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How to Make a Window Box with Vintage Trim

All you need to build a cottage-style window box is a few feet of 6- or 8-inch-wide trim (choose straight baseboard or casing, rather than angled crown), one 2-by-2-foot sheet of ½-inch exterior plywood, water-resistant wood glue, and a shallow plastic planter to cradle the soil and flowers. Because a lot of old trim is covered in toxic lead paint, either remove the finish with a wet stripper or seal it under a clear top coat.

Try this project with a helper or on your own: How to Make a Window Box with Vintage Trim
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