Are you looking for a fun and creative way to spruce up your home decor? Look no further than faux drawer planters with chalk paint! These unique and stylish planters are a great way to add a touch of greenery to any room while also adding a pop of color. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to easily create your own faux drawer planters using chalk paint. From choosing the perfect plants to adding your own personal flair, we’ll cover all the steps you need to know. So grab your paintbrush and get ready to transform your space with these charming and customizable planters!

I haven’t used chalk paint before, layering multiple colors onto one another. At least not for a major project but I have really been wanting to do so.  I have to say that I was a little hesitant at first.  I mean, I have seen beautiful results with chalk paint on all kinds of projects, so I knew it could be done.  I just hadn’t worked up the courage myself, to do an entire project.  Well, with summer just around the corner, my family has been working on sprucing up our backyard  between planting a garden as well as all types of flowers.  So, with this in mind, I wanted to create some cute planters that would be fun in our backyard, but were definitely different than what you could find at the store.   Well, I figured I’d face my fear of chalk paint head on and after some brainstorming, I came up with these Faux Drawer Planters. I in fact did use Chalk Paint and I’m head over heel for how these turned out.


Supplies Needed:

  • Wooden Box (If you don’t have one, you can find new Balsa wood ones similar to these at your local craft store.)
  • Screw Driver
  • Drill
  • Pencil
  • Drill Bits ( 3/8″  &  11/64″ )
  • Ruler
  • Americana@ DECOR™ Chalky Finish paints in Everlasting, Romance, Escape, and New Life
  • Americana@ DECOR™ Chalky Finish Creme Wax
  • Foam Brush
  • Sand Paper – Med grit
  • (2)  6  x  1-5/8″ Screws for hanging (per each planter box)
  • Drawer Knob
  • Soil
  • Flowers

Step 1:  The boxes I had found had lids attached to them.  I used a screw driver to take the hinges off and removed the lid. I will save them for another project :)

Step 2:  Measure and mark the middle point on the front of the box.  This will be where the drawer pull goes.  Make sure to compare the size of you drawer pull to your drill bit to ensure you have the correct size drill bit. (It just so happened that an 11/64″ bit was just perfect for my drawer pull).  Drill a hole at your center point mark..

Step 3: The back of my box dimensions were 4″ x 12″. I didn’t want my slots to be too close to the ends, so I measured in 3″ from each side and marked it. Then I measured 1″ & 2″ down from the top. This is where I was locating the slot so I can attach them with screws. Next, take your 3/8″ bit and drill on the bottom mark (the one that’s 2″ from the lip).This should be plenty big to fit your mounting screw head through. Next, using the same 3/8″ bit,  flip your box over and drill a few drainage holes in the bottom of your box.

Step 4: Swap out your bit and replace it with your 11/64″ bit. This size bit should be just the right size for your mounting screw… enough room for the screw threads to slide down but not too big where the screw head can slip through. Begin at your top (1″) mark and drill through the back. Drill your next hole below and as close to your last one as possible (use your pencil line as a guide). Repeat drilling several times until you reach your large hole.

Step 5: Once I had them all drilled, I took the bit and used it to eat away at the remaining wood so that it became one continuous slot with the large hole at the bottom. The slots will look a little rough but it’s OK because you won’t see them. But if you’re kind of a perfectionist like me, go back with sandpaper and clean them up a little bit.

Step 6:  Using the white chalk paint and foam brush, apply a coat or two of the Americana@ DECOR™ Chalky Finish paints in Everlasting.  Let this dry thoroughly.

Step 7:  For the Blue Box or the Americana@ DECOR™ Chalky Finish paints in Escape, I applied a couple of coats and let them dry completely.

Step 8:  Taking the sand paper.  Sand various areas to give it the worn rustic look.  You can sand a little or a lot depending on the look you want to achieve. Don’t over sand though.. you want this to look worn and natural. Also just touch the edges to make them look a little more worn.

Step 9:  Add the Americana@ DECOR™ Chalky Finish Creme Wax.  This will coat and protect the paint finish.

Step 10:  Add the drawer pull.

Step 11:  Add soil and flowers… and a little water. :)

For the red box, I did things a little bit differently.  I got a little daring.  I covered the box first with the Americana@ DECOR™ Chalky Finish paints in Everlasting.  I let that dry.  Then I painted a coat of the Americana@ DECOR™ Chalky Finish paints in New Life.  Let it dry.  Then I finished with a couple coats of the Americana@ DECOR™ Chalky Finish paints in Romance.  I really loved how this one turned out.  The multiple layers add a lot of dimension and added effects.  It makes the box look a lot more aged too.

I absolutely adore these bright and cheery Americana@ DECOR™ Chalky Finish paint colors, and the colorful drawer pulls really give the planter boxes the extra added touch.

I can’t believe I waited this long to actually try a distressed look using chalk paint.  I am absolutely hooked.

Well, this project could easily be an upcycled project made from an old wooden boxes or  maybe small dresser drawers. Did you know Americana DECOR™  is having a contest? If you’d like to enter your own up-cycled, re-purposed or refurbished project you can have a chance to win some fabulous prizes…

Or for more inspiration, head on over to Deco Art‘s Chalky Finish Website. They share lots of great tips and techniques.

Creating faux drawer planters with chalk paint is a fun and creative way to add a touch of charm to your garden or home decor. With just a few simple steps, you can transform an old drawer into unique drawer planters that will surely catch the eye of anyone who sees it. Whether you choose to use vibrant colors or opt for a more rustic look, the possibilities are endless with this DIY project. So why not give it a try? Grab an old drawer, some chalk paint, and let your creativity flourish. Don’t forget to share your creations with us in the comments below – we would love to see how your faux drawer planters turn out!

Frequently Asked Questions

Will chalk paint work on fake wood?

Chalk, Annie Sloan Paint will stick to laminate very well. I just clean my piece to get rid of any dirt or residue before painting it. Here are a couple of instances of this.

Is chalk paint weather resistant?

The majority of chalk paints don’t need to be sealed before being used outside, but just to be safe, you could use a multipurpose sealant to shield your painted item from the sun, rain, and UV rays. It functions by growing and shrinking in response to surface changes, especially in hot and cold weather.

What are fake drawers called?

False door fronts, sometimes referred to as fake drawer fronts, create the appearance of a drawer when there isn’t one behind it.

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