Hi there! We’re still working on updating the kitchen, and Hubby just finished making the new fronts for the island drawers. I’m excited to do more on that project, but now we’re beginning dance competition season, and I’ve been busy applying rhinestones to my daughter’s costumes and getting everything ready. Let’s just say E6000 is a dance mom’s best friend!
Anyway, we have tons of wood left over from the kitchen project, and Hubby built a few little boxes out of the scrap wood. He may have been bored, but he knows how much I love planter boxes. I’ve been trying to add a little more green to the house for spring, so I took one of his creations and turned it into a little fleur-de-lis planter box.
It would be so much easier to buy a premade arrangement, but I’m always trying to save money whenever I can. The last time I was out shopping, it seems that prices have gone way up. And really, I think DIY projects are fun to make.
The box is made from pine, and it’s roughly about 7 X 8 inches.
Because I wanted a weathered look, I didn’t sand the box, and I painted it first with a thin layer of black latex paint. This is the same color I picked for the kitchen island, by the way, and even though the paint has a primer in it, I’m pretty sure it’s going to need a separate coat of primer on the new wood first.
So I guess this was a good way to test the paint out!
I painted over the base coat with some white acrylic paint. Then, I used a stencil and a black paint pen to draw a fleur-de-lis symbol on the front of the box. I like using paint pens because I can get a nice clean line, but I wanted the symbol to be just a tad softer, so I covered over the first layer with some grey craft paint — much better!
I sanded the box so that more of the black would show through, and then I rubbed some burnt umber in certain areas, just to give it more of an aged look. I’m glad I did this when the kids were in school because they always tease me about making everything look old!
I used a mix of decorative rock that I got at the Dollar Store and some plain old river rock that the little man and I collected on one of our walks. Then, I stuck some faux Dollar Store grass in the planter, and that was that!
I may get some more grass, just to fill out the arrangement a little more, but I’m happy with the way it turned out, and I love that I was able to save a few bucks by making this instead of buying it.
The Hubs made a longer planter box too, and I think it would make a nice spring centerpiece for the dining room table. So stay tuned for that!
I know many of you are still having winter weather, but are you making any spring crafts yet?
Thanks so much for visiting!