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  • Levittown, NY

Garden Wishing Well


I've wanted a garden wishing well since I bought my house... I've been especially jealous of the hand made ones I often see done by the Amish in Lancaster PA. But they're hundreds of dollars, and for the size and customization I wanted--there's no way I could've afforded it. So I figured how hard can it be? I've built a number of items by winging it--imagine if I actually follow plans!
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I built it out of pressure treated wood, even knowing it'd be painted, for extra durability. I followed a set of plans I found online, but adapted some. The base was followed exactly because the angles needed to be perfect.
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The base alone weighed a ton and I knew we couldn't move it altogether to the front yard, so I painted the pieces separately to complete putting together up front.
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This bad boy is 6 feet tall and painter with exterior paint to match the house.
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One departure from the plans was instead of using shaker style shingles, I went with the same type as the roof on my house
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I actually couldn't be prouder of this!
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And here's how it looks in front of the house

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  • Lori Patrick
    on May 21, 2016

    Hi there. Did you sand the wood before applying the exterior paint on the wishing well? Mine is bare wood and needs some love and attention and I just need to know if I should wash the wood with soap and water, then sand, and then paint with a glorious red and deep deep blue. Please help me. Thanks so much, Lori

  • George C.
    on Jun 18, 2016

    Where are the plans?

  • Jeremy
    on Dec 7, 2017

    what is the inside diameter of your wishing welol.

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