Warmer weather is finally here, which means it’s time for outdoor projects! Since I’m a sucker for weekend projects and multi-purpose builds, I decided to partner with my awesome friends at Bernzomatic to create a modern planter with hose storage for my parents’ backyard! Even better, I partnered with a handful of other amazing bloggers to share some creative outdoor project ideas! Let’s get started!
How To Make A Planter With Hidden Hose Storage
These modern planters with storage were modeled off of wicker basket planters that my parents already have in their backyard. But, what I love most about my modified version is that the design looks like a solid planter, but the hose is hidden inside.
I also decided to go for a wood torched, or shou sugi ban look to help keep the piece weatherized without stain!
Want to see how it’s done? Let’s do it!
What You’ll Need:
1 ½” Forstner Bit
Thick Bristle Brush
(3) 1 x 6 x 8′ Cedar Board
(2) 2 x 2 x 8′ Pressure Treated Board
2 ½” Decking Screws
(2) Magnetic Cabinet Latch
Outdoor Timber Oil
1. Set your miter saw to 5 degrees and begin cutting your cedar pieces. You will need the following pieces (each measurement is taken from the two longest edges of the cut):
(4) 18″ Long Planks
(4) 17″ Long Planks
(4) 16″ Long Planks
(4) 15″ Long Planks
2. Next, set your miter saw to 0 degrees and cut the following pressure treated pieces:
(4) 13″ Tall Supports
(2) 16 ½” Wide Shelf Supports
(you can cut more if you need the extra support)
(2) 4″ Tall Door Supports
3. Create two full faces by adding the four 13″ support pieces to the ends of the boards with decking screws. Make sure the 2 x 2’s are installed at the very edge of the boards (you’ll be attaching other boards to them later).
4. Begin adding the side pieces to one full face of the planter by attaching them to the 2 x 2 boards with decking screws.
5. Flip your piece over so that the side is laying flat on your workspace and then add your next full face to the side with your screws.
6. Next, add your front pieces (but not all of them)! Just screw the top two pieces to your planter and keep the bottom two pieces open (we’ll assemble these later).
7. Add your shelf pieces to the inside of your planter. This is where your potted plant will sit. The depth of the shelf will depend on how tall your potted plant is.
8. Once your shelf pieces have been added, create your faux panel by attaching 2 x 2’s to the back with screws.
10. Next, sand the piece down.
11. Now comes the fun part! Use your Bernzomatic TS4000 torch with propane tank to begin torching your piece. Gently apply the heat to the cedar and move the torch side-to-side to create a charred effect.
12. After torching the wood, use a brush to wipe away the charring and expose the gorgeous wood grain!
13. This step is optional, but you can continue steps 11 through 12 until you are happy with the grain!
14. Once the piece has been torched, use a forstner bit to drill a hole in the back of the planter for the hose to thread through. You will have to torch this section of the planter again to keep the entire piece weatherized.
15. After torching the piece, give it an extra layer of protection with outdoor timber oil.
16. Next, add two magnetic cabinet latches to the inside of the front 2 x 2 supports and install the metal plate to the backside of the front panel. This will keep the panel in place when the hose is hidden!
17. Last step is to store your hose and admire your work!
I seriously love how cool this planter looks when not in use. It kind of feels like a magic trick every time I open the panel to grab the hose!
Also, that torched wood effect is seriously drool-worthy!
Also, want more “hot” project ideas (I know, I’m so punny)? Make sure to check out Bernzomatic’s website!
Looking for more fun outdoor project ideas? Check out these amazing projects from some of my friends!
P.S. Don’t forget to save this project for later (go ahead & Pin It)!
This post is sponsored by Bernzomatic. While compensation has been received for this post, all design ideas, product opinions, and design choices are my own. For my full disclosure policy, click here.