Reclaimed Wood Planter Box ~ Farmhouse Style Decor

Sometimes a girl’s gotta do something for herself, right? I mean, let’s face it. I’m a mom to 6 amazing kids with a business and blog. More often than not I put myself to the side to tend to others. For a few years now I have been saving, no, hoarding (even dreaming) about this wood below. This is a story how this curbside trashure was turned into my reclaimed wood planter box.

Reclaimed Oak Barn Siding Before |

There’s no doubt that the average joe would have walked right by this wood. It’s broken, it’s cracked, dirty, and even has worm holes all over it. Only silly ol’ me would see it then quickly make sure no one was going to beat me to it and do the biggest happy dance it was mine.

Yes, folks, I’m looney like that, and that’s okay because that means more for me. ha! You see, it was over 6 years ago I came home with my suburban stuffed with kids and all sorts of trashure from perusing our city cleanup. The other fave find of that day was this door you’ve seen here and there on my blog. I still kicking myself for not making room for the other door or going back to get it. I was one tuckered mama.

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Since I just finished up a slew of projects, I decided it was time to finally make use of that gorgeous worm wood. It’s not only because of lack of time that it has sat so long, but I couldn’t envision the perfect project for it. I mean, we’re talking rustic oak siding that is tongue & groove with all sorts of charm and a wonderful patina. It’s even over 13″ wide which you just don’t find today. Just any old project wouldn’t do. It had to be just right.

Then it hit me what to do. I wanted to create a versatile piece that I could not only enjoy in my home, but it would function for many duties. My revelation was a reclaimed wood planter box. It wasn’t going to be just any old box, so I set to drafting my plans. Now, this isn’t a tutorial as much since there are several similar out there, but rather showing you what can be done with salvaged wood.

My Reclaimed Wood Planter Blueprint by Prodigal Pieces |

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I measured the dimensions and took note of flaws. This wood was extremely aged and brittle that I wondered if it would even hold up to my saw. The first step was to glue those cracks the best I could with the best wood glue I have found.

Gluing Reclaimed Oak Wood by Prodigal Pieces |

Next, I made my measurements and checked my angles with my digital angle finder. This has been a fun gift from JC and I’ve used it more than I thought I would. So handy to have in many situations.

Checking angles with digital angle finder by Prodigal Pieces |

All looked good to go, so I grabbed my little circular saw and had at it. I love this thing. So perfect for crafting and small jobs. While I could have used my other big saws to do this job, I wanted to show you that you don’t need big power tools to create. And yes, I’m wearing my downy coat because it’s freezing outside and snow has started to fall. Brrr…

Cutting Barn Siding with Ryobi Circular Saw by Prodigal Pieces |

After I triple checked my cuts, I had JC’s help to do a dry fitting. All looked good so I assembled with my favorite nailer and wood glue. I tell ya, the way this cordless nailer has made my life easier is immeasurable…seriously. You can see it in action in these posts as well.

Nailing Reclaimed Wood Planter Box with Ryobi Nailer |

If you look closely up above, I was a little concerned at the cracks that still existed so I reinforced with those salvaged metal strips I use in my upcycled storage stand I recently created. I like the industrial feel they give to the box too.

To finish it off, I headed out back to the hydrangea I planted this summer in our backyard makeover. They did so well in their blooms and it was time to prepare the bush for winter. I snipped off the last of those fluffy heads and brought them in to dry so I could enjoy them all year long.

Hydrangea Bushes with Fall Blooms |

My reclaimed wood planter box is now ready to be used whenever the whim suits me. It’s main residence will be on top of the hutch I have for our living room when we remodel it, but for now I like it on my table as a centerpiece.

Farmhouse Table Centerpiece made of Reclaimed Wood and filled with Hydrangea. By Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Rustic Barn Wood Planter with Hydrangeas by Prodigal Pieces |

The story I have from my first finding it, to the pile of “junk” fitting in my truck along with my kids…priceless. You can’t find wide boards like that very often and I’m delighted to the moon and back to have created something for us all to enjoy.

And how about those blooms…swoon!

Hydrangea Bouquet for Farmhouse Centerpiece by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

My littlest says it best when she says, “They look like little tiny butterflies!”

Bouquet of Hydrangea Blooms for Farmhouse Decor by Prodigal Pieces |

The bottom of the box was finished with a board cut from the thin piece of siding. I decided to  just let it rest in the bottom for easy removal for cleaning. All in all, this is exactly what I had hoped for and more. Now I can fill it with my blooms each year or even stuff it with pillows, throws….Yippee!!

DIY Reclaimed Wood Planter Full of Hydrangea Blooms in Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

It even looks wonderful up on my chippy cupboard in my bedroom. I love the tapered design, the rustic appeal, and the patina…oh, the patina. mmmm….

