Turn a Filing Cabinet Into a Modern Metal Planter

Turn a Filing Cabinet Into a Modern Metal Planter

Sarah Rae Smith
Apr 11, 2011

As much as I'd love to lay my pennies down and purchase new planters from retail establishments, I just can't bring myself to do it when there's so many great things to repurpose. That said, I was ridiculously mad at myself for never thinking of this totally awesome use of a filing cabinet, sans drawers.

I ran across a review of the new book from Amy Pennington titled Apartment Gardening over at DIY Life and it was like a light bulb had gone on. Craigslist is flooded with folks begging you to take their old file cabinets from them for free or super cheap.

The idea is simple, turn the cabinet on the side, remove the drawers, add some wood for stabilization and fill with dirt and plants. We're thinking you could take it one step further if you wanted by drilling drainage holes, adding a wood plank to the outside bottom and end to make it have a more modern dressed up feel while covering up the old exposed base.

It's a great way to put to use something that rarely gets put to use and is in large supply from closing businesses and folks cleaning out their garage. If it's too deep for your liking, try filling it with some recyclables to help fill the space before adding in dirt!

Find Apartment Gardening At These Retailers:
Barnes and Noble

Image: Illustration by Kate Bingham-Burt for Sasquatch Books

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