Bloggie-Inspired DIY Trough Planter

When we moved to the new house last month my husband was very excited that the builder had put tubing in the wall of the living room to hide the cords from the wall mounted TV.  Me, not so much.  I’m not a big TV person in the first place and I definitely was not stoked to have this behemoth of a television hanging over my mantel.

Yes, its great not to have cords everywhere but it still is not so pretty to look at. So I got to blog-surfing and Pinterest-pinning and after perusing a ton of eye-candy I finally decided to try my hand at Thrifty Decor Chick’s DIY Planter.  (I love the hydrangeas!)

Thrifty Decor Chic

I also loved Shanty2Chic’s DIY Planter and used her tutorial as my guide.

 Shanty 2 Chic

I gathered up some wood scraps we had leftover from building our own headboard and lo and behold it was the perfect length for the mantel! (Which is good because my hubby was at work and with three littles running crazy around I wasn’t trying to get out the saw!)  One of my helpers was more than happy to assist:

Because I didn’t want to use the saw I decided to build a simple U-shaped trough so I did not have to cut pieces for the ends.  Following Shanty2Chic’s instructions I simply used wood glue and nails to build the trough.  (I was very careful not to get the wood glue on the exterior because those areas will not stain-don’t ask me how I learned that!)

I used a Wood Conditioner on the trough before I stained it.  This makes a big difference in my opinion with how the staining turns out. Being the slacker I am I only stained the surfaces that would be visible when the piece was on the mantle!

(Any ideas for that electrical spool by the way? I salvaged it when they were building the house and I just know there has to be a cool re-purpose project for it!)

Once it was dry I added some felt pads the the bottom and threw it up on the mantle and voila! I tried to cut some hydrangeas from our garden because I love the way Thrifty Decor Chick’s looked but mine wilted within hours….I’m on the fence about whether to put dried hydrangeas in there….I also thought some sort of grass would look cute too. I also need something for the ends of the mantle, probably something with some height.  Any thoughts or suggestions?

All in all the project took me less than an hour of work time. Don’t you love when a blog-land inspired project works out!?

Do you have a TV over your mantle? If so how do you decorate around it? If you have pictures, leave the link in the comments, I’d love to see more inspiration!

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  1. says

    Great job. I love this. You can make a bookcase out of the spool. My friend just made one. She put it on casters so that you can roll is wherever in your child’s room you want (or at least that is where she put it). It is totally unique & came out great. Good luck with yours.

  2. Kristin says

    Oh my goodness, I love this! And my hubby has a long wooden box like this that a truck part came in! It would be perfect =) Thanks for sharing.

    Visiting from Ask Anna

  3. Nicole Todd says

    We are building at the moment and will also have the tv above our mantle so I have also been pondering what to do to decorate so thank you for this idea. As for the electrical cable spool – I saw somewhere another clever person had upcyled theirs into a mushroom stool. They painted the base white, put padding on top and then covered the padding with red fabric with white polka dots. Looked very easy to do and very cute.

  4. says

    This planter is just so cute!! Looks beautiful. We appreciate you linking up with us!! It’s so fun to see all of the great ideas and recipes! We hope to see you back again soon! -The Sisters

    • says

      Thanks Loretta, I’ll try that! Last week I bought some stems at the Farmer’s Market and they told me to dip them in alum also. I’ll try anything to help them last longer!

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