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People generally think of window boxes as being hung outside under the window for holding plants and flowers. This is true but window boxes can also be used indoors as a way of enhancing an otherwise drab room. If you have a living room or family room, where people usually gather and you want to brighten it up, start with the windows. Window boxes can be found at home improvement stores, some nurseries, garden centers, and occasionally at hardware stores. Measure the underneath width of your window so you know the size of box to buy. Additional purchases include enough plants and flowers in plastic pots to fit the interior of the window box, or a plastic liner so you can plant directly in the window box, two or three decorative brackets, and required hardware to be used for supporting the window box, a leveler, screws, and paint.

Working outside or in a well-ventilated area, paint the window box and the brackets. Using the leveler, mark with a pencil the area where the bottom of the window box will land. Attach the brackets to the wall, ensuring the top aligns with the bottom of the box. Screw the brackets into the wall studs or if there is none where you need them, use anchor bolts. Double check to make sure the underside of the window box and the brackets are not interfering with each other, set the window box on the brackets, and place screws through the bottom of the box into the top brackets. Finally, place your plants and flowers in the box. This is a fun project that really brightens up a room.

Another great project is making a picket fence window box. Again going to a home improvement store, nursery, garden centers, or hardware stores, you need to purchase a 1 x 4-inch pine board, 1 x 8-inch pine board, flat-head screws, wood glue, metal shelf brackets, 1 �-inch finish nails, wood filler, and paint. You will make this window box just a little longer than the width of your window. Since this will appear as a picket fence, plan to build a box that can be measured in 3 �-inches increments. The front, back, and bottom of the box will be made from the 1 x 8-inch board and the sides of the box will be cut to 6 �-inches long. To accommodate the window trim, the back of the window box will need to be slightly shorter than the front. To assembly, glue and screw both front and back pieces to the bottom, making sure they align to the joined edge. Now slide the end pieces into place, glue, and screw them to the front, back, and bottom of the window box.

For the pickets, cut enough pickets to cover the front and then three for each side, each measuring 9 �-inches long. To create the points of the pickets, use a pencil to mark down 2-inches on each side and the center marked 1 �-inch from each end. The marks will then be joined to make the points. Cut down the marks to complete. If you have small children or cats in the home, consider making the tips blunt rather than sharp. Now the pickets will be glued and nailed to the box, starting by fitting the first one on each side, making it flush with the front, and then working your way toward the back. For the front pickets, start a picket on one end and then work your way toward the other side. Be sure the bottoms of all pickets are properly aligned with the bottom. For a clean finished look, countersink the nails, fill the holes with wood filler, and paint the box to coordinate with your room. Finally, find the studs below your window, marking the lower part of the window box in position. Mount the shelf brackets into the studs or if no studs are found, use anchor bolts. Gently set the finished box into place and attach it to the brackets using screws.
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