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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  • Marjorie
    on Mar 30, 2020

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

    • 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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