A while back I mentioned that my neighbor had put out a chest of dresser drawers for trash day. The chest was in very bad shape, but the drawers where salvageable and sturdy with dovetailed joints.
She told me to go ahead and take them, so they've been in the garage waiting for transformation.
Yesterday I finally got a little time to work on them:
I turned these drawers into planter boxes for the top of our rustic book/storage shelves in the playroom. HT to Nikki (who, BTW just a had a little boy). They are not done yet. I still need to line them with some plastic, and add soil and more plants. I just placed these in temporarily to get an idea of which plants I want in the box. I'll be taking them out of their current containers(maybe). I'm still deciding whether to keep the plants in pots, or replant them directly into the drawer.
My neighbor, who is moving next month gave me all his indoor plants. The smaller ones which trail will be replanted into the boxes.
Another idea to recycle old drawers is to add wheels, and use them as under the bed storage.
These drawers could be made even nicer with stenciling, or hot gluing items to the front. I just needed something plain, so I made them shabby looking with a light coat of creme paint.
More on recycling old dresser drawers:
HGTV: Dressing Up Drawers
HGTV: Recycled Drawers
Funky Chest Of Drawers
I'm still searching for more uses as I've got quite a few drawers left over.
Update: I added my gift plants which are a little bedraggled, but should perk up with some TLC. I lined the boxes with a heavy duty garbage bag, and tucked in the sides. A super large bag of soil filled up both boxes.
See more Make-It-From-Scratch carnival entries at Stephanie's.