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Herb planter shelves

Mark Rayner demonstrates how to create heavenly herb planter shelves from a few concrete blocks and a couple of fence palings – the perfect project for a sunny spring weekend.

You will need: Two 1.8m fence palings, two 190mm half concrete blocks, four 140mm plain end standard blocks, drill with 10mm drill bit, paintbrushes, paint stirrer, pencil, coarse sandpaper, saw, tape measure, terracotta pots, good quality potting mix and assorted herbs, Resene Concrete primer, Resene Lumbersider tinted to a Resene Triple Canterbury Clay, Resene Terracotta Sealer, Resene Waterborne Woodsman penetrating oil stain tinted to Resene Uluru.

To get the look: Mark painted the decking with Resene Waterborne Sidewalk flooring and paving paint tinted to Resene Canterbury Clay and the background wall with Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Half Canterbury Clay.

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Step 1 How to build a set of herb planter shelves

Step 1
Mark the halfway point, 900mm, on each of the fence palings.

Step 2 How to build a set of herb planter shelves

Step 2
Mark a 90-degree line using the back of the saw or a set square.

Step 3 How to build a set of herb planter shelves

Step 3
Using the pencil line as a guide, cut each fence paling in half.

Step 4 How to build a set of herb planter shelves

Step 4
Drill a 10mm drainage hole approximately 75mm from either end of each of the pieces of fence paling and smooth any rough sawn edges with sandpaper.

Step 5 How to build a set of herb planter shelves

Step 5
Carefully stir the Resene Waterborne Woodsman with a paint stirrer.

Step 6 How to build a set of herb planter shelves

Step 6
Apply one coat of Resene Waterborne Woodsman in Resene Uluru, to three of the fence palings. Allow 24 hours to dry and then apply a second coat.

Step 7 How to build a set of herb planter shelves

Step 7
Apply one coat of Resene Concrete Primer to the concrete blocks and allow two hours to dry.

Step 8 How to build a set of herb planter shelves

Step 8
Apply two coats of Resene Triple Canterbury Clay to the concrete blocks, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

Step 9 How to build a set of herb planter shelves

Step 9
Place two of the 140mm plain end standard blocks in position and lay two of the fence palings across the block to create the first shelf. Place the other two 140mm blocks on top and lay the third piece of fence paling across these to create the second shelf. Place the two 190mm half blocks at either end of the second shelf.

Step 10 How to build a set of herb planter shelves

Step 10
Seal the terracotta pots inside and out with Resene Terracotta Sealer and allow to dry.

Step 11 How to build a set of herb planter shelves

Step 11
Fill the terracotta pots with good quality potting mix and plant each one with a herb.

Step 12 How to build a set of herb planter shelves

Step 12
Fill the end blocks with good quality potting mix and plant each one of these with a herb as well.

 
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