Sunday, July 22, 2012

Window Planter Box makes it a trio

We've had some amazingly strange weather for the last couple of weeks. We had 10 straight days of rain each day but finally we had a break and I was able to take a few outdoor photos to share with everyone before a huge storm hit late yesterday.

Here's the third item that we built to go along with the newly painted bench and the old window that I redid. My husband built a planter box to go under the window and I painted it the same yellow and white combo that I did the bench. Here are all three pieces sitting on the deck to our school house.
Scroll down father to see it with different seating.

old painted window planter box bench
A close up of the window box planter
I planted some Blue Daze Evolvulus.
old window frame, planter box

My husband built the planter box to match the length of the window plus added two inches to either side of the box planter to even it all out.
 Then I primed the box, lightly sanded then painted.
After seeing the bench, window and planter combo, I wasn't so sure that I really liked the bench on the deck. I think that the white of the bench blends in with the white of the siding too much. What do you think?? 
Here it is again
painter window frame planter box

I decided to move the bench and add two of our Adirondack chairs instead. I'm liking this much better. The yellow on the box planter is the same as the chair and also the blue color of the window frame and the other chair match.
adirondack chairs, old window painted 

I'm thinking, if we leave the two chairs that the planter and window need to drop down about 3-4", when we put them the height they are now we were doing so due to the height of the bench. Now I think they're too high on the wall and make the chairs look squatty. (is that a word? um..I think so for this situation)

Really, give me your honest opinions as to which option you would go with.
Please don't say just paint the school house a different color, I've already got so many projects in the works. (big grin). We all know how that is, don't we?

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  1. Love the colors on these chairs.. so cheerful... The planter box and bench is awesome.. The whole trio is spectacular... Hugs, Cindy

  2. Love the window! Love the window box! Love the bench! But, my vote is for the chairs. I think the lines on the window box compete with the great design on the back of the bench. As for the height, I think it looks good. Would your guests hit their heads on the window box if it were lower? Great transformation!

  3. So cute and cheerful. I have to agree with you, I love it with the Adirondack chairs!! Looks perfect!

  4. Loved the Bench... but THEN I SAW THE CHAIRS!!! YES It's the Chairs!! And honestly I think they look great where they are.. it didn't look off at all to me! Oh My Gosh, OK- You, Your Chocolate Pie, Me, My Peach Pie and Your New Porch! PERFECT!!!!!!

  5. I have to admit I like both. The chairs really bring out the colors through your window and the bench works great with your planter. You can't go wrong either way! Visiting from Debbiedoos's and I'm now a follower.

  6. love the planter box and the bench... so bright and cheery!


  7. So nice to meet you Jana!
    I'm a new follower.
    Love those bright colors! I have the same 2 adirondack chairs in those colors

  8. I love the bench, but the chairs are awesome too!!! Thanks for sharing this awesome patio!!!
    Denise@ Buttons and WHimsy

  9. Such a pretty planter! Love your chairs and the bench too.

  10. I liked the bench there. Well, I was just in awe of the bench in general. The chairs look good too though. Just make sure the box doesn't come down so far people hit their heads on it. :0

    You and your husband make a good team! It all looks great.

    1. Thanks! I've decided not to move the window and box down any after I had a comment last night on my blog about the same thing, I went outside with my flashlight in hand and looked at the height again. I'm short so moving it down wouldn't be a problem for me but other people, namely my husband would hit his head, that is unless I moved the chairs out to the sides a little more.

  11. I actually like the bench combination exactly like it is. All the fun bright colors work perfectly together without being too busy. The size of the bench provides a good anchor to the whole setting.
    Mary Alice

  12. love it very stylish and cute come see what we shared at

  13. love it and it very stylish and pretty. I like the vignette just as it is. As the flowers growth they will fill in and more blue, what better color with yellow than blue. Very creative and so very pretty! So glad you shared your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best!

  14. Oooh! That looks lovely all together. The perfect place to sit and relax with a glass of pink lemonade. I like the set up with the chairs but of course, they both look great. So glad you linked up at Etcetorize this week~

  15. I absolutely love the colors. So bright and cheery. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  16. I am so in love with your whole color
    scheme.. really! The planter is perfect

  17. Jana,
    This window box planter is so cute! I love how you painted the window panes. So lovely! :D

  18. Found you via Blog Stalking Thursday. I just love it! Fun colors in the windows and on the benches and the planter looks great. What a great place to spend a summer day!

  19. Love the way all the colors work together- I definitely vote for the chairs in this spot. The bench is very pretty, I'm sure you'll find the perfect spot for it. :)

  20. Just gorgeous! Love that yellow!
    Would love if you stopped by my party to link this up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  21. I haven't been a fan of the bright colors that are popping up everywhere lately but I love yours!!!! The colors are bright but soft. Does that make sense? And I don't think you can go wrong with the sofa or chairs...both ways looks fabulous! Happy Thursday and thank you so much for visiting The Vintage Nest.

