Turn an old drawer into a table for indoor plants.
As the weather turns warm, it's a pleasure to see the outdoors blossoming again. Design editor Joel Bray wanted to bring a few blooms indoors, but found it hard to find a corner for a group of potted plants. So he decided to turn a secondhand drawer into a table for displaying houseplants.
Materials & Tools:
- Patio table or table base
- Wood screws
- Double sided tape
Step 1: Find a drawer. Joel's wooden drawer was a lucky curbside find. Look for them at flea markets, or steal a drawer from a dresser relegated to the basement.
Step 2: Choose and prep a table. Once you have a drawer, find a table with a base that has the same dimensions or is slightly smaller, so it will support the weight of both the drawer and the potted plants but won't stick out from underneath. Joel used a patio table with a slatted wooden top and foldable metal legs. Unscrew (or otherwise remove) the tabletop from the base.
Step 3: Attach the drawer. Turn the drawer upside down and place the table base upside down on top. Plan to put one screw in each corner; mark the holes' locations with a pencil and drill pilot holes in the bottom of the drawer (without them, the wood may crack). (Joel's base had a metal rail with holes for the screws that secured the top, so he simply marked those holes.) Attach the drawer to the table base with new wood screws, making sure the screws are shorter than the thickness of the drawer's wood. Turn the assembled table right side up.
Step 4: Cut a piece of oilcloth to the dimensions of the inside of your drawer. Secure it inside the drawer using double-sided tape. Using a drawer with high sides means plants are less likely to get knocked over.
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