Dresser Drawer Upcyle: Window Boxes

A few years ago, someone gave me one of those plastic coated pressboard made-to-look-like-wood dressers and it wreaked of cigarette smoke. But I'll pretty much take anything that's free! I decided to repurpose the drawers rather than try to do anything with the whole piece.

Wouldn't you agree that window boxes dress up any home?! I felt my home desperately needed some.

Use the drawers from an old dresser

The dresser in it's sad, cheap before state.

Cut the backs off

The first year I used these, we cut the back half off and screwed them to the house, lining the press board drawers with plastic. It was fall, so I just stuck some pretty dried weeds from the ditch in some stryofoam and called it good.

Paint drawers

The pressboard obviously warped and didn't look too great the next summer.... so we improved upon them:

Add wood brackets and long planters

I happened to find these long plastic planters on a curb for free (I know, you're wondering how I get everything for free, but it just happens!) and we used wood brackets (also free because they were scraps from the end of the beams for our pergola) that we screwed into the house to set the planters on.

Add flowers

Since we recently moved to a different home, I sadly don't have any window boxes yet. I would also need a LOT more because there are so many windows on the front of our new house. We'll see! Maybe it will be a project for this summer. Or next....

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27 questions
  • CWise
    on Jan 31, 2017

    Did you screw the drawer fronts to your planters?

    • Shawna Bailey
      on Feb 2, 2017

      She must have. It's really pretty

    • Kammy's Korner
      on Feb 6, 2017

      Yes, that's how they're attached. :) I used them in the original drawer the first year, but it was that cheap press board and wasn't holding up, so I moved on to planters.

    • CWise
      on Feb 6, 2017

      Thanks for answering. They are beautiful and a great way to use the drawer fronts.

    • Dianne Paquette
      on Jun 3, 2018

      Great idea, I love the look of these!


  • Debra Madden
    on Jun 3, 2018

    What happened to the rest of the dresser did it get turned into a book case or anything or storage unit...

    • Lori Johnson
      on Jun 3, 2018

      That's an idea. It could be used as an entryway shelving unit to put boots and shoes in. Even a place to store garden tools. I was thinking the same thing too.

    • Lori Johnson
      on Jun 3, 2018

      That's an idea. It could be used as an entryway shelving unit to put boots and shoes in. Even a place to store garden tools. I was thinking the same thing too.

  • Janet McCarraher
    on Jun 3, 2018

    That is a clever & attractive way to repurpose the dresser. I love the color of your front door. Do you happen to know the color you used? I think my front door would look great in that color.

    • Rudy Anne
      on Jun 3, 2018

      Looks like cottage blue from the cottage series at Home Depot. I too love that color and was going to use it for something.

    • Wendy Baldwin
      on Jun 3, 2018

      I think the color is Cool Pool by Valspar. It says that in the shopping list. I think it’s a very cute cottage look. I love a cottage look!

  • Lori Johnson
    on Jun 3, 2018

    Would something like this work on a trailer house?

    • Janice
      on Jun 3, 2018

      Absolutely, it would work and be really cute!

    • Mike
      on Jun 3, 2018

      That's the only place this should work, in a Trailer Court

    • Christina Hindle
      on Jun 3, 2018

      So what are you saying?

    • Shuganne
      on Jun 3, 2018

      Now isn't that better unsaid?

    • Cathy Hays
      on Jun 3, 2018

      Meow, was that necessary? Did your comment add anything positive to the conversation?

    • Traci
      on Jun 3, 2018

      I don’t think this is the correct forum to be mean and hurtful. Perhaps you have had a difficult morning?

    • Dana
      on Jun 3, 2018

      If you don’t like a project maybe just move on to the next. No need to spread your hate and venom. So petty

    • Carol Jackson
      on Jun 3, 2018

      To Lori, I'm sure this idea would be cute. To everyone please accept my apology for previous response to mmcfarlinm(that is not showing now. ) The comment was that idea would only look nice in a trailer park. Not acceptable or necessary.

