Today, I have teamed up with Proctor and Gamble and The Home Depot to bring you a spring DIY idea and a great giveaway and coupons for your own spring cleaning and DIY projects!
This post and giveaway is sponsored by P&G, The Home Depot. All opinions and project ideas and plans are my own.
For this post, they asked me what comes to mind when I think of spring, other than spring cleaning. Without hesitation, I answered, “I’m always antsy to get my hands dirty and get into the garden at the first sign of green leaves.”
I also know spring has officially arrived when the vegetables and herbs hit my local Home Depot.
Since my house is on the market, I have found myself on quick repeat for my cleaning duties and have been relying on handy products like this Swiffer Wet Jet to keep my floors looking their best for showings. Needless to say, I haven’t really had time for planting. Not wanting to make any changes to my home, I was left in a bit of a quandary for this project.
I was visiting my friend who recently completed her kitchen remodel and she mentioned she was looking for a planter box for her windowsill. I thought this would be the perfect spring project to share with you all!
I could get her house dirty and keep mine clean. I’m sneaky like that!
Once we got the planter and pots in place and cleaned up a little, we enjoyed a wonderful soup she prepared. Then, we cleaned up our lunch dishes with Dawn dishwashing detergent and get back to photographing her beautiful kitchen. (Want to see more of this kitchen? Check back tomorrow, I’ll be sharing a complete tour.)
So at this point, I bet you’re ready to see how this simple planter is built?
And it is super easy! The actual building time is very short on this project, but the drying time?
Well, let’s just say you’ll have plenty of time to work on your spring cleaning after the assembly and during drying times.
Be sure not to miss the giveaway at the bottom of the post.
It’s actually kind of fun and the prize is pretty awesome!
Win a $75 gift card to The Home Depot and cleaning products from Proctor and Gamble
How to Build a Windowsill Planter Stand
4-5 3/4 square dowels
Small Brad Nails 1 1/4″, a Brad Nailer is recommended
2-4 Right Angle Clamps
Saw or Miter Saw
3 Terra Cotta Pots, 6″
Stain or paint of choice
1. Gather your materials and cut square dowels to the dimensions below.
2 Top Horizontal: 21.5″
2 Bottom Horizontal: 20″
6 Vertical Rungs: 6.25″
4 Support Legs: 4.5″
2. Using the 90 degree clamp, align the xx side to the long xxx side. Be sure to add wood glue before you clamp.
3. Using a brad nailer, nail the two pieces of wood together. Be sure that the bottom of the clamp is flush with the edge of the wood and the two pieces align perfectly.
4. The frame is too small for both corners to be clamped at the same time. Space the rungs evenly at 6.25 inches apart to support the lips of the pots.
To save drying time, use the second set of clamps attach the rungs to the second long side piece as shown below, using wood glue and a nail in each rung.
5. Once those are dry, attach and clamp the other set of corners. When they are glued and nailed it will look like this.
6. To add the legs, rotate the clamps so that the leg and the long rungs are in the clamps.
Glue and nail each piece and be sure to keep all pieces flush and tight.
It should look like this.
It’s a good idea, in order to keep everything square, to add the bottom rungs in-between the legs. They are not glued at this point, just being used as place holders.
7. Once those are dry, attach the long sided bottom runners to the legs.
Again, wait for this to dry completely.
8. Now you are ready to prepare the finish. Take a moment to test your planter. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
9. Fill holes and seams with wood filler.
10. Sand all seams, nail holes and glue off of the planter.
11. If you plan to stain the planter, I would recommend applying Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner before the stain.
12. After the wood conditioner has set up about 15 minutes, apply the stain. I used Varathane, Weathered Grey.
13. Apply a top coat of your choice to protect and seal the wood. I used Varathane Polyurethane in Matte finish. It is one of my favorites because of the flat finish.
Now you are ready to pot up your plants. Don’t forget to cover the holes with rocks or the like. I used scraps of tile.
My friend wanted to grow herbs to spice up her cooking in the new kitchen!
They should do very well in her sunny window.
When it is time to water her plants she can set the stand over the sink to allow the water to drain, or just set the saucers underneath the pots.
So now that you’ve been inspired, I bet you are ready for the GIVEAWAY!!
Don’t know what project to tackle? Take this fun spring project quick quiz by Breaktime Media.
Giveaway is now closed, but the coupons will work for a while longer.
P&G Coupons from The Home Depot
Happy Spring and happy planting! Want to see more of Mary’s beautiful kitchen? Click here.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of P&G, The Home Depot.
The opinions, designs and text are all mine.