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DIY Old Drawer Flower Box

This old drawer flower box is one of my favorite upcycles and still sits on my patio and is doing fabulously.

Old Drawer Flower Box
I’m still sharing projects from the potting shed makeover!

You can find links to all of the projects that went into the makeover at the end of the post.

It was a pretty huge feat, and we made a LOT of fun things to go on it.

Including this old drawer flower box {edit: I’ve now learned this is a beehive lid!).

It is one of my favorite upcycles EVER and was pretty simple to update into a working flower box.

Old Drawer Flower Box Video

I have a quick video that shows all the steps for making the flower box.

You can also follow the step-out photos below.

Old Drawer Flower Box
I have had this vintage drawer beehive lid in my possession for a couple of years now.

I found it at a barn sale and fell in love!

It’s so chippy on the outside and has that wonderful old wood look on the inside.

It has been sitting in my potting shed holding unused flower pots.

But it was screaming to be something more.

vintage drawer flower
To me, this gorgeous old drawer beehive lid was just begging to hold beautiful, bright flowers.

I knew I didn’t want it to set on the ground, so I went about designing some legs to raise it up.

The drawer is heavy, so the legs needed to be sturdy and solid.

A couple of 2×2 posts and scrap 1×4’s would work perfectly for very little cost!

Old Drawer Flower Box with legs
I found 2×2 posts at Home Depot that were 36″ long, and I spent less than $5 on the 2 I purchased.

We cut them in half to make four 18″ table legs.

There wasn’t a good way to attach the legs directly to the drawer.

We cut scrap 1×4’s into 8 right triangles, 2 for each table leg.

The triangles could be attached to the drawer then, in turn, to the legs.

Old Drawer Flower Box with legs
Here you can see how everything was attached.

The table legs were held in place to figure out where the triangles should go.

The triangles were then screwed to the drawer from the inside of the drawer into the triangles. T

he triangles were then screwed to the legs.

We did this for all 4 table legs.

Old Drawer Flower Box white wash
The bare wood legs did not look great with the white chippy drawer.

They needed to be painted, but I didn’t want to take away from the drawer.

I wanted to use white paint, but was afraid it would be so bright that the new legs would not look right with the old drawer.

The solution?

White wash!

I made a white wash solution from some white paint I had on hand mixed with water.

I didn’t do any exact calculations, just thinned the water to the consistency I wanted it to be at.

If I had to guess, I would say it was 1 part paint to 8 parts water.

I worked on one leg at a time.

I applied a coat of the white wash then immediately wiped it off lightly with a shop towel then repeated until I reached the opaque coat that I wanted.

It took about 3-4 coats until I was satisfied.

Old Drawer Flower Box with flowers
The white wash isn’t too bright and doesn’t take away from the chippy awesomeness that is the drawer!

Before adding the flowers, I sprayed a coat of paint sealer around the outside of the drawer to preserve the chippy paint now that the box would be outdoors.

I sprayed 2 coats of Thompson’s Water Seal on the bare wood inside the drawer.

I didn’t place dirt directly into the drawer – I was afraid of it rotting over time.

Instead I arranged 5 pots, one in each corner plus one in the middle, in the drawer and filled them with flowers.

The inside of the drawer still gets wet when it rains or when I water the pots, but the water beads up beautifully and does not soak into the wood.

I love this addition to the patio! Just seeing it sitting there makes me happy.


UPDATE: The Old Drawer Flower Box is holding up great!

The Thompson’s Water Seal has done a great job protecting it from the elements.

I still do not add dirt directly to the box, but rather typically use one large, somewhat shallow pot.

Once all of the flowers in the pot bloom, you don’t even notice the pot in the box.

I will add another coat of the Thompson’s next spring prior to the gardening season.

It will be the first time needing to add it in 5 years!

Not too bad!



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You may also be interested in these other projects from the patio makeover:
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This post was originally shared August, 2018.

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Friday 24th of August 2018

What a fun and innovative project Michele. Thank you for sharing your old drawer flower box at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be sharing it at tonight's party and pinning too. Hugs, Kerryanne

Amber Ferguson

Thursday 23rd of August 2018

Such a great project, I am so happy to feature you today at TFT! Please join us again and have a great weekend ahead!

Jann Olson

Tuesday 21st of August 2018

I have a stack of bee boxes in my garden that I planted. I love them! This is such a cute idea. I may need to buy another one and do this! Thanks for sharing it with SYC. I would have liked to feature you on Thursday, but I don't see a link back to the party. Sorry, but that is a requirement. hugs, Jann


Monday 20th of August 2018

Cool! Thanks for sharing at To Grandma's House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Wednesday Link Party! Pinned it to Pinterest! Hope to have you join the party next week!


Sunday 19th of August 2018

Such a fun project and use of an old bee hive box cover. I have some projects using wood for outdoors and I'll have to remember to seal them with a water seal. Thanks for sharing your project on MM.

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