Five fun projects!
These creative gardeners’ projects all make use of recycled drawers, dressers or boxes. They were designed for the garden for our July Project Challenge! See how a vintage dresser can be dressed up for garden storage and how to use a drawer to make a shadow box or a charming nesting box.
Garden shadow box
Stephie McCarthy tells us, “My project is a Shadowbox for garden junk, inspired by others I have seen here on FMG!”
“This is a drawer and piece of ‘gingerbread’ trim I found to make a Garden Shadow Box like the ones I have seen here, adorned with million bells.
With my ‘kindergarten’ carpentry skills, I used four finish nails, a bit of wood glue and lots of sandpaper, except on the top which I handled with care due to the old chippy paint.”
“Using leftover colors, in the space of one hour, Paint was brushed on and wiped off, primarily on the inside to create a “stage” effect.
I save rags for rubbing wood with paint, but also LOVE baby wipes for cleaning up your paints as you go. Brush on paints, practice your inner Picasso, put on gloves and rag the paint back off again, leaving traces of it.”
“I placed a trash bag underneath to catch all the paint wipes.
The colors I used were ordinary craft paints in white, yellow, metallic red, neon pink, blue lake, blue lagoon, hunter green, and matte varnish to top it off.”
Dressing up the front porch
Valerie Blackwell’s July challenge was to recycle a vintage dresser to hold gardening supplies. Materials Valerie used for her project include two colors of paint, a shelf for between the bottom two openings, sandpaper and nails.
Valerie used a distressed technique to paint her dresser and uses baskets for storage for the new shelf. Brilliant!
Nancy Carter says, “For my July Project Challenge, I made a nesting box for the birds. My materials included wood that we had on hand to build the box, a teapot for the nest, drawer handle, wood glue and a little finial.
Nancy’s ‘in progress photo’ of her nesting box for the birds shows how she built her box from recycled materials, a drawer handle, a teapot and some insulators and the process of painting it.
The cute nesting box for Nancy’s birds is finished. She created a how-to collage to Pin showing start to the finished project.
Turn an old dresser Into charming storage
Sue Jordan explains, My “July Project Challenge” will be to create a gardening work area on my porch. This vintage kitchen cabinet base is the beginning…..”
After creating her gardening work space on the porch….Sue is finished… and enjoying it very much!
Antique dresser planter
Terri Kay Kemp says, “This old wooden dresser was pretty badly broken up: the dresser top was off, it had no back, was missing slats and drawer guides, had warped sides and it was nicked and scratched!”
“I used a few screws to put the frame back together solidly,” Terri Kay says, “some sanding, stain and waterproof sealer, and I now have a lovely planter for my back patio. The sides were irreparable, so I cut some copper screen and attached it over the warped sides using tacks. What do you think?”
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