Monday, April 22, 2013

before & after: succulent planter...

This past weekend was beautiful in southern California so we spent Saturday outside enjoying the weather.  As you can see, our dog Panda, definitely took full advantage...


With all this great weather, I thought it was a perfect time to share a wood shim window box planter I made for our patio.  I saw this project on Centsational Girl last year and wanted to try to make one for our backyard to hold succulents.  Centsational Girl has a great step-by-step on how to do this project so I won't go into full detail but here is a quick summary...

I bought the wood shims, window box planter, and succulents at Home Depot.  I already had the craft paint (from Michael's) and the water bulbs are from Amazon.  I painted about 45 wood shims 4 different colors and used a miter box to cut the wood shims to size.  I added some water to the craft paint to thin it out and applied a thin layer of paint with a dry brush to give the shims a weathered look.  I spray painted the planter box with white primer so it was a closer match to the painted wood shims.  The wood shims were thin and light enough that I only needed wood glue to attach them to the planter.


Here is what the planter looks like with the succulents...




I love how it turned out and plan to make another one using the extra shims in white and cream hues.  The weathered look is perfect since the planter will be outside and subject to weather conditions anyway.   



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