Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Shelf into Planter Box

An old friend once told me that you should always be reading three books at a time.  One that teaches you something, one that feeds your soul and one just for fun.   I can only handle one book at a time but it seems I do this with my projects.  One to sell, one for our home, and one totally random just because I feel like it project.  Today I have two random ones to share. 

The first is an old shelf I turned into a planter.  I made the shelf a few years ago and tried to sell it at a few bazaars and no one bought it.  It was kinda dingy.  I was looking at it thinking maybe if I repaint it or add another shelf or something it would sell.  Then it just occurred to me, make it a planter. 

The top and back are cedar and I had one chunk of cedar beadboard left over from some other project so perfect.  

The bottom shelf was set in just the right amount so that the beadboard fit flush with the sides. I glued and nailed it in there.  I drilled some drainage holes in the bottom and painted it blue to match my barn door & roof.

I also added some antique nails to the bottom and hung an old pair of clippers that were in a shed.  I love the green handle.

The other project I wanted to share was a solution for my lack of flowers around here.  I told myself that I can't go out and buy a bunch of flowers this year so when my in-laws asked what I wanted for my birthday I said flowers.  They got me a gorgeous hanging basket.  

Instead of hanging it I had another idea.

I have a huge planter that's always hard to fill up.  I never seem to buy enough plants.  There was nothing left alive in it but Creeping Jenny.  Anyone need Creepy Jenny I have tons it is taking over?  I moved the Creepy Jenny so that it was spaced evenly, dug a hole in the center, then plopped in the hanging basket.  Container and all. 

Boom! Instant pretty!

I am sure that I am not the first to do this but I thought I'd share.  Because I.love.it!

So do you have three projects going at one time too? It's usually more than three huh ;)


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Katie Goldsworthy said...

haha! Ya....way too many at a time. But I think that's a good thing.

I LOVE the shelf!!! The planter is beautiful too.


Anne said...

Super cute, what a great idea! I agree with Katie - way too many at a time, but what fun it all is!!!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Mimi, two really great ideas! I have a shelf that looks very much like that and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your your creative planter idea!
And I have tons of creeping Jenny too. I could save so much on planters if I would plant it with CJ and then fill in. Your tips are so inspiring!
I am hosting the first TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS linky party tomorrow evening at 8:00. This post would be a fabulous addition! Hope you join in!

Full Circle Creations said...

Love the shelf planter. And the flowers look great! I always buy the hanging baskets and then add them to a pot...so great minds thinkin' alike again! I have about 20 projects going on at once. If I could just keep myself to 3...now there's an idea.


Full Circle Creations said...

And thanks for linking up to the All Star Block Party!


Meg said...

Love the planter! There you go with your mad skillz again!

I have creeping jenny all over as well. It's so pretty though.

Thanks for sharing on the Block Party!

Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

Love the planter! And the flowers are just so lovely. Using a shelf was a stroke of genius!!

Marydon said...

That's what I do with my planters, Mimi. Easy fill. Love the shelf redo ...

Come join our cause for Zoe, I deeply appreciate this.


Stephanie said...

I love the shelf turned planter, very cute!

Thanks so much for stopping by The Cozy Old Farmhouse and commenting on the "junky" vintage cabin. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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