From Office to Garden: Filing Cabinet to Garden Planter

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I totally snagged this wonderful project from Carole in Australia who posted her version last week. I loved this so much I went right to work with my own planter. Here's what I came up with...
The hunt for a filing cabinet took me to my nearby Habitat Restore. I found several orphaned filing cabinets, one of which was older, made of thicker gauge metal, and (most importantly) had a bottom. It cost me $15. They probably would have taken $10 but it’s the restore. They need that $5.
Step 1: Remove the drawers.
Most filing cabinet drawers are removed by fully extending the drawer and then lifting up. The drawer is then detached from the extension mechanism.
If you pull the extension mechanism out, you will notice that it stops at some point. Look for a tab on the mechanism. By lifting this tab, the drawer extension will slide completely out of the cabinet.
Step 2: Sand loose paint and rust spots.
Using 180 grit sandpaper, sand areas with loose paint or rust spots. Sand lightly over the entire cabinet with a 220 grit paper. This will help your paint to adhere to the metal. Wipe down the cabinet with a damp rag to remove all the dust.
Step 3: Prime and paint.
I used spray paint and primer found at any home improvement or hardware store. Even though the paint I used has a primer in it, I chose to use a self etching primer because I wanted to make sure my paint stuck to the metal and withstood the weather.
I also wanted a planter that looked like copper. In order to achieve this, I painted the cabinet with two coats of Forged Hammered ‘Chestnut’ and one topcoat of Metallic ‘Aged Copper.’ I thought the copper alone was too bright.
Step 4: Install some casters.
Casters are optional, however if you want to be able to move the planter easily, I recommend them. I purchased casters, stainless steel bolts, washers, and locking nuts. Each caster is rated for 90 pounds and the stainless steel hardware won’t rust. You will have to guess what size of caster is best for the size of cabinet you use.
Be sure to drill some drainage holes in the bottom of the planter before turning it upright.
Step 5: Fill the planter with soil.
Most plants used in containers do not require more that a few inches of soil. Since 12 inches of soil was really all I needed, I placed old kitty litter containers in the bottom of the planter to take up space without adding excessive weight.
The planter is now ready to fill with good container soil and plants.
Check in on my blog for additional details. Thank you Carole for your inspiration! ~Julie

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  • Den3351483 Den3351483 on Jul 15, 2016
    Did you spray paint the inside of the planter? How did it withstand the weather elements? I live in Wisconsin.
    • Mona Milander Mona Milander on Feb 20, 2017
      I have done things similar to this before. I have found the spray paints have a tendency to kill plants. I do the tops of the planter and the inside to the top of where my dirt goes or a little above my dirt line. Spray paints are fairly toxic. Hope helps.
    • Carol Dean Carol Dean on Oct 07, 2017
      You'd also have to Drill Holes in the back, for water to drain out!

    • Tim Donna Andreason Tim Donna Andreason on Nov 24, 2017
      This is mine.
  • Wav27570756 Wav27570756 on Jul 09, 2017
    how did you re-purpose the drawers?
  • Jeanne Jeanne on Sep 15, 2017
    Is that Lavender ?
    I love copper look you gave it
  • Barbara LeBouton West Barbara LeBouton West on Dec 23, 2017
    I'm confused about the kitty litter containers....they appear to not be open so I'm guessing you didn't place plants IN them....what are they for?Did you place plants inside something else and set them on top of the litter boxes?
    • Aun4375088 Aun4375088 on Dec 24, 2017
      To save weight as you don’t need to fill th whole filing cabinet with soil. When I used a huge pot which I knew I also didn’t need it to filled withsoil i used polystyrene blocks and that meant the weight of the pot when filled was light and I still had enough soil for the plants. Really just fillers. Hope this helps.
    • Vicki Nettesheim Vicki Nettesheim on Jan 10, 2018
      thank you that was my confusion too now i get it I love this idea . doing this for sure this spring ..
    • Libby Libby on Apr 13, 2019

      Instructions say it is just to take up space so she doesn’t have to use as much soil and to keep from so much added weight,

    • Tracey Erickson Tracey Erickson on Apr 13, 2019

      Wondering if she used double what was pictured...3 (or four upside down to take up space/give lift) Then place the same amount right side up and fillable with dirt and plants? But in the pic the soil is all the way across?? Not individualized to container?

    • Vicki Vicki on Apr 13, 2019

      The kitty litter containers appear to be placed upside down so that the soil will go around them. This is so the planter won't be too heavy.

