Garden Restoration…

I’ve had this cute wooden planter in my garden for several years. Over time the wood had warped and the chalkboard center just withered away. I decided to try to restore it and completely fill it with some succulents.

I couldn’t find a good pic of the way before since I had attempted to fix it by nailing some of it back together a few months prior. When I finally decided to work on it it wasn’t as “fixed” as I thought. I also had to find something to replace the chalkboard center since it was a giant hole now.

I decided to just use another piece of cardboard since I needed the flexibility to accommodate some of the warping. I cut a piece down to size and painted it matte black.

I then printed out a cute little saying on a piece of paper. Then I traced over it with some white transfer paper.

This is what I ended up with after the tracing.

I then went back over the tracing with a chalk pen. You can see the difference here.

I then gave the front and back a good seal, so it will hopefully hold up outdoors.

Then the fun began 😉 Of course once I started to mess with the structure most of it all fell apart. The older nails were rusted and the new nails I had previously used weren’t holding well. So I decided to use some glue and just put it back together that way.

I then added the new center and let it dry.

Once it was dry I was able to add some embellishments. The bottom right corner was so warped I had to improvise and glue in a shim and then add some stacked wooden hearts to disguise the imperfection. I also added some juste and moss and then my plants. It isn’t as full as I had wanted but it will hopefully fill up soon.

 

Below are some of the products I used…