It all started with an old gazebo tent that suffered damage to the upper frame while being moved. All four sides were still in great condition; gave one to my mother- in-law, sold one, and wanted to use at least one as a garden trellis, but it was hard to find flower boxes wide and deep enough. Also, most large boxes were in the $70.00 - $125.00 range. My husband offered to build one, and it was late in the week, so I asked him if he wanted to wait and see if I found anything at a yard sale. At the time, I just was hoping to get one nice box made to use in front of a stone wall near the entrance to our home.
When we got it home, we starting taking measurements and then it occurred to us that we could make two flower boxes. Taking the selves out, we noticed the wood pieces that held the shelves in. We decided we could cut the bookcase down the middle, in two places, on the other side of those wood pieces and then nail the shelves to the outside.
Now, it may seem strange to pray about finding the right item to use for a flower box, but to explain, I'm learning to go to God with every large and small concern based on the verse, Philippians 4:6, and really try not to worry about anything, especially the small stuff. After four to five sales, I came across this old bookcase that was selling for $20.00 and I kept looking at it trying to figure out how to make it work as a flower box. It was too big for the area I had in mind, to simply turn over on it's side. It would only work if it was cut in half. The lady having the sale said, "I sell it to you for $10.00, if you're interested." I sent my husband a pic and asked him what he thought. He was good with it, so . . . SOLD!
You can see we now have two flower boxes, with not much wood left over. Before filling with potting soil, we remembered to drill holes in the bottom for proper drainage.
Here is a view from the back of the bookcase. We used a RYOBI jig saw and safety goggles.
Here is the second flower box on our back porch, filled with Jasmine. Think I will plant some marigolds on the sides.
Can you see the face in the wood grain? To me, it looks like a person smiling while talking into a headset, operating an old phone switchboard. What do you see?
Very thankful and happy with how well these boxes turned out, I asked God for one and He made a way for two! And one makes for an interesting conversation piece.
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