Re-purposed Drawer House Plant Tray

Do you pick up old drawers?  I do.  Drawers are great for up-cycle projects and displays.

I love them.  Sewing machine drawers are my favorites.  I found this old drawer in my shed.

I purchased these curtain rod holders and finials at the thrift shop.  There were no rods.

I am going to use them as feet on my drawer.

I simply screwed them from the inside of the drawer into the finial/foot.   I used a washer to keep it tight and straight.

Next I painted the drawer with Dutch Boy Chalky paint in Vintage Ivory.  I purchased the tint base and had it mixed to Vintage Ivory at Menards.

I used two coats of paint.

After painting the drawer I pulled out my buffalo check stencil from *Old Sign Stencils.  I also used the fringe stencil along the edges on two sides.

I used my Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Trail Tan  for the stenciling.  I think it's very close to the color of burlap.

Repurposed Drawer House Plant Tray #repurpose #drawerrepurpose #stencil #buffalocheck #oldsignstencils #houseplants
See the fringe edging?  It makes my buffalo checks look like a runner or mat in the bottom of the drawer.

I also sanded the edges and all over the drawer/legs with 100 grit sandpaper.  I sanded the drawer bottom before stenciling and did not sand the stenciling this time.  

Repurposed Drawer House Plant Tray #repurpose #drawerrepurpose #stencil #buffalocheck #oldsignstencils #houseplants
The plant in front is a golden pothos plant.  The dusty miller in the pitcher is a faux plant.

I have several real houseplants but they never seem to grow that well in my north facing living room unless they are low light lovers.  

Repurposed Drawer House Plant Tray #repurpose #drawerrepurpose #stencil #buffalocheck #oldsignstencils #houseplants
My drawer/tray is just the right size for my dining table at the end of the living room.

I love crate or drawer contained vignettes for my coffee and dining table.  I can pick up the whole vignette at once to dust or to clear them off for use.

Repurposed Drawer House Plant Tray #repurpose #drawerrepurpose #stencil #buffalocheck #oldsignstencils #houseplants
A few of you have asked for more photos of my house.  

I am hoping to share some soon when I finish a few small projects, AND there is a really sunny day here for better indoor photos.

Repurposed Drawer House Plant Tray #repurpose #drawerrepurpose #stencil #buffalocheck #oldsignstencils #houseplants
I have changed up my seating in the living room and have been lightening up some of the decor.

These photos may seem light, but believe me, I had to use a photo editing program to get this much light.
Repurposed Drawer House Plant Tray #repurpose #drawerrepurpose #stencil #buffalocheck #oldsignstencils #houseplants
I didn't change the drawer pull.  I just painted right over it with my Dutch Boy Vintage Ivory.

Repurposed Drawer House Plant Tray #repurpose #drawerrepurpose #stencil #buffalocheck #oldsignstencils #houseplants

*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples.
All opinions about these fabulous products are my own.

Other blog posts/projects with drawers:
Sewing Machine Drawer Plant Holder #containergarden #repurpose #drawerrepurpose #sewingdrawer

Upcycled Sewing Machine Drawer #fusionmineralpaint #sewingdrawer #vignette

Pedestal Drawer Plant Stand #repurpose #drawerrepurpose #upcycle

Repurposed Drawer Shelf #drawerrepurpose #upcycle #repurpose

Washboard Junk Garden Planter #washboard #drawerrepurpose #repurpose #junkgarden #gardenjunk #containergarden

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  1. Carlene you are magical in putting together so many beautiful things. I love your re-purposing and photos of their re use. I just don't comment each time, so many things to get done in a day. May you and yours enjoy a Happy New Year. Stay warm

  2. What a cute idea!I have a couple drawers waiting to be repurposed but I'm afraid they may be to deep for this. I think I need to make another trip to habitat for humanity 😊

  3. Once in a while I see drawers out for garbage pickup... I'm picking them up next time. Thanks for the great idea Carlene. I adore the fringe addition inside this creation.
    Have a great weekend!
    ~ Christina in SW FL

  4. What a cute little tray! I love the muted tones with the plants, there is a cozy feel about it.

  5. I love that up-cycled drawer, Carlene! The color is just right and adding the stencil inside makes it perfect. I think I have an old drawer or two in my garage that I should do something similar with. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Your tray is lovely!


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