Last spring was our first spring in the new house. Being all excited to have your own space, you just want to do everything that people not living with their parents want to do! No, no, nothing naughty, you dirty minds, LOL, I am talking about being able to decorate as you like. And for me, having our own patio terrace got me excited to do some planting... but I've never tended to a garden before.
I decided that what was out on the market was not gonna satisfy me and my budget, so I had to take matters into my own hands! We measured our terrace space, and we drew out on paper what we wanted my planters to look like, and how big.
I decided I wanted three 5-foot planters (and I wanted to paint them a dark dark brown). J helped me calculate how many pieces of wood we will need in total and how many cuts we'll need the Home Depot personel to cut for us because we don't own carpentry machines. So it meant all our measurements had to be accurately calculated when we are IN the store because we don't have the tools to make correction cuts after we take the wood home. Luckily we are both good math people =)
So we set out to Home Depot - several times actually, because we only bought enough wood for one planter first so we can go home and do a 'test' build to make sure our measurements all worked out, and then we made more trips after to get more wood for the 2nd and 3rd planter. So, we brought home all our wood pieces, paint, and nails, and lugged everything up 4 flights of stairs to make it to the roof top. You won't believe how much each of us were cussing in our heads about this idea, lol, or maybe you would believe it.
I'm sorry, there are no process photos, because I hadn't intended for this to be a tutorial. =P
What do you think?
Here's a look at the center cross beams:
Aren't they so pretty?? =D
Oh yes, in total for all the wood and paint and nails, I think I spent just around $150, I can't remember exactly because this was last summer, and I've lost the receipt. But I certainly remember being super proud of the cost because I know buying already-made planters this size would have ran me at least $150-200 EACH. Plus, I have not seen one's like mine in garden centers - not that size and that color. This is the beauty of DIY, you get the look YOU want!
I also started planting already. I will share more about my planting in a later post.