We all have that one piece of furniture we don’t quite know what to do with, but don’t want to let go of. Repurposing those old pieces of furniture into your garden is the perfect way to thriftily style your home or garden. Take this DIY upcycled side table project, for instance. It takes a garage sale piece and transforms it into a stylish planter for the backyard. Learn how to create your own, and remember to always call Texas811 if any of your DIY projects require you to dig.
- Remove the drawer and begin sanding the table for a smooth surface to paint on. You can use a regular piece of sand paper, but depending on the size of your furniture, you may want to get a power sander.
- Wipe off the sand before you begin priming. You can use anything from large buckets of primer to spray paint primer—again, it depends on the size of your furniture.
- Now it’s time to add your paint. You can try to match the colors in your garden, or choose a contrasting color that will pop. You can layer on the paint very thick, or you can purposely miss certain areas to give your furniture a rustic completed look. For an even more rustic look, you can also apply stain to certain parts of the furniture. Just be very cautious when you apply the stain—brush it on lightly, and absolutely be sure to wear protective gloves.
- You can sand further if you want to emphasize your rustic look, or go ahead and apply an outdoor spar urethane spray to protect your creation.
- When installing your plant in the planter, there are a few things to consider. With a woven drawer like the one shown above, you’ve already got adequate drainage. But if you are using something that is completely enclosed, you should drill some holes for drainage. Then you can add your soil and a plant that does well in pots, like a pansy or vine.
This can be as simple or as complex a project as you want it to be. There are many different ways to take ordinary pieces of furniture and house-held items and transform those into accessible and decorative stylish planters. Get more ideas from Brit + Co.