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Repurposed Shelf Herb Garden Box {Summer Celebration}

Remember that time we sang into our hairbrushes and acted out the part of Sandra Dee to Summer Lovin’?

Oh, wait…was that just me? I confess, that was really yesterday while dancing in my kitchen.

This sunny weather has me completely giddy, and I hope you’re feeling extra sunshine-y lately too. My latest little repurposing project has me doing extra pirouettes. (Olivia joins in too.)

Repurposed Shelf Herb Garden Box | Bless'er House - So cute and easy and looks vintage!  Might even be able to do this with an old CD shelf. Hmm...

If you haven’t been reading this blog for very long, you should know that I have a wild imagination. Sometimes I bite off more than I can chew in the DIY department because of it. And sometimes it comes in handy when I’m figuring out ways to repurpose items ready for the trash heap.

My mom gave me this old, dusty wall shelf that had been hanging in my parents’ powder room until recently and said, “Here. Do something cool with it.” She’s my bestie, that mommy of mine.

Repurposed Shelf Box Herb Garden (2 of 30)

I’d been wanting to make a reclaimed trough centerpiece for months to go in our breakfast area, so this little guy was destined for it. The best part- the carpentry was already done for me! Yay!

If you wanted to make one for yourself, it would be very easy to do.

Repurposed Shelf Box Herb Garden (3 of 30)

Instead of making a centerpiece of flowers though, I wanted to make it a bit more functional as an herb garden. And to change out my plants as I needed, I opted to leave the bottom open to hold pots instead.

Repurposed Shelf Herb Garden Box:ย (Affiliate links noted below by asteriks.)

If you don’t already have a shelf like this, here’s what you need-

  • 1×4 cut into two long pieces and 4 shorter, connecting pieces (whatever size you want)
  • Brad nails

 

I removed most of the dark stain with my mouse sander first to give it a weathered wood crate effect.

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Since this was a shelf, I removed the sawtooth hanger on the back with a hammer too.

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I could have just sanded it, sealed it, and called it a day, but I wanted to give my herb crate some character.

This method is so easy and you can use it on so many things. I’ve used it on wooden signs before.

I typed my crate wording (herboriste) into a blank design on Picmonkey and saved as a JPEG. Before printing, I flipped my word horizontally in the print setup to mirror it like a stamp.

On a Mac, open your image, click “Tools” in the upper toolbar, then “Flip Horizontally”.

PCs can flip images in the print setup.

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I cut out my flipped word leaving enough room to tape to the side of the box so that the printed side was face down.

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To transfer the ink on the paper to the wood, I dipped a craft brush into some water and swiped it on the letters, just enough to wet the paper not soak it. I did this and the next step one letter at a time.

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Using the cap of a Sharpie, I rubbed the wet letters just enough so the paper wouldn’t rip.

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Once I peeled up the paper, I had a faint stamping effect.

Repurposed Shelf Box Herb Garden (10 of 30)

The stamp was still too faint for me, so I outlined and filled inย the letters with my Sharpie.

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Repurposed Shelf Box Herb Garden (12 of 30)

I gave the ink a minute to dry and distressed the letters with a piece of coarse sandpaper.

Repurposed Shelf Box Herb Garden (13 of 30)

I wanted to make sure the wood was protected so I could water my herbs and gave all sides of the box, in and out, two coats of the spray sealer.

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As the box was drying, I scurried off to pick up a few herbs and terra cotta pots. I’d stear clear of basilย and rosemary since they grow very fast and bushy.

My wooden box craft cost me absolutely nothing thanks to supplies I already had (and a rockin’ mom for the shelf). The herbs, pots, chalkboard stakes, and saucers (to protect any water from leaking onto my table) cost about $20. My kitchen table sits right in front of two big French door windows, so they get some sun.

Repurposed Shelf Herb Garden Box | Bless'er House - So cute and easy and looks vintage!  Might even be able to do this with an old CD shelf. Hmm...

I’m so excited to finally have some herbs to jazz up some of my summer dishes! We’re already using some of that mint in our sweet tea. Because really…what’s summer without plenty of sweet tea around here?

Repurposed Shelf Herb Garden Box | Bless'er House - So cute and easy and looks vintage!  Might even be able to do this with an old CD shelf. Hmm...

Aren’t those little chalkboard stakes adorable?

Repurposed Shelf Herb Garden Box | Bless'er House - So cute and easy and looks vintage!  Might even be able to do this with an old CD shelf. Hmm...

Repurposed Shelf Herb Garden Box | Bless'er House - So cute and easy and looks vintage!  Might even be able to do this with an old CD shelf. Hmm...

