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Turn an Old Dresser Into a Green Thumb Hub

Updated: Sep. 02, 2021

Make a green thumb hub!

CW163681B12_11_1b green thumb hub potting station
Learn how to perk up an old desk or dresser and turn it into a convenient backyard potting station. Ready, set, plant!

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Green thumb potting station

You can make this potting station out of an old desk or dresser with a little paint and imagination. All you need to do is find an unused desk or dresser around your home or you could even search second hand shops for the perfect find.

What you’ll need:

• Old furniture piece or pieces
• 1-by-6 fence planks
• 2 lengths of 1-by-2 for crossbars
• Medium- or fine-grit sandpaper
• Exterior paint
• Primer, optional
• 11/2- to 2-in. wood screws
• Drill

Country fresh colors

country fresh color paint samplesThomas Bethge/Shutterstock

We used Sherwin Williams 6608 “Rave Red,” 7025 “Backdrop” and 6772 “Cay” to give this old desk a charming new look.

Photo: Thomas Bethge/Shutterstock

Project Directions:

  1. Remove backing from desk or dresser, if needed. Measure opening. Trim planks to the height of furniture piece.

  2. Lay out fence pieces side by side, top and bottom edges even, to match width of the opening, leaving up to 1/4 in. between each plank to meet the measurement. Cut crossbars to fit. Screw a crossbar across all planks about one-third of the way down from top edge. Repeat with the other crossbar about one-third of the way up from bottom edge.

  3. Prep entire furniture piece, sanding lightly and wiping clean. Apply a coat of primer if needed. Paint with 2-3 coats of exterior paint, letting dry between coats. Once paint is dry, use drill to attach fence assembly to furniture, crossbars at rear. Make sure screws penetrate solid wood, usually at the edges and near joints.

Bright ideas for your potting station:

  • Replace drawer handles with vintage faucet knobs for country flair. If new handles require different holes, fill the existing holes with wood putty. Sand and wipe surface clean, paint drawer fronts, and drill holes for new hardware.

  • Add hooks for a sunhat, garden smock or rake.

  • Remove drawers to make shelving for potting soil and other essentials. To create a shelf, cut a piece of wood to fit (we used the original hutch backing), remove drawer tracks and screw wood piece in place.

  • Stash garden gadgets on a handy magnetic strip. (You can find magnetic strips for tools at most hardware stores.)

In the mood for organization? Here are more gardening storage projects and tips.

This story originally appeared in Country Woman Magazine.

CW163681B12_11_1b green thumb hub potting station