Happy 2011 folks! The holidays are over, the decorations are put away, and we Randall’s are super excited for what this year has in store. Aaron and I are starting the new year off in that do-it-yourself style that are our hallmarks. For years now, I have requested and patiently waited for Aaron to make me window boxes. His excuse was always the same: he needed a table saw in order to make them. Since he didn’t have one, my request was delayed time and again. That is, until this Christmas. Aaron must have been a very good boy because Santa (aka Aaron’s Dad) got him a table saw. Needless to say, I think Aaron and I were equally excited about the gift!
Now that Aaron had no more excuses to put off my window boxes and he was itching to try out his new toy, I was going to finally get my wish. Aaron’s Dad kindly came over to help him and within just a day and half’s time, my boxes were created and hung. Whoo-hoo! Let’s take a look at the before, shall we?
Ho hum, hum drum. Boring exterior prior. With the new boxes, however, the house immediately became more inviting and welcoming.
As you can see, there is no flora yet. I’m waiting until the last frost to plant so that whatever plants I end up with (I’m thinking ivy and dusty miller) will be afforded maximum survivability.
Aaron and his dad used wood salvaged from one of the tobacco barns dotting the family farm to make the window boxes. We all adored it’s patina and rusticness, so it was left raw and unfinished.
Then Aaron lined the boxes with landscaping mesh to minimize soil loss over time.
After a quick run to Lowe’s, Aaron devised a method to hang the boxes using eye hooks. I would detail his design, but in all honesty I forgot to inspect it myself. Originally, we were thinking to hang the boxes at the bottom of the wood panel under the windows.
After careful consideration and observation, we all agree that they should be mounted underneath the glass.
It looked better from afar and will make it much easier to plant and care for since I can just lean out the window to water. I adore how it turned out and am quite looking forward to getting the plants in and enjoying the full effect. On a side note, I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year’s and are looking as forward to what 2011 holds as we are. Cheers!