dresser drawer planter

lindasewandsew(So Cal 9)November 27, 2010

A friend moved to a smaller place and left a very old very large dresser behind. I drug some of the drawers home and made this planter for her. It's embellished with other stuff she left and of course filled with succulents. Check out the link below. Linda

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I bet your friend is glad she left them behind for you to find! What a great imagination and good job of recycling what would have otherwise ended up in the trash!! I just love it. How did you score all those letters to spell out the name? Or maybe I should ask what was their previous life?***************

    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 1:11PM
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shpnquen(z5, IN)

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness!! I wish someone as creative as you would do something like THIS for me!! I had to pick my jaw off my keyboard when I seen this! If she didn't love it, then you can just send it to me & I'll even pay for the shipping! LOL!

    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 3:11PM
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lindasewandsew(So Cal 9)

Thanks, oldcrafty. The letters are cut from old license plates.

The link below will take you to other stuff I made with them. The wonderful birdhouse in the photos was woven by a friend, and the little A frame with the chimney was made by someone else. Linda

Here is a link that might be useful: More license plate stuff

    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 3:12PM
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I love, love, love it!!!!! That is just too cute!!

    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 7:55PM
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I absolutely LUV it!! So cool! (Not sure about the skull and crossbones but to each his own... ha). I'm wondering how you got the drawers at different depths so they are staggered? Or did they come that way? Great Job!

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    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 9:23PM
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Wow! it looks terrific! Top part would work with the old oak toilet tanks like my grandma had so long ago. I was about 10 so 58 yrs ago, the tank hung high upon the wall, I was always quite sure it was going to fall on me so I pulled the chain & ran out of there. Did you cut some of the drawers down so they stairstep? I love the bones, remind me of the steer bones that used to be all over in the desert when I came out here, now they are sold for big bucks I'll bet.(Maybe illegal) Plants warm up the whole scene & with her name it is so personal. Old Ca. scene back in days of cowboys on horses & dry bones & ghost towns!! Jan

    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 9:56PM
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Wow, sew&sew, the drawers themselves are wonderful ...but the adornments make it art! I love it! Whatever the base was before sure works perfectly for this...all the metal & iron... how you bound the drawers tog with pcs, too. Rosemary, a long name, too...wow...always enjoy your lic plate projects! Just that top drawer alone would be gorgeous! Great recycling & I'm sure it will last for yrs in your CA weather! Succulents look great! Great memoir for your friend! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 10:38PM
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lindasewandsew(So Cal 9)

Thanks for all the nice comments. This was a lot of fun to make. We cut the backs off the drawers to make the steps and put a 'wall' in each one so there's no soil past where you can see it. There are large holes drilled in the bottoms. I used Henry's roof patch to seal the insides so it will last longer. They're lined with window screen to hold the soil in. I started mixing my own soils, thanks to Al, aka tapla over on the container plants forum. The succulents grow very nicely in it, and it drains nicely so the plants and pots are not rotting away in mud. It has small metal furniture legs.

Here's a photo of the back side. Due to the walls, there were voids in the back, which can be used for small storage. Because the planters will drip onto these shelves, I drilled holes in the bottom and sprayed them with car undercoating from a spray can (available at Pep Boys and other auto parts stores), so they might last longer. The coating is black, and was done after the photos were taken. I like that it still looks a little like the chest of drawers that it used to be. Linda

    Bookmark   November 28, 2010 at 2:13AM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

I love the steps. and all the embellishments.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2010 at 6:01AM
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That is so-o-o neat!!! You sure are one creative lady. I can't stop looking at it!

    Bookmark   November 28, 2010 at 10:15AM
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Marlene Kindred

OMGosh! I LOVE this Linda! What an awesome job and such a creative use for the drawers! And all of the embellishments are wonderful! Such a great idea...TFS!

    Bookmark   November 28, 2010 at 1:58PM
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Linda, so much fun! Have a couple of favors to ask. First, would you add tags to some of the pics to explain better. I LOVE details (and trash!).

Second, will you tell us how you cut the license plates.

Thanks Rosie (really Rosemary)

    Bookmark   November 28, 2010 at 4:57PM
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This is great.
When I see original and wonderful ideas like this it makes me question my own creativity.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2010 at 7:29PM
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Linda, I absolutely LOVE your creation!!!! Seriously, you should sell all your art on ETSY. Love the ingenuity!
thanks for sharing.
Love, Jules

    Bookmark   November 29, 2010 at 10:53AM
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Can I leave something in front of your house with my name on it so you can do something like this for me? he-he What a wonderful gift for your friend and a great remembrance of her time in your neighborhood. I am coveting those rusty furniture legs! You always manage to come up with something brilliant that is planted with succulents!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 1:58AM
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You are one talented lady, not to mention a sweetheart. I love it.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 2:45PM
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TwoMonths(So Calif)

wow that is great. I hve some drawers I have been saving to grow veggies in...I was trying to visualize a stair step setup and now I can see it. And I have many legs to use...probably taller ones to keep the dogs out...again, wonderful job.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2010 at 3:56PM
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Wow! What a special one of a kind original work of art, Linda! Your creations are always so unique and I'm sure your friend will be totally blown away when she sees what you have made for her! ;o)


    Bookmark   December 3, 2010 at 12:32AM
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