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How to Build A Planter Box

Step 1: Build the Frames

Build the top and bottom frames out of the 1×2 cedar strips. You’ll be butting the ends together, so no mitering will be necessary. Fasten two 26″ strips to two 13″ strips to form each rectangular frame. (You’ll need to ensure that the length remains 26″; to do this, butt the ends of the shorter strip against the longer strips. The thickness of the two longer strips will add an inch to each end of the shorter strips, increasing their length to 16″. Do this at each end of the longer strips to form a rectangular frame 26″ long and 16″ wide.) Apply a bead of wood glue to the junctions of the strips; then nail together with a single nail in each junction in preparation for inserting screws to hold them more securely. Predrill the ends prior to screwing them together; this helps keep the ends from splitting. Then insert a screw in each corner.

Step 2: Attach the Side Panels

Stand the two frames on their sides and apply a bead of wood glue to the inside face of the bottom side frames (the long sides). Attach four side panels to each long side, smooth sides out, and nail from the inside to hold them in place. Make sure the frames are flush with the panel ends on at least one side, or the bottom panels won’t fit properly. If the panels are jagged on the other side, you can always smooth them with a trim saw later.
Because you’re nailing from the inside, you may have to drive the nails at a slight angle. The advantage of this is that it conceals the nailheads from the exterior face of the window box. Repeat on the other side of the box.

Step 3: Attach the End Panels

Stand the half-completed box on its end and apply a bead of wood glue to the inside face of the bottom end frames. Attach two panels to each end in the same manner that you used to attach the side panels, once again ensuring that the ends are flush on the bottom. Repeat the process on the opposite end.

Step 4: Attach the Bottom Panels

Check and adjust your box for square if necessary. Attach three bottom panels to form the base of the planter box, using wood glue and screws. The base will reinforce and brace the box. Drill several holes in the panels so that water can escape, or simply leave a gap between the panels.

Step 5: Finish the Box

Lightly sand any rough edges and corners to smooth out splinters. If you wish, you can stain, seal or prime and paint your planter to suit your home’s decor. Because you used cedar, however, it can stay unfinished: cedar is one of the best lumbers you can use for exterior applications. This planter is a good size for potted plants, but you may wish to add a plastic liner and fill it with soil (add a layer of gravel first). If you do, don’t forget to cut holes in the liner to line up with the drainage holes in the bottom of the planter.

How to Make His-and-Hers Vanity Cabinets

Sharing a small space can be tough – avoid conflicts by identifying storage compartments with these clever plywood people figures – customize them to your needs.

Materials and Tools

flat-panel cabinet, armoire or dresser
1×3 trim to border the cabinet doors
3/4″ paint-grade plywood
spray paint with a spray-can handle
semigloss latex paint and paint tray
paint roller and a roller sleeve
paint-grade plywood
electric sander with extra sanding pads
sanding block
drill with wood screws
caulk gun with liquid bonding adhesive
jigsaw
damp cloth
safety goggles and a dusk mask
miter saw

Choose the Piece

When choosing the proper piece, focus on cabinets, chests of drawers and dressers with flat-panel doors.

Remove Existing Finish

If necessary, use an electric sander to remove the existing finish. When you get it smoothed out, wipe off the dust and residue with a damp cloth.

Apply a Coat of Primer

Using paint roller and roller sleeve, add a coat of stain-blocking primer to interior and exterior of the cabinet. Tinted stain-blocking primer (which often comes in gray or brown tones) will ensure that imperfections or wood knots will not show through the newly painted finish.

Paint Background Color

Using roller and roller sleeve, apply the background color to the interior and exterior of the cabinet. Two coats is often the perfect amount to ensure a great finish.

Measure for Trim Pieces

Using a tape measure, determine the proper dimensions needed for the trim pieces that will go around the edges of door fronts.

Miter Cut the Trim

Using a chop saw, cut 45-degree angles into the top and bottom edges of the trim. Sand any rough edges, then wipe away residue.

Spray-Paint the Trim

Attach a spray-can handle to can of spray paint, then apply an even coat of paint by moving back and forth in a slow, controlled manner.

