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How To Build a Countertop and Planter

A raised planter doubles as a countertop for easy entertaining.

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cedar planter box added to patio for flower power
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    $250 - $500

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Step 1: Construct the Frame

First construct an L-shaped frame for a bar using the cedar planks. Attach copper siding for the countertop to give it a unique look. Always wear gloves when working with copper or any other metal sheeting. Secure the copper with screws.

copper siding added as countertop for unique look

Step 2: Build the Planter Box

Next, construct a cedar planter box to go on the patio. The cedar accents the paver colors, and flowers add a spot of color.

Step 3: Add the Finishing Touches to the Space

Finally, plant some trees around the patio and add mulch for a finishing touch. The new plantings provide a natural backdrop for the stone patio. Intimate seating areas and a small copper fire pit round out the design, the perfect setting for relaxing and entertaining.

the new patio is the perfect relaxing setting



  • Tools from Porter-Cable Corporation
  • Tools from Porter-Cable Corporation
  • Iron-Clad Gloves