People are going crazy over this ugly dresser idea—when you see her porch, you’ll know why!

I met this poor couple selling this chest and even though it was this bad, I knew they needed to money. I didn’t put it together until I got it home when I found out..
The drawers don’t actually go to the frame, and I couldn’t figure out how to make it serviceable for much of anything. Maybe I could salvage the wood and pulls for other projects? I put it away and didn’t pull it out until spring cleaning, determined to get rid of things I didn’t need.

trash to repurposed life, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling, No legs and drawers do not fit this cabinet

No legs and drawers do not fit this cabinet
Then I thought.. what if the drawers don’t have to open and close to use it? I glued some old burlap scraps on the drawer front and painted it. Drawers still didn’t fit so I added some trim in contrasting color. Decoupaged cocktail napkins to the sides of the drawer since they’d always be open.
trash to repurposed life, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling, placed long planters inside the drawers

placed long planters inside the drawers
This was my first try at decoupage cocktail napkins on drawers. Thought it might be a good idea to test it on a piece that didn’t matter much. I’m glad I practiced!
trash to repurposed life, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling, Decoupage cocktail napkins on drawer sides

Decoupage cocktail napkins on drawer sides
Looking forward to the mature plants to fill in the drawer in a month.
trash to repurposed life, container gardening, gardening, repurposing upcycling
UPDATE!
Here’s the planter chest after flowers have grown to maturity.
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