Turn a Chest of Drawers Into a Container Garden
Paint an old chest a bright color and fill its drawers with fresh blooms
This eye-catching furniture floral arrangement will trump your average houseplant. Instead, it's a way to show off your fresh spring garden clippings and nurture some container plants in a charming little vignette. It's the brainchild of Annie Sloan painters-in-residence Abigail and Ryan Bell. Follow these steps to copy the look in your own home:
The painters experimented to get their ideal color just right with a mix of Annie Sloan's chalk paint in Scandinavian Pink, Barcelona Orange, English Yellow, and Pure to get this vibrant hue. Choose your paint color or get adventurous like the Bells and mix your own.
The Bells used the Annie Sloan Flat Brush to two coats of paint for a cheerful shock of color to play against the green of the plants.
The duo added a coat of Soft Clear Wax for a smooth finish. (Visit AnnieSloan.com for retailers.) If you're working with a non-chalk paint, you can coat the piece in water-based polyurethane to protect the color.
Our example is styled with an arrangement bursting from the drawers. However, we recommend using it as a receptacle for a container garden. Line the drawers with nonslip drawer liner (about $5; Amazon) to keep put any containers placed inside. If you want to nest houseplants within, try these clean-air houseplant picks and uncommon container garden ideas.
Style the tabletop with another container plant or two. An orchid pot or aged terra cotta pot would be a welcome addition to the tabletop. Protect the newly painted surface by tracing around the bottom of the containers and cutting out nonslip drawer liner to place under the containers.
Get more project details on Annie Sloan's blog.