    • Mary Krienke Mary Krienke on Apr 13, 2019

      The empty kitty litter boxes are upside down. The openings face the bottom of the planter. They are only used to fill in the space.

    • Patricia Patricia on Apr 13, 2019

      The kitty litter containers were used to take up room so less soil is needed.

    • Donna Donna on Apr 14, 2019

      Hi Barbara, the reason the kitty litter pails are closed is to fill the excess space on the bottom so that you don't need as much soil and the file cabinet won't be as heavy to move around. I do this in my larger containers. ( My neighbors are always shocked when they see me carrying around large flower containers filled with soil. Lol)

    • Silvia Angle Silvia Angle on Apr 14, 2019

      Turned upside down to lessen the amount of dirt needed to fill the planters

    • Tina Tina on Apr 14, 2019

      Takes up space

    • Jeanne Morrison Jeanne Morrison on Apr 14, 2019

      Using the litter pails is a way to not have to fill the entire planter with soil, but enough for your plants. Saves money on planting mix, weight, & will still give the plants plenty of soil to grow in, I use packing peanuts tied up in plastic (Walmart bags) at the bottoms of my lg. planters , & then add soil, everything grows beautifuly

    • Thomas Dildine Thomas Dildine on Apr 14, 2019

      The kitty litter containers are placed upside down deep into the filing cabinet. These take up space so you can use fewer square feet of soil. Because, as the article states, most plants only need a few inches of soil.

    • Lou Ann Newell Lou Ann Newell on Apr 14, 2019

      Why do you put the peanuts in the WalMart bags? The peanuts would let the water drain through would it not? It sounds like a good idea though to use the peanuts!!

    • Julie Julie on Apr 14, 2019

      Why not just build a shelf inside the planter about 6" from the top. Drill holes and fill with soil ? Or better yet use the kitty litter containers as your pots, and cover with moss or some other filler ( pine cones) to make it look like the whole thing is one big planter.

    • Kay Kay on Apr 14, 2019

      Its the equvilent of using foam packing pellets. It reduces the weight of the planter and you can use a lot less soil to fill the drawer space. Most plants only need a few inches of soil.

    • Jody Burge Jody Burge on Apr 14, 2019

      Julie, building a shelf would make it top heavy and easy to tip over. With the containers inside it makes the weight more evenly distributed.

  • Sky Sky on Apr 14, 2019

    Can it withstand the outdoor elements? You did a great job

    • Cindy Lovelace Cindy Lovelace on Apr 14, 2019

      It could withstand outside if it had been coated with Spar Varnish or any other outside sealer. It is still going to rust from the inside because of water. I would drill some drain holes in the bottom so it wouldn't fill with water in the rain.

    • Wanda Kirk Wanda Kirk on Apr 14, 2019

      Thin metal and not rust proof. Two years max before the bottom falls out unless you line the interior with a sheet of plastic.

    • D. Powers D. Powers on Apr 14, 2019

      Good idea Cindy, otherwise you have a mosquito breeding ground.

    • Lyn Peterson Marshall Lyn Peterson Marshall on Apr 14, 2019

      She does state to be sure to drill some drainage holes in the bottom

    • Jackie Jackie on Apr 14, 2019

      I have one that has been outside for 2 years, this is the 3rd. After one year the bottom rusted out around the wheels so i put it on a furniture mover... after a year it broke and now it is on 4x4 blocks......I have not had to repaint it yet...

  • Ann Marie Van Haitsma Ann Marie Van Haitsma on Apr 14, 2019

    What did you create with the drawers?

    • Patsy Price Patsy Price on Apr 14, 2019

      You probably make smaller planters with them.

    • Susie Martin Susie Martin on Apr 14, 2019

      I would probably make smaller planters as previously suggested.

    • JudyH JudyH on Jul 12, 2019

      I'm now sure the drawers would work well as planters because the sides are only a few inches deep - about half the depth of the drawer so the soil would only be about 4-5 inches deep. You would have to be sure to use plants that don't have a very deep root system

  • Gary Gary on Apr 14, 2019

    I have very old iron patio furniture. Very old and heavy. It has a lot of rust for setting for many years. What is the easiest way to remove all the Rust and build up. So I can get a smooth finish the painting. And what kind of paint would you recommend. ,thanks

    • Stephanie Rountree Stephanie Rountree on Apr 14, 2019

      I would take the furniture to an auto body shop and have them sandblast it.

    • Patsy47 Patsy47 on Apr 14, 2019

      Steph has a great idea..,sandblast....the you could easily spray paint it with Rustoleum.....or even use a brush on version of the oil- based product.

