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Modern Succulent Centerpiece Planter with City Farmhouse

By: Guest Blogger

Guest Blogger Jen of City Farmhouse is back with a simple yet elegant DIY project to bring the beauty of nature into your home. Follow along as she walks us through the steps for creating this Modern Succulent Centerpiece Planter.

Hi, there friends! Over the last few years, I have become super fond of succulents, who hasn’t right?! I love the look, colors, sizes, shapes and the fact that they are low maintenance is a bonus for me. Plus you can find them just about anywhere lately, even the grocery store! I thought it would be fun to create an all season, modern succulent centerpiece planter for my kitchen table. I have teamed up with Minwax® for this project and to give my piece a rustic finish.

In planning this piece I knew I didn’t want the soil near the wood and that I wanted a modern vibe so I decided to use plastic planters I found at Target and set them inside the top. I actually created this piece based on the dimensions of these planters, so if you find other planters to use for this project, just alter your measurements accordingly. The great part about this is that I can also pop them in and out easily if I wanted to change the plants.

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • poplar craft board – Four 3ft lengths & One 2ft length (I bought mine at Lowe’s)
  • wood glue
  • finishing nails
  • clamps
  • jig saw or 4″ drill bit adapter
  • sand paper
  • 5 plastic pots from Target that are about 4″ x 4″
  • 5 succulents
  • potting soil
  • pebbles

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HOW THIS WAS MADE:

Cut your pieces from the above diagramMark off 5-4.25″ circles in the top length and cut them out using a jigsaw or 4″ drill bit adapterSand the openings to make them smooth.Take your bottom & 2 sides and glue & nail them, using clamps to hold in place.Once dry take your top with your circle cut outs and do the same, glue & nail.Then do the same for your ends, these will adhere to the outside of the box.After the piece is dry and secure, sand the edges smooth.Now it’s time to stain, I used Minwax® Gel Stain in “Aged Oak.” Be sure to have gloves on and use a cotton cloth to apply. The gel stain was SO easy!!!Next, I sealed it with Minwax® Paste Finishing Wax to give it a protective finish while maintaining a natural look.This Gel Stain is the best!!! It dries fast and no mess!!!

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The finishing paste gives the same look on the wood but adds an extra layer of protection.

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It’s time to add the planters! I selected 5 different succulents that I found at Lowe’s, all with varying hues, shapes and sizes.

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Ta-da! Honestly, I wanted a no-fuss centerpiece that could stay through the seasons. I hit the nail on the head with this one, I absolutely love it!

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The stain is just the right shade to balance all the wood tones and brown hues.

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A little peek into my new den, aka old dining room.

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My favorite part is the circle cut outs, it’s something different. I added pebbles to the planters to give it a finished look.

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And more succulents in the open shelving:).

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Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

Jen shares DIY projects and thrifty decorating solutions. Her design philosophy is that bringing style to your home doesn’t have to break the bank. Learn more about Jen and visit City Farmhouse. You Can also follow her on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

 

A Mountain Wall Shelf

1. Boards

Living within sight of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I was inspired to turn these two 1″ x 4″ oak boards into a wall shelf with a mountain theme. What I liked about this project is that you can make your shelf and your mountain design whatever size you want.

2. first mt

I cut my bottom board 22 inches long, then cut some shorter boards to create my first mountain. As I mentioned, this is your chance to be creative, experimenting with different sizes and shapes.

3. second mt.

I then created my second mountain peak at the opposite end.

4. last mt

Two more boards, and my three peaks were complete. I used both wood glue, and short nails, to hold them together.

5. stain

For this project I selected Minwax® Gel Stain in “Coffee,” applied it with a brush, then wiped off any stain the wood did not absorb. Once it dried, I protected the wood with two coats of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane in an aerosol can.

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Once the last coat had dried, I hung my shelf on a wall and used it to display some of Leigh Ann’s antique bottles.

Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

 

 

 

A Unique House-Warming Gift

1. Parts

I have friends who just moved into a new house in Cleveland, so I thought a special house-warming gift would be in order. For me, that means a stop by my local craft store, where I picked up a few items.

2. White Stain

I started by staining a piece of birch plywood with Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain in “Pure White,” applying it with a foam brush, then wiping off any stain the wood did not absorb.

3. Gel

For my trim and wooden letters, I selected Minwax® Gel Stain  in “Coffee” to achieve a pleasing contrast to my white plywood. Once dry, I glued the letters to the plywood.

5. Ohio 2

I then cut out and traced an outline of the state of Ohio onto the plywood, isolated it with blue painter’s tape, and dabbed on a layer of Gel Stain using a foam brush. As soon as I had completed the staining, I peeled off the tape.

6. Poly

I found this cute red heart in my craft store, so I glued it to my state to represent the city of Cleveland. Then I finished the entire wall plaque with Minwax® Polycrylic™ Protective Finish.

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When it was all done, I had a special housewarming gift that they can hang in any room of their house.

Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

 

Make Your Own Magnetic Knife Rack

I love browsing through my local craft supply stores, where I picked up this unfinished pine plaque, along with some small magnets, for an idea a friend had eliven to me.

I measured out some equally spaced holes, then drilled down to the depth of the magnets, using a drill bit the same diameter as the magnets. (Tip:  if you want to avoid drilling, you can attach the magnets with glue.)

Since the pine lacked color, I decided to stain it using a new Minwax® Gel Stain color – “Coffee”, as it would help disguise the dark magnets while still allowing the grain to show. You can stain the wood either before or after drilling the holes.

After a coat of aerosol Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane had completely dried and cured, my magnetic knife rack was ready to mount on the wall in our kitchen. As you can see, the larger knives cover the magnets completely.

As another option, I took this old, worn cutting board, no longer suitable for kitchen use, and did the same thing to it, drilling the holes and inserting the magnets, making a unique knife rack for you or someone you need a special gift for.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce