It’s week 3 in the Curb Appeal Challenge where myself and 10 other bloggers take on projects with the intention to add more curb appeal to our homes. Today I am sharing my upcycled porch planter from an old sewing cabinet.
Upcycled Sewing Cabinet
I am pushing to get many of my curb appeal projects done but I have to admit a few of the projects are slow going. Along with several project
disasters hiccups, I now have my darling budding (huge sarcasm intended) half grown boys out of school and home with me. Did I mention I work from home? Did I mention my husband also works from home? Yep, one big happy family. ALL DAY EVERY DAY!
So for my project today I needed an easy win. And this upcycled planter was so easy I wasn’t even sure I should write about it. But it’s a favorite among the neighbors so I figured you may like it too.
I started by acquiring this little Martha Washington sewing cabinet that is missing it’s top.
By “acquiring” I mean I walked down to my basement and pulled it out of
my hoard I mean my eclectic collection of useful items that are stored away for a special day.
“Hey little sewing cabinet, you are being called up. It’s your special day! Please report to front porch for duty.”
I pulled this little guy into the garage and started cleaning him up and giving him several coats of paint. Since the cabinet would be outside I wanted to make sure he got a good protective paint layer. I use a paint sprayer but for this job a can of spray paint would be just as good
I added plastic furniture glides to the legs of the chest so the legs would not sit directly on the damp concrete.
After a few good coats of paint, I finished with several coats of polyurethane. I also polyed the insides too since this would be outside. I like the wipe on poly by Minwax. ( This is not a paid endorsement. Its just my opinion and what I buy.)
NOTE: Oil base poly will yellow so I only use it on dark colors where that won’t be a problem. Water base poly is best when you don’t want any yellowing.
I also added a non-draining plastic bucket to the top for my plant to sit in.
Now all that was left was to add a large flowering basket. I used a hanging basket that I picked up at my local green house for under $20. It was huge. I simply removed the hanger and set the pot inside the black bucket.
Wah-la, upcycled porch planter… instant cuteness!
Curb Appeal Project List
Replace dead bushes, Clean up landscaping & Add flowers Clean up Porch Paint Porch Bench White
- Add DIY planters, Pillows and Fun décor
- Create some sort of Welcome Sign for the Porch
- Add Decorative House Numbers
- Add Landscape Lighting
Paint the Front Door Create a Wreath or Door decoration
- Fix the faded Garage Side Lights
In case you missed a week , here are the links to each week of the challenge…
Week 1 , The Curb Appeal Challenge Begins Week 2 , Pinwheel Bouquet Tutorial Week 3, Easy Upcycled Porch Planter Week 4, Displaying House Numbers Creatively Week 5, Curb Appeal Challenge Reveal….Welcome Home Porch Décor
Now check out the week 3 projects from the other curb appeal challengers. I can’t wait to see what they have been up to…
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