My Old Desk Drawers Turned Into... Great Planters!

Leah Fried
by Leah Fried
4 Materials
4 Hours

Well, that's the way it started... In the last year we renovated our house and there are too many things that are still waiting in our backyard to be reused (good luck with that.. ).

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So, there's my desk that I used to do my homework on as a kid. It was already in a bad shape, but still, it was too hard to through away. Then one day I had this idea to turn the drawers into...planters!

Step 1: Unscrew the drawer top

Step 2: Order all the boxes together after removing the top

Step 3: Drill holes for the water to come out (My husband was so proud of me for actually using this drill... icon )

Step 4: Paint the drawers with a wood paint -- I used a very very light green


Step 5: Let the drawers dry out in the sun for an hour

Step 6: In the mean time, buy some herbs and flowers

Step 7: Fill the boxes with some soil

Step 8: Start planting

So cute! I was so proud

Step 9: Finish planting and setting the boxes in a way you love

Step 10: Lay the water pipe on the side

Step 11: Make sure the water line won't slip

And last... a question for you all : What should I make from the drawer fronts? Please let me know if you have any idea- I promise to share the results with youicon

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  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 14, 2021

    Mail it on the wall or fence and place vining plants?

  • Cathy Cerretani Morgan Cathy Cerretani Morgan on Apr 13, 2022

    I understand you used chalk paint but being outside and watering plants would it get ruined by water, sun etc ?

  • P P on Apr 17, 2022

    Draw fronts painted with house numbers?

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  • Robin N. Robin N. on Apr 12, 2023

    Paint drawer fronts a complementary color to the house. Hang by the back door. Add some extra hooks or nobs. They can hold umbrellas , coats or jackets, and some animal leashes.

  • Coyle Coyle on Apr 01, 2024

    Cute, but all that hard work you put into making these they are just going to rot in a year or so because they weren't properly sealed, lined, etc.