    • Lori Johnson
      on Jun 4, 2018

      I'm always trying to find cute and pretty ideas to decorate an older trailer house. This is a pretty idea. I like it.

  • Han32945037
    on Jun 3, 2018

    How to secure to stucco?

  • Ruthie Langston Terry
    on Jun 3, 2018

    Cute but without some sort of paint or sealer won't the wood disintegrate quickly in the outdoors?

    • Margaret Green
      on Jun 3, 2018

      They appear to have been painted in the final photo. Totally different color from the original dresser.

    • Jewellmartin
      on Jun 4, 2018

      And on the beach you need some really good paint and sealer. Heat, water, salt resistant. Deck/boat paint would probably be the best. Really cute idea ☺️

    • Kammy's Korner
      on Jun 5, 2018

      The drawer fronts are plastic - it was one of those cheap-o dressers with plastic drawer fronts. I switched out the drawer back for actual planters, because yes, like the post said, the pressboard only lasted one summer.

  • Jan
    on Jun 4, 2018

    This is a great & beautiful idea. It really dresses up the front windows.

    Why couldn't you use most of the drawer, & then you wouldn't see the pots at each end ? You could always drill drain holes in the bottom of drawer for water leakage.

    Jan

    • Mnd25501115
      on Jun 4, 2018

      I like the idea of using more of the drawer to hide the pot at both ends and lining the bottom of the drawer with a waterproof liner and putting in drainholes.



    • MaryLea Mann Benson
      on Jun 5, 2018

      In the picture with the weeds you can see the sides of the drawers. She stated that the pressboard warped. This would be why the sides and bottom are open.

    • Donna
      on Jun 9, 2019

      I used the full drawers in my backyard. Applied plastic lining and drilled the holes for drainage... sadly the word warps and the drawers only last one season

  • Helen a
    on Jun 5, 2018

    what is the plant behind the hostas---thanks

  • Esther Faunce DiPaola
    on Jun 10, 2018

    I always wanted window boxes. But my siding goes all the way up to the bottom of the window. Would you DRILL holes in the siding??

    • Lindy
      on Jun 6, 2019

      If you drill holes in the siding it could negate any warranty or allow water to get behind the siding and cause damage. Maybe you could do an inexpensive build for the boxes to sit on under your windows?

    • Gail
      on Jun 6, 2019

      If it’s vinyl, you may find no-drill hooks that clip over the siding. If you drill, water may seep in. Google it for articles or videos for more information.

    • Maxie
      on Jun 9, 2019

      I would not drill holes in the siding because it will always be there,..when you are ready to make a change..I.e. remove the window box

    • Patsy47
      on Jun 9, 2019

      thats what CAULK is for...just get a silicone sealant if needed....very easy.

    • Wendy Baldwin
      on Jun 9, 2019

      Would command hooks work outside?

    • Jan
      on Jun 10, 2019

      I agree not.time will holes in your siding however you might want to use wood without so much weight to it and then try mounting g with the Command strips using the ones that will hold the heaviest weight. I have found these things to be very useful. I hope this helps your creative wheels start turning and I really hope I helped !

  • Coletom
    on Jun 9, 2019

    Did you apply anything to preserve the draws from the rain and weather? Thanks.

    • Cathy Hays
      on Jun 9, 2019

      After you paint just apply two or three coats of a good polyurethane and that will seal them. Of course since it’s wood they will eventually rot. But a good poly will extend their lives.

    • Rosel Kynast
      on Jun 9, 2019

      Love love love it.

      What a very clever edea .

    • Coletom
      on Jun 9, 2019

      Thanks Cathy.

    • Larry Pettijohn
      on Jun 10, 2019

      If not mistaken the outer casing of the drawer fronts from that era are plastic

  • Janet B
    on Jun 9, 2019

    Brilliant!!!!

