DIY Planter Table Project & WIN a Ryobi Drill

This past weekend was lovely here in Southern Ontario, while the kids were swimming I was plotting all of the backyard DIY projects I wanted to get done this year. As I sat on the deck, the sun warmed my skin and my gaze fell upon the bane of my backyard existence. At the furthest back corner of our yard, under some huge pine trees sat my husband’s Grandfather’s ancient workbench.

DIY Planter Table Rehab

Although some may call it an antique, I call it rotting. It is something which holds vast sentimental value for us but we simply couldn’t display it as it was. I began plotting a DIY Planter Table project, it would be perfect for my gardening needs and we had just the right spot for it. I eagerly filled my husband in on my plan and we got to moving this HEAVY piece into it’s new spot. As you can see in the photo above the fence has been damaged from our lovely dog who slams herself against it to “attack” the dog next door. Having a new, beautiful planter table there would help deter her from this.

We headed out to the hardware store and grabbed our supplies and began working.

DIY Planter Table

Planter table collage

For this project we picked up some Cedar fence boards, these will weather well and who doesn’t love the look of cedar?

ryobi tools sober Julie

I also pulled out my Ryobi Ultimate Combo Kit which is my go-to tool kit for DIY jobs. This 18V 6pc combo kit has everything you’ll need for a project like this, the contents are:

  • Drill/Driver with Screwdriver Bit
  • Circular Saw
  • Reciprocating Saw
  • Impact Driver
  • JobPlus™ Base
  • Multi-tool Head
  • Wood/Metal Cutting Blade
  • Segment Saw Blade
  • Sanding Pad
  • 5 Pieces Sandpaper
  • Allen Wrench
  • Universal Multi-tool Accessory Adaptor
  • Worklight
  • Dual Chemistry Charger
  • 18V ONE+ ™ Compact Lithium+™ Lithium-ion Batteries
  • Tool Bag
  • Operator’s Manuals

These tools are a great fit for me; they are light in the hand and have Lithium batteries which last 4x longer.

diy planter table using ryobi tools

The first thing we had to do was to remove the rotting wood, we were able to save most of the top surface but the edging had to go. We pried off the pieces we could and used the Ryobi Reciprocating Saw with the metal bit to cut off the stripped screws. Then I changed to the wood bit and cut a nice clean edge. The table was now ready to be refaced.

DIY planter table ryobi drill .jpgWe measured out the cedar fence boards to fit the length of the table top and cut them using the Circular Saw. We wanted to keep the ancient clamp for the charm so we used the JobPlus™ Base with Multi-Tool attachment and cut the cedar to fit.

I used the Ryobi Drill and drilled pilot holes in place, then screwed them into the top. The workbench transformation was underway!!

diy planter table mid way

We then used a chop saw to make angled cuts on the edge pieces. Again, I used the drill for the pilot holes and drilled them into place. We repeated the process for the backer piece and voila, our new planter table was ready for some water seal.

diy planter table side

Once I’d placed my herb pots and an annual planter on the table, it began to be something beautiful. Now this corner of our yard is lovely again and we’ve kept that sentimental piece and made it useful again. This process will work for any table you’d like to reface and make into a planter table, don’t be shy to go and give it a try!

DIY Planter Table Before After

WIN a Ryobi One+ 18V Cordless Drill ($109 value)

ryobi giveaway

My friends at Ryobi Power Tools have kindly provided me wtih a Ryobi One+ 18V Cordless Drill to giveaway to one very lucky Canadian reader. This drill is awesome, I know the winner will love it as much as I do!

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Entering is simple, just fill in the form below. All entries will be verified, this contest ends on June 18th, 2014. The winner will have 48 hours to respond.

Disclosure: I was provided the Ryobi Ultimate Combo kit, all opinions are my own. 

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213 Responses

    1. The landscape consultant told us the best place for an elevated planter box in our yard, so that’s what I’d build first!

  1. Plan on building a 3rd deck and a large wood swing this summer..this would come in handy so both I and the hubby could have one :)

  2. Well we have so much to do around here, as I have a very old house, my bathroom still has to be drywalled and our back deck is falling apart that really needs to be done, and these tools would come in handy to get the job done!! thanks for another great contest Julie!!

  3. We have tons of reno projects in the works and would using this drill when fixing up our basement.

  4. Uh…. to be honest, I likely wouldn’t use this but my hubby would sure get use out of it!! lol
    In the summer I need things to be hung around the backyard.

    ps. I love the dress/jumper you’re wearing & looking good!!

  5. We are trying balcony gardening this year so we’d love to make some kind of structure to grow our veggies!

  6. I would use it all around the house. But it would be great this summer to help building a new gate for our yard.

  7. It would be great to have MY OWN set of tools to get all kids of projects done around the house instead of waiting for my very busy husband to take an afternoon to focus on the “Honey Do” list! Finishing the lattice on the back yard patio, working on the next steps of finishing the basement….. ;-)

  8. I have several pallets that I want to make into tables and elevated gardens. I also would like to make a small garden shed out of some….but alas do not have the proper tools :)

  9. First, I am super impressed by what you built! I am aiming to build planter boxes, like bed ones for my garden.

  10. We will be redoing and adding on to our deck and putting up a fence, so we’d use it there.

  11. I would give the drill to my husband so he could build me a storage chest for my entryway.

  12. Our back deck needs some work. Screws lifted up need screwing down and some pieces of wood need to be replaced.

  13. My boyfriend and I are renovating the bathroom…gutted walls and everything…having a Ryobi would definitely help us in the renos!

