Faux Floral Window Box

August 18, 2018


Stenciled Floral Board As Faux Window Box

This summer in between walks on the beach and dips in the pool I have been crafting...nothing big, just doing things that make me smile and feed my soul.

Last week, while I was sharing all the details about my new teeth and my summer of yes, some of you noticed a floral board and asked about it. What was I making? Where would it go? What would it be? 

Obviously the suspense was just too much to bear ~ ok, well not really, but a reveal is alway better with a little drama right? 

Well, no drama here today folks. The boring truth of the matter is I was making...a floral board. 

Yup. That was the whole project. A board with flowers on it. Ta Da!

I guess now it's time for the why and for that we have to go all the way back to one of my very first posts. July 2013. I shared my yard and this sweet little pool cabana

Pool Cabana

It's very pretty and a great place to change, store towels and the like. It has cute curtains and signs on the inside, but the outside has always been kind of bland. I used to have a wreath on the door, but with tons of teenagers going in and out all day long it took a beating. 

I asked my husband to put up a flower box, but since he built this baby from scratch, from his own design and with his own two hands, he's a bit overprotective. 

No...it's going to rot the wood from repeated waterings...and besides the flowers will never grow well. Everything in the pots always die. 


So after years and years of looking at a boring facade, I decided to make myself a faux window box of sorts. Of course, I decided to do this on July 4th. At like 3pm when we were supposed to be at a barbecue at 4pm. 

Yeah, I'm that kind of crafter. 

It's not the faux window box of my dreams, after all it's just a painted board. But considering I had to use only what I had on hand, which was not much, I think it turned out pretty well.

We ~ very luckily ~  had some plastic wood boards laying around in just the right size. Amazing. They wouldn't rot and I didn't need to cut anything.

Plastic Wood Boards

Next, I dug out a stencil and some paint from my craft closet.

How To Stencil A Board

I taped it onto the board and began painting using a round foam stomper. It's my favorite stenciling tool. I mapped out my colors and applied the paint sparingly so it wouldn't run. It kind of did anyway, but since gardens are messy and flowers aren't perfect, I was ok with that.

Floral Stencil

When the paint dried, I moved the stencil down the board, lining the leaves up and repeating the same colors. I had to do this about four times to complete the board. 

Stenciling A Board

I was in a rush and like I said, I'm not the neatest painter, but all in all, I was happy with the way it turned out. As the clock ticked on, my husband grabbed two screws and secured it under the window. 

Painted Floral Board

It definitely added some much needed color, but once up I felt it was missing something. I went back to the craft closet where I dug out a dollar bin WELCOME sign. I gave it a quick coat of black paint and added it to the board. 

Much better. A colorful addition and flowers even I can't kill. Perfect. 

Floral Welcome Stenciled Sign

Of course, by now it was almost party time and I was still in my bathing suit, so a complete "after" picture with all the visual bells and whistles was going to have to wait. 

I'll do it tomorrow, I thought. 

Yeah, like I said, that was on the 4th of July. 

Suffice it to say that at this point, I'm not sure it's ever going to happen, so I'm sharing what I've got. 

Without the big dramatic reveal. 

That would never fly on HGTV, but I'm just fine with it. 

I'm much too busy enjoying the flowers. 

😉

Before you go, I would like to say thank you to the very kind person or persons who nominated me for my fourth Amara Interior Blog Award for Best Craft Blog!! Wow, I was honestly floored when I received the email. It's always an honor to be recognized and I am so grateful.

Pop over if you'd like to vote or check out all the other fabulously talented nominees ~ and there are many categories, from around the globe. 


Amara Awards


36 comments:

  1. Love your “flower box” and that you did it so quickly. Hey, when inspiration hits, you’ve got to go with it.
    Good luck - I voted.

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    1. Thanks so much! It really is a fun and colorful bright spot...and thanks for the vote. It's always exciting to be recognized. ☺️

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  2. Perfect kind of flower box. It looks pretty sweet on that cute cute cabana. Good luck I am going over to vote. Have a great day.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris! That poor cabana has been neglected for so long...it could be the most adorable little cottage, but it's opened the same day the pool is opened and off limits once the pool is closed. And when the pool is open, I want to be in it instead of decorating around it!! Hahaha! And thanks for the vote. It's very humbling to be nominated...Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Penny! Flowers even I can keep alive…fabulous! 😉

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  4. Congratulations on the nomination! Clever flower box :-)

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    1. Thanks AnnMarie! It's a much better view now and it's always fun to be nominated.

