Wooden Planter

So, every once in a while I enjoy keeping it real, and showing you a post of things I do… well, badly. :) So today I am going to be brave and show you my herb garden planter.  It’s a good idea – I was inspired by dozens of DIY-planter boxes – but my execution wasn’t the greatest.

I’ve been seeing repurposed pallet projects all over the place, and while starting with pallets is really appealing, I only have a jigsaw, but not an actual workbench.  So for something like this, I let the good people at Lowe’s cut my boards for me – and therein began my problem.

They weren’t even.  Also, as much as I checked out my boards beforehand, some ended up a little bit warped.

So this planter box is crooked.


It looks OK until you look over here:

Even though it was all supposed to be cut to the same lengths… clearly, it was not.

They say, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself, and I think that’s so true.  But I worked with what I had… you know, since it was bought and paid for – and I built this little box.  I considered painting it, but paint doesn’t fix crooked, and besides, I’m a pretty big fan of natural wood.  I was feeling sad and even a little embarrassed about the whole stupid project, until I transplanted my herbs outside over the weekend.  I LOVE having them up at waist-height!  I think I will be even happier about it once they are ready for me to do some harvesting.  For now, watering is certainly a lot easier, anyway.

Have you been working on anything lately that didn’t turn out like you hoped?

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~ Adrianne


  1. Danni Baird says

    I don't think the plants will notice that it's crooked! I love that it's up high for watering too! Looks great to me!

  2. allisamazing says

    I am sure once the plants are grown no one will even notice it's crooked! What a great idea to have it waist height. That will make it nice for harvesting!

  3. Terry says

    Can you tell it's crooked in person? Because I can't tell from here. Besides, it's outdoors and it's therefore supposed to be rustic. I love the waist-height as well – that was really smart.

  4. Kadie says

    It really doesn't look that bad. Like the others said the plants don't care if it's a little crooked! You really have to keep those people at Lowe's in line though. lol I would LOVE a waist high planter, that's really smart. Can't wait to see a photo of your plants flourishing!!

  5. suzyhomemaker says

    I think once all the herbs come in, the crookedness will not be noticed.

    And for your last question – I always seem to have things that don't turn out how I hoped. (my last post I even talked about the mess I made) I think I am pinterest-washed. I look at those projects and think I could do that and then I will photograph it and my picture will go viral. HAHAHAHAHA

  6. Jean Davis says

    Most things don't turn out as I had envisioned them. Sometimes that's good, sometimes not so much. :) Yours at least just has a 'backside' that until you posted it here, probably only you would have ever spotted. Good luck with your herbs!

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