  • Tamera Sellers
    on Jun 10, 2019

    I was just at your blog and couldn't find the drawer window boxes , I have a question what exactly do you affix the drawer front to?? Just can't seem to see it and with what??

    Thanks!!

    • Traderal
      on Jun 10, 2019

      Looks like the drawer fronts are simply screwed to the ends of the wooden brackets. Should last for at least the life of the drawer parts since there is zero pressure on the fronts. I would use a good outdoor screw to hold them together.

  • Paula P
    on Jun 10, 2019

    Do you remember the paint color used on the door? It's just what I'm looking for.

    • Carol Jean Ferguson
      on Jun 10, 2019

      Looks like Behr's Ocean Boulevard PPU13-10 at Home Depot or Valspar's Crystal Sea 5004-7B or Sea Seeker 5004-7C at Lowe's

    • Paula P
      on Jun 10, 2019

      Thank you Carol. I'll check those out.

    • Tracey
      on Jun 16, 2019

      She mentions cool pool by Valspar.

    • Jackie Angus
      on Jun 16, 2019

      So what did you put on the front of the drawers being pressed wood it seems like they would Swell and fall apart. I do love this idea, very simple to.

    • Donna
      on Jun 16, 2019

      She mentioned Valspar’s Cool Pool in her notes and since she mentioned two colors but the drawer fronts are only one color, I would bet the other is the door color.

    • Kammy's Korner
      on Jul 26, 2019

      I think it was Valspar HONEY POT (the yellow). Don't even know if they still make it - It was a long time ago - Hometalk dug up a really old post of mine! haha. :)

  • Cathy
    on Jun 16, 2019

    Very nice!!! I love this idea!

  • Deb
    on Jun 16, 2019

    Last week you had a spendle wood project with tin wove in and out as a blind to hide air conditioner how can I find it

  • Sue33760946
    on Jun 16, 2019

    just wanted to let you know that I really love this. How would you put the brace on a brick house???

    • Christine
      on Jun 16, 2019

      With masonry screws.

    • Pat Wright
      on Jun 16, 2019

      How do I even put the Brackets on the house BECAUSE YHEY ARE LONG GATED SO I AM REALLY NOT UNDERSTANDING HOW TO DO THIS PLEASE HELP I DONT KNOW HOW YOU RESPOND TO ME BUT HERE IS MY

      E- MALE ADDRESS

      pwright6982@gmail.com. THANK YOU 🙏🏻 SO SO MUCH ,can’t wait to here from you .

    • Patricia Cook
      on Jun 16, 2019

      There are clips i have seen advertised that you can put on brick or other siding to attach things to. Try Lowes, Menards, Home Depot.

    • Sarah Hayden Morris
      on Mar 25, 2020

      could one do this on a rental?

    • Suzanne
      on Mar 25, 2020

      Use a concrete bit on your drill and drill holes in the mortar. Then tap in a little protector and place screw through bracket. Screw into mortar.

    • Shirley
      on Mar 25, 2020

      Beter to attach to the wood trim as shown in the photos.

  • Claudia Williams
    on Jun 16, 2019

    Very nice! I would maybe try taking handles off drawers and just put some type of decorative item over holes? Still looks beautiful!

    • Sue
      on Jun 16, 2019

      I like the handles! So classy looking! What other kind of decoration would you use? I can't even think of anything that would look good without making it look cheap and "kitschy."

    • Lani
      on Jun 16, 2019

      If you wanted to do something other than handles there are some wonderful carved wooden add-ons (that I happened to have found in Lowe's) that could easily be glued to the fronts and painted in an accent color as an interesting flourish!

  • Debra
    on Jun 22, 2019

    How did the fronts last in the rain? Did you treat the with something?

    • Kammy's Korner
      on Jul 26, 2019

      They were some kind of plastic- not actually wood. And I have no idea how they've held up because we moved from that house five years ago. This is a very old post Hometalk dug up. :)

    • Wendy Roithner
      on Mar 25, 2020

      I believe the fronts are plastic.