Tip: By spray-painting the trim before attaching it to the door front, a perfectly clean edge is made where the bottom of the trim will meet the door fronts.

Sketch the Silhouette Pattern

Find an inspiration image — or print something off your computer — that you can trace upon the plywood. Draw the cut-out pattern directly onto the plywood using a pencil.

Cut Out the Silhouette

Use a jigsaw to cut out the shapes along the sketched lines of the silhouette. Remember to wear safety glasses. Use an electric sander or sanding block to smooth out the edges of the silhouettes.

Paint the Silhouettes

Spray-paint the silhouettes the same color — and in the same manner as the trim pieces. Apply two coats.

Adhere the Trim

Using a caulk gun, add a bead of liquid bonding adhesive to the back of trim, then place directly onto the door front. Repeat this step for all pieces of trim, lining up each mitered corner.

Adhere the Silhouettes

Add liquid bonding adhesive to the silhouettes, then press them into place. Allow the adhesive to set for at least six hours before turning the cabinet upright.

Instant Curb Appeal For Under $100

There are dozens of small, inexpensive home improvements that you can do to your house to add instant curb appeal. Adding curb appeal to your house not only makes it easier to sell, but it also gives your house that nice and finished look in which you can take pride in. When deciding on how to add instant curb appeal to your house, make sure your consider what your house currently looks like and what will look best with it. Also, consider how much time you have to put into your home improvement project and what your budget is.

Here are a few DIY home improvement projects that all cost under $100 and will add instant curb appeal to your house.

Paint Your Front Door, Trim, or Shutters on Your House

Most exterior paint will cost you approximately $25 a gallon. To paint your trim, shutters, or front door it on your house, it should not take you more than $100, unless you have a very big house. Painting your home can definitely add some brightness and revive your house while adding curb appeal. Pick a bold color that makes your house stick out, but just make sure that you match it to the rest of the colors on your house. This home improvement project may take several hours depending on how much you choose to paint, so plan for at least a day of painting.

 

Upgrade Your Mailbox

It doesn’t matter if you have a regular mailbox by the road or if you have a box mounted to your house for mail, adding a new and upgraded mailbox can make your home feel upgraded, which adds curb appeal to it. You can find a new mailbox for your house from anywhere from $10-$100. When you install your mailbox, make sure that you are following the regulations that are set forth in the city that you live in. If you have a simple mailbox mounted on your house, this home improvement project should take less than an hour to complete. If you have a full-size mailbox at the road, plan for at least 2 hours or so to complete the home improvement project.

Install New House Numbers

If your house has old or faded house numbers on it, purchase some new numbers to spruce up the curb appeal of your house. Look for modern house numbers that are made from stainless steel, brass or aluminum. Try to match your new house numbers with the finish that is on your exterior light fixtures to add the best curb appeal. Simple house numbers can start at $2.00 for a number or you can look into customized plaques that can cost $50-$100.

Plant a Tree

Planting a tree is one of the most common ways to add curb appeal to your house. It is a simple home improvement project that can really liven up your house. Before you plant a tree in your yard, make sure you consider how big the tree will get and how it will affect your house. If you have enough space, try planting two trees to frame your house or your entryway into your house. You can find trees to add curb appeal to your house starting at $25. Planting a tree does not take very long and is a short home improvement project.

Replace Exterior Light Fixtures

When buying new exterior light fixtures to add curb appeal to your house, be sure to consider both the style of the light fixtures and the function of them. You want your light fixtures to be able to adequately light up your entryway to your house and make it safer. Also, look for light fixtures that have the same mounting system as the current ones that you have to save yourself some time on this home improvement project. Exterior light fixtures can be found anywhere from $20 and up.

Install Flower Boxes

If your house is lacking curb appeal and color, then try adding some flower boxes to your house. Install the flower boxes in the windows of your house or on the front porch railings. Flower boxes are relatively cheap and will only cost approximately $25. The thing that you have to remember with this home improvement project is that you will also have to pay for the flowers and soil for inside the flower boxes and you will also have to maintain the up-keep of the flowers to actually add curb appeal. If you rather not add flower boxes to your house, then consider buying some container gardens in pots and placing them on your front steps or porch.

