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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