Sabado, Hulyo 9, 2016

How to Make a Tall Concrete Planter

We are welcoming another amazing and talented DIYer to our contributor team today! You are going to LOVE Elisha and her awesome projects, so give her a warm Remodelaholic welcome and be sure to go check out all her projects at Pneumatic Addict!Rather than spending big bucks on a premade tall concrete planter, build this one this weekend and save some cash while creating just the size you need. Dyed concrete gives the planter a beautiful custom look!


Hi everyone! My name is Elisha and I blog at I'm a life long DIYer and power tool addict. My blog features in-depth tutorials on topics like furniture building, home decor and home improvement.

Rather than spending big bucks on a premade tall concrete planter, build this one this weekend and save some cash while creating just the size you need. Dyed concrete gives the planter a beautiful custom look!


We moved into our new house about nine months ago and its the first time we've had a landscaped backyard. I'm loving it! We are spending so much time outside, I feel inspired to spruce up our space.  I started by building a Rolling Outdoor Island, and hanging a DIY Solar Powered Chandelier. Recently, I made a tall concrete planter and I'm here to show you how. Scroll down for free building plans.

How to Build a Tall Concrete Planter

by Elisha of Pneumatic Addict





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Materials List:

  • (1) 4′ x 8′ x 3/4″ sheet melamine

  • (1) 23-3/4″ x 96″ melamine shelving

  • (1) 2 x 4 x 96″

  • (1) 3/4″ PVC pipe

  • (8) 50 lb bag of quick setting concrete mix

  • (4) 1 lb concrete pigment

  • masonry trowell

  • plastic drop cloth

  • duct tape

  • silicone caulk

  • 2″ wood screws

  • 2-1/2″ wood screws

  • 1/8″ drill bit

  • power drill

  • circular saw

  • shovel

  • wheelbarrow or large sturdy container


Cut List:

  • (2) melamine sheet @ 23-3/4″ x 32″

  • (2) melamine sheet @ 21-1/4″ x 32″

  • (1) melamine sheet @ 23-3/4″ x 30-1/4″

  • (2) melamine sheet @ 16-3/4″ x 30″

  • (2) melamine sheet @ 18-1/4″ x 30″

  • (1) melamine sheet @ 16-3/4″ x 16-3/4″

  • (2) 2 x 4 @ approximately 39-1/2″

  • (1) 2 x 4 @ 16-3/4″


1. The first step was to construct the outer box of the form. I attached the wider panels to the outside edges of the smaller panels, and secured them in place with 2″ wood screws. To avoid blowout, I made sure to pre-drill with a 1/8″ drill bit before driving the screws.






2. Next, I attached a 23-3/4″ x 30-1/4″ panel to the bottom side of the box.







3. Despite having a black thumb, I remembered to include drains in the bottom of my planter. I cut two, 2″ lengths of PVC and glued them to the inside of the bottom panel.





4. I decided to give my planter a little decorative detail. I cut and mitered some screen moulding, and attached it around the inside perimeter of the form. You could use almost any kind of moulding, but make sure its either solid wood or plastic. MDF will dissolve while sitting in the wet concrete and be almost impossible to remove.





5. Next, I put the inner box together. Unlike the outer box, I drilled 3/4″ pocket holes along the long sides of the 16 3/4″ x 30″ panels. I then joined them together with the 18-1/4″ x 30″ panels.





6. I cut a 16-3/4″ x 16-3/4″ panel and drilled pocket holes around the perimeter. I aligned the panel flush with the bottom of the box and secured it in place with 1-1/4″ screws.



 7. I cut a 16-1/4″ length of 2 x 4 and drilled two pocket holes on each end. I then attached it between the two shorter panels of the inner box, using 2″ screws.





 8. To make the forms water-tight, I sealed every seam on both boxes with silicone caulk.




Next, I used duct tape to cover any of the raw edges of the melamine.




9. I cut the remaining 2 x 4 in half to use as support rails. I spaced them evenly across the top of the inner box and secured them in place with 2-1/2″ screws.





10. Time to pour the concrete. I'll give this advice: when working with dyed concrete, make sure to lay down a thick plastic drop cloth. It will stain everything it comes in contact with. I also highly recommend setting up your form close to where your planter will permanently sit. The finished piece will weigh around 400 lbs, so you don't want to be moving it further than you have to.


I placed the outer box on a flat, level surface, and started to pour. I poured the concrete two inches thick, just to the top of the drains. I took a quick minute to tamp the concrete and knock out air bubbles.




 11. Immediately I placed the inner box inside the outer box and made sure I had a 2″ clearance on all sides. I drove two screws through each support rail, into the outer box, securing the form in place.





Then, I kept shoveling the concrete till I reached the top of the form, tamping and knocking out air bubbles as I went.





When the concrete is firm enough to hold a thumbprint, I used a steel masonry trowel to smooth the top.





At this point I cleaned up and anxiously waited for paint concrete to dry. The mix I used recommended at least 18 hrs, but I would wait longer if you can.

Removing the form and moving the planter with just two people was definitely challenging. I think it would be a great idea to rent a furniture dolly and invite a few buddies over. Once you have your new concrete planter in place, you can plant just about anything you'd like. It's even large enough to house a small tree.



The inexpensive screen moulding was simple to install and I'm thrilled with the clean design they left.




