A Junk Gardener's Window Box

May 18, 2014

My projects starts with this piece of a desk or a bedroom chest that I purchased for $12.

 I painted it with Annie Sloan Pure White Chalkpaint, distressed it with sandpaper and sealed it with water based Varathane poly. I applied two coats.

I covered the two little holes with Hobby Lobby wooden medallions.

Now, where to put it?  Under a window, right?  Hubby said "no".  We have steel siding so he didn't want to hang this very heavy window box on the house.

Next comes a great find for $15 and 25% off!  A perfectly chippy, white picket fence section.

Window Box Planting Diagram www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
So we attached the window box to the picket fence with 3 long and large bolts, and I planted it as follows:
1.  Luscious Citrus Blend Lantana
2.  Yellow Marguerite Daisy
3.  Margarita Sweet Potato Vine
4.  Angel Face Blue Angelonia
5.  Pomegranite Punch Superbells
6.  Luscious Citrus Blend Lantana

The window box was just planted today.  I will share it again after it has time to fill out.

A Picket Fence & A Repurposed Furniture Window Box www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
The window box.

A Picket Fence & A Repurposed Furniture Window Box www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
The fence is a perfect outdoor decorating backdrop!

Rusty Junk Garden Milk Cans, Rooster www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com

Junky Pumps, Galvanized Pail & Bacopa & Verbena www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com

UPDATE:  Since my window box was originally a piece of furniture, I should have reinforced it more before hanging and planting.

After having been planted for just a week, the wood in my window box started cracking.

So screws have been added in front and back and more nails on the bottom.  Oh well, live and learn!  I still love it, cracks and all!  At first I thought I would touch up the screws with more paint, but decided it's a JUNK garden window box.  It's fine!

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. That is so cool Carlene! Love the makeover and the creative idea you had.

  2. Just adorable.....A great recycle .................you keep me on my toes drooling !

  3. I love what you did with the fence panel! What a great idea.

  4. Great idea to make that into a windowbox! If I'm putting something I painted with chalk paint outside, do I have to poly it then? I just waxed it for right now, but it doesn't seem exactly waterproof.

  5. Great idea! I just might have to borrow it.

  6. cute!
    Great idea to use it on the fence. Sometimes our guys just make so much practical sense.

  7. Such a great idea to hang it on the picket fence...looks wonderful, Carlene!

  8. Soooo cute! I love that your snow is now gone... you are flyin' outdoors! That's REAL good for us! :)

  9. Love it Carlene--wite picket fence is my favorite, what a great way to dress it up!

  10. Beautiful, once again. You have a wonderful gift, thanks for letting us see what you've done. Your work gives me some great ideas. Thanks.

  11. Looks great! Can't wait to get some flowers here too...but then I have to start remembering to water :)


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