Vintage Metal File Repurposed Planter

May 01, 2022

Photo of a vintage file drawer.
I actually saw some of these vintage card files at a local consignment shop a while back, but didn't know what to do with them at first. Then an idea came to me.

The metal files are from the county courthouse.


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Photo of a vintage file drawer.
Here's another angle of the card file drawer.

Photo of a vintage file drawer.
As you can see, it has no back.

Photo of a green plastic rectangular planter.

Photo of a rectangular plastic planter sawed down with a jigsaw & painted with brown chalk paint.
The planter box was a pretty good fit, but it was too wide with the edge, and a little too tall.

The planter was cut off with a jig saw, and I brushed on a coat of Dixie Belle Chalk Paint in Coffee Bean.  The planter had a textured finish so the paint adhered well.  

The inner pot now blends in better with the drawer paint color.

Photo of the front of a vintage file drawer.
I cleaned the drawer with hot soapy Dawn Dish Soap water and a rag.

Photo of a decor transfer being added to a vintage file drawer.
I really liked the brass handle and label holder on the brown drawer.  

I looked through my gold decor transfers scraps and found some from Redesign with Prima's, Gilded Home & Nature, and Somewhere in Paris, transfers.

Photo of a gold decor floral transfer applied to a vintage file drawer.
Make sure you have the transfers lined up before you let it touch any metal surfaces because there will be no repositioning it.

Photo of a thin sheet of wood.
I then measured the label frame opening and drew it out on a sheet of very thin birch plywood from Menards.  These sheets can be cut with a scissors.

Photo of a thin sheet of wood tag painted off white.
I painted the tag with two coats of an off white acrylic paint.

Photo of a pot of Oscar Series Carnations.
Our weather has not warmed up enough to buy bedding plants, but I did pick up this pot of Oscar Series Carnations at Menards.

Photo of the upcycled front of a vintage file drawer.
I added a bumblebee gold decor transfer to my tag.

Photo of a vintage metal file drawer upcycled and repurposed as a fun planter box.
AND, I planted the carnations in the rectangular planter that fit the drawer.

Photo of a vintage metal file drawer upcycled and repurposed as a fun planter box.
I love how this repurposed drawer planter turned out!

Photo of a vintage metal file drawer upcycled and repurposed as a fun planter box.
If I decide to leave the planter outside, I will spray it (including the inner painted pot),with a few coats of a clear sealer.

Photo of a vintage metal file drawer upcycled and repurposed as a fun planter box.
I may decide to plant a houseplant in the file drawer and leave it in the house!  

Photo of a vintage metal file drawer upcycled and repurposed as a fun planter box.
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Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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