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DIY Cabinet Door Planter Boxes

My front porch is finally all dressed up for fall! It took me a little longer this year, because I wanted new planter boxes for the front, but I didn’t want to pay a zillion dollars for them. So, I decided to build them myself! You’ll never guess what they are made out of…
DIY Planter Boxes

old cabinet doors!

DIY Cabinet Door Planter Boxes

I’ll show you how I did it and all for about $15 a planter box!

First up to make these Cabinet Door Planter Boxes you need to find 4 cabinet doors that are all the same size. I found these at a local thrift store for $1 each, they had a million of them.

You will also need a couple of 8 ft 2×2’s (I used 3 to make 2 boxes), a 1×2, and a scrap piece of plywood. A few power tools are in order as well! I used my Craftsman Evolv Brad Nailer, Craftsman Orbital Jigsaw with LED Work Light, and Evolv Circular Saw. I found them all at my neighborhood Ace Hardware, they are always great at helping me figure out which tools I need for my projects.

I  have to say, I have really enjoyed working with Ace and learning more about power tools from the helpful people there. I’ve had several of you leave comments for me saying “now I just need to talk my husband into building this for me” but seriously if I can do this, you can too! I really feel like I can build anything now!

Box and Door

First up cut all your 2×2’s to an inch shorter than your cabinet doors. I’m not giving exact measurements since your cabinet doors will most likely not be the same size as mine. I used my new Evolv Circular Saw for this one, I love how easy and clean this saw cuts!

Next up grab your brad nailer and a little wood glue. Spread the glue on the 2×2 and nail it right to the edge of the cabinet door.

Nail gun

Repeat this step on all your cabinet doors, until you have made a square.

Box and Door

Cut the 1×2 into small sections, they don’t have to be exactly perfect. These will form brackets for the shelf to hold your flowers.

Take the plywood and trace on the inside of the planter box. I used my Craftsman Orbital Jigsaw to cut this out. Then just pop it in!

Box and Door

Tada! Flower boxes for around $15! I painted them with 2 coats of Silent White paint by Clark+Kensington. Then I sanded the edges just a bit to bring out the details of the cabinet doors.

A group of colorful flowers

I can’t wait to use these for my Christmas decor too!

Fall front porch

I planted them with mums, decorative cabbage, and bittersweet.

A close up of a flower

I also picked up some clear hooks from Ace to hang up my basket of faux leaves and and beach grass.

Fall Front Porch

Autumn chalk sign

So happy my front door is all fall-ified and ready to welcome all those little trick-or-treaters soon!


Want to spruce up your own entryway up this fall? Enter the $100 Ace Hardware gift card giveaway below for the chance to grab some power tools of your own! The friendly people at Ace Hardware will help you find the perfect ones.

This giveaway will run for 1 week and the winner will be notified via email. Good luck!

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Ace Hardware Blogger Panel. Ace Hardware provided me with products and compensation for this post, but all opinions are 100 percent mine. All opinions and positions here do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.

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  1. Oh my gosh! I love your planters and how you were able to repurpose those doors. Great idea! I would love to have the circular saw. That would come in handy for me!

  2. What a cute idea. And they look so expensive. You have a great eye! I would love to have a nail or staple gun. It would allow me to do anything and everything!

  3. These are awesome. Thanks for sharing them, and the giveaway! Would love to have a nail gun.

  4. Love your blog! Would like the orbital jigsaw should I win. I always win when I go to the Ace Hardware at Cinco, in Katy TX!

  5. I am just starting to build my tool arsenal! Not sure which item i would get first!

  6. I can always use a new rake. One thing I am going to buy for sure from Ace is a product called wet and forget. They are the only retailer to carry it, and I have heard it works great.

  7. Love the planters! There are so many things I would love from Ace. A circular saw, a cordless drill, nail gun and more!

  8. I would love a paint sprayer for the many DIY projects I do at home. I’m a big fan of the Valspar paint brand. I also could put to good use a new miter saw. My hubby can’t believe we have worn our old saw out! ACE is great and love Lily Pad for your beautiful inspirational projects.

  9. Oh I love your fall decor ideas! I love looking at your blog and getting home ideas :) We are making our house our home slowly but surely! I would love to get a nail gun and jigsaw from Ace!

  10. Love these planters. Your porch looks adorable. I’m always to scared to decorate my front door because it seems to be a breeding ground for spiders. Maybe that’s just a northwest thing?? Curious if you put a false bottom in before planting? I can’t imagine you filled them completely with dirt.

  11. I actually just asked for a circular saw for my birthday (today) so we will see if I have to get my own. I’m trying to get more handy, so this would be great!

  12. What a creative idea….I never would have thought to reuse old cabinet doors….absolutely love it…..love the fall colors also. I’d love to get some nice painting supplies, a good paintbrush that I can reuse as well as tape, gloves buckets etc….I really need to start painting my son’s room.

  13. Great idea! Love your new planters!… A nail gun and new hedge trimmer are next on my “to buy” list. :)

  14. What a great idea! Definitely heading to Habitat Restore this weekend to find some cabinet doors. I would love to have a brad nailer for lots of projects (including this one)!

  15. What a great idea! I know exactly what to make my daughter for Christmas. I would use the gift card to get a nail gun to help with the project. I’m so excited!!

  16. I think a brad nailer would be first on my list–but my husband might have an idea or two what we need more for our projects…

  17. I love the basket on the door! Such a cute idea! I’d get sawzall, impact driver and circular saw. I really would love to learn how to use these tools so that I could do my own projects and not have to wait on someone else to help me.

  18. Love repurposing!!! Since hub is our tool man I’d love to get him a router along with a nice table/bench area to use his tools!

  19. I just covered my front porch with wood last weekend! Now you have my wheels spinning on what to do next for décor!!

  20. Love the planter boxes! I would love to have a lot of tools from Ace! I really need a miter saw and a brad nailer lately though.

  21. I would love to learn to use power tools. Will definitely go to Ace Hardware to learn more about them. Thanks for the inspiration to give power tools a try and make something that will enhance my home and do it so beautifully!

  22. Absolutely love what you done with the old cabinet doors. Very clever idea
    I could use a new sander and / or grinder Paint Sprayer would also come in handy.
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity

  23. Such a cute and simple way to decorate for fall! Fall is my favorite time of year and this is a great idea for the porch of my new house.

  24. I love these Kelly! There are always doors at my Habitat ReStore, I’ll have to pick some up. I could use some new paint brushes from Ace. :)

  25. Love the planter boxes! I’d buy paint and a sander with an Ace gift card. Thanks for the opportunity.

  26. Love your front porch, Kelly! I love, love, love the idea of repurposing cabinet doors! I would love to buy a brad nail gun or a new staple gun. Happy Fall!

  27. They look awesome! I would love to have my very own brad nailer from Ace to help build this very project!

  28. Those DIY planters look amazing!
    I really enjoy your blog and admire your great taste for decor.

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