Are you one of those people whose eyes scan every curbside trash pile in hopes of finding a potential treasure? That’s me! I can’t not slow down and ogle at what has been left for the taking. But asking my Hubby to slow down for said curbside trash pile is like asking him to donate one of his eyeballs. Seriously!
Friends, we’ve made it to thrifty transformation #17, and today I bring you…a rescue from the trash pile!
My Hubby did stop for me after I pleaded that this particular piece I saw was practically begging to be rescued. Except the only thing that was actually salvageable was this drawer…front. Yes not even the whole drawer:
Then I had to listen to how he couldn’t believe he pulled over just for that. I was double determined I was going to find a use for that dang drawer front.
I sure did find a use for that sad old drawer front, didn’t I? I’m sharing this today also as part of our Tool Girl Challenge where I and few talented gals share simple projects created using power tools. This month’s theme is Spring and since I also needed it to be a thrifty transformation, this worked put perfectly!
Be sure to check out my friends’ projects at the bottom.
Guess what else worked out perfectly? It’s green! Nobody will be pinchin me today!
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Making this was pretty simple. I started with this drawer front and this old bed rail left over from this Headboard Bench that I made during last year’s March Madness Series:
I cut my pieces to the size I wanted using my miter saw:
I used two six inch clay pots as a guide for determining the size I needed.
Then I used my nail gun to attach the pieces I cut, to the drawer front…
Regular hammer and finishing nails would work just fine as well.
Next it needed a bottom. I grabbed a piece of scrap wood and traced the outline of the inside of my planter with a pencil.
I cut it out using my jig saw:
Whew that’s a bright photo, but you get the idea. I secured the bottom in place with my nail gun, sanded any rough surfaces, and filled all the holes with wood filler.
I decided to add little feet as well…
They are small wooden pieces called candle cups that my Dad had in his woodworking supplies that he gave me. They looked like mini bun feet to me, and I’ve seen them at Michaels with all of their unfinished wood pieces.
The last part was to paint. I already had this pretty green outdoor spray paint that I found at an estate sale. (Great resource for spray paint!)
I love it for my outdoor space, and I actually used it on these wind chimes I created for this same tool group last year:
I left them out in my garden all season and the paint held up really well. Actually all the paint held up well.
And now they’ll match my new planter!
I kept my geraniums in pots so I could take the pots out to water, since this is not engineered to handle moisture.
I also have it on a table in a covered area.
One of the original handles didn’t make it so I filled in the bottom holes. The other handle got a couple of coats of white spray paint.
Here’s a peek at my Friends’ projects I promised earlier…visit each project at the links below!
1. Chevron Wood Easter Egg by Kim Six Fix
2. Fruit and Vegetable Bin by Designs By Studio C
3. Wooden Swing Shelf by Domestically Speaking
4. Planter Box Centerpiece by Refresh Restyle
5. RestyleWooden Easter Eggs by Create And Babble
6. Rustic 3 Panel Wall Decor by Designed Decor
7. Key West DIY Wood Planter Box by H2OBungalow
8. Baseball Bookends by Virginia Sweet Pea
10. Chair Back Bird Feeder by Interior Frugalista
11. Wood Slice Rolling Plant Stand by My Repurposed Life
12.Upcycled Drawer Front Planter by yours truly 🙂
I’ll be back tomorrow sharing how I changed the entire look and feel of this little Frenchy table:
UPDATE: See how I updated this little table HERE now!
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