My name is Lisa and I'm a crafty girl with wanderlust working as an engineer by day. My blog chronicles projects in my home as well as pictures and stories from my travels.




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Square Beadboard Garden Planter

With spring here I have been wanting to spruce up my front yard and I had an inkling to try building a garden planter for myself for my front porch steps. On my Yard and Garden Pinterest board I had pinned a few planters that I drew some inspiration from. I liked the beadboard sides from the planter I pinned from Plow and Hearth and the legs that raised the planter off the ground that I pinned from the Simply Planters

After doing a little sketching I came up with a design that I liked that also fit the space that I was planning on putting the planter on my front steps. I have shared my supply and cut list, but it would be very easy to resize the dimensions if you wanted to make a bigger planter.

Supply List:
1 - 2x2 @ 4 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1-1/4" pocket hole screws
Brad nails
Wood glue

Cut List:
4 - 9" x 9" pieces of beadboard for sides
8 - 1x2 @ 9" for side supports
3 - 1x3 @ 9-3/8" for bottom slats
4 - 1x3 with 45° mitered ends @ 9" (measured from short side), 14" (measured from long side) for top 
4 - 2x2 @ 11-1/2" for legs

To start I put some wood glue on the back of the side supports and attached one to the top and bottom of each piece of beadboard.

I aligned the top support flush with the top of the beadboard and the bottom one I overhung by 3/4" which left me space to attach the bottom slats later. I then clamped the supports to the beadboard while the glue dried.

Next, I used my Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes on both sides at the top and bottom of each side beadboard piece. For two of the sides I attached the legs with pocket hole screws, aligned flush with the top.

I then attached the two remaining sides to one of the sides with legs using pocket hole screws.

I then attached the last side to complete making the box of the planter.

To make the top I put some wood glue on the mitered ends, clamped it all together into a square and then used my nailer to add a few brad nails to tack it together.

After the glue dried, I used a bit more wood glue and my nailer to attach the top to the planter box.

I then flipped the planter upside down and attached the bottom slats with some wood glue and my nailer. I left spaces between the slats for drainage.

I used wood filler to fill in the nail holes and imperfections and then sanded the whole piece smooth.

I wiped the planter down with a tack cloth and then painted it with a few coats of Valspar's Duramax Paint and Primer in Everglade Deck.

Once the planter was dry I was excited to get planting but I didn't have any potting soil so I just placed a potted calla lily in the planter for now. Before I do put potting soil in the planter I plan to line the bottom with some landscaping fabric so that water can drain out between the slats but the soil wouldn't fall through.

I'm really happy with how my planter came out and think it will add a little fun to my front porch. With this turning out successfully, I think I will have to make a second one to have a matching pair.

Note: I am posting as part of the Pinterest Challenge hosted by Young House Love, Bower Power, Sparkle Meets Pop and Red Bird Blue. If you posted anything for the challenge, please share your link with me!

Reader Comments (13)

Looks great! Easy to build and a nice color!

A great tutorial. I'm pinning this one and printing it out for my husband to make for me. If he doesn't get started soon though I' going to make it myself. Thanks for the details. Love the blue. I'd like to see a long shot of its placement and how you finally plant it up. Thanks. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

This came out great! I am going to have to convince my husband to build me a couple for the front porch. Just wondering - did you put any sealer on it?

May 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

Love this! I love the color you painted it too. Found you thru YHL! :)

Lauren @ muchadoaboutsomethin.blogspot.com

May 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

It has that wow factor.

May 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary-Lou

John- Thank you so much!

Jo- Thank you! I'm going to post a long shot of it and the whole porch once I have the second one built as well.

Grace- Thank you! I haven't put any sealer on it yet, but I plan to before I actually puts some plants in it.

Lauren- Thank you so much!

Mary-Lou- Thank you! I think it will really dress up the porch.

May 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterLisa

That is a gorgeous planter! And I love the paint colour you chose...it really pops against the gray stone on your house. Great job!

May 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane

WOW these look great! I need to buy myself some more tools I thinkā€¦ :)

Jane- Thank you! I am really happy with how the color looks out front, too!

Justynn- Thank you! I firmly believe that a person can never have too many power tools...

May 11, 2013 | Registered CommenterLisa

Each beadboard Panel has an 8 inch finish width. The panels have lap joints so each panel will overlap the prior panel.

September 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

Very helpful blog. I have purchased some artificial flowers from Fourwalls.in, It will look beatiful in this Vase. Thanks for sharing.

November 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSimran Singh

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June 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBabmar

This is a great job. I love your beadboard design and ideas, this is so lovely.

September 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSalen

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