DIY WINDOW BOXES

For the last 2 years I have wanted to spruce up the outside of the guest house by adding some window boxes.  I initially was waiting for the hubby to offer to make me some…..but that didn’t happen.  Huge surprise.  So since I’ve become a little more comfortable with my air nailer and chop saw, who am I kidding, I”m in love with them, I decided to tackle the project myself.   I realized all it really was was a couple of 1x6s and 1×4’s, which I already had from left over signs and trim in the shed.  I measured my windows and cut the wood the same length as the window.

I’m going to preface this post by saying that I’m not giving you a step by step tutorial.  As always, I got excited about a project and didn’t stop to take photos along the way.  I can tell you though that if you have a little bit of handiness in the power tool area, you will be able to figure it out:)

After I cut my 1″x6″ and 1″x4″ boards, I took out wood glue and my air nailer and first glued and then nailed the boards together.   I laid the 1×6 flat and then butted my 1×4 up next to it.  and nailed it with 2″ nails.  Once I had the box framed up I used some lathe I had in the other shed for decorative trim.  To cut the lath I just used Ryans battery operated skill saw.  That way I could do one piece at a time.  I glued that down and nailed it with 1 1/4″ nails.  I ended up making 3 window boxes in about 2 hours…so when I say it really wasn’t that hard, I truly mean it!  I stained them with Dark Walnut stain, drilled 3 holes in the bottom for drainage and stapled in some plastic to line the wood with so it doesn’t rot.  Then I had found some brackets at Menards that were black that I loved, and thought the contrast on the white guest house would be nice.  What I loved even more were that they were only about $2.50 a piece.  So I ended up making all three window boxes for $15 since I had all the wood.  And here’s the end result..

 

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you can see in the close up that there is no such word as “perfect” in my book:)

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There’s only “good enough” :)  Ry loves that philosophy :)  I know too many perfectionists that worry about doing it just right, when all I really want is the end result.  So I”d rather have something that gave me the look that isn’t perfect, than never do it cause I was afraid I was going to mess it up…if you know what I mean!

And you honestly can’t tell when you look at the boxes that I may have been 1/8″ off here and there, and that there are nail holes that aren’t filled…

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All I see are some pretty cute window boxes that cost me next to nothing and add a ton of character to this little shack:)

Let’s just have a bit of fun and go way back to when the guest house was a garage..

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turned into guest house….

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and now with window boxes…

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don’t mind all the weeds:)

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I ended up finding some succulents at Menards on sale called Hen and Chicks.  They were $2.99/piece.  If you haven’t noticed I am kind of in love with the English garden look of all white and green.  Goes with my monochromatic taste I guess.  So these were perfect.  And since they are a succulent I don’t have to water them much. Bonus!

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I think I may add a little alyssum for a pop of white as well.

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And here’s what you see when you pull up to our house from the back side…

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I kinda love that it’s a little mini me to the big house!

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and I also love that the former owners put up that cute white fence to hide the propane tank.  Genius!

and this is the view from my kitchen window…

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If that helps with the layout!

I took a few more pictures outside and worked on another Whimsy project today that has an outdoor theme that I’ll be blogging about the rest of the week. Sometimes I get so stuck on the inside of the house, I forget how much I love to decorate the outside as well!

 

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9 Responses to DIY WINDOW BOXES

  1. marybeth says:

    Hello, these are so cute! Did you stain the wood? I am wanting to do something similar with a very light brown tint to them, wondering how you achieved this with your boxes? Thanks!

    • allie says:

      Thanks! Yes, I did stain them with a mix of special walnut, dark walnut, and grey stain:) I think I’ll have to give them another coat this summer:)

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  3. Angie says:

    What a transition from garage to guest house! I love it.

  4. Eva says:

    Love….You creativity inspires me!

  5. Christi {Jealous Hands} says:

    Very cute! I want window boxes for my house – you’ve given me the inpiration I need!

  6. SUSAN HOWARD says:

    ALLIE ~ IT IS BEAUTIFUL !!! :) CAN YOU SHARE WHERE YOU GOT THE STENCILS FROM ON THE DOOR…THE NUMBERS ?? :) OR THE WEB SITE. I THINK WE CHATTED ABOUT THAT BRFORE :) I HAVE PAINTED MY DOORES & WOULD LOVE TO DO THIS . LOVE ALL YOUR IDEAS :) BUT GETTING A DAUGHTER THRU COLLEGE ~ I HAVE HAD NO TIME FOR DECORATING :(

    THANKS A BUNCH,
    SUSAN HOWARD

    • allie says:

      Susan, I actually just made them. I printed them on cardstock and cut them out. I love the font Modern number 20 for numbers. That’s what I used, and it was free! Best of luck:) xoxo

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