Monday, July 7, 2014

Old Drawers into Porch Planters

Hello!  Today I am sharing a repurposed project, old drawers into porch planters.  I have seen drawers used for planters several times and loved them....so, here is my version.  This project was first seen on My Repurposed Life the end of May, and I have been enjoying them ever since so I am super happy to share finally them on my blog!
Old Drawers into Porch Planters

This project makes me super happy, and I am so glad I get to see them on my porch every day.  Let me show you how you can turn your own repurposed drawers into planters.
old drawers and spindles
I started with these cute drawers I picked on our city's clean up day for free.  I had been wanting to do some type of planter for my front porch and these already had a cute color on the front. The spindles were $1 at the Restore, I have had them for quite a while.
attaching spindles with scrap wood
Using scrap wood I cut to size to fit the bottom of the drawer and drilled pocket holes on each end.  Here I am attaching the short sides first.
Using pocket holes to attach scrap wood to make a table base
I got busy and forgot to take more pictures, but you can see I was building a frame or base.  I did both short sides first and then attached them together with the long apron pieces.  I used Gorilla wood glue before I screwed them together. 
using scrap wood to make a base and legs for drawer bottom
Here I am dry fitting the base for the shorter planter.  I used scrap wood for this, you can see one part had holes drilled in it, I had to fill them in.
planter base all built
After the bases were built I tried the drawers on top and they fit!  Now to make a shelf for the bottom...
using lath and paint sticks to make a slat shelf
I had these pieces of wood left over from my Master closet drawer fronts.  They were perfect for slats.  I taped them together and cut them all at once.  The two ends needed to be shortened so I cut them with my jigsaw. 
nailing on the slats for a shelf
For the short planter I used free 5 gallon paint sticks from the Home Depot, that I had on hand. Then I glued and nailed them onto the bases with my New Ryobi Air Strike Nail Gun!!  I got it for Mother's day!  Best. Gift. Ever.
super gluing drawer pulls on for feet
After looking at them together I was sad I didn't make the shorter one a little taller, oh well.  To help it out I gave it some feet using my Gorilla Super glue.  The feet are wooden drawer knobs.
nailing on drawers to base and drilling holes for drainage
To finish I stapled he drawers to the bases, and then drilled some holes for draining.
spray painting planter bases
The drawer fronts were taped off so I could spray paint the bottoms in Rustoleum's Satin Green Apple. I sprayed them upside down first then right side up.  For both it took one can, and was SO much faster than painting by hand!
MyLove2Create, Old Drawers into Porch Planters
Here they are ready for flowers...
MyLove2Create, Old Drawers into Porch Planters
And I think I am in love!  I can't tell you how excited I am to have these on my porch!
MyLove2Create, Old Drawers into Porch Planters
They are sure to brighten anyone's day.
MyLove2Create, Old Drawers into Porch Planters
I love that I could use the bottom shelves for plants as well.
MyLove2Create, Old Drawers into Porch Planters
For the bottom shelf on the tall planter I used my tapered crate that I made.
MyLove2Create, Old Drawers into Porch Planters
I didn't have anything that fit on the small planter so I made this little wooden planter on the bottom in less than 10 minutes (thanks to my new nail gun) and it is perfect!
That is it!  A fun way to repurpose your old drawers!  Have you done any drawer repurposing?

Hugs,
Mindi

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35 comments:

  1. Oh you know I soooo dig this!!! They are out of this world cool friend! I LOVE planters and these have such fantastic whimsy!!! You really knocked me over with these! PINNING! Nicole xoxo

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  2. I love them too! Thanks for sharing and the tutorial too.

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  3. Very cute! Love the color combination. Thanks for linking up! #merrymonday stopping by from http://www.everafterinthewoods.com

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  4. What a cute idea, Mindi! I love the color combinations you chose. And the flowers look gorgeous! What a nice way to add a little height too. Pinning :)

    -Erin
    The Blue Eyed Dove

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  5. Oh my! those are the cutest planters ever! I love how you used spindles for the legs... and at only $1 each it's a deal! the colors are so festive. You just pat your self on the back for me, because this is fabulous..... :)
    XoX, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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  6. So cute and such a cool idea! I love the colors!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party!

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  7. These are great - I would never have thought to use old drawers in this way. Love them. Cathy

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  8. I love love LOVE this project, Mindi! So cute!

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  9. Your porch planters came out amazing, love the colors also. I'm also looking to repurpose items. You have done a nice job on the tutorial also. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  10. These are adorable Mindi - what a great idea! I bet you get loads of comments about as people arrive at your front door.
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  11. These are SO CUTE!! I actually have an old dresser I was going to put on the curb for free takers, but think I just might need to keep the drawers for myself LOL. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Pretty colors and love this idea to repurpose old furniture! Have a great day and now following on FB. :)

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  13. Well, aren't these adorable! :D They look great on your porch.

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  14. Wow are those pretty! Great job. I love it that something was saved from the trash heap and given a new life. I really like your choice of colors too!

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  15. I'm visiting from Craft Frenzy Friday and I love how you have repurposed these drawers. It looks great and you have created something really functional and practical for your porch.

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  16. I Love this idea!!! I have been looking for some more planter ideas!!! Did you add anything to the inside of the drawer to protect it from moisture?

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I did add a liner to the drawer before I added the dirt and flowers, so far it has held up fine!

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  17. Love the idea on how to repurpose old drawers. Visiting from fabifabu.wordpress.com +Glenna Anderson Creative Spark Link Party

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  18. Too cute! I love the repurpose idea and the colors you've used. This is so fun! Thanks for the fun tutorial.

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  19. Great idea for upcycling something boring into something useful and pretty! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  20. These are so very pretty... very appealing. :) Thank you for sharing this.

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  21. These are absolutely adorable and look awesome on your porch. Need to look for some old drawers.
    Bev

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  22. I am in love! These are just the cutest. I kept some dresser drawers and have had no idea what to do with them but now I do!!!! Thanks for the inspiration and I am pinning. Just adorable! So are you!

    Happy Sunday!
    Dee
    www.thecsiproject.com
    *following you

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  23. Hi Mindi, just wanted to lyk that your project will be one of the features on tonight's Merry Monday Linky Party. Hope to see you again tonight at 6pm PST.

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  24. That's the HAPPIEST repurpose ever! How wonderful!!! Thanks so much for linking to Twirl and Take a Bow! I'm pinning ! ox

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  25. This turned out wonderful, and I like how you used it for plants. The colors are so bright and cheerful.

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  26. Love these, so cute! Great idea.

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  27. Love them! Now I know what I can do with those drawers I have been collecting in my garage! The colours are wonderful too!

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  28. Oh the colors, they are adorable! I don't have a porch yet, only a balcony (and in a city, so you can imagine it's not big) - but someday I would be happy to wake up and get a sip of morning coffee while admiring such lovely piece at my place. It's definitely worth trying :)

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  29. Beautiful addition to the porch. I love the colors you choose, and how welcoming the porch is. Very nice indeed!

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  30. Love. Need. Want!!! PINNED. Your friend, Linda

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  31. Thank you for sharing this post Old Drawers Into Porch Planters at City of Creative Dream's City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

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  32. That is the cutest idea ever! Found you through Funky Junk and I am a new follower ; )

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

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  33. These look so quirky and fun - I love them!

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