  14. I would like to build a doghouse or shelter for my 2 dogs, as it gets quite hot in our backyard with very little shade. Thanks Julie!

  15. You did a fantastic job! I need to redo my 7ft wishing well my dad made for me to hang flowers it’s starting to fall apart and means a lot to me.

  16. Great job on the project Julie. My basement laundry room needs a major update. It was never finished by previous owners. I’ve put in a sub-floor and saving up $$ to finish it.

  17. We need to build some stairs for the deck we built last year, so this would be my first project.

  18. I don’t have anything planned, but I would so love this cause of arthritis in my hands and trying to use regular screwdrivers is very hard.

  19. I would love this to finish our rec room we are building and to complete our back deck we would like to build! Every drill set we buy seems to stop working before we can finish any project :(

  20. I’d like to work on building more raised beds. I’m envisioning a tiered garden with raised beds. I also need to finish my basement! So many DIY projects that need to get done!!

  21. Being a woman doesn’t stop me from attempting projects around a house…not that all turn out but they just end up turning into something else LOL. My first project with this new tool would be garden swing.

  22. Im turning an old pergola into a walk in “living” room with raised planters all around.
    I will have squash, beans and peas growing all over it so in essence it will be an edible “living” room!

  23. I’ve been getting a container garden going, and was using a nail to put drainage holes in the buckets and wishing I had a drill!

  24. Our heavy glass patio table just smashed…we left the umbrella up and the wind took over. We would use to build a wooden picnic table!

  25. I actually have been asking for a planter table… so that is what I would build. Seriously, you make it look so easy :)

  26. I am buying my first home! So my first project for my new drill would be hanging my tv wall mount. And hanging shelves!

  27. We need to fix our fence, our deck, our shed, the stairs in our garage. It’s going to be a very busy summer!

  28. Id like this to fix my fence gate as were are currently missing a board, as well as adjustment to a rail on our back deck

  29. I’ve seen so many ideas where you can reuse old pallets. I would start with that and maybe make myself an herb garden

  30. I could have used this the other day when I had to set up a stand on my deck to help support our window air conditiner. I would have lots of things this would be helpful for but I think I would give it to my son who will be moving to his own place soon and could really use it

  31. Everything and anything that needs to be redone or repaired in my old home from floor to ceiling.

  32. There have been so many times lately that ive wished we’d had a drill on hand for. We’ve been putting up a lot of shelving and redecorating/organizing the house. I would use it to finish that project and then i’d love to build some new counters for our kitchen.

  33. we sadly need to put steps overtop of an existing cement step that is falling apart AND I’d like to put up a small wall to hide where we bbq (currently we can be seen from the street LOL)

  34. First I want to say, way to work those power tools chickie! I still say there is nothing sexier than a woman who knows her way around power tools!
    If I was so lucky to win the first thing DIY project I would tackle would be building my son his pine toy box for his birthday! I love working with wood and power tools. This would be hidden from my husband that is for sure! lol

  35. what project, well I would have to check my list of the 100 or so summer project list.

    -first being to replace old warped hardwood floors with laminate.
    -build a box around electrical panel
    -construct a frame for basement windows
    -replace planters on patio

    and the list goes on and on!

  36. I want to make a somewhat large planter box in the front of my house. I want to make it with logs to match my other one.

  37. My husband has his own tools and makes furniture,If I want to make a barn board frame or a rustic sign he cuts it or puts it together,I would loooove to have my own tools!!!

  38. Id love to finally install my deck lights… they’ve been sitting in my garage for 2 years!!

  39. I would like a table for our little patio. I think I could make something that would be perfect.

  40. I would love to build a planter to put in a very odd “enclave” we have leading up to the front door. Also, one for the backyard – something elevated but doesn’t rest 100% on the stone.

  41. It’s a small project but I have always wanted a beautiful tufted headboard and we’re planning on making our own this summer!

  42. Ideally to complete our downstairs bathroom renovation – initial phase taking down the shower stall – no black mold in this home. Most tools with husband on job site – so I would love this range of tools for this *hands on woman*. Empowerment beings right now…..on goes the dust mask….

    Eva Mitton-Urban

  43. Our 4-month old will be mobile soon enough and our deck needs some child-proofing! Railings and smooth edges are just the beginning… Ryobi, help save the children!!

  44. We are planning to extend our deck this summer,,,sure would be handy to have…thanks for the giveaway…

  45. And by putting in the url i meant clicking the tweet link. oy vey. Apparently someone needs to wake up a little more this morning before they start interacting with others :p

    Hope you’re having a great weekend!!

  46. I would love to use this to install some pallet planters that I saw on a DIY site. They’d be a great way to add some colour to my deck and do a bit of recycling at the same time.

  47. I need to make some new porch railings for my mom so her little dog can’t get off of her porch, so these tools would really help to get the job done for her.

  48. First of all… I need to make myself one of those planter tables. Second of all… I love that you are wearing a dress and rocking the Ryobi. Ryobi power tools are so perfect for giving women the confidence they need to tackle DIY and you wearing a dress while tackling your DIY project hammers that point home so well.

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