Now I really wish I had a huge front porch. A pair of tall, decorative planters would look amazing sitting by my front door. What do you think? Are you ready to get your hands dirty and make your own






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Biyernes, Hulyo 8, 2016

Slow but Sure Progress in the Living Room

The Inspired Room - Living RoomGreetings! As I mentioned recently, we had several interior rooms painted over the last couple of weeks. I had been wanting to have the walls painted since we moved in, so I couldn't be happier to finally have everything freshened up! In case you missed it, you can see what the walls looked like before here. The fresh coat […]

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Friday Favorites: Scalloped Centerpiece and an Outdoor Bench

It's Friday! That means it is time to share some of our FAVORITES. Some great ones from our link party, the Turning the Tables DIY link pary and more.

Before we get to the favorites (sorry we are a little late), take a second to enter to win one of TEN rugs here.

Don't forget to link up below!!!

Friday Favorites Scalloped Centerpiece and an Outdoor Bench on

Favorite Console Table: I am always a sucker for an IKEA hack and this console table turns out beautiful. Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body added some fun touches.

ikea-lack-hack-table-designer trapped in a lawyers body

Favorite way to create shade: Umbrellas are a perfect way to add shaded seating to a patio or yard. Don't do it in a boring color. Paint an umbrella like The Heathered Nest did for a dramatic effect!

Favorite Organizing Idea: A craft, sewing or DIY space usually has a table and needs some organization. Combine the two with this awesome solution from deJong Dream House.

Organized Craft Table DeJong Dream House

Favorite Centerpiece: I love the scallops on this centerpiece. Add in flowers to match a holiday or event. It is simply beautiful by HerToolBelt.

scallop-mason-jar-centerpiece-pint Her Tool Belt

Favorite Kid Bedroom: So many things to love about this space. From the shelves to the lamps to the shiplap, it is adorable!

Favorite Outdoor Seating: Not only does this bench look AMAZING, it is an easy build made from 2×4's. Build your own with plans by The Creative Mom.

Garden-Bench The Creative Mom

Favorite Floral Print Project: Florals can add a whole lot of fun colors to your home. I love how Pillar Box Blue wallpapered her stair risers.

Bold Wallpaper stairs pillar box blue

Favorite Farmhouse Table: The base on this table is gorgeous and I like a round table top. DIY Swank shows how to achieve this look.

DIY-Round-Farmhouse-table DIY Swank

Alright - your turn! Link up below with your favorite projects!

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The Wheres & Whys of Built-In Furniture

If you're building a house, remodeling your existing house, or refurnishing, you may be considering built-in furniture. Naturally, you'll have a lot of questions: why […]

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Huwebes, Hulyo 7, 2016


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10 Rugs Giveaway! Plus 30+ Beautiful Affordable Area Rugs

If you've been a Remodelaholic very long, you know that we are big fans of great area rugs - especially colorful and interesting rugs! So we were excited when the folks from Maples Rugs contacted us (after seeing one of their rugs in Kristin's office makeover that we featured here) about working together to show off some of the pretty and affordable rugs they manufacture - which are all made right here in the USA! You can see all of Maples Rugs great selection on their website, plus we picked out some of our favorite to share with you, PLUS the folks at Maples are so very generously giving away TEN that is right, TEN of the rugs they make to some very lucky winners. Be sure to read to the end of the post to see all the amazing rug options!  And don't forget to pin the roundups for future reference.

Maples Rugs Cabana Stripe 5x7 River Birch

Maples Rugs has so very generously agreed to giveaway TEN rugs to 10 lucky winners. 

Winners will have their choice of one 5'x7′ rug in the available colors in one of 4 rug patterns - so you'll have 15 different rugs to choose from when you win!

Choose from Exeter, in elephant gray, ash brown, overcast blue, or dark aqua

Hadley, in dark aqua, elephant gray, ash brown, or overcast blue

Cabana Stripe in navy, radiant gray, river birch, or zenith teal

or Trellis in cream, greystone, or overcast blue

  Maples Rugs Exeter Elephant Gray 5x7

Enter using the widget below. The 10 lucky winners will be randomly chosen after the giveaway ends on Monday, July 18th, 2016 at 12:00 pm MST and contacted via email for their choice of rug, which Maples will ship directly to them. Winners must respond within 24 hours or new winners will be selected. Open to continental US, void where prohibited by law, must be 18 years old or older to enter.

Enter the giveaway below!

Maples Rug Giveaway


This giveaway is sponsored by Maples Rugs, but the pretty rug selections are all our own choosing! This post also contains affiliate links; learn more and read our full disclosure policy hereFloral Area Rugs under $150 via

Affordable Floral Rugs Under $150

Belvedere Beige Area Rug  // buy it here
Medallion Area Rug  // buy it here
Stitched Floral Blue Runner  // buy it here
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Sorbet Floral Area Rug // buy it here
Exploded Floral Area Rug  // buy it here
Suzani Tan Area Rug  // buy it here
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Trellis Sand Rug available in 5 colors  // buy it here
Rowan Gray Runner  // buy it here
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Geo Waves Area Rug   // buy it here
Stripe Area Rug available in 3 colors   // buy it here
Savannah Area Rug   // buy it here
Circle Block Aqua Rug   //  buy it here
Hadley Area Rug available in 4 colors   // buy it here
Zebra Shag Rug   // buy it here


Aren't those rugs awesome? Now you can redecorate without giving up your entire budget for a new rug! 


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9 Ways to Decorate Above a Bed

Blue and White Bedroom DesignHouse Beautiful Hang a single painting Country Living Hang a large basket Lonny Hang a statement mirror Design Sponge Hang art on a shelf/ledge House Beautiful Use small frames to create a gallery wall grid The Painted Hive Hang large art in place of a headboard Jen Kay Home Tour via The Everygirl Add something […]

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