A couple of years ago Matt came home from work with a treasure trove of goodies he found in a dumpster. At first I thought he was nuts. What in the world were we going to do with 12 old metal drawers that were clearly used in someones workshop? I ended up using a couple of them in our new kitchen pantry, but the rest have just been sitting in our garage. That was until I figured out what to do with them! My mom was talking about how she would love some drawers attached to her fence with plants or something in them. It took a while but I finally remembered the metal drawers and knew they would be prefect for turning into living wall planters.
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- Tape Measure (found HERE)
- Scotch Fasteners Extreme (found HERE)
- Torpedo Level (found HERE)
- Drill Bit (found HERE)
- Potting Soil (found HERE)
- Scissors (found HERE)
- Spray Paint (found HERE)
Start by cleaning your drawers. The ones I used were well loved and had a lot of character, aka peeling paint, on them. Once they are clean and dry give them a coat of paint. I chose spray paint because it will stick great to the metal and used colors already had around the house to achieve the bright look I was going for. Paint the front, back, and the side you want facing out. Don’t worry about the back side, it will be facing the fence anyway. To ensure proper drainage you will need drain holes in your drawer. Drill 5 – 6 holes in the bottom of the living wall planter. The number needed will depend on how long you drawer is. Once the sides of the drawer are dry you can add Scotch Fasteners Extreme to the back of the drawer. Measure and cut your Scotch Fasteners Extreme to length. I added two strips of fasteners to the back of my drawers to help keep them stable against the wall. Align and connect two pieces of the Scotch Fasteners, listening for the snapping sound. Remove liner from one side and apply fastener to item – pressing firmly assuring a good contact. Remove liner from outside fastener. Place a torpedo level on top of the drawer. Find level using the torpedo level. Press firmly onto the drawer at all of your Scotch Fastener location points. Press firmly for good adhesive contact. Put a thin layer of gravel in the bottom of the planter to allow for drainage.
Install plants and whatever additional potting soil you might need. Water Plants in well to give them a good chance. The drawers can be removed for winter storage if desired as the Scotch Fasteners are good up to 1000 closures and are safe to use outdoors.