chalk paint is super thick. I let it dry over night and when I went into the garage this morning low and behold the chalk paint gods had smiled down on me! They were almost the exact same color as the faded chipped paint on the window!
I lightly sanded the window frame and then put a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s hemp oil on the boxes and window. I just love how hemp oil brings out the natural color of the wood. My friend Lisa turned me on to the wonders of hemp oil. You can find the 5 reasons she loves hemp oil over on her blog, The Purple Hydrangea.
Dressing It Up
I attached the boxes with wood screws because my hubby informed me if I missed with the air nailer I would most likely shatter the windows. That would have been soooooo bad! Once that was all done, I put my flowers in and voila’.
The moral of this story, actually there are a couple…don’t forget where you put your metal letters, you will need them someday and don’t miss out on buying old windows (no matter what your hubby thinks 😉 )
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Don’t forget to visit all of the other amazing bloggers and their scrap wood projects below!
Until next time,