This yellow door is inspiring all kinds of projects for me. First among them…planters. I knew I needed to get some yellow flowers in front of the house to go with the fun yellow front door, but when I bought these Mums from Costco for $14 each, I wasn’t happy with the wimpy round containers that they came in.
Enter Ana’s $20 planters. Except I built them for free. Well, almost free. I had the screws on hand but I had to buy a new bottle of wood glue. The glue cost about $6, but since I only used about an eighth of the bottle, I don’t think it really counts as a cost. The wood itself was free — I took it from a pile of old fence wood at a friend’s house. One of my favorite things about my friends is that they are all good DIYers. This friend, in particular, loves to re-purpose old wood and he builds stunningly beautiful furniture from it. Thankfully, he was generous enough to let me pick from his pile of wood so these planters were nearly FREE to me! What could be better? Rustic planters, no money. I know I’m a dork, but this is my idea of fun.
I modified Ana’s plans to fit my mums, so the panels are 17″ wide, making the planters about 21″ square and 20″ tall. Because the wood is old and wonky, I also added a trim piece to the tops of the planters to help them look a bit more finished.
For the 2×2 legs, I used some 2x4s from the bargain bin at Home Depot. I’d had them around a while, waiting for a project like this. They were new cedar — bright golden yellow like new cedar is. I ripped them down to 2″ wide on my table saw and then oxidized them with this solution which has been sitting in a jar in my garage since May, but works just as well as ever. I just keep adding more vinegar to it. I love how the new legs match the old weathered wood perfectly.
With these new pops of yellow, I think the shocking yellow door fits in a bit better. Clearly, I still need some yellow among my perennials, but that will have to wait until spring. For now, these Mum-filled containers will do the trick.