#DIYDARE: How to Build a PVC Planter with a Cast-Iron Look

Posted by in Home Improvement Tips, on March 26, 2016

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A cast-iron planter isn't easy to move, and a vintage-looking one can set you back hundreds. We built one out of lightweight cellular PVC and mimicked the details with cemented-on appliqués and a few coats of spray paint. (See below for a shopping list, tools, and steps.)

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Shopping List for for How to Build a PVC Planter with a Cast-Iron Look:
– 1×8 cellular PVC boards
– PVC cement"
– appliqués
– contact cement
– handles
– base molding
– crown molding
– spray paints

Tools for How to Build a PVC Planter with a Cast-Iron Look:
– tape measure
– pencil
– miter saw
– 8-gauge nailer and nails
– combination square
– drill/driver and drill bits

Steps for How to Build a PVC Planter with a Cast-Iron Look:
1. Build the Box.
2. Add the Appliqués.
3. Drill Holes for the Handles.
4. Miter the Molding.
5. Spray on the Finish.

Could you do better? It's your turn to make use of any scraps you've got lying around, supplemented, of course, by one or three trips to the home center, to build a project of your own. We're calling it the #DIYDARE. Check out this project and get inspired, then snap a photo and send it along to us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. (HASH)Tag, you're it.

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