Cinder Block Raised Planter BedMay 22nd, 2009 in member junk
I wanted a raised planter bed in my yard along my fence (to make it a little harder for my dogs to dig in the plant bed) and to give me some more color when I looked out my patio doors. A neighborhood property had cinder/cement/concrete blocks from a building that was demolished, and the site crew said I could drag off whatever I wanted before they threw them in the dumpster. I had to use my little red wagon (yes, the toy RadioFlyer wagon) to get them home, three blocks at a time, until I had 33 blocks. I stacked the first row with the best side out, then used construction adhesive in a caulking gun to stick the second layer of blocks on top of the first. I topped them with reclaimed 2X4s that I cut to size (also glued down with more construction adhesive), then painted the whole thing the brightest, cheeriest green I could find in the local home improvement store's returned paints section (a gallon for $5). Then I took ceramic tile from the local Habitat for Humanity Reuse Store (36 tiles for $6) and broken mirrors from my local Trash2Treasure Creative Reuse Center (free) and scrap glass from a local stained glass studio (free) and glued them onto the face of the blocks with more construction adhesive. The wall works well, and I love the bright color I see when I look out the patio doors now.
Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Susyn Stecchi
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