Adding A Front Window Box

See how we added character to our home by adding a front window box!

My love for this house update ranks high up on the list. Adding a front window box to our big living room window completely transformed the house. I couldn’t stop dreaming about adding a window box… I say that with all seriousness. Before we finally pulled the trigger and bought it, Todd heard all about every possible combination of items that could find a home in this window box. I went on about it for days.

Since getting the window box installed, that list has only grown as my love has gotten deeper. Now, there’s no way we could have just one window box… no way! We’ll be adding several more to the house.

Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage

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Adding A Front Window Box

Admittedly, this was a project we could have DIY’d, but with so many other projects we need to finish and do ourselves, buying something was much easier. I also liked that it’s made of vinyl, meaning it would last a lot longer than the wood one we would make and continually need to maintain. 

Because we have an 8′ front window, finding a reasonably priced window box that had the character I wanted was a little bit hard… that is, until I found this one. It’s literally everything I’d been looking for with the perfect pop of character. The brackets are an extra purchase, and that did bum me out, but the window box definitely needed them to fill the vision I had for the front of the house. 

The window box came in pieces, and I quickly put it together and glued all the joints. The handyman was still at the house installing windows, so I asked if he’d be willing to attach it for me. It was love at first sight… again.

Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage

Adding Soil And Plants

The next day I went to the nursery and picked out some plants. The window box has a water reservoir that helps keep the dirt moist on hot days, which is good because we get pretty intense morning sun. 

Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage

We followed the directions on filling the window box, and to lighten the overall weight, we filled the bottom with packing peanuts…

Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage

We used about two bags of the packing peanuts, and then added potting soil right on top…

Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage

After that, it was time to start planting. I started with four purple fountain grasses…

Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage

And then added in ivy, and sweet potato vines…

Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage

I mixed in some white allysum, supertunia’s (I can’t remember the colors) and white petunias….

Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage
Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage

After a month or so, here’s what it all looks like now…

Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage

I love the plant combinations, but I’m a little bummed the supertunia’s aren’t doing better. I think they prefer something a little drier, so next spring I’ll probably do a different mix. Other than that, I love how it looks and how easy it will transition into fall.

Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage

The window box has completely transformed the front of the house. It added so much character and interest. It’s all so charming now. 

Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage
Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage

We’re also loving the window box with the painted brick and all these fresh pops of white…

Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage

We can’t wait to add a few more window boxes to the rest of the house. I have my eye on three other windows. Until then though, I’ll be enjoying this view! 

Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage
Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage
Adding A Front Window Box by The Wood Grain Cottage

If you want to get your own window box, you can find the one we used right here. Don’t forget the matching brackets… they make all the difference!

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18 Comments

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! I would love window boxes – my only hesitation is – what do you do with them during the winter?

    1. I love the window box too! I’m really looking forward to changing it out every season. For winter, I’ll use some faux greenery, pinecones and berry stems. I can’t wait to come up with new ideas every year and share them on the blog! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! I bought the ferns at our local grocery store. They were already full and beautiful, I’ve just had to maintain them. 🙂

  2. Wow it looks awesome! I have the same window boxes and absolutely love them also! Your house looks beautiful!

  3. The window box looks beautiful! Sweet potato vine always does well in my morning sun spot on the porch but I believe those super petunias do better with lots of sunlight all day. I keep thinking I will put a box on our long window on our shady porch one day. I always see others putting such cute mini pine trees with lights during the winter in theirs..so pretty! One day…till then I’ll admire yours Shayna:0)

    1. Thank you! We’re still in the process of adding landscaping. For now, the plan is to do some perennial plants underneath the window box. 🙂

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