Saturday, March 9, 2013

Footboard planter

Spring is coming, even if the weather can't make up it's mind about that.  Is it weird that I have a fur-lined vest sitting on the back of a chair, and yet am wearing a tank top today?  I think so too.

The owner of the store I sell my creations in gifted me with two twin beds that had been left out on the porch of a rental unit she owns.  I brought them home and hosed them down, but when the stream of water hit the headboards, they crumbled into a pile of wet random wood.  I think the backs were less like wood and more like termites holding hands.  It was so gross, I didn't even take pictures of the pile since I thought I'd have to throw it all out.

Without the headboards intact, I need a way to make something from nothing but the footboards and miscellaneous pieces. 

So I made a planter box. A really  B.I.G. planter.  We're talking over 3 feet by 2 feet.  But with actual feet!


 I only used parts salvaged from the beds so some sides have bullnose edges, others don't.  I deliberately didn't make the box floor fit tight, so water could drain without having to drill holes. It was alright, as is, but I thought it could be better.

I saw a  vintage crate on somebody's blog (I claim Old-Timers disease here) and saved an image of it.  I recreated the graphic in Word and printed it out on regular paper.  Using graphic paper (carbon paper to anyone over 40) I transferred the graphic outline to both long sides of the box.


I started trying to fill in the outline with paint but soon found that using a Sharpie pen work better and faster!


Okay, this is pretty good and, with a light sanding, might look like a re-purposed shipping crate, but people might not understand it.  Well, if it was going to be a planter box, it might as well have leaves on it.  Although, I suppose it could be a dog bed or a really short coffee table, but whatever!


Yes, that's it!  I took it down to the shop and stacked another crate I built and a primitive stool in it.


The next day, I brought down some garden mushrooms I made from random glass pieces and created a grotto in the planter.  If people can't figure out what it is now, I'm going to have to get a neon sign or foam fingers pointing it out!




So that is my latest something-from-nothing creation!

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