DIY Planter Box Centerpiece

Hey friends!

After finishing my mirrors in the dining room, my table started to look naked!  So… I dressed her up today.

This is a super easy project and I LOVE the results!

This is the wood I used for the project…

2 – 1x6x4 whitewood boards

1- 2×4 stud

Total for wood was under $10… Yippee!

I also used Gorilla Wood glue to attach it all together.

I cut my 2×4 the same length as my other 2 boards (4ft)

I used wood glue and nails to attach the 1×6’s to the 2×4 like this…

Then I cut 2 small pieces of from my stud to finish off the sides.  Mine were 3.75″ each. I know it looks shanty… But that was my goal here 😉

I made some dings all around the whole box, and I also used some furniture upholstery nails around the whole thing because I like the way they look.  You can find these at Lowe’s by the screws and nails.

I decided to try a new product out to finish my box.  I found this stain at Lowe’s.

It’s Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain.

I LOVED it.  I was thinking there wouldn’t be much of a difference in this new stain and the one I was previously using, but I was shocked at the difference.

The Rust-Oleum stain dries in no time.  I actually had the box on my table dry an hour after I stained it… Love that.

It’s also much less stinky and sticky than the others I have used.  You will love it!

Once it dried I was all finished.  I used some glass bottles I found HERE and filled them with some little flowers I found at Hobby Lobby.  You can also use old glass coke bottles, Starbuck’s glass bottles or any old glass sauce bottle.

I used the 12 ounce sauce bottles from their site (SAU12)

Here is how it turned out…

What do you think??

If you like it, I would love for you to Pin it, Stumble it and Share it below 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by!  You can see more of my dining room in these posts…

Dining Chairs

Dining Table Revamp

DIY Window Panels

Have a great night!


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  • Robin

    I made this today and I am very happy the way it turned out. Fabulous instructions. Thank You. Off to find the bottles…

  • Amy

    What flowers did you use?

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  • Andrea

    I love this! Do mason jars fit in the middle? Thanks!!

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  • Mac Cutting Boards

    I LOVE IT! What a great idea and so simple too! I have so many scrap woods laying around the house. Now I can put them to use, functional and chic! Thanks for posting!

  • Lindsay Parsons-Perez

    I love this idea!! Definately headed to my shop in the next day or two to make this. Thanks for the info on the new stain. Have you ever tried the Cabot stains that can be tinted in ANY color? They’re great. Love the nail idea. I love using different fasteners for effect. I love using copper ones. I use a lot of simple masonary “cut nails”, and recently found a place to buy the old timey square head ones. Love your site, keep up the wonderful work <3

  • Shauna Oberg

    Such a beautiful project- makes me think of spring!

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  • Nadia Hernandez

    I might modify it to hold soil and plant my tomatoes and cilantro in 2 planters

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  • Kate

    I love this and can’t wait to try it! I featured this project on my post today.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Ana Zap

    So beautiful!Lovely!!!

  • Melissa @TheHappierHomemaker

    Thanks for the tutorial! I just made one this weekend and posted on my blog today with a link-back to you:

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    Great job! Did you just glue everything together? No nails/screws (besides the upholstery nails – I’m assuming is more for looks than function)?

  • Tamsyn

    You are seriously talented! This is divine!

  • Ilke

    So cute, has that old look to it with the dark stain. I am definitely giving that stain a chance when I will refinish from now on. I am going to pin your piece :)

  • Ramya

    I adore this!

  • Ramya

    If I say this work is absolutely gorgeous, that’s an understatement!! just so elegant! Truly chic…and at the center of table is the best spot…..

  • RHome410 at Friday is Pizza, Monday is Soup

    This is such a beautiful, but very functional looking idea! I wonder if it would work for herbs…

  • Becky

    I love this, and I’m going to try it. The finishing nails you used are fab. This would look pretty with lilacs lining the bottles in the spring.

  • Becky

    This is really nice. I love the finishing nails you used. It really looks fab. I’m gonna try it. :)

  •  Molly

    This is a great tutorial, and it seems pretty easy to do! I love the way it turned out. I think I’ll go get bottles first, then fit my planter box around them. Thanks for the inspiration. It’s excellent!

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  • aimee

    wow another amazing project, this is great xxx

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  • Lori

    Thanks for the inspiration! I’ve been looking for the right centerpiece. This may be it.

