76. Rustic Table Centre

We picked up the box for the centre of the Driftwood Picnic Table.hole in table

I asked the sheet metal guys to make a box from a leftover partial sheet of copper-coloured steel roofing material, with a drain hole.table centre box

My theory is that it can be either a drink sink, or a planter.

The fabricator took two-and-a-half weeks to get to it (while suggesting it would take two days.)

Unfortunately, it was not quite built to the specs we had agreed upon, and was 2″ deeper than I wanted. They used up most of the 4’x 5.5′ sheet of steel, and the rivets stuck out an extra 1/8″ on each side, so the box didn’t fit into the opening we had left for it.rivets on garden box

I gouged out a bit of the table to make the box sit into the table opening, and settled it into place.table box ready for planting

Our WWOOFer (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms) volunteer, Mary, who is a graphic artist, was given the fun task of planting it with the18 plants we bought from a nursery or collected from around the yard.table box ready for planting

She started by lining the box with landscape cloth, to prevent scratches on the metal finish.lining table box

The box is 36″ long x 12″ deep x 12″ wide. It used up 3 pails of soil (my organic magic mix).

I left Mary alone to create her tiny landscape design.planted table box

planting table box

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I can hardly believe that it took 18 plants to make it look full. With a mostly red and white colour scheme, complimented by different foliage textures and colours, we used a variety of geraniums, dahlia, zinnia, winter savory, parsley, sedum, calibrachoa, verbena, feather grass, and a couple of leafy spreaders I have forgotten the name of.view of the box and house.jpg

Sharing with these link parties:

Funky Junk Interiors, Life on Lakeshore Drive, It’s Overflowing (FEATURED!), Nifty Thrifty Sunday, Dwellings – The Heart of Your Home, Boogieboard Cottage, Cozy Little House, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Knick of Time, Coastal Charm, Stone Cottage Adventures, Savvy Southern Style


4 thoughts on “76. Rustic Table Centre

  1. Pingback: 74. Driftwood Picnic Table | This Green Life

  2. Glad to see you are continuing with WWOOFer’s it is a good thing. Nice Project! Have a Great Day!

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