How to create a floral filing cabinet of dreams

Is there anything more depressing than an old battered filing cabinet?

Sitting in the corner looking sad it conjures up thoughts of endlessly hunting for files stuffed into those awful green hanging things that always collapse leaving the drawers in utter chaos.

Maybe you’ve got one unused at home, or maybe your workplace is upgrading its storage and the old filing cabinets are being unceremoniously chucked out.

Here’s how you can turn a filing cabinet into a floral filing cabinet of dreams, more commonly known as a planter.

Step 1- remove the drawers, cover any holes with wooden board sprayed the colour of your cabinet and put in final position.

Empty black filing cabinet with the drawers removed on a stone patio next to a brick wall

Step 2- Fill the bottom half with left over polystyrene or old plastic plant pots. This aids drainage, recycled unwanted plastic and also means you don’t need tonnes of compost.

Filing cabinet half filled with white polystyrene and some soil on top.

Step 3- Fill the remainder of the cabinet with compost up to 2/3cm from the top edge of the cabinet.

Black filing cabinet filled with compost up against a red brick wall

Step 4- It’s time for plants. Choose a range of plants so that you have a treat for all the senses.

Green cosmos plants being planted in a recycled black filing cabinet

Step 5- Keep it well watered and before long it will look like.....

Black filing cabinet overflowing with greenery and purple salvia flowers, cosmos and pink stocks

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