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.
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Wouldn't you agree that window boxes dress up any home?! I felt my home desperately needed some.
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The dresser in it's sad, cheap before state.
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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.
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The pressboard obviously warped and didn't look too great the next summer.... so we improved upon them:
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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.
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dresser drawer upcyle window boxes, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling
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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9 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.

  • Helen a
    on Jun 5, 2018

    what is the plant behind the hostas---thanks

    • Kammy's Korner
      on Jun 5, 2018

      it's a variegated grass I got from a friend's flower garden. :)

    • Karla
      on Jun 5, 2018

      I have a bunch of it planted around my deck and it is called Zebra grass.


    • Carolyn King
      on Jun 6, 2018

      Ornamental grass, there are a few different kinds

  • 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??

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  • Debbie Wood
    on Jun 11, 2018

    I put rollers on dresser drawers & slide under the bed for storage. For handles, I cut up old men’s ties and stapled to the fronts. Just another idea for you.

  • Mikie
    on Jun 12, 2018

    kewl idea, very nice.

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