Step 1: Roughly What Will Be Needed...
1. An old drawer (duh)
2. TOOLS: Drill, Sander (or sand paper), Variable speed saw, Stud finder, Bit driver (screw driver set), vice grips, T square ruler/ 18in ruler
3. Paint: Your choice (we chose three colors with different sheens), Painters tape, Brushes
4. Wood for internal frame (I used 3/4in x 3.1/2in),Wood glue
5. Hardware: Four 3in wood screws w/ washers to match. four one inch wood screws. decorative drawer handles or knobs (your preference)
6. Plants: Flower pots x 3, Plants of your choice, decorative pebbles, soil
Step 2: Prepping Drawer...
Then remove the existing handles. Sand the face thoroughly, and measure and drill holes for the new handles if needed.
Decide how far you want your shelf to stick out from the wall. (We went with 7in) Measure this length on the body parts of the drawer. once marked off, cut them to size. Please, measure twice, cut once, and keep all fingers, children and power chords out of the way.
Step 3: Get to Paintin'...
Start by applying your base color. if it is a bold color be sure to apply enough coats to make it stand out. (the red took 3 coats)
Once the base coat is dry, lay down the painters tape in the pattern you have chosen. Then apply your first accent color. (ours was a flat charcoal to off set the satin sheen of the red)
After the first accent color is dry, lay out the tape for the third, then paint. (the gold we chose was a challenging color to work with. it dried rubbery and wanted to come up with the tape)
We added a little more of the first accent color as an after thought. Whatever you do is right.
Step 4: Building the Frame and Assembling the Body...
you need to build an interior frame to support the weight of the plants. measure out the inner dimensions of the body pieces you cut earlier. Cut your frame wood to meet these dimensions. The frame you build should fit snuggly inside the body as shown in the picture. glue or screw these pieces together. i did both.
Assemble the body of the drawer with the face, once it is done. Glue it all down firmly.
Fit the frame inside the body gluing it into place as well. I ended up securing it with four flat black wood screws just to be sure.
Step 5: Mounting...
Use a stud finder to locate the wall studs. then use your ruler to measure out the height you want and distance between the studs.
Measure the same distance on your frame and drill guide hole for the wall screws
Use those holes as a guide to drill corresponding guide holes in the wall.
Mount the shelf by screwing the 3in wood screws into the guide holes. you will be working in a tight space this is the rig i set up to maneuver, a socket wrench, phillips bit, and the socket that fit the bit. (not sure of the size) this allowed me to work within the frame.
Step 6: Plants and the Finished Product...
Whelp, thats about it. hope you have enjoyed this one. let me know what you think.
Thanks for reading