    • Jeanne Martin Jeanne Martin on Apr 14, 2019

      I'm currently repainting my patio table & 4 chairs. I am using a wire brush on the rust and flakey paint. I use a scraper to get under larger flakes to kinda pop them off. I go over the rusted areas one more time with the wire brush to smooth it out some, then wipe clean. It doesn't have to perfectly smooth because the only area rusting is the chairs wheel base that sits on my patio (they are swivel chairs). I’m also using a hammered spray paint that helps hide little imperfections. I hope this helps! It is alot of work but my cost is only the spray paint. Luckily only 2 chairs have the worst rust.

    • Bucko2000 Bucko2000 on Apr 14, 2019

      I used Rustoluem on my chairs and the next year rust was back. So I bought automobile paint from Amazon. A bit pricey but this is year 3 and No Rust!

    • Sandra Sandra on Apr 14, 2019

      How do I remove the rust

    • Pam Cunningham Novak Pam Cunningham Novak on Apr 14, 2019

      Naval jelly is a good rust remover. You can get at the hardware store. Use fine steel wool to remove, then sand with fine sandpaper (wet sandpaper is great for smooth finish 440/620)

    • Kimberlee Muessig Kossup Kimberlee Muessig Kossup on Apr 14, 2019

      You can go to a store such as Harbour freight and get a sand blaster relatively cheap. Hopefully you have an air compressor, if not you can probably rent one from the local tool rental place (actually you may be able to rent the whole thing there) Get a bag of sand a face mask (one that covers your whole face) and heavy gloves and sand blast away.

      It will get in all the nooks and crannies and is actually kind of fun to do.

      Make sure you was it off very well before painting it or you will have sand in your finish.

      This is a lot quicker than paint remover, gets in small spots and you are not exposed to chemicals.

  • Mssmatch Mssmatch on Apr 14, 2019

    Don't all the buckets block all the drain holes?

    • Rita Rowden Rita Rowden on Apr 14, 2019

      I'm sure you can drill holes around buckets

    • Vicky Thomas Vicky Thomas on Apr 14, 2019

      The buckets are only used to take up room so she doesn't have to use soil, thus helping the weight of the planter. If she waters appropriately, the plants likely drain just fine.

    • Susie Martin Susie Martin on Apr 14, 2019

      There is plenty of space around the buckets for water to flow to the drain holes.

  • Susan Caswell Susan Caswell on Apr 14, 2019

    Did you use anything for stabilization for the caster inside the file cabinet. Like screwing the casters into wood blocks?

    • Celia Stabler Vencil Celia Stabler Vencil on Apr 14, 2019

      She would have had to put something in there. I cannot get her link to work, maybe she has that part in that article.

    • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Apr 14, 2019

      Susan, it does not look like she used anything to stabilize the casters, and also stated they were rated for 90 lbs. each. I personally don’t think that’s enough with the weight of soil but to each his own preference. I would definitely use some sort of board inside like a 1x3 and make a full frame to fit inside the cabinet. I was able to get to her blog but not through here. Hope that helps

    • Jeanie Jeanie on Apr 21, 2019

      Great idea..i wouldn't have thought if that either.

  • Deborah Deborah on Apr 14, 2019

    Just put the soil in top of the litter containers?

    • Adrena Madden Adrena Madden on Apr 14, 2019

      No. Do not put soil inside of litter containers. The purpose of them is to take up empty space without adding a lot unnecessary weight. Turn the kitty litter containers, or whatever containers upside down. They will be hollow inside. Then you put your soil around and on top of them. If you filled them with soul, they would be serving no purpose, and make the cabinet planter very heavy. Good luck with your project.

    • Triciabaxter21 Triciabaxter21 on Apr 14, 2019

      I used empty gallon water jugs in the bottom of the cabinet that I turned into a planter.

    • 25842967 25842967 on Apr 14, 2019

      we go through alot of 8oz water bottles...hence: I use them for my planters

    • Bbunny42 Bbunny42 on Apr 14, 2019

      I have also used empty detergent bottles (with the lid on) and aluminum cans and they worked very well.

    • Mickey Mickey on Apr 14, 2019

      I use the black pots that you get large plants in. Works great and makes my large flower pots easy for move.

