I recently had the opportunity to share this adorable wood planter box and a fun new ageing technique with the subscribers of the DIY Decor Box. Each member receives a DIY project in the mail each month that they then get to craft and style for their own home decor!
In addition to sending the boxes, I also like to share tips and tricks for painting, staining, and of course a styling tip here and there. I especially loved this project because I got to share one of my favorite ways for giving a clean straight edge wood piece just a bit of character through the use of stain layering and hammer/nail distressing.
Here is what you will need to recreate this look on your own Wood Planter Box!
- Nail or screw
- Stain rag
- Foam applicator
- Jute twine
- Vinyl transfer
You can see all of the contents of the April box here below. As you can see we send everything our subscribers need to immediately begin their project, with the exclusion of basic household tools.
Begin the staining process by saturating your foam applicator and drip stain all over your wood surface. Do this now and allow it to dry to the touch before moving on to the next step. Use a heat gun or hairdryer to accelerate this process.
Then take a hammer and nail or a screw and begin hammering all over the surface of your wood. I like to randomly place the nail and make indentions with it and the hammer for a bit of added character. These scrapes and indentations will show up more vivid once you apply your last bit of stain.
When you’re satisfied with our distressing use the foam applicator or stain cloth to blend and work more stain into the surface of the wood planter box. See those indentations I just mentioned?
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I added a cute little vinyl transfer to the base of the box for a little something extra. The possibilities are really endless with this little box. I do recommend sealing everything if you are planning to use your box outdoors.
I finished off this project with a cute poppy drop in flower and a bit of jute twine and you’re ready for displaying your new wood planter box on the porch, your fireplace mantle or anywhere you would like to add a touch of rustic charm!