Tuesday, May 20, 2014

5 Projects in a Week, Project 2, Reclaimed Wood Plant Shelf

If you saw my post Friday, you might have noticed I decided to bring back a little challenge or event that I have done in year's past: creating 5 new projects in one week--to inspire you, to challenge me, to have a little fun!
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My first project, a starburst wreath can be found HERE. After I saw the photographs of my new wreath, I realized my plant holder was not working--the shabby chic style was wrong with my funky, recalimed wood wreath.  So what is a girl to do?  Build something that DOES work, of course.
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Now, when I started my 5 projects in a week event it was not my intention to make every project for my porch.  I have other non-porch projects made to share.  However, this may turn into 5 porch projects in a week.  We will see...yep, I don't have them all planned out quite yet, this is how I fly.

To make my plant shelf I started with a board that was about the length and width I wanted (approx 3 ft. by 8 inches).  Make sure it is not warped!! PROJECT FAIL reveal time--I made this twice.  My first board was so warped it would not hang right.
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I used painted and unpainted board scraps, which makes this project really quick (except that whole nasty making it twice buiness.).  I cut a thicker 8" board into three pieces, each one is about 7-8" deep. Attach the boards with a nail gun.  I also temporarily secured the shelves with a nail gun, but then used three 2 1/2" screws in the back of each one.
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I sprayed the shelf with a clear coat for outdoor use and used a heavy duty D ring to hang it up.
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I drilled holes in the bottom of each shelf for drainage,
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and a hole behind each pot for the drip tubing (which isn't turned on yet so you don't see the tubing).
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I did decide to use a little E6000 to secure the pots to the shelves in case a door gets slammed or a wind hits the porch.  I think I will still be able to pop the pots off at the end of the season, but if not, I will still be able to dump them and easily store the shelf. 
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The petunias and lobelia should start trailing soon.  I will have to show you a shot in August.  I think this shelf looks much better wit my new wreath.  This shelf was a very easy and quick build and would look great inside too--cookbooks in the kitchen, towels in the bathroom, keys and sunglasses in the entry, books in a kid's room.  
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Don't forget to come back tomorrow for a fresh project idea.  Also--I am postponing my weekly link party to Saturday so get those projects ready!
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9 comments:

  1. I love this project....well done! :)

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  2. Love this shelf...it looks great with the starburst wreath!

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  3. Loved this project also. But it takes me a question, what is nail gun? I've never seen one.
    Kisses

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  4. so pretty! I love the colors you picked.

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  5. I love terracotta pots and old wood. Very cool.

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  6. I love it! I have to say when I was checking out the wreath yesterday I noticed the pot holder you used before and couldn't help being surprised that it wasn't made out of wood! I then thought, how rediculus of me to think that, then I saw your post today! I just LOVE the things you make:)

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  7. Becky, HELP!!! I'm painting a wood rocker butter yellow. I sanded it beforehand so there were some wood spots that didn't have the old white paint. Problem is that the wood keeps bleeding through my pretty yellow paint. I've applied multiple coats & it still bleeds through. Love your plant shelf by the way. Very cute. Any advice would be appreciated.

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  8. Such a fun addition to your porch! Happy to some flowers...and no more snow!! :)

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  9. Your projects are always so cool. Thanks for sharing your talents.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate your kind words!

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