Dresser Drawer Upcyle: Window Boxes

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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....

To see more details please visit: http://www.kammyskorner.com/2013/08/dresser-drawer-window-boxes-new-and.html

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  • CWise CWise on Jan 31, 2017
    Did you screw the drawer fronts to your planters?
  • Debra Madden Debra Madden on Jun 03, 2018

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

    • Lori Johnson Lori Johnson on Jun 03, 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 Lori Johnson on Jun 03, 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 Janet McCarraher on Jun 03, 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 Rudy Anne on Jun 03, 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 Wendy Baldwin on Jun 03, 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 Lori Johnson on Jun 03, 2018

    Would something like this work on a trailer house?

    • Janice Janice on Jun 03, 2018

      Absolutely, it would work and be really cute!

    • Mike Mike on Jun 03, 2018

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

    • Christina Hindle Christina Hindle on Jun 03, 2018

      So what are you saying?

    • Shuganne Shuganne on Jun 03, 2018

      Now isn't that better unsaid?

    • Catherine  Hays Catherine Hays on Jun 03, 2018

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

    • Traci Traci on Jun 03, 2018

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

    • Dana Dana on Jun 03, 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 Carol Jackson on Jun 03, 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 Lori Johnson on Jun 04, 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 Han32945037 on Jun 03, 2018

    How to secure to stucco?

  • Ruthie Langston Terry Ruthie Langston Terry on Jun 03, 2018

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

    • Margaret Green Margaret Green on Jun 03, 2018

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

    • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jun 03, 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 Kammy's Korner on Jun 05, 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 Jan on Jun 04, 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.


    • Mnd25501115 Mnd25501115 on Jun 04, 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 MaryLea Mann Benson on Jun 04, 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 Donna on Jun 09, 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 Helen a on Jun 04, 2018

    what is the plant behind the hostas---thanks

  • Esther Faunce DiPaola 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 Lindy on Jun 06, 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 Gail on Jun 06, 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 Maxie on Jun 09, 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 Patsy47 on Jun 09, 2019

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

    • Wendy Baldwin Wendy Baldwin on Jun 09, 2019

      Would command hooks work outside?

    • Jan Jan on Jun 09, 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 Coletom on Jun 09, 2019

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

  • Janet B Janet B on Jun 09, 2019


  • Tamera Sellers Tamera Sellers on Jun 09, 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??


    • Traderal 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 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 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 Paula P on Jun 10, 2019

      Thank you Carol. I'll check those out.

    • Tracey Tracey on Jun 16, 2019

      She mentions cool pool by Valspar.

    • Jackie Angus 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 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 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 Cathy on Jun 16, 2019

    Very nice!!! I love this idea!

  • Deb 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 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 Christine on Jun 16, 2019

      With masonry screws.

    • Pat Wright Pat Wright on Jun 16, 2019



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

    • Patricia Cook 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 Sarah Hayden Morris on Mar 25, 2020

      could one do this on a rental?

    • Suzanne 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 Shirley on Mar 25, 2020

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

  • Claudia Williams 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 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 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!

    • Linda Farnes Linda Farnes on Feb 03, 2021

      I think the drawer handles make them very unique!! And they stand out as UPCYCLED too !!👍👍

  • Debra Debra on Jun 22, 2019

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

    • Kammy's Korner 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 Wendy Roithner on Mar 25, 2020

      I believe the fronts are plastic.

    • Diane Snead Diane Snead on Mar 25, 2020

      That was my understanding

      Also. Plastic would survive the weather.

    • Gail 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.

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

  • Ardale 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!

  • Carol Carol on Mar 25, 2020

    Can you screw into aluminum siding?

  • Linda C Linda C on Mar 25, 2020

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

    • Judy Judy on Mar 26, 2020

      Really I agree

    • Julie Tomlin 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 Mikkigirl on Mar 26, 2020

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

    • Sarah Sarah on Mar 27, 2020

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

  • RichandTammy Whiteside 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 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 Jeannie Housel on Mar 28, 2020

    What brand and color paint was used on the door?

  • Jackie Lynnley 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 Marjorie on Mar 30, 2020

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

    • Renee Walters 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 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 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 Beth on Mar 30, 2020

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

  • Susan Hartley Susan Hartley on Mar 31, 2020

    Any ideas for a buffet in the kitchen

    • BetsyRambo BetsyRambo on Oct 17, 2020

      Pinterest, Etsy. Decorative Paint any nice piece of furniture like a dresser or buffet piece. A new top if needed maybe granite? Lights hanging over it, side piece can be added for trash pull down maybe using a beadboard faced door with handle and piano hinge at bottom exposing an attached lined trash receptacle inside that fits into the cut out side of the cabinet that’s been trimmed. Overhead could be a suspended wine rack with glass slots and hooks for openers, etc. ideas are endless. U can add wheels to move or reposition as needed. Handing serving utensils from racks on side.

    • D D on Feb 14, 2021

      BetsyRambo, your statement seemed interesting, do you have any pictures?

      particularly the trash can and the wine/glass rack hooks for openers(?)

      you may have endless ideas, but I have trouble picturing it.

  • Lucerolollie Lucerolollie on Feb 03, 2021

    Why didn't you use the whole drawer?

    • Darlene Darlene on Feb 04, 2021

      She said earlier that the whole dresser was in really sad shape and the drawers were warped.

      I went back and read that again myself when I saw the plastic planters.

    • Beth Beth on Feb 04, 2021

      They did this the first time but the pressboard isn’t designed for outside use. Moisture warps the wood.

    • Buddy Sofia Buddy Sofia on Feb 04, 2021

      Rain warpage etc

    • Nancy Peters Nancy Peters on Feb 04, 2021



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  • Sam Sam on Mar 27, 2021

    I love it! It adds so much charm to your house! I am going to try it on the inside of my bedroom window! I will place ashelf on the supports & just put my individual potted houseplants on it. I love "bringing the outdoorps in"!

  • Trish F Trish F on Mar 27, 2021

    This looks great.

    I would have cut the drawer to leave a side piece on it to completely hide the plastic flower box from sight.