I tried a thing, and it didn’t work. I tried to build some box shelves for my bathroom, but I really wasn’t getting the desired result. So instead of wasting $40 I spent on lumber, I decided to repurpose it. I used two boards to make pipe shelves in our bathrooms (which I will show you soon), but then I had all these other boards.
I have been crushing on those simple stained wood planters that people use as centerpieces, and fill with all sorts of seasonal goodies. So I decided to give it a go.
To make a planter box, you will need:
1 1X6 board, at 34 inches long
2 1X4 boards, at 36 inches long
2 1×4 boards cut at 6 inches long
Drill bits and drill
Screwdriver/ phillips drill head for power drill
Wood stain in your desired color. I chose Minwax Dark Walnut
My first step was to lay out my materials and make sure I had everything I needed.
I then began attaching my 36 inch 1X4s to the sides of the 1X6 board. This will create a box with open sides.
Next, I closed in the open sides with the two six-inch 1×4 boards.
If you have any nicks, holes, or splits, you can fill them in with wood filler. I wanted a rustic look, so I didn’t fill in a lot of the holes. I wanted it to be a little beat up.
Next, I stained my little planter box. I used Minwax Dark Walnut and I applied two coats, with 24 hours drying time between the coats of stain.
After letting my box dry completely, I discovered it was the perfect length and width for my dining table.
I filled it with boxwood plants, green hydrangeas, boxwood spheres and green apples.
And then I hit up Pinterest to drool over all the pretty ways people decorate these wooden planter boxes.