Wednesday, September 8, 2010

‘Gitter Done Inspired’-Small Raised Planter

Well I noticed that Donna @ Funky Junk Interiors was having one of her “Gitter Done” link ups yesterday and that gave me the push I needed to go finish the vegetable planter I started on Monday.


On Monday I had quickly made 2 boxes with the boards, and cut some pallet wood to edge the sides.  But then I was out of time and had to leave it to finish another day. 

We all know how long another day can be in coming, don’t we? ;)

Last night I braved hordes of mosquitoes that just did not seem bothered by the copious amounts of bug spray  I used.  Perhaps the label was wrong  and I was really using Mosquito Attractant?

Anyway, twitching and slapping like a mad woman I managed to finish assembling the darn thing just as the last bit of daylight was gone. 

Photos had to wait until this morning.

What I love about this is the materials I used.  These boards are the stair treads from the basement steps in the house I grew up in.  My brother-in-law replaced the whole stairway and made the treads deeper than the original so my mom would feel safer using it.


I wouldn’t let him throw the steps away. 

Look at how the wood wore in the middle of the steps over the years.  For 55 years my Mom has lived in this house.  All 6 of us girls grew up here, running up and down those steps many times a day.   The playroom was down there, the piano, laundry and Dad’s workshop.  It was also the way out to the back yard, since it was a walk out basement.

That’s how those steps wore down. 


Ah….. the memories that come flooding back when I look at this planter. 

Yes, it would have been a crime to throw those steps away.

This weekend I will fill it with soil and plant some cool weather crops, lettuce being the first thing I can think of.

Do any of you have any suggestions?  It has to be a fast grower, as we only have a month or so before frost.

Thank you Donna, for forcing me to brave the mosquitoes and finally “Gitter Done”!





  1. I love that planterbox. Have always had a soft hearth for all things old, but till I move back to Norway that will have to wait. It costs too much to take overseas and I don't think I would ever be able to let go of anything old. Till then you will be my inspiration.

  2. I dunno Rose....I think I'd have to fill it with Mums.....:-) Happy FALL!

  3. I love that you used the old steps for this. :)

    I'm with Tami. I'd plant mums.

  4. The old steps are wonderfully re-purposed in this fashion. I am so glad you did not part with them. hugs♥olive

  5. i love the worn down wood! that's so much more special than if you had just bought more. plant something that you had around when you were growing up, maybe?

  6. Good for you for Gettin R Done... I love the box... I love that you used those stair treads for it... what a wonderful memory for you each time you look at it.

    I love Devin's idea, plant something from your past, how fitting. The Mums would look great too and you can also get those cabbage type plants for fall, sorry I don't know what they are called but they look gorgeous with the Mums.

    Another fine job created by Rose. I actually get excited when I see a post from you. I know it is always going to be inspirational.

    Hugs, Deb

  7. A big "WOO HOO" for your finished project! Well done.

    My project only took 2 years to finish. :)

  8. Rose I am so glad you got this planter done as it looks great! I am also glad that in your cleaning out you did not get rid of these worn steps. They have a look you can't recreate and the memories are priceless. Great job. Sorry about the mosquitoes! :)

  9. Talk about upcycling! What a great job you do of turning old into new!

    You could plant spinach too. The spinach could be picked young for salads and some left to grow for freezing / sauteing.

  10. this is perfect ...and wonderful....I love the reuse factor but also the end result is stunning and lovely. So...looking forward to seeing them filled up with plants!

  11. Great idea for using these old it!


  12. Such a great thing to repurpose. You are going to "plant" new memories from old footsteps. Can't do any better than that :)

  13. wow rose! I am such a sentimental sap! I love the fact you have those "childhood" steps! :) How cool is that!
    no suggestions on crops, I've never grown a vegetable in my life. Good luck, and remember not to overplant. ;)

  14. Sweeeeeet! But I'd have a hard time leaving that outdoors. The patina on that wood is amazing!

    Your building skills continue to floor me.


  15. Awesome! I'd do the flowers too, and add a big old pumpkin too for fall flair. What a great idea you had using the steps. Wow, it's just great!

  16. Wow, sweet project and thanks for sharing your memories and why so special! (I've read your posts before, quite the storyteller, ever thought taking it on the road? You're hilarious.) You are amazing.

  17. I love your planter! I so want to make one of these, but maybe a little smaller since we are renting and I would want to take it with me. I just started some container gardening this summer, but the bugs got the better part of my poor little plants. I would love to plant some Fall weather plants, but unfortunately I don't know of any ~ sorry!!!


  18. Hey following you from Girls Trending Tree...Kat

  19. I am here for the Friday blog hops and am following you via google reader. I hope to see you at Dropped Stitches.

    xo Erin


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