DIY wall planter

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Hello Everybody,

This post is going to be about a DIY project we did this summer. We live in a small apartment with a balcony. We try to upgrade it every now and then, but there was this wall of the balcony which was sooo empty. We wanted to do something about it, but couldn’t find anything that was good enough. We were knew we wanted to do some balcony gardening there, bud we weren’t sure how. Then the magic of Pinterest happened, as I browsed it for ideas, I found these planters. Well not exactly like these, but something similar that led to this installation.

And the planning and building process begins…. (imagine some A-Team music here). They are pretty easy to make, you only need some wood slats/pallet wood and a few screws.

We made 4 boxes, you can see how we placed them on the pictures.
First you need to cut the wood to size, you’ll need 4 slats for the sides, and one or two for the bottom (it depends how wide you want your boxes). We used two so the boxes are pretty wide, about 20cms.

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So you only measure, cut, and screw together. We made some separations inside them, but this is only stylish addition. 🙂 We put them on the wall with big screws. When they are on the wall, you fill them up with potting soil, and you plant your spices, flowers, etc. You can line the boxes with something that holds water in, but than you have to watch your watering, because if you overwater the plants they can rot quickly. I didn’t line them. Now when I water the plants, water comes out of the bottom of the boxes, but because of how we placed them, I just start the watering from the top, and It’s kind of a self watering system. 🙂
In the lower boxes I have thyme, mint, lemon grass, and rosemary growing, in the upper box I put some flowers, and as you see I have one empty as well. I’m planning to plant some vegetables like tomatoes and lettuce when the time comes.

Do You have some kind of planters on your balcony? What are You growing in them?

Have a nice day!

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DIY Pallet wall

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Hello Folks,

I brought you today a crafty post which is kind of far from the kitchen.
We live in a small, two-bedroom aparment, and we really struggle with the heating. Our devices are not so effective, and also the apartment is not really new, It’s about 40 years old. Of course we made some renovation before we moved in, but that didn’t solve all the problems we had due to the lack of insulation on the walls. Therefore our bedroom wall was always cold, and we paid too much on hetaing to reach a comfortable 18 degrees (celsius) for sleeping. We tried so many things, but then found a great idea, which also looked great and stylish. This was to cover the wall with wood. The idea came from Pinterest of course. I’m obsessed with this site. But aren’t we all? 🙂

The original source was this:

http://www.cape27blog.com/2012/10/20-diy-pallet-wall/

DIY Pallet wall from Cape 27

But pallets here are depositable, so the planning and counting brought, it would be cheaper to do it from pine slats. Fortunately we have a lumberyard nearby, and they have very reasonable prices, so we bought the wood material, and cut to size. (my Man is very handy, so we do most of our stuff ourselves, and also have the tools, but if you don’t, the lumberyard workers will cut to size everything as you want)  Of course we had to treat the wood with linseed oil to make it last longer and a litlle more resistant to water, so for like 3 days our living room looked like this while it dried:

Pallet wall 01Then when they dried out, we started to put them up to the wall. First we needed four sleepers, screwed the on the wall and we put the slats onto them. We thought about putting some insulation material under the slats (because there was about 3cms big space), but then we decided not to, due to our worries about mold, so we didn’t. We figured, the air between the wall and the wood will be enough.

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When all the slats were on the wall, we needed to sleep, because we were exhausted (and also it was 11 pm.).

pallet03Forgive me for the quality of the photos, but it was in lamplight at night and I only had my phone to take them.

The next day the work continued by painting the slats, and with little touch ups, like putting reading lamps  and my mirror on the wall. It looks neat, isn’t it? And I have to say we don’t miss the additional insulation, the room is about 3-4 degrees (celsius) warmer than before this adjustment, and with the same amount of heating. It’s much comfortable now to sleep, we aren’t cold, and we feel good everytime we enter this room.

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The whole project took us about 4 and a half days, and only because of the linseed oil we put on the slats. The process of putting this on the wall was only 1 day, and the painting was also 1 day, so it is a very easy DIY project. A cheap weekend makeover, which also will save you money, and make your apartment look stylish.

Did anyone of you do a project like this? Please share your experiences with me in comments.

Bye,

Ágnes