Indoor Window Box

June 13th, 2011 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Window boxes a plenty already adorn the outside of my home so I had no need to create anymore for the homes exterior. I adore the charm of window boxes and thought to myself that one inside could be fun. Artwork and other wall hangings can leave me feeling a bit flat. Adding something like a window box to a wall grouping may just add the depth you are missing.
This is a fairly traditional style of window bow. You know what they say...if its not broken dont fix it! I did not intend to plant directly in the box, but rather fill it with interesting containers and other goodies. If I were to put this outside I would put plain galvanized buckets or worn terra cotta pots in the box. Both fit nicely. If you wanted you could also plant directly in the box by simply lining it with cocoa mat.
The back and bottom of the box are slatted. Larger boards were used to create the sides.
The bottom and back boards are notched into the side pieces. To finish the ends of the boards I wiped white paint on with a rag, then wiped it away to give it a worn look. I then applied some gel stain to give it age. The picture was taken before I did this so you could see how they are notched together.
Nothing is done until you add the finishing details. Im a nut for hardware so these big, bold, and beautiful hinges were added at either side. 
Time to select the containers. I found two buckets with white paint flaking off. Perfect! Plant em Danno! The front of the window box has only one board intentionally. A shorter front allows you to show off your containers.
A larger black container was thrown into the mix. A little juxtaposition goes a long way!
I wanted to add some additional interest so after scrounging a bit I came up with 2 sets of antlers that worked well. Nothing says organic like antlers!
Things were looking a little white to me so I finished with some antique clubs in black and brown. 
The pots were planted with herbs that smell oh so fresh and wonderful. All of these elements may not seem like perfect partners at first blush, but the different colors and textures play nicely together.
Window boxes a plenty already adorn the outside of my home so I had no need to create anymore for the homes exterior. I adore the charm of window boxes and thought to myself that one inside could be fun. Artwork and other wall hangings can leave me feeling a bit flat. Adding something like a window box to a wall grouping may just add the depth you are missing.

Window boxes a plenty already adorn the outside of my home so I had no need to create anymore for the home's exterior. I adore the charm of window boxes and thought to myself that one inside could be fun. Artwork and other wall hangings can leave me feeling a bit flat. Adding something like a window box to a wall grouping may just add the depth you are missing.


Do you have a bunch of perfectly chippy white wood hanging out at your house? Scrap wood left over from other projects or some you picked up at a flea market just because you liked it can be turned into something useful. Save your scraps neatly in a bin in your garage (like anyone believes my scraps are stored neatly in my garage) and on a rainy day go to the scrap pile and get creative!


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Comments (9)

LloydsLandingofSears writes: Love it! Love that you made it with heavy duty hinges too. We have a nature/outdoor theme indoors, so the plants, the antlers, etc would fit right into our scheme of things here! Thanks for sharing! ~Mary~ Posted: 5:58 pm on April 21st
Funky_Junk_Donna writes: Fabulous! Yes yes yes, the hinges make it take off! Love the idea of having this indoors for a different spin... hmmm...

Donna Posted: 12:22 am on June 24th
Junkpony writes: What a beautiful arrangement...all the elements look great. I have very similar hinges stashed away somewhere (not neatly, of course). This idea makes me want to hunt them down. Posted: 12:02 pm on June 15th
CottageElements writes: Susie-Q, this piece definitely has your amazing design style and vision written all over it. You really could have your own line of furnishings (made from vintage pieces of course). I could be your first order :-) The hinge accents add just the right touch to the piece. Love!

Lani Posted: 8:57 pm on June 14th
JunkArchitect writes: It's a totally different look for a window box...I like it. The hinges really add a nice little accent.

Jim
Posted: 7:15 am on June 14th
suewhitney writes: I did have a master craftsman help me with it....you! Thanks Larry! How's the sale coming along? I'll be there with bells on my toes!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 2:13 pm on June 13th
CountryJunkSale writes: What a great piece of workmanship! it almost looks like you had a master carpenter help you with it. Posted: 11:34 am on June 13th
PKstyle writes: So nice! I really like the addition of the hinges. They add the perfect touch. All of the elements work great together. Posted: 9:27 am on June 13th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: SUE,
You have the neatest things.I can't even imagine what your house look's like with all the plants and flowers.That box is adorable with the plants and all.I do alot with ROSE MOSS.Just love them with all the colors.Have a nice Day.ROBERT. Posted: 8:36 am on June 13th
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