Yup we’re on a mission to makeover our deck space into a great outdoor living space complete with new custom cushions, potted plants and now we are building a few deck planter boxes. But the plan to build didn’t always start out that way.
First we did a little research in the Planter box aisle of Home Depot. We found a couple nice options here and here, but at the potential cost of either $99 or $159 for each box (we need three) we were convinced we could build them more affordably.
1 x 6 pine boards
1 x 2 flat stock pine trim
Exterior semi-gloss paint
Finish Nail Gun
The design is nothing more than a pine box with a a few trim pieces added to dress it up. Each board was cut straight across with the miter saw to the desired length, width and 1 board for the bottom of the box.
As Bryan was building he dry fit them together to make sure they all aligned evenly and scrap piece was placed inside to keep every nice and square while it was nailed together.
Then using the nail gun Bryan made made quick work of assembling the boxes together by first assembling the sides then attaching the bottom.
Once the boxes were all assembled we moved onto the top corner trim on three sides. Leaving the trim off the back side will allow the box to mounted tight to the deck rails. Carefully measuring and cutting a 45 degree angle to ensure a tight finished seam helps to dress up the end and cover any unfinished edges.
After trimming the tops and bottoms we finished it up with three square cut pieces nailed to the front of the box and one on each side.
Then we sanded the whole thing for a smooth painting surface, caulked the joints with a paintable exterior caulk and finished out the whole thing with a couple coats of Behr Ultra White Exterior paint in Semi-Gloss.
Finally we drilled a few drainage holes in the bottom of each box. Now we just need to wait for the final coat of paint to dry, hang the boxes and plant some flowers. All in all it was a relatively easy project and came in around $70 for three boxes as opposed to the $300 minimum price for the same look.
Seriously, I love them and I can’t get enough of them. I even enjoy watering them in the morning as I leisurely sip a cup of coffee and enjoy the view.
The geraniums have been growing like little sun loving monsters on steroids. By the time I’m done typing this sentence I’m sure they will have grown 3 more feet If you would like to see all the details of how we built these guys click here.
I anxious to finish painting the deck rails white. Although, not so anxious to do it while it’s 100 degrees and sunny. At this rate it will probably be September before we get rolling (pun intended) on the painting again.