Last spring/summer when we remodeled (er, rebuilt) & screened in our back porch, my dad also rebuilt the old window boxes. Last summer they remained unpainted or stained mainly because I just couldn't decide what I wanted to do with them. Color, no color...just stain them...paint a pattern? I could NOT commit to anything.
They were pretty sad...
Anywho...we're having a birthday party in a couple of weeks for Grady (4 years - how is that possible?!), & I really wanted the porch to be "completely" done by then. That meant I had to figure out what the hay to do with those darn window boxes.
First, I decided that I wanted a fun pattern in white paint & walnut stain. Happy, but not brightly colored which I felt would compete with any flowers I would plant in them. I needed a super simple pattern since the wood on the planters is super rough. On a whim I chose a scallop or fish scale pattern.
I started by removing the metal box from the wood planter, cleaned it up a little bit, & stained the four sides and top edges. then I took a styrofoam cup, cut the round bottom in half, & used that as a template for the scallops/scales. Pretty high-tech - haha! A little bit of white paint & some spray spar finish & we were in business!
With a little assistance from my favorite helper between rain storms, we got the boxes planted & hung this weekend. Gosh I love the spring after things start to grow again!
I finally got a couple of minutes where it was "dry" enough outside to take a couple of shots this morning. I think they turned out pretty durn cute! I can't wait until the flowers fill in a bit & the surrounding landscaping starts to green up some more.
Has anyone else been planting? How about working on any fun outdoor projects? We're scrambling like crazy to get our yard in order for the party - I feel like we're really far behind due to our LATE spring here in Minnesota!