    • CarlyTee CarlyTee on Apr 14, 2019

      Yes Deborah. Just place the soil around and on top of the containers. They should stay put with soil around them :-)

    • Barbara S Barbara S on Apr 14, 2019

      Man in the iron mask

  • Anita Watson Anita Watson on Apr 14, 2019

    Are the plants in containers and then set on top of litter buckets? It just seems that the soil would would fall around the buckets. Someone please let me know because I have a filing cabinet that would be perfect. Thanks

    • Linda Linda on Apr 14, 2019

      The plastic buckets are there to take up space. That way you will not need as much soil and the cabinet is lighter. The soil is just poured in and goes around and over the buckets. You can then plant directly into the soil in the cabinet.

    • 25842967 25842967 on Apr 14, 2019

      you can do it either way...

    • Celia Stabler Vencil Celia Stabler Vencil on Apr 14, 2019

      I would use cat litter trays on top of the upturned buckets if all you need is a minimal amount of soil.

    • Vicki Vicki on Apr 14, 2019

      You can fill up the bottom with anything lightweight, like empty black nursery pots your plants come in & something that works great is styrofoam packing peanuts.

    • Shirley Shirley on Apr 14, 2019

      Celia Stabler Vencil trays are too shallow unless planting succulents only. Just use some hollow containers such as the upside down buckets or a bunch of plastic jugs with lids to take up space and fill with potting soil.

    • Kel Kel on Apr 14, 2019

      The buckets are to reduce overall weight. Take your plants out of containers so they can grow and roots can expand. 50 lbs vs 500 lbs is a great weight difference

    • Phil Phil on Apr 14, 2019

      You could also go with buckets that are a little shorter on the bottom, then place the kitty liter trays on top of them, then instead of dirt put potted plants down inside the trays. This would allow you to change up your arrangements throughout the growing season. Pots of spring flowering bulbs and lilies followed by summer flowers and trailing vines, and finally mums in the fall. So many possibilities. Love the idea of using the wheels to make it portable.

    • Gar27904948 Gar27904948 on Apr 14, 2019

      Recheck the photos. Litter buckets are upside down just to take up space. Sure soil will fall down around the buckets, but you want need as much soil as you would if you didn’t use them or something similar to take up the space.

      Good luck with your planting project.

    • Sandy R Sandy R on Apr 14, 2019

      You can also use empty plastic water bottles

    • Jodie Jodie on Apr 14, 2019

      I use the packing peanuts in the bottom of my planters. They s

    • Lee Portnoy Lee Portnoy on Apr 14, 2019

      You are correct that the soil will fall around and in the spaces between the bucket. You can fill in more of the space that's in between with empty plastic water or soda bottles (leave the lids on) and/or packing peanuts as well to use a bit less soil.

    • Anne Gormley Hopkins Anne Gormley Hopkins on Apr 15, 2019

      The purpose of putting the buckets in upside down is to take up space so you don't have to use as much soil.

    • Sharon Sharon on Apr 21, 2019

      I think the drawers could also be incorporated with this idea.

  • Patti Patti on Apr 14, 2019

    How about painting and using the drawers for planters?

    • CarlyTee CarlyTee on Apr 14, 2019

      It wouldn’t really work. You could only have one drawer open at a time which would defeat the purpose. (There is a “one drawer at a time” mechanism built in to all filing cabinets. This is a safety thing - to prevent the cabinet toppling over.) Not to mention the physics of a drawer full of soil - you’d have to counter balance this in the cabinet.

    • Susie Susie on Apr 14, 2019

      Yes, Patti, you could used the drawers by themselves for INDIVIDUAL, smaller planters.

    • Shirley Shirley on Apr 14, 2019

      CarlyTee the cabinet is on its back. Patti is thinking of using the drawers separately.

    • Susan QC Susan QC on Apr 14, 2019

      The problem with this type of drawer is there are no back and sides, only the front. You can see this in the second picture. So if your plants only need a couple inches of soil, you could probably do it.

    • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Apr 21, 2019

      Susie, that is true of this particular project, I was thinking of a filing cabinet were you could use the drawers pull each out to different lengths, like the bottom one all the way out, the next about half way, and if there is a third about half way of the second one use a piece of board to cut off the half of drawer you aren't using, and fill with dirt and plant, hey may do that with one or two I have here at home and if do will post it.

  • Susie Susie on Apr 14, 2019

    Very cool, but how long would you expect them to last before rusting apart completely? Just wondering. Maybe lining the inside of the whole cabinet with a thick plastic drop cloth before adding the spacer buckets and the soil would give it a longer life. Anyway, it's very attractive.

    • Betty Barnes Betty Barnes on Apr 14, 2019

      Great way to repurpose the file cabinet.

