Don’t worry, it’s only been a year and a half and I’m just getting around to decorating my front porch! I’m so happy to HAVE a front porch at all, but it’s nice to be able to enjoy the view from my front porch now! Our yard has been a huge undertaking and we still have a lot of dirt, but we’ve done a lot with the landscaping
since we moved in.
Decorating the porch was a fun and easy way to make our house feel more like a home, and the great thing about this project is that it was made mostly from materials we already had on hand!
We started by breaking down pallets that we had been collecting from dumpsters around our neighborhood, super classy right?! Our neighborhood always has 5-6 homes under construction, because it’s a brand new development, and we’ve found that if you ask the contractors they’ll be happy to let you dig through their dumpsters for treasures like pallets!
Yesterday we put together a quick video to show you how to break down your pallets quickly, without a lot of back breaking labor. Click here for a reminder.
Here’s what you’ll need for this project.
6 big pallets (broken down)
Nail Gun with Nails
Wood Stain, I used Ebony from Minwax
Start by deciding how big you want your boxes. Then build 2 identical boxes for the top and bottom frame.
Nail boards to the outside of the box to connect your top and bottom frames. We added an additional supportive beam in the center of the biggest sides.
Now cut your pallet pieces to the width of the planter box and nail them on from top to bottom. Just stack them on.
We used the miter saw to cut 4 boards at 45 degrees and then used them to frame the top.
Now flip the box. We weren’t sure how much dirt we’d need in the bottom of the planter at this point, so we didn’t put the bottom on yet. We ended up building a shelf on the inside, half way up the box, once we realized we didn’t want to use that much potting soil. You can put a bottom on it at this point if you’d like, before you add your trim. It’s up to you, and it really just depends on how big you want your boxes to be.
We added trim to the edges and the bottoms of the box, to help make it look more finished. It was the only part of the project that cost any money, and the trim isn’t cheap, so you’ll have to decide if it’s worth it. I think our total cost for all the trim was $50, but the planters were HUGE and if you bought anything that big, it would easily be over $100 each, trust me…I checked.
I wasn’t satisfied with the way they looked without it though, I wanted a more finished look.
Once you’ve trimmed your box out, now you need to sand that baby down until it’s smooth as a baby’s bottom. Make the job super easy with 150 grit sandpaper and a belt sander.
Now comes the fun part, in my opinion. I used Ebony Minwax stain for this project. I used about 3 coats because I wanted them black, this picture was taken after one coat, but I don’t think I mixed the stain properly, because I used the same type of stain for another project and it was black after the first coat. So… lesson learned…mix your stain thoroughly!
Now you have some beautiful boxes to put on your porch! Now comes the hard part, deciding what to plant in them!
I’ll give you a better look at the rest of the porch next Monday, April 11th when I host a virtual DIH party for The Home Depot!
Y’all come back now! You hear!!