Project Fail – Outdoor Planter

We all know life isn’t one glorious project after the next with beautiful mudrooms and fish-mouth selfies. In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m sharing my fails with you just as proudly as I share my successes. So here’s what not to do:

As much as I love to just throw something together, it doesn’t always work out. Imagine that! A few months ago I was on a re-use kick. I felt like someone marketing a going out of business sale, but instead of shouting “everything must go!” it was “everything must be repurposed!” Let me tell you how that went.

What used to be shelves in the garden shed (before the hot water heater was relocated there) became an outdoor planter. In about 15 minutes. You can see where this is going, right?

Here’s the breakdown:

What was once this…
…quickly became this
I filled it with dirt…
…and waited for Spring

But this happened [insert frowny face]
Apparently the weight of the dirt, probably more so when it was raining, was too much for the nails driven straight into the ends. I think all this needs are some brackets on the corners and I’ll be good, right? Well, that and some gorgeous plants. Plants that are hearty and can hold up to my brown thumb. At least that’s the plan. Stay tuned!