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Fun vintage project!


Over at the Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking a post about drawer gardens just popped up. I have a couple sitting around that are too big to list on Etsy (I stick to items that don’t cost a fortune to ship) and was just going to get rid of them, but ta-da! A solution to my clutter.

Last summer I tried a potted garden on the balcony but it didn’t survive very well; there’s not a lot of shield from the wind in the Loop. These drawers are lower to the ground and just might survive! I have direct eastern exposure, so there is plenty of afternoon sun.

If you’re in Chicago, I can point you toward some places to find dresser drawers at very low costs, but check out Craigslist’s free section for people giving away old desks, side tables, etc. It’s very easy to remove the drawer and its hardware. Watch for your neighbors who are moving out, they might not be taking some of their furniture or give you the pieces you need before throwing away the shell.

Another great solution is salvage. Especially if you’re in a major city. People put furniture out in the alleys just like the do on their lawns in the burbs because it is such a chore to try and get rid of it, my husband and I are guilty of it ourselves! All you need is to check the drawers. Typically the furniture itself is beat up but drawers usually survive. Grab and go! You can always get rid of it later if it turns out to be a dud.

We’re coming upon church/neighborhood rummage sale season so keep an eye on those for overly used furniture at great prices!

I’m looking forward to finally having a use for these, hopefully I’ll get better results this season. Pictures forthcoming…

Good luck!

PS I do have two handsome desk drawers for sale, but they serve such a great decor function that you could really go either way!