Home Recycled Home: Dresser Planter


With all of the cold weather we have been having, thinking about spring and planting season is one thing that has helped get me through one of the coldest winters in my memory bank. I love this idea of recycling unwanted furniture outside in the garden. No, I am not talking about putting your old hopper outside and filling it with plants, but why not a dresser? It’s spacious, classy, and a great way to save that furniture from the dumpster or fire pit, at least for a few more years.

Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 1.03.31 PMWhat you will need: 

  • Dresser
  • Outdoor paint (optional)
  • Bricks
  • Potting soil/dirt
  • Garbage bags or plastic sheeting
  • Plants and herbs

Step 1: You’ll want to get a dresser ready and in place. If you don’t have a dresser in your house, finding one isn’t that difficult. A quick search for “dresser” with a $20 limit on Craigslist landed me a number of options.

Step 2: You may want to paint your dresser to make it stand out or blend in depending on your garden style. If you choose to paint, using an outdoor variety will help the furniture last a bit longer. Remember, your planter will now be battling the weather!

Step 3: Line the drawers with trash bags or plastic sheeting. Again, your planter is now going to be sitting outside in all weather and will last a while longer with a bit of protection. The plastic will also help hold in some of the moisture when you water your plants.

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Step 4: At this point, you will want to place bricks in the back of your dresser as well as toward the back of the drawers to help balance the weight. The dressers will become front-heavy as they are filled with dirt. Three or four bricks per drawer will help. This will also help you use less potting soil as you fill the drawers with bricks.

Step 5: It’s now time to fill the drawers with potting soil or dirt and position them slightly open in a tiered pattern. Once you have your plants in place, you won’t want to move them around too much, so make sure your drawers are just the way you want them.

Step 6: Let’s plant! Some great options are colorful plants like morning glories, geraniums, hanging plants, and herbs.

Enjoy a few seasons with a unique garden planter that is sure to be a conversation piece!

[Images courtesy of www.goodhousekeeping.com.]

Do you have an item (or a collection of items) that you are looking to recycle? Send a picture of your products over and I just might use them in a future project! Pictures should be emailed to awanamaker@townandcountrygazette.com. Please be sure to include your name and contact info.


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