Drawer Planters

by Roberta
6 Materials
30 Minutes

I'm always trying to reuse items instead of them ending up in the trash. I actually grabbed the drawers from the side of the road before the garbage man got them! 😂

I started with two drawers that looked like they had a full life previously. 🙄 The paint job wasn't quite my style. They were a good size though.

No fancy paint job this time. I just grabbed a can of white spray paint and covered the previous artwork. These drawers didn't have hardware..so I grabbed some from my stash and put them on after the paint dried.

Since the drawers were pretty deep..I filled the bottom with plastic bottles I had in my recycling bin. It will fill the space and help with drainage.

I had some landscaping cloth in my barn and covered the bottles before I poured soil.

I layered a little soil before adding plants.

I took the plants out of the containers and split the bottom roots so they could grow.

After planting the flowers, I added more soil to fill the drawers. I left a little room so they could get bigger and I might add more plants in the back.

Simple, cheap and pretty. Since I had everything already, I only had to pay for the flowers.

*note: I'm only using these for one season. For longer use..you may want to use an outdoor sealer.

I'm hoping the paint chips away and my plants grow over the edge as Spring weather improves here in Maryland.

I'm not an expert by any means ..but these petunias are so hearty that they make me look like I know what I'm doing! 😂🤣

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  • Colleen Smith Gonzalez Colleen Smith Gonzalez on May 21, 2021

    Does the wood rot after a while since it is not treated is it? Does the landscaping cloth help with that?

  • Susan Susan on May 23, 2021

    Did you drill holes in the bottom of the drawers?

  • Dana osborne Dana osborne on Apr 14, 2022

    What is the reason for the plastic bottles? Do you fill them with water?

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  • Josie Josie on Apr 22, 2022

    Any time I see drawers for the trash, I try to stop and pick them up. I still have a couple that I didn't know what to do with. Now I do, thanks for the project idea

  • Kathie Belcher Kathie Belcher on Apr 24, 2022

    Yes, I would like to try this project.😁