31 Insanely Easy And Clever DIY Projects

These are the kind of simple projects for the laziest and most inept of crafters.Even if you can barely operate a drill, you can do most of these projects — and in less than an hour.posted on 

1. Make a Sharpie Mug

2. Turn a T-Shirt into a Work-Out Tank

Turn a T-Shirt into a Work-Out Tank

3. Ombre Nails with a Sponge

Ombre Nails with a Sponge

Click here for the full tutorial.

4. Use Bookends as Floating Bookshelves

Use Bookends as Floating Bookshelves

5. Transfer a Photo onto a Slab of Wood

Transfer a Photo onto a Slab of Wood

6. Make a Heart-Shaped Ring Out of Wire

Make a Heart-Shaped Ring Out of Wire

7. Nail Polish Key Covers

Nail Polish Key Covers

So you can easily tell your keys apart.

8. Make a Travel Flat Iron Holder Out of a Pot Holder

Make a Travel Flat Iron Holder Out of a Pot Holder

9. Make Your Own Spray Paint

Make Your Own Spray Paint

You can make your own small batch spray paint: mix 2 parts acrylic paint with 1 part water in a spray bottle.

10. Build a Bookshelf With Two Ladders and Planks of Wood

Build a Bookshelf With Two Ladders and Planks of Wood

11. Create a Couch From Wooden Pallets

Create a Couch From Wooden Pallets

12. Or Make a Bike Rack out of Those Wooden Pallets

Or Make a Bike Rack out of Those Wooden Pallets

13. “Fireflies in a Jar” Night Lantern

"Fireflies in a Jar" Night Lantern

14. Ramekins, Coffee Beans and Tea Lights

Ramekins, Coffee Beans and Tea Lights

The warmth of the candles makes the coffee beans smell amazing.

15. Glitterize Anything With Mod Podge and Glitter

Glitterize Anything With Mod Podge and Glitter

Mix the Mod Podge with glitter and paint it on stuff.

(Glitter wine glass source: The Sasse Life)

16. Turn Clothes Hangers Into Shoe Hangers

Turn Clothes Hangers Into Shoe Hangers

17. Screw Cheap Furniture Knobs Into Wood for a Necklace Holder

Screw Cheap Furniture Knobs Into Wood for a Necklace Holder

Click here for the full tutorial.

18. Use a Window Shutter as a Mail Holder

Use a Window Shutter as a Mail Holder

19. Stack PVC Pipe/Paint Cans as Shoe Storage

Stack PVC Pipe/Paint Cans as Shoe Storage

20. Cut Up an Old T-Shirt Into a Tie-Front Tank

Cut Up an Old T-Shirt Into a Tie-Front Tank

21. Make a Lamp Out of a Water Jug and a Headlamp

Make a Lamp Out of a Water Jug and a Headlamp

22. Wrap a Scarf to Make a Draped Skirt

Wrap a Scarf to Make a Draped Skirt

Click here for the full tutorial.

23. Turn Inexpensive Frames Into Chalkboard Signs

Turn Inexpensive Frames Into Chalkboard Signs

Paint the frames, and then paint the glass with chalkboard paint.

24. Color Your Shoe Soles With Nail Polish

Color Your Shoe Soles With Nail Polish

Click here for the full tutorial.

25. Make a Stool Using Old Magazines, Two Belts, and a Pillow

Make a Stool Using Old Magazines, Two Belts, and a Pillow

26. Letter Bottles With a Hot Glue Gun

Letter Bottles With a Hot Glue Gun

27. Sew Five Pillow Cases Together to Create a Body Pillow

Sew Five Pillow Cases Together to Create a Body Pillow

28. Make a Braclet with String and Hexagonal Nuts

Make a Braclet with String and Hexagonal Nuts

Click here for a more detailed tutorial.

29. Glue Corks into a Picture Frame to Make a Bulletin Board

Glue Corks into a Picture Frame to Make a Bulletin Board

30. Fill a Mason Jar With Christmas Lights

Fill a Mason Jar With Christmas Lights

31. No-Sew Pillow Cover

No-Sew Pillow Cover

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