I am so happy it's spring. So. Happy. Today's project is off my list, too! Huzzah!
My mom sent me a link to some plans from Scout Regalia for a planting table some time ago and I finally got around to making it. I modified the measurements
to make the table twice as tall, which in the end looks a little... leggy, but it gives the pots some nice height. I'm tired of looking at a
row of pots sitting on the ground. In the future (perhaps with a
larger yard) I might make another at the original height. I don't have
many pictures of the building process because it's quite simple and I
forgot to get any good ones.
Click to see bigger pictures :)
I used cedar 1x4s and 2x2s for the table. It was a quick build since I got everything cut to length at the store. Overall, cedar was a bit more
expensive than the wood I had planned to use, but not out of hand. I
love the look of the wood and need something that will hold up to Seattle's rain.
I realized far too
late that my wood filler didn't match my wood at all. No, it doesn't
magically dry and become invisible. This should have been obvious, and I might have been more careful with my drilling had I thought it through. Applying my weather-proofing, clear
stain just made the ugly holes stand out even more, so I
picked up some cheap brass tags at the craft store and super glued them
on. Yes. Glued. Not exactly professional wood-working fare, but I like
the effect. I've learned my lesson for next time.
The tags show no sign of falling off after a few weeks of rain and occasional sun. I rather like the speckly pattern of water spots they've developed. It makes them a little less obvious and shiny compared to the wood. I'll definitely try to match the wood filler, or use wooden plugs, for future projects, but I think the brass looks pretty nice on this one. Almost like it was part of the plan. Almost.
I tend to stick to herbs and shrubs but I couldn't help myself when I saw the rows of flowers outside the hardware store. I'll have more pictures of "the garden" once we clean up the patio.
Would you like another gratuitous close up of flowers? Here you go.