Remember when I gave the gatehouse a mini-makeover?
It was only last week.
I wanted to add two planter boxes to either side of the front door. I knew the size I wanted them. I knew the color I wanted them. I knew I wanted them to hold two over-sized tree topiaries.
But one thing I didn’t know….
….was that to buy them would cost and arm and a leg and maybe a few other extremities.
I found similar planter boxes to these for over a hundred dollars.
And they weren’t even the right color or the exact right size.
So I decided we could build them instead….
….and I would supervise. 🙂
How to Build a Decorative Planter Box for Under $30
4 pieces of 1/2″ plywood cut to 16″ x 22″
1 piece of 1/2″ plywood cut to 16 1/2″ x 16″ 1/2″
8 pieces of 1″ x 3″ x 17″pine
exterior white paint
Step 1: Nail sides
Start by nailing two of the pieces of 1/2″ plywood cut to 16″ x 22″ together.
Line up the two of the pieces together at a right angle and nail together.
Repeat with each of the plywood pieces until you have a box.
2. Nail bottom
Attach the bottom piece of 1/2″ plywood cut to 16 1/2″ x 16″ 1/2″to your nailed-together four sides.
The edge of the bottom of the planter should line up with the sides of the planter.
Nail bottom piece to the box.
3. Sand any rough edges
When you are finished your plywood box will look like this.
Doesn’t it already look like a planter?
Sand off any of the rough edges and you are ready for the trim.
4. Add trim
Attach 2 pieces of 1″ x 3″ x 17″ pine to the top of the box.
Line them up at a right angle, level with the top of the box and nail in place.
Repeat with the other pieces of pine until you have trim on all four sides of the box.
Sometimes your molding pieces may not match exactly.
They might look like this.
That’s what caulk and paint are for.
Repeat the same steps with the bottom molding pieces of 1″ x 3″ x 17″ pine.
Nail them level with the bottom of the planter.
Attach each piece at a right angle.
5. Prep the planter for painting
Sand off any rough edges.
Caulk the gaps.
Now the planter is ready to prime and paint.
6. Prime and paint
Prime the planter.
Add two coats of an exterior white paint. These planters are under the roof of the porch, but I wanted to make sure they held up to the elements.
After the paint dried, I added these tiny brass accents to the edge of the planter.
I’ve been thinking about adding a door pull to the front, but I haven’t done it yet.
I’m so happy with how the planters turned out.
The main cost for the planters was the wood. I already had the paint and primer.
Total receipt from the home improvement store?
So much better than a $100.00.
And way cuter, too. 🙂
PS For more gatehouse curb appeal tips, I posted the before and after and product details for the makeover on this post.
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