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Easy DIY Centerpiece Planter Box

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Happy Tuesday Y’all!

Are the arrival of Spring blooms and flowers just one of the best thing you have ever seen in your life?! When our Daffodils came up this week  it made my heart sing! I can’t wait to get out in the yard and start cleaning up from the winter and get some new things planted!

In my excitement for Spring, for the inside of the house I made a wood planter box to use as a centerpiece for the kitchen table. I filled it with Rosemary and Lavender plants that will eventually go out in the yard and I gotta say, they smell wonderful!

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Here’s how I made the Planter Box:

Planter boxes are typically thinner, but my table is pretty large so I went with a wider, larger version.

I bought some inexpensive wood, cut it to 29″ x 10″ pieces and glued it together with wood glue. My husband wrapped some vinyl straps around the box to keep it straight while the glue dried & also used some clamps. I would have just stuck some books around it or something, but he is particular about doing things the “right way” or whatever, so I just go with it. I get usually get bored at this point and wander off.

When that was done, I did the fun part. Staining the wood.

For the first layer, I stained the box with Verathane wood stain in Weathered Grey. Then for the second layer I mixed a touch of the Weathered Gray to Minwax Mission Oak (I had left over from the plank top we made) and when that coat was dry, I very lightly sanded in some spots.

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The terracotta pots that I used were brand new from the store and looked like this:

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To give them a slightly more “aged” look, I brushed them with some tea I made and then I literally rubbed them down with potting soil. You can imagine that I got quite a look when my husband came in the kitchen and saw me doing this :)

Then I used a very small amount of white paint to create a bit of a “mineral leak” look by dry brushing a few spots and then sanding it off. I went really light on this effect because I have seen some that just look like pots with white paint on them, and I wanted it to be more subtle.

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And now I am off to finish some Spring cleaning-out- of closets and take those items to the Habitat Store.

I’m also going to take my girl Talula in for a mani-pedi because she is mean to me when I try to do it. Spoiled dog.

Have a great day!

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29 thoughts on “Easy DIY Centerpiece Planter Box

  1. How very pretty! I go through those same things when I ask my husband for some help with a project. He can turn a one hour project into three or four! But, I have to admit, he does a great job. Thanks for sharing this on the Spring Craft Blog Hop! Pinned and Tweeted!
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  2. Love the planter box! Lavendar is a great idea for inside. I stopped planting it because of the bees. If it was inside, though, I wouldn’t have to run away screaming like a big baby when a bumbler decided I looked interesting! Thanks for the idea! :-)

    1. Ha ha! We had a lot of bees at our last house that my dogs would chase, but no problems with them here in PA :) Thanks for stopping by Kris!

  3. I love planer boxes and yours is so pretty Karen! Great idea to make your own!! I’ll have to make one for our table on the deck! Hope you’re having a great week, friend!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I am all about simple decor and projects too! Mostly because I have a short attention span :)
      Our Spring is long in getting here, I’m also looking forward to bringing it indoors! Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Thank you Audrey!I hope this lavender makes it once I plant it outside! Love your blog and I hope you will come back each week for Something to Talk About!

  4. I have an old box that my grandfather used to put tools in. I think it would look great painted this color. Thank you for the inspiration. Your centerpiece looks so clean and fresh!

    1. Ha ha! My husband drives me crazy! He has zero concept of cheap and easy!!! Everything has to be complicated and have all the right (expensive) tools and what not…I just roll my eyes 😉

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