Recycled Garden Project: Dressers!
Like these creative gardeners, turn a dresser into a garden potting bench, planter box or ‘stage’ to display garden treasures.
Linda Gladman took a few Flea Market Gardening essentials like a window, a garden sign and a galvanized container and created a vignette extraordinaire on her outdoor dresser top. Borrow this idea and you could change it around with the seasons! This is what I call a ‘work table.’
Dressers as Garden Planter Boxes
Each of these gardeners around the US have upcycled an old, abandoned dresser, turning them into a garden! Dressers will last longer if kept under a covered porch, but if you’d like to keep it outside, simply paint it with exterior house paint or Marine varnish for the most durability. We’re always looking for more suitable dressers found on trash day or at yard sales to replace the ones too shabby.
Trina Bertoldi says “Trash Pile wicker chest find! It was wet and not suitable for inside but perfect for my flowers! It makes me smile.” Haven’t you seen one of these dressers before, sitting sad and discarded?
Keep the drawers level by placing bricks toward the back of each one until weighted correctly when filled with plants and soil. Also use bricks stacked under the bottom drawer, if necessary!
Before & After: Old Dresser Becomes a Garden Potting Bench
When used as a potting table, a dresser gives you plenty of storage for your gardening tools. Remove a drawer or two to create shelves for your pots and potting soil. You can even add tile or a sheet of metal to the top to make it more durable.
Dressed Up for Display Space
Not just dressers!
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