  • Steph R

    I love this so much. It really would be perfect for a spring center piece.

  • kristy

    Love this! One question before I get started on making this- In the list of materials you listed that you used 1 x 6 boards, but in the tutorial portion you said you attached the 1 x 4 to the 2 x 4 with glue and nails. So did you use 1 x 6’s or 1 x 4’s for the sides? Thanks

    • Shanty2Chic

      1×6… fixing it now! Thanks!

  • Mindy@FindingSilverLinings

    Thank you for this inspiration! I repinned this! Love it. I’m copying you 😉

  • Debbie refreshrestyle

    I love this! I have some barnwood, that I need to use!

  • allie

    which bottles did you use from that site??

    • Shanty2Chic

      12 ounce sauce jars

  • Maddie

    Which size sauce bottles did you use??

  • Anita

    O I’m so happy to see this post! I saw a pin and wanted to copy the look, which I did, but I already had the box. So very happy to find your blog!!!

  • Katie

    That turned out awesome! Wouldn’t even believe it was new wood! I’m your newest follower here, would love for you to link up at Handmade 52!

  • Karla

    So cute. I love it. Thinking of making me one for my table :)

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    I love it! I am going to have to go and get my hands on some of those nails too…they are awesome! Thanks for sharing!


  • Chance @ Designed by Chance

    This is a great project. I also love your dining room.

  • cindy @ cinsarah

    LOVE it!!!

  • Jennifer

    This is fab & I am in
    love with your dining room!

  • Megan

    Love this! I just took a wooden box some bulbs came in and added it to my desk for some extra storage. This is awesome! Putting this project on my list! Love the bottles too. You newest follower :)

  • katee

    Please, can you tell which size bottles you used? This project is lovely and I hope to make one soon.

    • Shanty2Chic

      I used the 12 oz sauce bottle. The code for it is SAU12, but old coke and starbucks bottles would work great too!

  • Holly

    Thank you for sharing your awesome, planter centerpiece! You ladies always make things look so easy! I’m really new to blogging and have to say that your blog was the very first I came across and have loved it ever since!

  • Jamie

    This project ROCKS! I just wanted to let you know I featured it today on “You Sew Rock Me Fridays” on my blog Sew Rockin’. Here’s the link if you want to check it out:

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  • Wanda Alviar

    love it! will be one of my next projects.

  • Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D

    Pinned it. Love it.

  • Mckenzie Woods

    I love this and have been needing a center piece! Made it last weekend and love it! Thanks!!

  • Melanie

    Love this box planter! My husband and I made one this weekend! I just blogged about it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Lauren Cameron

    I love all your projects, you inspire me!! Also like your table….did you build that??

  • Jenni Horne

    What a wonderful addition to your refreshed dining room! I will have to try that stain out as well. The other is super tacky for a spell, right?

  • Lisa @ Mom, dad, 2 girls and Brutus

    LOVE THIS!!! My hubby just made a jewelry box so a lot of leftover wood…this will be a fanstatic project to use the scrap!! Great job!! I’m pinning!

  • Lolly Jane

    Lookin good, girl! Love it! xoxox

  • Janice

    Thanks for the inspiration and especially for the intro to a new stain! It’s awesome!! Found you from pinterest :)

  • Lesley

    this is such a great piece for your table. Love it.

  • Catrin

    Love this. It’s gorgeous.
    Greetings from Germany

  • miiah

    Love it!!

  • Lisa @ Creative Raisins

    I love this, the color you picked is perfect and the bottles finish it off nicely

  • Christina @ Christina’s Adventures

    LOVE this so much!! If only I had a long table…I’d LOVE to make something just like this!!

  • antiquechase

    pinning it! it’s fab and something I might be able to do myself!

  • karen Weight

    I love it! Wish I was better at making stuff like that. I haven’t tackled that kind of project before, but I should try it!

  • jeannie

    Wow, I am making one of these. And possibly more for gifts. How beautiful! Great work.

  • Shirley L

    This is beautiful! I absolutely love it :)

  • Space 46

    Breathless at how pretty this is!

  • Natalie

    What a great little project that I might actually be able to tackle!

  • erica

    That looks incredible!

  • Lorrie

    Love this! Perfect the center of a table, I pined this, and now I’m a follower!

  • Christine Roeske

    Adorable – love it!