Spring Decorating Ideas

Add a Recessed Planter to an Outdoor Table

Create a spring display of greenery by integrating a planter into a wooden outdoor table.

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Materials Needed:

  • wooden outdoor table
  • damp cloth
  • exterior latex paint or water-based stain
  • stain pad
  • paint roller sleeve
  • paint roller handle
  • paint pan
  • drop cloth
  • angled paint brush
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • jigsaw
  • palm sander
  • sanding pads
  • plastic or metal planter box with an overhanging lip
  • planting soil
  • plants or flowers

Choose Table

Pick a table that fits your space. Coffee tables, end tables and dining tables will work. The table needs to be long and wide enough to leave at least one foot of table surface around the planter.

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Choose Planter

Select a planter box with an overhanging lip around the top that will fit into the table's center. Square, rectangular, ovular and round planters all work well, but it's best to choose a planter with a similar shape to the table.

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Trace Planter to Table

Place the planter in the center of the table. Use a pencil to trace the bottom of the planter on the surface of the table.

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