      I think using a plastic tarp before putting the liter pails in full of dirt would hold moisture in and actually hasten rusting. I think drilling drain wholes on the bottom side with the wheels on would be beneficial. It would allow air curriculation an inhibit rusting.

    • Maryvh Maryvh on Apr 14, 2019

      Spray painting inside and out with Rustoleum will inhibit rust.

    • Ellerieshae Ellerieshae on Apr 21, 2019

      I was thinking maybe using something equivalent to Flex Seal would also help?

    • Denise Hay Denise Hay on Apr 21, 2019

      You could always turn the buckets with the opening at the top and plant directly inside them. Of course, you would have to drill holes in the bottom of the buckets for drainage.

    • Susan Susan on Apr 21, 2019

      She sprayed it with Rust-oleum.

      she won’t have to spray them for at least.. every 5 years.

    • Monica Ragan Green Monica Ragan Green on Apr 21, 2019

      There is also plastic paint that will get kind of hard and keep out water. Or you could buy a bedliner kit's for trucks and it would protect it for life. That is why they use them is to keep your truck bed from rusting. You can get the spray in kind and it is cheaper than the kits.

    • Sandra Mavity Sandra Mavity on Apr 21, 2019

      Maybe spray the entire interior with "FLEX" paint to seal it. Plant directly into it (drill drainage holes before sealing)

  • Cyndi Cyndi on Apr 17, 2019

    How would I make it safe so I cpuld grow veggies?

    • Felicia Felicia on Apr 19, 2019

      Why would it be “dangerous”? Just asking?🥴

    • Susan Snyder Susan Snyder on Apr 21, 2019

      You can grow veggies in it as is, just as the file cabinet has been prepared in the article. It is safe.

    • Pamela Pamela on Apr 21, 2019

      Even if the way the filing cabinet wasn't safe the way it is done in the article, the buckets would be plenty of protection. I do however suggest drilling drainholes in the bottom of the filing cabinet (originally the back side) and the buckets to prevent standing water and over watering of the plants and prevent mosquito breeding grounds and early rusting. Also, using Rust-Oleum like you would on iron lawn furniture will help to prevent rusting.

    • Sherri Sherri on Apr 21, 2019

      Im only guessing as a novice gardener but some chemicals may leak into soil. Depending on what it is and how your edible plants absorb from soil it can be dangerous. I think that is the concern. as in the paint from the cabinets or process of how they are made.. but as far as rust.. Ive heard that is good for soil/plants ??

    • Deb Ivy Deb Ivy on Apr 21, 2019

      She does say to be sure and drill drain holes while it’s turned over to add the casters...

    • Melissa C Melissa C on Apr 21, 2019

      See Deb Ivy!

    • Lori Bihl Cox Lori Bihl Cox on Apr 21, 2019

      Maybe use a plastic liner or container to eliminate contact with cabinet. It would make a great raised garden idea.

    • Brenda Kay Howard Brenda Kay Howard on Apr 21, 2019

      I line the inside of repurposed metal items with canvas drop cloths before planting.

  • Hope Graham Hope Graham on Apr 21, 2019

    What are some good flowers that can be grown in hanging baskets in the house and/or hung from my porch,at times. And also plants that will grow in pots in the house

    • Susan Susan on Apr 22, 2019

      Good old philodendron is great inside or outside. If its soil is kept too wet, the tips of the leaves will form drops of water on them or turn black. If it’s too dry, just one leaf will turn yellow. Simply pull that leaf off. It will climb on branches or other structure in the pot and then flow over hanging in long vines. New plants can be started by putting a leaf stem in water to root.

  • Pamela Sloan Pamela Sloan on Apr 22, 2019

    Does the kitty litter wick water away from your plants?

    • Susan Susan on Apr 22, 2019

      I’m pretty sure she didn’t use the actual litter product itself — only the empty containers as a means of taking up space in the bottom of each section before adding in (expensive) soil. Look at the photo with yellow litter plastic containers.

    • Jan Jan on Apr 22, 2019

      Looks like she just uses the empty kitty litter containers upside down to fill some of the space. This way she doesn't have to use an unnecessary amount or soil.

    • Jeffrey Jeffrey on Apr 22, 2019

      She didn’t use kitty litter

  • Monica Monica on Apr 22, 2019

    ive seen planters like this at a high price. this one im gonna try. i love it

  • Sheri schooler Sheri schooler on Apr 22, 2019

    Are the kitty litter containers empty then filled with soil?

