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Monday, June 18, 2012

Adventures in Home Improvement: Flower Planter

This is what the front of our house looked like almost 3 years ago when we purchased it...
After lots of work
new roof
new stucco
new windows & door
and some landscaping 
There was still one thing missing...
The latest addition to the front of our house is something that I have been wanting for a long time! The other day Daniel came home with the supplies to make a new flower box for under the front windows. The old one was rotting and falling apart, and has been taken down almost since day 1. See the 2 little brown stubs sticking out of the wall just below the window? Those are what the flower box sits on and they have been waiting to do their job for a long time! 
Daniel did the measuring, cutting, gluing, nail gunning...
And I held things for him...
 And I took pictures!
And handed him things too!
Basically he started with 3 long pieces of pine. The were much to long, so he cut about 2 feet off of each piece (to be later used for the ends and insides). The bottom and back boards were glued and nailed at a 90 degree angle, but the front board was cut so it lay more at a 120ish degree angle. He measured and cut the end pieces and nailed it all together. 

 Then he put some support boards inside, dividing the planter into thirds. 
The supports do not go all the way to the top, so once the dirt is in, they will not be visible. 
We painted it (and I forgot to take pictures of that), placed it on the 2 posts sticking out of the house and filled it with dirt and flowers! 
We planted petunias, vinca vine, dahlias, and a dwarf purple cone flower.

(Like how I just left the front door open to run outside and take the picture!) 
The front of the house finally looks complete! 

Linking up with Beneath My Heart's "Best DIY Projects of June" party!


  1. Love it!!!! Nice job you two!

  2. Cute! I have always wanted a flower box on the outside of our house!

  3. The flower box looks great! Definitely makes the front of the house look finished!

  4. What a pretty flower box, nice job!

  5. Thanks for linking up to the Monday Meet up this week! Love the flower box and what you have done with your house. Its beautiful! I love home improvement blogs! I am your newest follower. I hope you will stop by and do the same.


  6. The flower box turned out beautiful!!
    Love how it dresses up the front of your house = )

  7. Looks great - what a great planter! I wish my hubby could build things (sigh).
    Would love if you stopped by my linky party to link it up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  8. What a difference. Looks great.

  9. i love your new exterior! i wish i was allowed to paint my brick and change the whole look of our house to grays, but it ain't happening. yours looks fab!

  10. Super cute, I love the look of flower boxes and it makes the house look so much more homey that way.

  11. Looks fantastic! Wow, you've done a lot of work on your house. It looks great!

  12. The perfect finishing touch! I love it! Your house is too cute! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  13. Beautiful!
    When I purchased my home about 9 years ago there was no landscaping whatsoever and I spent every spare cent at the garden centers so I know how you feel ! :)

  14. It looks good! I like the color of your house.

  15. Wow..It looks very attractive and wonderful.The color combination in your house is fantastic.

  16. I really like your planter. Mine is sitting on the porch. My kids made it a few years back and painted flowers on it.

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  18. This DIY for garden give me idea on how I am going to fixed my place, I like your idea thanks!