DIY Farmhouse Planter Box
Sometimes the wood scraps are better than the original project you intended them for, and shiplap scraps have made up some of my favorite DIY decor projects so far. These boxes are definitely no exception!
I wanted some beautiful table centerpieces since I was hosting Thanksgiving for my family, and I would have two long tables, one being a folding table (read: narrow). I had some matching tablecloths and decided I would throw these together real quick. That means I did not let my methodical, perfecting husband participate in the making of these. 😉 I had maybe an hour to make these happen in between cleaning and prepping for the upcoming day. I devised a plan in my mind that included a dry run with the uncut pieces. When I decided it would work, I simply measured, cut, glued and screwed the pieces together with wood glue.
I lightly sanded the edges just to give it a less freshly cut look, and took a hammer to the sides and corners to give them more of a rustic look. The beauty of these is that they’re supposed to look like something you pulled out of a barn a long time ago, so any flaw only enhances their rustic farmhouse charm.
I didn’t have the perfect weathered stain at the ready, so I decided to make my own again using some ridiculously easy and adjustable homemade wood stain. Simply pour white vinegar in a glass jar with some steel wool. I let this stain sit only for a few hours and decided to try it, it gave a great result! I tried this recipe once before and waited until it got visibly dark and it gave a much darker result than I had anticipated. Less is more, when you’re looking for a lighter finish with this stain. I used a foam brush to brush on the stain and waited to see what would happen: it gradually transformed into a beautiful, weathered look in minutes.
As you can see, I did miss a few spots, but since it was mostly on the inside, I just moved on. The vinegar smell did not linger at all and they were completely dry within minutes of applying the stain, so onto decorating them I went! I used only what I already had on hand. That included scented pinecones (I had just bought a bag) and some fall “bushes” from Michael’s a looong time ago.
After the holidays were over I transitioned into a simple pine cone display.
Then I searched Pinterest in for a more year-round decor. I saw some cute painted mason jar ones with boxwood stems and decided to go with that look.
Iknew that the mason jars might not be big enough without buying some of the bigger jars. But I had some extra food jars in my pantry that we sometimes set aside after we eat whatever was inside.
All you need to make the decor is a really healthy addiction to peanut butter, some twine or jute, and some white chalk paint.
The hydrangea bushes were my alternative to boxwood, which can be more pricey, but I ended up spending about $9 per bush (5 stems per bush) and getting 3 bushes. (3 stems per jar). So still kinda spendy, but I liked the green in these hydrangeas and wasn’t coming up with anything else online.
Ilike that these hydrangeas are green because it’s kind of the best of both worlds. Getting greenery and flowers in an all-in-one package.
I added some rubber cabinet door stoppers on the bottom so they wouldn’t scratch the bottom of my table(s), but eventually I found moving them to be cumbersome to me (and the rubber feet kept falling off) and I decided the most perfect place for this would be on top of my refrigerator. There are no cabinets up above the fridge, so anything that gets stored up there looks like clutter. I also have less storage space in this kitchen so the electric skillet has found its home on top of the fridge. This is the perfect screen to hide that monstrous beast. It takes the farmhouse feel up a notch, looks more visually organized to me, and let’s be honest–it sparks joy to know that many happily consumed spoonfuls of peanut butter made this possible.
Any time you can turn a peanut butter addiction into some DIY Farmhouse decor you are winning at homemaking.
*I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.
Sometimes the wood scraps are better than the original project you intended them for, and shiplap scraps have made up some of my favorite DIY decor projects so far. These boxes are definitely no exception! I wanted some beautiful table centerpieces since I was hosting Thanksgiving for my family, and[Read more]