Rustic Farmhouse Cupboard with Handmade Reclaimed Wood Planter by Prodigal Pieces |

Makes me think I should get more of the ideas done for self more often, eh? haha. This bit of scrap is all I have left of the wide board along with a length of the narrow board. I will show you what I do with those soon!

Scrap Reclaimed Barn Wood |

It was such a delight to share with you my little DIY FY (do it yourself for yourself) I hope you enjoyed it too! Do pin and share to inspire others to grab that cast off wood and make their own. Even if it takes 6 years to get your reclaimed wood planter box done. tsk.

So beautiful! Curbside oak barn siding becomes so much more when Larissa of Prodigal Pieces turns it into a reclaimed wood planter box. See the story here at

Up next, this little thrifted gem gets a mini makeover with a bit of fun. Stay tuned to see!

Thrifted Wood Box Before Makeover |

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  • Karen R

    What a great project. It’s awesome that you can find treasures like that on the side of the road. Good job!

    October 31, 2017 at 6:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I couldn’t believe my eyes. So fun! Thank you.

      October 31, 2017 at 8:54 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    It is so charming. Isn’t it wonderful that people throw things out and you have the vision to make it new again.

    October 31, 2017 at 7:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m happy you think so, Debra. It makes my work all the more enjoyable.

      October 31, 2017 at 8:54 am Reply
  • Kim Banko

    Oh my gosh. It is simply beautiful. I am sure that tapered design was not as simple as it looks, but it is totally what makes it extra special. The blooms are beautiful and your little one’s butterfly description is not only sweet but accurate. An eye for detail like her mama. Congrats on making apiece for you finally. 🙂

    October 31, 2017 at 7:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I could have went all out with mitered corners and such, but I wanted a really primitive look to it. Plus, I wanted to show that it doesn’t have to be perfect to look good. Thanks, Kim!

      October 31, 2017 at 8:55 am Reply
  • Sue

    Love your vision and design, it is so charming! You are very talented..

    October 31, 2017 at 9:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Being able to share with you all the delights of my heart is pure joy. Thank you!

      October 31, 2017 at 10:39 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    You have such amazing vision to turn trash into trashure! Absolutely love it and especially the hydrangeas!!

    October 31, 2017 at 9:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      The hydrangeas are so fun to fill it with. Can’t wait to stage it here and there. 🙂

      October 31, 2017 at 10:39 am Reply
  • penateka

    Looks like the Tightbond III doesn’t ship to Canada. 🙁
    What is your second favorite wood glue? lol

    October 31, 2017 at 9:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Bummer! Elmers is my second go-to. 😀

      October 31, 2017 at 10:40 am Reply
  • Mary

    Wow now that is a planted! Big bold and rustic!!

    October 31, 2017 at 9:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yeah, baby! Thank you, Mary. It has so many ways to be used in my home. Can’t wait!

      October 31, 2017 at 10:40 am Reply
  • Linda

    F A N T A S T I C. That’s it – fantastic. Another great post and another job well done!

    October 31, 2017 at 10:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so fun, Linda! Love your kind words. Thank you.

      October 31, 2017 at 10:41 am Reply
  • Darlene

    Larissa, I love that box. You are so talented. The old wood is so beautiful. Our whole basement family room is done in reclaimed fireplace brick, pine boards both wide and narrow with worm holes, that came from my father-laws cottage, in northern Ontario. We also used an old barn beam for a mantle. We really love the warmth it inspires. Keep up the good work, love seeing what you do next.

    October 31, 2017 at 11:37 am Reply
  • Melissa

    I absolutely love it!! I need one of these. Can’t seem to find that kind of wood in these parts. I do pursue our bulk trash maybe one day I’ll find something suitable.

    October 31, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply
  • Marie

    Love those angles and the rustic charm, Larissa. Your dried hydrangeas are beautiful! We woke up to snow just in time for the little trick or treaters tonight.

    October 31, 2017 at 5:19 pm Reply
  • Jenny Peickert

    I’m w/u, swoon! Luv the box & the story behind it makes me smile. And how bout those hydrangeas?! Gorgeous. Looks beautiful anywhere u put it. Blessings…jenny

    October 31, 2017 at 6:25 pm Reply
  • Becky

    Mmmmm, nice! You’ve got my wheels turning with ideas of my own now too… I think we can count on hearing the saws over here tomorrow morning. : )

    October 31, 2017 at 8:54 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Very pretty Larissa and I love the beautiful warmth of the wood. Enjoy your present!! You deserve this!

    October 15, 2018 at 9:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Mary. You are SO sweet. hugs!

      October 16, 2018 at 6:13 am Reply

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