Drab2Fab:Somewhat Quirky

Hello there fans of Bella Nest!  
I am Karen and I blog over at Somewhat Quirky
 I'm so happy to be visiting over here at Holly's place.   I've been blogging since around the first of the year, but I've been making things for as long as I can remember.  
I like to say I am A Talented Maker of Stuff.   

Some stuff I make is BIG.

And some stuff is SMALL.

Some stuff I make is sinfully delicious.

That was one heck-of-a cake!

You may not yet know how much I love cake.  It's not a well kept secret.  It could be one of the most important things you need to know about me.

But enough about that.  Let's get to why I am here at Bella Nest.  Holly asked me to share one of my restoration projects with you for her Drab2Fab series.   This project is actually a Drab2Fab Double Hit.  I'm going to take a very drab part of my driveway/backyard and fab it up with an oh-so-drab dresser transformed into a planter.

A "planter dresser" or "dresser planter" - not sure which is the appropriate name - was one of my first Pins.  I wasn't sure if I could make it work because it rains 55 - 60 inches a year here and that is a LOT for a piece of furniture meant for indoor use to take.  I figured that a dresser would be good for about one summer/fall in Michigan.  After that it would probably be toast - and would have to be thrown away.  That meant that my already low spending tolerance for junk furniture would be even lower.  But never fear.....estate sales are here!   And I found this baby for $5.00.  A perfect investment for a throwaway planter.

I cleaned it up and took off the knobs for painting.  (note that all of the knobs don't match)

 Then dry brushed it with CeCe Caldwell paint in Alaskan Tundra Green.  I only had the small sample size - thus the dry-brushing technique.  I used every drop of the sample size.  The girls at Bungalow 47 where I buy my CeCe Caldwell paint didn't recommend it for outdoor use, but I thought I would do my own little test on this.  This paint is clay based and I think it might be more durable for outdoors than they think. 

I used to CeCe Caldwell Vintage White for the accent painting.  If you are making a planter dresser, be sure to paint the sides of the drawers.  They are usually untreated wood and the paint will provide a little bit of protection for that wood.

Then I put it where it was going to live and prepared the drawers for planting.  I had no intention of filling the whole drawer with soil - that would be A LOT of dirt - so I cut some scrap lumber to fit snugly into each of the drawers to mark off the space where I would put the dirt.  IMPORTANT! The dresser will get really front heavy and fall forward if you don't do something to weight it at the back.  I put two heavy edging stones in each drawer behind the divider panel.

I didn't want the dresser to be sitting in standing water repeatedly so I used the same edger stones to raise it off the ground and let water flow freely underneath it.  I also used the stones to support the bottom drawer.  You will figure out that this is essential about the 2nd time that the dresser falls forward when you are setting up your drawers!  The stones inside the dresser will hold it upright without the dirt, but I was afraid that once I put the dirt and plantings in there would be a disaster.

I covered those ghastly knobs with some slices of a tree trunk (dead) that I cut into disks.  I was a little worried that the knob behind would look bad, but once I put them on the drawers they looked better.  Once the plants grow in the back of the knobs won't be visible anyway.

Then I planted her up.  For the most part I used plants that would hang over the edges. 
 I also stuck in some of my herbs.  

This little area is one of the saddest spots in the back yard.  It needs to stay relatively clear so we can use the hose regularly (we don't have a sprinkler system).  But it ended up being  an area where I put stuff until I "decided what to do with it" or it gets ruined by dragging the hose across it.  I wanted so much to be able to fit the dresser in front of all this stuff, but there just wasn't a way to make that work.

I tried really hard to get a picture that fully captured how much better (how FAB)
this drabby concrete corner looks with this little planter.  None of the pictures really did it justice.  You are going to have to trust me.  This is one FAB little corner now with a FAB little planter made from a junk dresser.  If you don't trust me, you can just stop on by for a little back yard cookout and a glass of wine.

Holly, thank you so much for asking me to visit today.

I hope y'all will come by and visit my little blog and see some of my other projects.  This little corner is the first reveal of my spring patio makeover.  I hope you will visit me in a few days for that.  I'm planning some big improvements - and I'm sure your summer will not be complete if you miss out on them!

I've also got some big plans for the inside of the house - my kitchen, my dining room, my living room and who knows what else may happen....so come on by an join in the fun.  I would love to see you there.

(I will probably make a cake or two)....

Thanks again Holly!

Make something wonderful today!


Bella Nest linked up with these awesome parties:
Too Much Time On My Hands 
Funky Junk Interiors
DIY Showoff
Savvy Southern Style
Between Naps on the Porch


  1. Karen how fun is that Planter Dresser! I am simply in love with it... it may just magically be gone in the morning! ;) Loved seeing your projects, I am running over to fully check your blog out! Awesome Post lady!

  2. Karen did an amazing job on that planted dresser - what an inspired idea. Another one for the 'I'd never thought of that one' list !

  3. when isn't that genius! that karen is so talented!!

  4. Came out great, Karen. Love the plants and the knobs.

  5. Most excellent. Love the knobs. Also thinking what a great herb garden a whole dresser would be. My wheels are spinning.


  6. Karen is my long lost sister! We both did a dresser planter! Love the knobs and that is a dreary, gray corner no more thanks to that fabulousness!

  7. Karen, that really turned out nice. Much cuter than the same one I pinned on Pinterest. All those cute garden board pins I have are very unlikely to ever happen, so I can pretend I did actually did one, since you did.
    Hi, Holly. I'm Stephanie and I'm Karen's sister. I was wondering what the two songs following Adele's song are. I love them.

    1. Hi, Stephanie, It's so nice to meet you! Those two songs are Joyfully by Kari Jobe and The Call by Regina Spektor. So glad you like them!

  8. hehe,,,,,,what a great job :)
    Really Love this :)
    and do not miss.....




    it is FUN :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  9. This turned out so pretty! I'm pinning you with this idea and now I have to go find a dresser to paint and plant. Such a neat project!

  10. Well, that is just too darn cute. I love the color and the highlighting of the design with the white. Come by and see my little planter dresser (the sandlot rascal) at Quirky Vistas. It looks like this is the week for planter dressers.

    1. Well, I guess great minds think alike! I can't believe you actually have a stash of faucets! I have a stash of everything but not one faucet!

  11. What an amazing transformation, Karen! I love the door with the molding headboard. What a great idea and I pinned it (from your site)!

    What a great guest poster, Holly!

    Happy Memorial Day!


  12. I love that! What a good use of an old dresser! Not EVERY piece of furniture needs to go inside the house!
    Blessings, Lorraine

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