The fresh greenery really helps soften all of the industrial pieces I have going on in here.

Repurposed Shelf Herb Garden Box | Bless'er House - So cute and easy and looks vintage!  Might even be able to do this with an old CD shelf. Hmm...

Repurposed Shelf Herb Garden Box | Bless'er House - So cute and easy and looks vintage!  Might even be able to do this with an old CD shelf. Hmm...

And the smell of those herbs together is absolutely heavenly. Smells like summer. Ahhhhh. Makes me want to break into song all over again.

Repurposed Shelf Herb Garden Box | Bless'er House - So cute and easy and looks vintage!  Might even be able to do this with an old CD shelf. Hmm...

Repurposed Shelf Herb Garden Box | Bless'er House - So cute and easy and looks vintage!  Might even be able to do this with an old CD shelf. Hmm...

Repurposed Shelf Herb Garden Box | Bless'er House - So cute and easy and looks vintage!  Might even be able to do this with an old CD shelf. Hmm...

Repurposed Shelf Herb Garden Box | Bless'er House - So cute and easy and looks vintage!  Might even be able to do this with an old CD shelf. Hmm...

Repurposed Shelf Herb Garden Box | Bless'er House - So cute and easy and looks vintage!  Might even be able to do this with an old CD shelf. Hmm...

What do you think? Would you attempt this one? I really hope my black thumb will magically turn green to keep these lovelies alive.

If you liked this little project, here’s more fresh, thrifty goodness: (Just click the image.)

Thrifty $30 Spring to Summer Tablescape

I’ve had so much fun teaming up with this very talented group of 17 bloggers for the third annual Summer Celebration! Be sure to check out all of their beautiful summer-inspired projects.

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Monday, June 1 Collage

1. Making Home Base 2. House By Hoff 3. Life on Virgina Street

4. Everyday Enchanting 5. The Happy Housie 6. Tell Love and Chocolate

Tuesday, June 2 Collage1. Rain on A Tin Roof 2. The Blissful Bee 3. The Turquoise Home
4. Just A Girl and Her Blog 5. View From The Fridge 6. making it in the mountains

Wednesday, June 3 Collage

1. Bless’er House 2. Delineate Your Dwelling 3. Maison de Pax

4.Up to Date Interiors 5. The Wood Grain Cottage 6. Migonis Home

You can join us in the Summer Celebration by using the hashtag #summercelebration on Instagram! Happy summer!

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28 Comments

  1. Such a fun summer project! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party recently. Just pinned it to my Creative Ways Features Board. Hope you’ll share more with us at tonight’s party.
    Blessings,
    Nici

  2. Your little box is adorable. I love the word “herboriste.” That’s not something you hear everyday, but totally appropriate for your project. (I just wish I had thought of it first.)

    1. Haha! We randomly burst out into song around here. Grease is a fave. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for the love, Alexis!

  3. Lauren! This is such a great project- I love the lettering, and the repurposing of that old shelf is awesome! Super creative:) What a great summer table centerpiece too. Pinned and sharing on my FB page this week. Enjoy your weekend!!

  4. I love how you repurposed your mom’s shelf. It looks fantastic on your table. Super cute chalk board signs and I like your tutorial with the lettering. I want to try it now!

    1. Thanks, Kathy! I had a lot of fun making it. It was so much easier than I thought it’d be. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wow! I was so intrigued how you got the letters to look so good after you traced and filled in with the sharpie. Everyone needs to have sandpaper as a staple in their home! I really need to try this! Thank you for sharing!

  6. This is a great idea and looks wonderful on your table. I have been looking at your clock wall and love that too. Really like the key clock and the oval London clock may I ask where you purchased them?

    Blessings, Candy

    1. Thanks, Candy! The key clock and London clock both came from a store that used to be called Garden Ridge. They’ve since gone through a name change and it’s called At Home. They were each less than $20. LOVE that store!

  7. This is so smart and so pretty! I’m dying for a cute little herb planter like this and I probably have a similar shelf collecting dust in the garage! Thanks so much for sharing, Lauren! Love it!

    1. Thanks, Chelsea! And thank you so much for hosting the Summer Celebration. I’ve had a lot of fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Hey Lauren,
    What a great idea….love how it turned out! I would love to do something like this for planting herbs…thanks for the inspiration! I’ve seen shelves like that at Goodwill before – I’ll have to be on the lookout now!
    Blessings,
    Lanita

    1. Thanks, Lanita! It’s good to know those nearly obsolete CD shelves can be good for something now.

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