Tuesday, May 8, 2012

DIY Square Cedar Planters {Building}

It's been nice and sunny this week so I've been spending a ton of time working outside trying to spruce up my porch.  I know my neighbors are thinking "Oh the crazy spray paint lady is at it again!"   In between spray painting sessions I built some square planters for my front porch using Ana White plans.



My porch has looked like this since we moved in almost a year ago. The Welcome sign is only there because there was already a nail in the wall and one of my teenage sons was unpacking and hung it up. It bugs me that the window is only on one side so I haven't quite known how to decorate that spot. So I took the procrastinator route and did nothing.


I had been wanting some giant planters to go on each side of the door but all the ones I liked were too expensive and the cheap ones didn't seem durable enough to survive our house of boys. So I was so excited when I saw the square planters on Ana's site a few weeks ago. I used 3 cedar fence boards that were 1x6 @ 6 feet long for each planter. The boards were only $2 each and I had scrap 1x2s and 2x2s so the cost for both planters was $12! I used the Kreg Jig® to build almost all of it and it was a pretty quick project, taking about 2 hours for both planters.


I also cut the 2x2s at 20" to account for the 1x6s instead of 1x4s that the plan originally called for. I spray painted the outside of the planters with Krylons Glossy black spray paint. I left the insides of the planters just the plain cedar.


Love them! I have a fun idea for the wall opposite the window so hopefully it works out. I need a cute rug too but have had a hard time finding one.


What would you do with that wall next to the door? Where are all the cute outdoor rugs hidden?