Asked on May 25, 2012

Turn old dresser into an outdoor planter!

Tana, Little Red Bag ProductionsEllen SmeccaEclectically Vintage - Kelly

Use outdoor paint, line drawers with garbage bags and use bricks in back of drawers so they don't tip.
To see the full tutorial - click this link:
Old dresser turned outdoor planter.  See how here:
Old dresser turned outdoor planter. See how here:
28 answers
  • Debra D
    on May 25, 2012

    This looks really fun, I love it!

  • Debra D
    on May 25, 2012

    You should join in my garden party on tuesday.:)

  • Bernice H
    on May 26, 2012

    Isnt that just so pretty? Such a feel good piece.

  • P R
    on May 26, 2012

    What a wonderful idea...

  • Carol A
    on May 27, 2012

    Love this!

  • Angie C
    on May 27, 2012

    cute ! how is there drainage ?

  • Connie H
    on May 27, 2012

    well their in pots, so I would imagine the drainage is sweet! Nice job and very festive and cool!!!!

  • Carrie H
    on May 27, 2012

    Ty Penington did the same thing on his show a few weeks ago

  • Liz R
    on May 27, 2012

    luv luv luv it

  • Dana P
    on May 27, 2012

    You could do this in the house too near a nice sunny window! I am getting ready to move and this is making me thing!!!

  • Victoria B
    on May 27, 2012


  • James R. Hahn Productions
    on May 27, 2012

    very cool - have to have my wife plant & take care of the greenery though - I'd have draws full of brown, dead leaves, ha!

  • Susan S
    on May 27, 2012

    @James - oh you could remedy that!! Just take your paint brush and make the leaves come back to life!!!

  • Susan S
    on May 27, 2012

    @Angie C. & Connie H.: Actually, if you click on the link to her blog she gives all the details there. She lined the drawers w/plastic & planted directly into the soil - does not appear to be pots. In the interest of keeping the piece from detriorating I think keeping the plants in pretty pots then setting them inside the drawers is something I might try! If you wanted to create the illusion of the drawers being planters you could probably camoflage the pots by adding sheet moss - but you'd need to keep it misted so it wouldn't turn brown. Oh my, this just got complicated!! LOL @EC - see how you get our minds churning??? You give us the "seeds" by planting ideas and then we start nurturing them and we end up with completely new ideas!!! Your idea was super and I love how you created this!!

  • Jean B
    on May 27, 2012

    I'm going to do this! Thanks

  • Glad you all like this! The dresser wasn't in good shape to begin with (a $6 thrift shop score). Holes were punched in the bottom of drawers for drainage @Angie C.

  • Barb J
    on May 27, 2012

    not able to watch t.v. a lot...who's Ty Pennington? will DVR...

  • Sherry R
    on May 27, 2012

    how do you keep the drawers from rotting quickly with all that dirt and moisture? so it..

  • D P
    on May 27, 2012

    if the pots can be lifted out they could be watered on the ground/deck in front of it and allowed to drain so they wouldn't wet the draws!!!! hahaha

  • Susan S
    on May 27, 2012

    @D P - nobody likes wet drawers do they!!! That was a good one!!!

  • So so cool! Love dresser planters!

  • Kris S
    on May 27, 2012

    Very nice!

  • Eleanor P
    on May 27, 2012

    Cute idea. No need to discard old furniture. Just reinvent it.

  • Micki M
    on May 28, 2012

    I love it. It looks so bright and unique. I will definately try this one.

  • Anne C
    on Jun 1, 2012

    need to know how to keep it from rotting.. this is perfect for my patio!

  • Outdoor paint Anne C

  • Ellen Smecca
    on Jun 27, 2013

    Really cute idea!!!

  • Thanks so much for sharing! Very clever!! :)

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