Nightstand Turned Planter Using Debi’s Design Diary DIY Paint

Update!  I only use Debi’s Design Diary DIY Paint since publishing this post.  DIY Paint is 100% Natural, Clay Based, which makes it different from every other chalk paint product.  It is perfectly smooth, the colors are beautiful, and cover well, even their whites.   It paints like liquid Velvet.  You won’t believe how good a paintbrush and a can of paint can feel.  It is amazing stuff.  Check my sidebar if you want to know more.

 Turning A Broken Nightstand Into a Planter

You know how much I love my junk.  This time of year, when everyone is Spring Cleaning, I am cruising your neighborhoods for your cast-off junk. Broken Nightstand?  Back Missing? I will take it!  

I found this sad specimen of a once-used Night Stand a few months ago. You can read all about it at Trashy Tuesday.  The back was completely missing and one of the drawer rails was broken.

I knew it would go on to live another life.  I just didn’t know what, but it came home with me because, after all, I am the Queen of Junk

Fast forward three months and we are in a party-planning frenzy. My oldest is graduating from High School next week and the house is getting the starlet treatment.  Junk Style.  We have been a whirling dervish of activity around here, picking up free patio chairs.  

Cleaning up the front porch and threatening our children that they will be banished from existing outside their rooms if one more person gets something dirty on my white slip-covered couches.  Yes, I have WHITE COUCHES, three kids, and a dog.  I deal with it. 

How to turn your old Nightstand into a Planter

Back to the Nightstand.  I needed a front porch makeover, and fast.  Lucky for me I had plenty of junk to choose from.  I painted this little once nightstand with one coat of Water Lily. 

It dried very fast, which for me is golden.  One more reason I love DIY Paint so much.  Instant Gratification.  I used a damp cloth to distress the areas where the paint may have naturally worn off.  I sealed the entire piece with outdoor PolyUrethane.  I won’t go into detail on how to turn your dresser into a planter, there are plenty of good tutorials out there.  Here is a particularly good one from my friend Kelly at Eclectically Vintage.  

Those chairs needed some sprucing up too.  Solid Wood, but sad, sad, sad (and old).  I did a quick sand with 220 grit to smooth them out.  Then I went over them with one coat of stain.  Check how to use them in my video HERE.  

Nightstand Turned Planter Finished and Planted 

My Nightstand turned planter is ready for its close-up now.  

I think we are ready for you to come over now too.  Well, almost.  Notice I am not inviting you in yet. 

The next time you come across a broken piece of furniture, don’t look at it as just broken. Think of it as junk for your yard.  Or check with me, I will most likely take it off your hands.


  1. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    Wow – I can’t believe those chairs were free! You really are the queen – bowing down to you now! Congrats on your daughter’s graduation – remember to wear waterproof mascara!

  2. Frances Evans

    Did you put anything in the drawers to keep the water from ruining them? I jpused some drawers last year & by the end of summer the bottoms of the drawers were bowed & unreusable. I put black heavy duty plastic in the bottom but didn’t keep it waste tight.

    • GTC

      Hi Frances, I used thick Black Garbage Bags. They really protected the drawers from warping and kept them water tight.

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    cool! You need to go to the nearest flea market and buy such a chest of drawers. I will make it according to your example. I really like the idea


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