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Wooden window box

Mark Rayner adds instant colour to an outside window ledge with this easy project.

You will need: 40mm galvanised jolt head nails, timber offcuts for front trim, we used a 15mm x 20mm garden stake, two 1.2m treated fence palings, exterior PVA glue, potted colour, drill with 15mm drill bit, hammer, paintbrush, paint stirrer, pencil, sandpaper and a saw. Resene Woodsman Penetrating Oil Stain, tinted Resene Grey Green.

To get the look: Mark painted the window ledge with Resene Lumbersider, tinted to Resene English Holly.

Some planting ideas: We used some potted colour for instant appeal, but this window box could also be used for growing small succulents, ornamental grasses or culinary herbs.

Here's another option: The window box could also be painted with Resene Lumbersider, tinted to any colour from the Resene Range. Make sure you prime the wood first, with Resene Quick Dry.

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Step 1 how to build a wooden planter

Step 1
Cut the timber to make three 600mm and two 110mm lengths.

Step 2 how to build a wooden planter

Step 2
Assemble the base, sides and back of the window box, as shown, fixing with PVa glue and nails.

Step 3 how to build a wooden planter

Step 3
Place the front into position, fixing with PVA glue and nails.

Step 4 how to build a wooden planter

Step 4
Measure, mark and cut two 600mm lengths of trim and fit to the front of the window box, as shown. Allow glue to dry.

Step 5 how to build a wooden planter

Step 5
Smooth any rough edges with sandpaper.

Step 6 how to build a wooden planter

Step 6
Drill 3 x 15mm drainage holes in the base of the window box.

Step 7 how to build a wooden planter

Step 7
Carefully stir the Resene Woodsman stain before applying the first coat to the planter. Leave for 24 hours, then apply the final coat.


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