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Window box

Create a splash of seasonal colour with this cottage style window box.

Ways with wood with Mark Rayner - Project 24

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need: 12mm treated plywood cut to the following dimensions: two 180mm x 170mm for the sides, 550mm x 170mm (x2) for the front and back, 180mm x 526mm for the base.
30mm zinc plated panel pins, drill with 10mm drill bit, hammer, paintbrush, pencil, plastic plant trough measuring 500mm x 170mm, potting mix, sandpaper, saw, steel ruler, exterior PVA glue and a selection of ‘potted colour’ (we used six pansies). Resene Waterborne Woodsman Penetrating Oil Stain tinted to Resene Grey Green.

To get the look: Mark painted the background brickwork with Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Tosca and the windowsill with Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Goblin.

Other ideas: Create an indoor planter in the same way and stain with a colour from the Resene Waterborne Colorwood, finishing off with three coats of Resene Aquaclear.

Step 1
Step one
Use the pencil and steel ruler to measure and mark out the pieces of plywood to the dimensions as listed above.
Step 2
Step two
Cut out the pieces of plywood, using the ruled pencil lines as a guide.
Step 3
Step three
Smooth any rough edges with the sandpaper.
Step 4
Step four
Fix the front and back sections to the side sections with panel pins and PVA glue, as shown.
Step 5
Step five
Fix the base into position with panel pins and PVA glue. Drill two or three drainage holes in the base of the window box.
Step 6
Step six
Apply one coat of Resene Grey Green to the outside, bottom and top edges of the window box, brushing in the direction of the grain.
Step 7
Step seven
Apply one coat of Resene Grey Green to the inside of the window box. Allow to dry for 24 hours and apply a second coat of Resene Grey Green to the entire window box, allowing 24 hours for this second coat to dry.
Step 8
Step eight
Plant up the ‘potted colour’ into the plastic trough and place the trough inside the window box. Position on a sunny windowsill.

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