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Window dressing

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Transform regular casement windows into elegant grid-style options that double as pretty shelving – perfect for those small, sun-loving plants.

Build window shelves for your indoor plants
Window shelves for sun-loving plants

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Equipment you will need
Equipment you will need

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  1. Measure the width and depth of your window frame, and choose a thickness for the shelves that suits your window. Cut your timber to these dimensions.

  2. Paint your shelf timber with a layer of Resene Quick Dry undercoat. Once dry, paint the shelf in Resene Lustacryl in your chosen Resene colour, using a mini roller.

    Tip: Find some blocks to raise your timber so you can paint each surface easily.

  3. Seal your pots inside and out with Resene Aquapel & Terracotta Sealer. Once dry, topcoat using Resene testpots in your chosen Resene shades.

  4. Place the first painted length of timber inside your window frame. Ask someone to hold it while you use a pencil to mark where the brackets connect with the window frame.

  5. To attach the shelves, drill the screws into the window frame and timber through the holes in the brackets. Repeat this process with your second length of timber.

  6. Fill your colourful pots with plants and have fun styling the finished shelves.

Photography: Michael Moore. Styling: Savannah Betti. August 2021.

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