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.
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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 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.
We followed the directions on filling the window box, and to lighten the overall weight, we filled the bottom with packing peanuts…
We used about two bags of the packing peanuts, and then added potting soil right on top…
After that, it was time to start planting. I started with four purple fountain grasses…
And then added in ivy, and sweet potato vines…
I mixed in some white allysum, supertunia’s (I can’t remember the colors) and white petunias….
After a month or so, here’s what it all looks like now…
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.
The window box has completely transformed the front of the house. It added so much character and interest. It’s all so charming now.
We’re also loving the window box with the painted brick and all these fresh pops of white…
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!