A number of months up to now, our lamp posts appeared like this:
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As you’ll see, not so good. In actuality, I known as them “The Saddest Lamp Posts on the Block.” We didn’t have so much worth vary to do one thing fancy, nevertheless we knew we couldn’t proceed looking at these sad, half-falling apart brick buildings any longer.
We discovered these good sixteen″x16″ patio pavers at our native home enchancment retailer and obtained the keen idea to face them on edge collectively to create a concrete planter. This was one in every of many easier duties we’ve completed and I assume the result is pretty cool – very industrial, which inserts additional into our private personal style and offers our mid-century house just a bit little little bit of an ultramodern vibe.
Right here’s what we used for each lamp submit:
– A sixteen″x16″ concrete pavers – yard trowel – a level – B-P band clamps – improvement adhesive applicable for concrete/stone – caulking gun – a few earlier gadgets of picket for leveling – gravel and potting soil
(sorry I didn’t take the right step-by-step pictures!)
We demoed the earlier brick lamp posts, which was oh so very satisfying.
Are you able to contemplate that this one was sunken in a plastic bucket full of concrete?
We started turning into them collectively to see what configuration would work greater. We’d stagger them and make the planter completely sq., or create an rectangular subject by placing one paver in between two facet pavers. I used to be positive I’d identical to the sq. subject, nevertheless after we checked out it, I merely didn’t like the best way it match collectively. The one uncovered edge felt very unbalanced to me. We decided to go along with the rectangular configuration.
Lulu wasn’t very helpful.
We then positioned some scrap boards beneath to help us diploma it out. After we’ve been pleased with it, we used a efficient bead of improvement adhesive on each edge and fitted them collectively.
It takes considerably finagling to get them to go well with good. As soon as the sides have been diploma as soon as extra and we’ve been glad, we clamped it up and left it to dry for 24 hours.
The next day (OK, truly it was the next weekend by the purpose we acquired once more to it!) we eradicated the picket boards and checked to make sure the sector was diploma as quickly because it was on the underside.
We used a trowel to push some further mud into any uneven areas.
Ta-da! Then we crammed the planter with half-soil (bottom), half-good gravel (prime).
And, now, we have got the not-so-saddest lamp posts on the block. I can’t wait to plant some grasses in them subsequent Spring.
In full, this enterprise worth us beneath $seventy 5 for BOTH planters — I’d say that’s a deal. Plus, it solely took us about two days. I assume it is going to be sort of cool to paint them or put residence numbers on them. I even thought maybe I’d put corrugated metallic on the floor… what do you assume?