I am running a little behind here with Project 4, but I hope it is worth the wait because it is my favorite so far. If you are just tuning in, please check out project ONE HERE, TWO HERE, and THREE HERE!
I knew I wanted a planter with some height. I had pots sitting in the luggage rack/crate holder I had made, but it didn't have the right feel and I had actually made that to sell at my next show. I knew I had some stray drawers that would work well as planters and when I picked two, I came up with the A frame idea. I definitely learned some lessons along the way--which I seem to be doing a lot of this week. I have always been a hands-on learner.
I painted the drawers and cut 4 boards with a 15 degree angle on one end. Fisrt lesson learned--play around with a SCRAP board to get the right angle. I cut my original boards too many times getting the angle I wanted and had to start over with new ones.
Now this next step is definitely the Becky way of doing things. I am sure I am supposed to use some math formula to figure this out or a square, but I simply lined the angled boards up along a straight board and lined up the top.
I measured up 8 inches on each board and drew a straight line across the boards.
I screwed the drawer from the inside into the legs.
I then measured again and screwed the smaller drawer into the legs on one side. UH HO Houston, we have a problem: the smaller drawer needs to be the same width as the bottom drawer. See the gap in the lower right hand corner of this picture?
Remove upper drawer, cut two boards to add to the sides and glue them to drawer and paint them. Drink iced tea while waiting for glue and paint to dry.
Reattach drawer. Next I cut two trapezoids (see I did listen a little in geometry), and secure them to tops of the legs.
I added a handle, sanded lightly, drilled drain holes, and finished with a good coat of Minwax's Helsman's Spar urethane.
I planted it up, a little sparsely for now,
but it will fill in in no time.
I am happy with how the porch is turning out.
I hope you tune in tomorrow for my final project--what will it be? it is a mystery to even me :)!
Linking up at Jennifer Rizzo's and at A Little Clarification and at Funky Junk Interiors.