You all probably know by now how much I love rustic decor, right? Well for a while now, I’ve been crushing on those wooden planter boxes that many people use as centerpieces. We have a long dining room table, so I thought that a long, narrow box would look perfect on top of it. I had a vase filled with some faux flowers, and to even it out, I had chunky candles on chunky candlesticks on either side of the vase. The problem with this arrangement was that the kids dropped the candles a few times when they were setting the table, and the chunky candles were looking pretty funky. And, if a few of us sat down for a quick lunch without removing the vase, all we could see were the flowers.
So, I told Hubby what I had in mind, and he used some leftover wood to make a planter box, and then I distressed it and turned it into this DIY wood box centerpiece.
The two end pieces are approximately 7 inches long, and the sides are about 2 feet long. The box itself is about 6 inches tall. To make the box, Hubby glued the side pieces together, and then he glued the bottom piece to the sides.
The glue helped hold the wood together so that we could nail the boards in place. I was going to do this part, but Hubby beat me to it. He probably figured out that it would get done faster if he completed the project since we had a busy weekend, but at any rate, it did get done! See how nice and new the wood looks? Of course, it didn’t stay this new for long.
I mixed various shades of grey, brown and black paint together, watered the concoction down and painted the entire box with the faux stain. The result was a greyish-brown color that makes the wood look aged — exactly the look I was going for.
I filled the planter box with a mix of faux hydrangeas, white pumpkins and pine cones, and the centerpiece was complete. The stores are already marking down fall merchandise, so I got a great deal on the flowers!
And, here it is on the dining room table. The lighting is always poor in this room, but you can get an idea of how it looks on the table. No more tall centerpiece to get in the way — yay!
I’m thinking that a red one might be nice for Christmas, and a chippy white box might be perfect for spring. What do you think?
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