Remember when I gave myself a challenge in the form of up-dating the front porch?
Well this weekend I moved towards the completion of the front porch by leaps and bounds with a simple and cost-effective upgrade of our box planters. If you remember from previous posts and this Facebook photo.
We’ve had the boxed planters since we moved here but haven’t ever done anything with them, so they’ve sat outside un-protected through two winters and summers. I’m honestly amazed that they haven’t disintegrated!
I’ve always loved a tall spruce or boxwood in the planters, and this year I had the budget for 6ft spruces and decided to plant them properly and revive the planters. Believe it or not, I usually just leave the spruces in their plastic buckets and hope they last the season, usually though, they fry by direct sunlight and a dead within two monthst. I’m hoping that planting them and having a better sun/shade ratio will give these beauties some longevity.
As I’ve shown in previous posts, having been inspired by many beautiful backyards and planters, I knew I wanted to do more than just paint the boxes. I looked into adding feet to the planters, adding handles and hardware, or adding wood details along the sides.
Unfortunately the feet were too pricey for me (averaging 13$ a foot + hardware), so that was out for now. I couldn’t find any awesome lion head pulls or cool knockers to put on the side of the boxes. Wood details however worked out nicely! Home Depot sells all kinds for woodworking medallions at a decent price. I got 4 little medallions for 7.99$ and bought some wood glue to fix them onto the boxes. I chose to place them as squares rather than diamonds, but either could work nicely depending on what you want. I really wanted to pick up on the ornate and delicate touches that you sometimes see on terracotta pots.
Next I had to prime them to better receive the paint. Shh! Don’t tell DH, but I used spray paint from start to finish on these bad boys. He’s been aware of this project for a couple of weeks now, and has been begging me to sand them, prime them and stain them before sealing them. Goodness gracious that sounds like a lot of work and money to me, not to mention I don’t like using the palm sander… or sanding in general.
I opted for the krylon line of spray paints again because they have everything I need for this project. This isn’t a paid plug for them hahaha I just really like the brand’s products and they’re good to use on plastic, metal, wood etc. I got an outdoor primer in white, a white paint, and then used the can of sealing agent that I had purchased for my copper flamingos. For about 8$ a can, I’ll get a couple of products out of these cans and hopefully be able to paint my other three boxed planters (currently sitting all higgledy-piggeldy out back behind the house, where we left them after the move last fall).
Like with any spray paint project, make sure you have a tarp beneath your project otherwise you’ll end up with white paint stains all over your lawn/stoop/driveway. FIY they don’t wash out with rain.
Like the giant bags of soil weighing down the tarp?
Remember to respect all drying times when using spray-paint, and spray from 20-35cm away with sweeping strokes across the item. It will avoid dripping paint and bubbling on the surface. Seal with the appropriate glaze or spray for rugged outdoor use, and voila!
I then had to plant the spruces, which was relatively easy since I had wet the spruces’ bases earlier. There’s nothing worse than taking a flower/bush/shrub out of it’s plastic container and watching the dirt that the roots are holding completely dissolve beneath you. It’s also a b*tch to clean after the fact. If you water the bases maybe 20 mins beforehand everything will come out in one big clump.
I even added a new doormat because the beautiful cardinal one is disintegrating as we speak! I hate bringing little bits of grass from the mat into the house.
Here’s where we stand so far,
Do you see how dead my grass is? I’m considering buying some lawn kick-starter, but it costs a fortune so I’m going to wait and see if it springs back on its own.
I’ve even got the copper lawn flamingos in!
I have two more projects I want to do before I call this space “complete.” I need to add some seating and get that screen door installed. Hopefully I have some extra time this week to complete those before the weekend so that I can move on to other things, notably the back patio and my attempt at a wood pallet couch.