My mom recently gave me this (somewhat cute), faux stone fountain that she no longer wanted, for my patio. I figured what the heck, it would be nice to hear the trickle of running water as I sit outside in the morning sipping my coffee. As soon as I got home I eagerly plugged the little beauty in and sat back to enjoy the scenery.
Unfortunately, it just kind of sat there looking awkward. You couldn’t help but stare at it but not in a good way. More like when you are distracted by a piece of spinach stuck in someone’s teeth kind of way. I immediately started a plan on how to spruce it up a little so it had more appeal.
I knew I wanted to pull off a tropical look, but I don’t have a backyard that I could put the fountain in. I know what your thinking, “Well then what is all that grass we see there in the photo?”. Common area, we don’t own it, we just get to mow it. That’s the beauty of living in a gated community. So back to the drawing board! I decided the best way to display my fountain was to build my own contained tropical area for the fountain by making a planter box.
I decided to make a wooden box that would fit in between one of the panels of my patio screen, so I took some measurements and made up a rough draft of what shape I wanted, then headed off to my happy place, Home Depot. I decided to use 8 foot pressure treated landscape timber since they were only $1.87 each and I only needed 3 1/2 of them.
When I got home I had my handsome lumber jack men make my wood cuts based on my design. Aren’t they cute??
Once we had all the timbers cut, I used metal brackets to hold the inside corners together, then hammered a few flat and used those to hold the top and bottom together as well.
I didn’t bother to sand the wood much except for obvious snags since I wanted it to look pretty rustic. I stained the wood with 2 coats of Rust-oleum Dark Walnut stain.
I also needed a plastic liner to put inside the bed and decided to look at pond liner. Whew! That stuff is expensive. I decided to wait on it until I came up with a better plan, but as fate would have it, as I was leaving, the store placed large plastic bags in a cart for people to use to protect their trunks from dirt. Well, don’t mind if I do, thank you. Liner problem solved. Heavy duty trash bags will work just as well depending on the size of the box.
It was really long, so I folded it over a few times and placed it in my planter box as shown.
I tucked the edges of the plastic under and used a staple gun to attach it to all the sides of the box.
The planter box was then moved to it’s planned location. I put two paver stones in the box where I wanted my fountain to sit, then put the fountain on top, before filling the box with soil.
Now comes the fun part, filling it with plants. I chose a variety of succulents and other hearty, tropical plants that would be hard for me to kill, like I usually do. I also added a few fun touches like moss on the faux stones, a solar light and a couple little gnome friends for the grandbabies to explore. Baby Kenzie even got down and dirty and helped me. Well actually, she did most of the work.
The box itself with wood and brackets cost me about $20.00 and about another $30 for plants. So now my morning coffee sipping view is just delightful!