A few years ago I made my first planter box centerpiece for my new dining table. This was before I had a fancy miter saw, or nail gun, or even a drill that worked reliably. It was also before I even knew that there was different sized wood boards. So, that planter box was made with chunky 2x4s, a good old hand saw and miter box, screws, a Phillips screw driver and a hell of a lot of elbow grease. And I loved that thing. Still do. I may use her outside on my patio or something. However, it was time to build a new one for my dining table that was a bit lighter and cleaner than my first one. Speaking of the first one…here she is styled a couple of different ways for Easter and Thanksgiving at our old house. I love how easy it is to change things up in these things to reflect the seasons.
Since the new one was also going to be on my dining table, I decided to use 1×4 pieces of lumber. If doing this yourself you could use bigger boards to create a higher planter box, like the 1x6s I used for the one below in my living room, but I didn’t want my dining room one to be too high and impact conversation. You know, on that one time a year people actually sit at that table.
I should also point out that this planter box is purely decorative. It is not watertight or anything, and I use faux greenery in mine. Though, if you wanted it to be watertight, you could always grab some of these planters and build your box big enough for them to fit inside.
So, I grabbed three 4ft 1×4 pine boards from my local Lowes. I think they were less than $2 a piece. I use this wood often in my projects because it is cheap and it paints up well and is even great at taking stain. The only thing I caution is to be careful to pick out boards that aren’t too warped.
I wanted my planter box to be 45inches long, so I cut two of my boards to 45in, and then cut the third board to 43.5in. The third board would be the bottom of my box, and it is 1.5in shorter to count for the 0.75in thickness (the actual thickness of a 1×4) of my two boards that would be at the ends of the box. The two end pieces were cut to 3.5in wide, the actual width of a 1×4. #whydotheydothat?
Now that we’ve passed the math portion of this post, it is time to assemble. Because this box won’t be handled much, I just used nails to secure it together. I didn’t even bother filling my nail holes. Makes it more rustic that way. #lazyhack
Then I slapped two quick coats of paint on it. I used “Carbonized” by Sherwin Williams in semi-gloss. It’s a nice, dark gray. The planter box could easily be stained or just left the natural wood color though. Lots of options.
In order to protect the surface of my table, I added a few felt chair pads I had laying around to the bottom of my planter box.
Now all that was left to do was style it. I grabbed some greenery stems and candles at Hobby Lobby. Their greenery is almost always half off, so make sure you don’t go on the one week they are not on sale. These candles are in a two pack for $5.99, and they don’t ever go on sale, but Hobby Lobby usually has a 40 percent off coupon online that you can pull up in store. Put it all in the box and voilá! A cheap and easy centerpiece. Let me know if you decide to make your own…I’d love to see it!