  22. oh my gosh, what fun pops of color! love that space.

  23. First of all I love the window box. I am pinning this because homemade window boxes are in my future. Well maybe next summer. I would keep the Adirondack chairs they add a fun color and feel to the area. Very Cute!

  24. This window scene just makes me happy. The colors are so much fun. I love the planter, the chairs and the bright colors in the window. Great eye for design! Jodi @

  25. Just beautiful - fantastic job!
    Your newest follower - would love to have you drop by
    and follow back:)

  26. Love it all, Jana! The colors are wonderful! Thank you for sharing to Potppourri Friday!

  27. This is lovely!! I am hosting a Giveaway where you can win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you drop by My Dream Canvas :)

  28. How lovely, so summery sweet!

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog (GFC).

    The Quiet Mom blogging @ Spaghetti with Meatballs Recipe

  29. I love the window box! Did your husband follow a plan to make them, or come up with it on his own? Great job!

    1. Thanks for your compliments. I couldn't respond to your email (no-reply blogger) so thought I would leave the answer here.
      No my husband didn't use a plan. He measured the width of the window added a couple of inches to either side, we knew how deep I wanted the box planted to be and went from there. He's a handy kind of guy~he builds things all the time. Thanks again and have a great weekend.

  30. It's party time over at Debt Free Mommy's blog! You are invited to join the party by linking up anything related to making your space a better place for you and your loved ones. Please join us at Making Space Mondays at Link up starting at 9:00 (central time) tonight. Hope to see you there! -Tabitha

  31. You did a great job on both scenes. Isn't some one going to hit their head on the planter box
    with the bench in place?

    1. No problem with bumping heads, I left the Adirondack chairs there and moved the bench elsewhere. If I'd left the bench there, I could have just moved it out a little from the planter box. No worries. Thanks for your comment.

  32. Love the two chairs better, I think instead of lowering the window box, I would rather a cute table put between the chairs with a garden like ornament, say a bunny rabbit or frog, so that your eye goes from down to up and follows everything. Also the plus would be to able to pop a nice cool glass of ice tea down on the table, while you are relaxing in your new space! :-) - Miriam

    1. Miriam,
      Love the idea of a nice cool glass of iced tea right now, been pulling weeds in the heat this morning.
      Since I've taken the photo, I've since added a little round metal table to the space between the chairs just for sitting that tea on. Now, I should find an object that won't fade in the sun to put on the table.
      Thanks for your compliment.

  33. Jana,

    I liked the bench until I saw the pair of chairs. Much better option. You spoke of lowering the window & planter box, but if you do that then anyone sitting in the chairs can't see each other without sitting up. So leave it alone. It looks great just the way it is. Good job.
    Barb L

    1. Thanks Barb,

      After several people mentioned the height and not changing it, I went and looked at the trio again and decided to leave it just as it is. I think what was throwing me off at first was seeing that the bench was right dab under the planter and then when I put the chairs there, it seemed too high.

      Thanks again for stopping by and have a fabulous day.

  34. How bright and cheerful! I love it with the bench or the chairs - either way is fabulous! If you don't want to lower the window to make the chairs appear less squatty (definitely a word in my opinion!), maybe you could hang something small under the window (like a mirror framed in either of those fab colors?

    I am definitely curious about your schoolhouse now! I must see it - so I'm off to search thru your past posts for more pics!

    So glad you joined our Color party - I'm pinning this for future inspiration!

  35. yep, i'm with you! the adirondack chairs and drop down the window&planter a few inches. not too many though or it won't look like a real window, which it does/did to me!

  36. Love the chairs because it looks less crowded. I would let some vines hang over the flower box and then I think the window is fine where it is. I like the colors very much.

    1. Thanks~hopefully my Blue Daze that I have planted in the box will start to hang down soon. I'm really looking forward to that. Thanks for stopping by.

  37. Hey Jana, Thanks for linking up this project too! Looks great. I am currently IN LOVE with yellow and aqua! :) Remember to like us on facebook for contest updates and winners!

  38. LOVE this! Hope you can link them up at my trendy tuesday party going on right now!!

  39. I love that you mismatched the chairs! You've created the perfect little area!! Thank you so much for linking up to our party! :)

  40. Hi-just wanted you to know I featured your amazing trio on my blog today-Have a lovely weekend!!

  41. What a great colorful space to enjoy the outdoors (now that the rain has subsided) ...

    Thank you so much for sharing at our Crazy for Color link party!



  42. Hi, Jana! Thank you for linking your beautiful project up to my monthly linky party! I am featuring it in my post today.


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