Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Planter (Tutorial)

I was browsing through my Pottery Barn catalog and fell in love with this reclaimed wood planter set.  I have actually been looking for a large planter for my back yard and knew this would fit the bill.
Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn
Then I saw the price!  The smallest one started at $129 and went up to $229!  For PLANTS! 
I went to the home improvement store and bought my supplies.  Two cedar fence pickets, a wide board for the base and a whole lot of paint stir sticks.  I had a furring strip left over from a previous project that I also planned on using:
Total cost: $8
I sketched out my plans and decided to make the planter 13x13 on the bottom by 14x14 on the top (since my board for the bottom was 13 inches wide.)  I decided to make the height 12 inches so I could evenly cut my fence pickets on the chop saw without much waste:

Once they were the right height, I had to measure the correct angle (knowing each side would be 1/2 inch narrower on the bottom vs. the top) and ripped them down with the circular saw:

After all the cedar strips were the correct height and width, I lined them up to form the sides of the planter:

I used the leftover furring strips to secure the plants together with screws:

I used two strips on each side, secured with wood screws:

I then screwed the four sides to the base and to each other to form the box of the planter:


Lastly, I added a rim with some leftover 1x2s I had in the garage, mitering the corners:

This is an okay planter, but it looks like a box.  The next step is what makes it look like the pottery barn version.  I used liquid nails and small brads to secure paint stir sticks all over the outside:


I drilled some drainage holes and added 4 small block feet (not shown) to the bottom:

What you get is a pretty cute planter:

I found some leftover paint that was pretty close to the original colors (this was actually some of the paint I had leftover from the Money Pit 1.0's kitchen! How nostalgic!)

 And then to get the reclaimed lumber look I went after it with some low grit sandpaper:

Even though the lumber is cedar and designed for exterior use, I didn't want it to sit directly in contact with the wet soil (and I wanted to help prevent the soil from drying out in our arid climate, so I used a heavy duty trash compactor bag to line it.  I just stapled it to the interior:

Added a few flowers:

And had my little helper give it some water:


I think I may even like mine more than the original, with the little notches in the stir sticks:
Courtesy of Pottery Barn
I know I like it more when I consider the $170 savings!

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35 comments:

  1. Awesome! I really like the way your planter came out! And what to say about the price :) Great knock off!

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  2. Looks GREAT Kim! I'm gonna copy this for next spring :o)

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  3. That is so great! I love the paint sticks too! Way to knock it off!

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  4. That is an amazing project! Great job!! Megan

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  5. does it get any cuter then this? Love the varying paint stripes!

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  6. You and your project are impressive. What a way to save big bucks.

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  7. Love it Kim! I like the detail the paint sticks give! The picture with that pretty model, priceless!

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  8. what a great idea and great price! ive been looking for large flower pots but they're too expensive! this is a good option!

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  9. Great knock off! I do like yours better too.

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  10. I might have to try my hand at some of these for my deck that we just refinished, they would be perfect! Cute :0

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  11. nice, nice, nice! Awesome idea! greatprice!

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  12. I think yours are much cuter than the Pottery Barn ones. This would be a great project to re-use old deck wood or fence boards with - then it wouldn't cost a thing! How cute would they be as window boxes, too. You could also stain them or chalk paint them, then give 'em a good coat of polyurethane to seal and protect from the elements. The possiblities are endless!

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  13. These are beautiful! I love the paint colors you chose.

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  14. MinervasgardenAthenaSeptember 17, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Hello Kim: This is a beautiful planter box, and your tutorial was so detailed and helpful. I love the flowers you selected for it, and you have a great helper!

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  15. Kelly @ View Along the WaySeptember 18, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    I actually prefer yours to the PB version! Awesome project!

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  16. You win! GREAT knock-off. Plus, you HAVE to love the one you made, that is over 100 $'s less. It's just common sense :) Awesome job!!

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  17. Fabulous. One one hand I prefer the all white look you have, on the other hand do I think that the little pale blue color mix is also adorable. Either way: great!

    So, let me invite you to share your creation (and other ideas) at our linky party at http://www.FineCraftGuild.com/party : Look forward to seeing you there! ~ Rose

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  18. Kim this is so cute. We did one in the spring and knocked off Restoration Hardware. Cute Cute Cute.

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  19. michelle@somedaycraftsSeptember 22, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Very nice! I like yours better than PB!!! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. on MOnday morning!

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  20. wow it turned out awesome! I think the knock off looks WAY better than the original!

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  21. Pinning this one! Yours totally looks better :)

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  22. You rock girl! Love these planters. I think you did a fabulous job. Thanks for sharing with the copy cat party.

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  23. Wonderful job. Yours is prettier!

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  24. This is a brilliant copycat...and wow, don't you just *love* the price tag! I think your gardener is adorable, too! ;P


    Linking from Debbiedoos,Ricki Jill

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  25. Well done copy! I love the paint stir sticks you used. Very clever idea. Beautiful!

    Dee
    http://alapinlife.blogspot.com/

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  26. Oh my I am thoroughly impressed! I'm amazed that you did this work yourself and you really captured it perfectly! I like the paint stirring sticks you used for the accent boards! Brilliant and it looks awesome! I hope you get many years of use from them!

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  27. This is absolutely AWESOME. What a fabulous job. The planter is just gorgeous...and so is your little helper. :))

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  28. Definitely like your better than PB.

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  29. Tried&TwistedMarch 14, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    I love yours better too. Very nice job and great savings!
    Sara
    http://triedandtwisted.blogspot.com

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  30. Love it! Can't beat the price either!
    homehappyhome.blogspot.com

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  31. GREAT work!! I can't wait to use your tute to make my own! Thanks!!


    Morgan
    Sweetandsaltysugarboys.blogspot.com

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