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tall square planters | a diy tale

9.15.2014

I often walk around my neighborhood and stalk. I see what people are doing to the outsides of their homes and look at their landscaping and what not. One of my neighbors had these nice tall square planters that just looked very regal in my opinion. And just like Ms. Veruca Salt I wanted it. And I kind of wanted it now. 



I googled. Cha-ching. Those planters are no joke. I thought perhaps I would luck out with an end of summer sale but no. So as with most things I took to Pinterest and my Handy Matty. I showed Matt what I was thinking of and he did a bit of research himself and decided he could handle it.

Enter Matt to explain a bit more including technical stuff:
Ok I am going to be honest. I put this project off for a couple days (unbeknownst) to my wife just to try and wrap my head around these things. I knew they went for over $120.00 a piece and I sure as hell knew I wasn't going pay that. Them being smaller at the bottom and larger at the top had my brain going even into the early hours of the morning. But finally around 3:26 a.m. I had an epiphany - just cut the plywood 8" at the bottom and 11.5" at the top and attach the 2x2's to them and that was it. So so so easy. No mitre saw or angle cuts needed.  We decided to make them 30 inches tall but you could obviously do whatever you wanted there. They only cost $50.00 for BOTH of them. Score!







Oh. And in between coats on the planters he painted this as well. And by this I mean the garage door. He just can't help himself.








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28 comments:

  1. 1. blog looking fab this morning. 2. good job matteo yet again. sheesh i need one of those around. (working on it) ha

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  2. Go Matt go! Looks great! Well done! Love the pop of orange of the mums against the black. Very festive :)

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  3. Good job, Matt! What a guy! Also, I love your house and I expect, nay, demand, photos of all of the pumpkins littering the front of it, when the pumpkins come.

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  4. oh hey hey new look! Love it! Esp loving the favicon which I still can't remember to do a new one for my blog yet. Those planters are gorgeous! I'm pretty sure I've never said that about a planter in my life! They look great on your porch. As does all the pretty pretty dark paint along with the pop of fall.

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  5. OMG!!!! I mean. I have no words. These are awesome!! I have said it once and ill say it every DIY you guys do, you are lucky to have a handy husband. Chris would have laughed at me and bought some damn overpriced planters!! LOL

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    1. OH!! And I love the new blog design!!!!

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  6. What a nice hubby! Very cool project!

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  7. What a savings and they look fabulous! Great job guys. :)

    I am digging your space here. Great new look!

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  8. Seriously you know my thoughts on Matty...love those planters and I'm not sure what color the garage door was before but loving it now!

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  9. Did you place a plastic pot inside for the plants?

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  10. Did you place a plastic pot inside for the plants?

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    1. Yes I did. First I stacked cinder blocks on their ends so I had something to rest the pot on as well as give it weight so it would never blow over. The pots these mums came in are the perfect size. Then you can just reuse them in the spring.

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  11. What kind of paint did you use on these Planters so that they wouldn't get ruined by outdoor weather? Also did you paint something inside to protect it from water from the plant as well?

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  12. What kind of paint did you use on these Planters so that they wouldn't get ruined by outdoor weather? Also did you paint something inside to protect it from water from the plant as well?

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    1. We used an outdoor paint by Behr. We used the same on all shutters and garage door. Stealth Jet is the color. We just primed it inside no we did not waterproof it. We are going on our second year and have no issues yet. Fingers crossed!!!

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  13. We just made two planters following your example, and it cost us only $20 for both. The wood purchased at home depot was $11.98 and the 2x2s were $8. Then I spray painted them with stone accent paint. They came out awesome!! Thanks for the post!

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  14. How did you attached them glue or nails??

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  15. This will be my week end project :)

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  16. Great work! Is there a shelf inside to hold up a potted plant or did you fill them with dirt and plant the plants?

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    1. Thank you! No it is hollow down through, I stacked cinderblocks end on end and rest the pots on them.

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  17. Great work! What is the thickness of the plywood you used? Was it already sanded?

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  18. Two cut the plywood use a circular saw. A jigsaw works too, but not as efficiently. The jigsaw did come in handy to trim off imperfections left by the circular saw.

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