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  5. Oh this is perfect!! I have several pieces of hardy board siding left from a project, and several windows in front of the house that could use some help! Because, you must know, I cannot grow anything, either! I have the stencil sponge. I have tons of paint. I wonder... Do I have a stencil I would like to use? Time to go looking around the craft supply jun...stuff. You are always, always, ALWAYS a great inspiration for quick and easy projects! Thank you!

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    1. Nancy, thank you so much! I have so much stuff packed into my craft closet, I often forget what's in there. It's only when I get stuck in these craft crazed moments that I tend to dig in and poke around. I bet you have a pretty stencil floating around somewhere. Happy painting!

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  6. Perfect compromise & it adds that cheerful color you wanted. Looks great!

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  7. I just voted for you cause you're such fun. and you're really clever and artistic.
    that all aside...
    from a minimalist's point of view... I loved the little cabana just like it was! clean simple and cute!
    but I got a kick out of your post. it made me smile. as it always does. (unless your splendid writing touches my heart and then tears come to my eyes.) you do have that gift. for writing I mean.
    now back in the pool girl! enjoy your weekend! I know how you love the summer! XOXO

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    1. Tammy!! So many nice words...you just made my day!! 💕

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  8. Great crafty project! I haven't stenciled in such a long time, but remember how much I enjoyed it, so maybe it's time to get out the tools again! This would look so pretty on an outdoor bench, or plant holder too. My mind is inspired now! (Over I go to vote for YOU!)

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    1. I really love the results that I *can* get with stenciling, Kathy, but I’m not always that good at it. I tend to be impatient and a bit sloppy, but when it all works, there’s nothing better! And thanks for the vote!

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  9. What a sweet project! Gives it a pop of color with no fuss or upkeep!

    Good luck with the awards!

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    1. Thanks so much, Deanna...and yes, no upkeep is the best part!

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  10. Now those are some perfect flowers! That's what we need here with our heat...flowers that don't need watering. Genius! I do the same thing and always think up a "quick" project right before we're due somewhere. But since we're long lost sisters, that shouldn't come as a surprise. ;) You're much better at stenciling than me though. I'm okay at it, until I have to move the stencil to start again. Then it all goes south. Lol!

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    1. Haha…yes, moving the stencil is my nemesis as well. That's why I prefer to use stickers and decals whenever I make signs like this…unfortunately, I didn’t have one on hand late in the afternoon on July 4th. And as you already know, I couldn’t wait to go find one! 🤣

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  11. Such an adorable project and a super sweet addition to your shed! Jane

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    1. Thanks so much, Jane! It's improved my view considerably.

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  12. Perfect . . .
    You are clever indeed . . . and in a time crunch too . . .
    The WELCOME sign was a great finishing touch . . .
    May these flowers live on . . .

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    1. Thanks Lynne! And, I am the queen of crunch time crafting! When I started blogging the kids were in middle school and I was very involved in PTA and their after school activities. I was never home for more than twenty minutes at a time, so my creativity was always on the clock. Good training...not very relaxing though. 😉

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  13. How cute!!! Maybe this is what I need since my (real) flowers never seem to do so well!!! Congrats on your award:)

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    1. Thanks Cheri…and yes! No matter how many times I forget to water these blooms, they never wilt! ☺️ Thanks for the visit!

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  14. You amaze me Kim! It is a very pretty "flower box" you have now. You must be very energetic! Have a peaceful weekend.

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    1. Thanks Angela! Some days I'm very energetic, other days not so much...that was an energetic day for sure!

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  15. Hello,
    I like it. :-) Congratulations on your award.
    Carla

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  16. Your welcome sign that you made looks so pretty under the window Kim. Great job and no flowers to die, this is the perfect solution.

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    1. Thanks Julie! It worked well for me and my lack of woodworking skills!

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  17. Yet another adorable project, your mind works in very mysterious ways my friend!! Congrats on your nomination, I voted!! :)

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    1. Thanks Debbie! Since I'm no good with a hammer and nails, I went with a stencil!

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  18. Love this cute little window box. What a great idea! Congrats on your nomination. Three years in a row...awesome!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kristi! I am very honored!

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