    • Diane Snead
      on Mar 25, 2020

      That was my understanding

      Also. Plastic would survive the weather.

    • Gail
      on Mar 25, 2020

      I think just as you would treat a wood frame house. And make sure you put some holes in the bottom for when it rains.

    • Dawn Gildemeister Geerdes
      on Mar 25, 2020

      It’s not the whole drawer, just the front- which is some kind of plastic- and a planter box behind it.

  • Ardale
    on Mar 25, 2020

    These are really pretty and dress your windows and house front beautifully but I was wondering why you didn't attach a board on each end to cover up your burnt orange plastic planter trays? I think it would look nicer if the ends matched your drawer front's size and color to hide and keep your eyes from being drawn to those plastic flower trays. Just something to think about!

    • Wendy
      on Mar 25, 2020

      Great idea. Would just finish it off!!

    • Lovesunique
      on Mar 25, 2020

      Ardale, I so agree and would maybe paint the fronts to match shutters or door colors.

    • Kammy's Korner
      on Mar 26, 2020

      Yup, I totally should have! I did that at least 7 or 8 years ago, I don't even live in that house anymore! Haha

    • Har17325814
      on Mar 27, 2020

      No, that would take away the whimsy! That contrasting colors are so cute!

  • Carol
    on Mar 25, 2020

    Can you screw into aluminum siding?

  • Linda C
    on Mar 26, 2020

    Did you think of painting the flower boxes and the front door to match?

    • Judy
      on Mar 26, 2020

      Really I agree

    • Julie Tomlin
      on Mar 26, 2020

      No! Contrast is good, and front doors should always be their own distinctive color to emphasize the entrance to the home.

    • Mikkigirl
      on Mar 26, 2020

      I believe this QUESTION forum is to ask for clarification on how to do the project.

    • Sarah
      on Mar 27, 2020

      I much prefer the incredible combo of colors chosen to all "matching necklace earring set"

  • RichandTammy Whiteside
    on Mar 26, 2020

    Non-project related question: Your hostas are gorgeous! How are you keeping the deer away from them?

    • Ann Walsh
      on Mar 26, 2020

      The only thing that saves my hostas from the vermin is to place brightly colored Mylar wind spinners in the ground in front of them. Available (seasonal) at Dollar Tree for $1.00 each.

  • Jeannie Housel
    on Mar 29, 2020

    What brand and color paint was used on the door?

  • Jackie Lynnley
    on Mar 30, 2020

    Could we see what it looks like from inside? It looks as if there is something inside covering the window up far enough to hide the flowerpots?

  • Marjorie
    on Mar 30, 2020

    What are the drawer fronts attached to, the brackets or the flower pot?

    • Renee Walters
      on Mar 31, 2020

      It looks to have a bit of a gap between the flower pot and the brackets. So my guess would be they are attached to the pot edge at the top.

    • Kitty
      on Mar 31, 2020

      Don't know what they did, but I'd use a strong hinge so I could fold down the front when watering or replacing pots.

    • Kitty
      on Mar 31, 2020

      Could also set screws into the dresser front to attach it to the corbals use wood puddy to fill in where you set in the screw then paint it.

  • Beth
    on Mar 30, 2020

    How did you secure the front of the drawer to the plastic planter?


  • Susan Hartley
    on Mar 31, 2020

    Any ideas for a buffet in the kitchen

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  • C Lynn Mak
    on Mar 31, 2020

    You are very creative! Thank you sharing this!

  • Mª Dolores Márquez
    on Apr 12, 2020

    not question only I want sais ist very nice your idea. i am sorry my english is very bad. Congratulecions

    • Shan
      on Jun 10, 2020

      A compliment is a good thing however you say it. And I’m sure everyone understood it perfectly, and appreciated it.

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