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DIY Porch Planters Under $25

The thing is, you can see right into my living room from the front door. And at night, anyone in the street or on the sidewalk has a clear view of what is happening. Blinds for those small windows were a fortune, and curtains there aren’t really my thing. Then I realized that a tall planter would block everyone’s view from the sidewalk, but I could still let natural light it and see out if needed.
NOTE: I DO NOT want full privacy. I want to see out, and seeing in from the porch is fine. I just don’t want people looking in from 40 feet away. Since the porch is elevated, I only needed to block the bottom few feet to accomplish this.
I found this planter on Pinterest and decided it was perfect for my space. http://www.remodelaholic.com/vive-la-france-tall-wooden-planter/

I went to Lowe’s with a basic plan. I knew I wanted 1×2 furring strips for the inside posts. At only $1 for 8 feet, how could I not? Then I remembered the rolling shoe storage I made for my mudroom (http://www.targetandtory.com/diy-laundry-room-makeover/). I used tongue and groove planks there, and decided this is practically the same and bought some more.

I purchased a planter from Lowe’s and then started winging it. I cut the furring strips to 35″ with my miter saw. I then placed them on the sides of the planter to get an idea at how long I needed to cut my planks. I ended up needing 12.5″ on 2 sides (I made sure there was enough overhang so the side pieces would fit up against it) and 10.25″ on the other 2. I attached all of the planks with my Ryobi Nail Gun.

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