Dressing Up an Old Dresser. . .

You might remember this old dresser that I got at a yard sale a month or so ago for $10.


Many of you said that you wanted to see what I did with it.

Originally I had planned on lining the drawers with plastic and burlap and planting right inside them.

We have been contemplating on building a potting shed up on our hill behind our pondless waterfall.

Thinking that I might want to use this dresser in there I opted to do something different.  I didn’t want the drawers to rot out from watering.

After dressing up the dresser a little I placed some old tins that I have had for years inside and planted them with Begonias.


I loved the rustic look of this dresser and didn’t even mind how it looked with some of the paint remaining.

However, I wanted the feel of a seed box, so I painted the drawers white, sanded them and then Modge Podged floral graphics onto the front.  The rope handles carry on the seed box idea.



It’s sits on our deck right outside the doors coming out from our kitchen.  This photo was taken right after I did it.  The Begonias are much larger now.



I left the top and sides with the unfinished look.  A wire basket sits on top.  It holds a small urn planted with a bit of moss that I dug up from my garden, some vintage tools, and my cute bird twine holder.


A little polka dot potted pansy in a metal planter and an old bug sprayer sit next to the wire basket.


She’s a little rough around the edges, but what a darling!




I will be sharing with these fun parties:

Fishtail Cottage for Garden Party

Revisionary Life for Thrifty Life Thursday

Melissas Antiques for Thrifty Things Friday

A Living Space for Nifty Thrifty

Thoughts from Alice for Sundays at Home

The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Jann, it looks so good how you finished it. Love the vintage seed packs on the front and rope drawer pulls. The flowers are perfect.
Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

Susie said...

Jann, I love you dresser. I also like those old garden tools. So sweet. xoxo,Susie

Tanya Rachelle said...

Love the vintage seed packs and post cards!!! What a gift you have for putting things together.

My thrift store addiction said...

Jann, Just love how your potted dresser turned out! Blessings,

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This turned out so cute! Love the seed packages on the drawers.

farmhouse-story said...

very cute, jann! love the vintage look:)

Audrey said...

Looks great Jan ... useful and pretty too. Love your use of wire baskets ... especially the one with the red polka-dot pot. Thanks for sharing.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the dresser...it looks great there!!

Jeanette@Creating a Life Studio said...

It's so cute! Just love all the images you added to it. Super charming :)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Love your vintage garden items. The dresser turned out great!

must love junk said...

Your dresser is such a cute little size...it looks adorable! Great job :)

Rose L said...

I normally would have tossed something like that, but after seeing so many people being so creative, I am changing my way of thinking. I might become much more creative with furnishings when I move to a new home!

Christine at Little Brags said...

super cute...so much character

Fran. said...

LOVE that twine holder!! And the dresser looks sweet. XOXO Love Fran.

Creations By Cindy said...

Jann your old dresser looks great. Love how you have it all fixed up with your gardening! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Fran said...

I am in awe of your ability to pull these themes together. I love the vintage seed theme, and those wire baskets...but that twisty aqua basket with the bow on top (bottom right) is spectacular! :) --Fran

Unknown said...

Very cute!!~~Angela

GranthamLynn said...

I love it. I've always wanted to plant in an old dresser. Your redo is charming.

The Old Parsonage said...

It is darling and I love that you used old tins so that it will last longer.


Melissa said...

Love what you did with the old dresser. Really love the old rusty crusty stuff displayed on it, too!

Thanks for sharing @ TTF!

sunnyskiesandsweettea said...

That turned out so cute!!

Amy Jo

Revi said...

The dresser has charm! Thanks for sharing at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday! :)

Debra Howard said...

What a perfect finish for your garden tools. Love the seed packets