  • Nancy Nancy on Apr 22, 2019

    What did you do with the drawers? I’m thinking you could also put the casters on the for short planters but wondering if you came up with a clever idea for the front, handle area

    • Deb Ward Deb Ward on Apr 24, 2019

      Good question! I want to find that out too!

    • User User on Jun 02, 2019

      Nancy, I love the idea of planting in the drawers. They can be rolling accents elsewhere in the space. I am so doing this whole thing. Great idea, Nancy! And, great project, Julie @ Southern Wild Design! I would add styrofoam sheets inside to shield against heat buildup for the plants roots to stay cooler on hot days. This might be a good use of packing materials with no place to recycle them.

    • Kendall Lowery Kendall Lowery on Oct 02, 2019

      You can also add plywood top with some foam and fabric and casters to make a rolling stool with storage or little storage ottomans

  • Gayle Gayle on Jul 11, 2019

    I have a black, two drawer metal file cabinet in good shape, but I want to do something creative with it and use it inside as a table, or plant stand of sorts; any ideas?

    • JudyH JudyH on Jul 12, 2019

      Gayle, I just finished making a side table out of a file cabinet. I bought chunky ball feet from Home Depot, wooden plaques larger than the pull grips on each drawer, and screw in decorative knobs for each drawer. I primer and painted the cabinet in my color choice and stained the feet and plaques. After everything was dry, I installed the feet, then I screwed the decorative knobs in the center of the plaques and installed them over the cabinet hand grips on the drawers. Now you have to look closely to see it is a file cabinet. It looks like a painted piece with oak accents. The knobs I bought at Hobby Lobby look like old clear glass door knobs. Hope my project gives you some ideas about the possibilities.

    • JudyH JudyH on Jul 12, 2019

      Gayle, to clarify my previous post, the cabinet I have had flat, recessed hand grips to open a drawer so I could put the plaques with the new knob directly over them. If your cabinet has handles, just take them off

    • Gayle Gayle on Jul 12, 2019

      Judy, Mine cabinet does have the flat, recessed grips; and, I love your idea. I also like the ball feet idea; I'm heading to the store today! Thanks so much!

    • Holly Holly on Jul 18, 2019

      I have seen desks made with the 2 drawer cabinets and slab interior doors. You could really dress it up with the other suggests. Stain the door same as the bun feet.

    • Paula Mathews Paula Mathews on Aug 17, 2019

      Looks like you could do the same thing and cover with a lid or topper... maybe you could use it for storage

  • Rhonda Rhonda on Jul 11, 2019

    what about holes in the bottom for drainage and inside rusting?

    Looks so nice though, great idea!

    • Cathy Mack Cathy Mack on Jul 18, 2019

      They said, "be sure to drill some drainage holes in bottom before turning it upright."

    • Lisa West Lisa West on Mar 25, 2020

      You can use flex seal spray on the inside to keep the unit from rusting. She did drill holes. It's in the same step for adding the wheels.

  • Essie Craig Essie Craig on Feb 06, 2020

    Bottom of file cabinet is open what should I do , to cover it so that soil will not come out. Want it to use for vegetables. Please.

    • Terri Fiorelli Terri Fiorelli on Mar 01, 2020

      Measure and have home depo or store in your area to set it on. You will need to drill a block on the sides to keep from falling in. Drill holes for drainage. Just a thought.😁

    • Terri Fiorelli Terri Fiorelli on Mar 01, 2020

      Sorry, store will cut board for you.

    • Debbie L Shawen Moore Debbie L Shawen Moore on Mar 01, 2020

      Use landscaping fabric. Water will drain but the soil will stay put.

    • Lisa West Lisa West on Mar 25, 2020

      You can use landspaimg fabric or screw scrap wood to it spray with flex seal so the wood and unit doeant rust or rot and make sure you drill holes for drainage.

  • Nhe49162707 Nhe49162707 on Jun 13, 2020

    Do metal planters get too hot in sun for plant roots?


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  • Sonja Horn Sonja Horn on Jun 25, 2020

    Love this great idea! I have been wanting some of this type of planters and could not afford them. Thank you so very much for these fabulous ideas ! Mt. Solon, VA

  • Lynne de Bie Lynne de Bie on Jan 03, 2021

    Ours turned out great! We used matching filing cabinets and secured them end to end--creating doubles. Used the "Hugelkultur" method of layering--logs, fertilizer, compost, soil--to fill the units. Drilled holes in bottom for draining, installed pipes for watering system. Winter veggies are thriving.