Let me start off by saying that Pinterest, to me, is like a car wreck – I don’t want to look but can’t help myself. I feel my eyes being drawn to it. Before I know it I’m drooling all over my computer with hours passing by and no work accomplished!
I saw cute planters similar to these on Pinterest. I’ve been looking for a new planter idea and this project caught my eye – simple, easy, and (for me) required a trip to the ReStore!! Yahoo!
I found two drawer boxes at the ReStore for $1 each and I thought they would be perfect for my planters. The only thing was that it would take no time at all for the water and soil to ruin the boxes themselves.
I removed the drawer fronts and set them aside.
I cut pieces of cedar that were roughly the size of the original drawer boxes…
And assembled the boxes using my trusty Kreg jig and weather-resistant pocket hole screws. (The horizontal pieces on the bottom are so that cute furniture legs can be added to the planters.)
I used 1/2″ galvanized mesh, also known as “hardware cloth”, and stapled it to the bottom of the boxes.
I secured the drawer fronts with brad nails from the inside of the box, and ran a bead of silicone where the drawer front met the cedar boxes to keep any water out from in between the two.
I then stapled weed cloth inside the box to hold the soil in while letting the water drain through…
And planted Hen and Chicks plus Sedum in each box!
Now, I have to figure out where I’d like to place them in the yard where they will get the most benefit! Have questions about how to use old drawer boxes for planters? Leave a comment below!