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Originally published Friday, April 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM

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Turn drawers and gutters into planter boxes

Mix and match styles of door knobs and paint colors to go with the feel of your home.

Special to The Seattle Times


IT’S THAT TIME of year again. The sun has teased us with a few blissful days, and we’re looking forward to warm afternoons in the fresh air. Time to spruce up our gardens.

Add some charm to your yard with lean-to planters made from refurbished goods. The RE Store’s outreach and marketing manager, Bray Hayden, suggests perusing their selection of materials to create a piece that fits your style and space.

One style of lean-to planters can be made out of 100-year-old cedar rain gutters from old Seattle-area homes. The store keeps the gutters in stock, and they can be cut to fit the length you need, costing about $5 per lineal foot. This already-built and planted version is on sale for $75.

Looking for a solution for slightly bigger plants? Check out the RE Store’s selection of salvaged drawers, add wood for side supports and create a fun planter that way. Mix and match styles of door knobs and paint colors to go with the feel of your home.

Find it: The RE Store, 1440 N.W. 52nd St., in Seattle; online at

Paige Collins is a Seattle Times news producer.

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