Rusty File Cabinet Cactus Planter

Hello Everyone!  I’m back from a blogging hiatus with a fun, colorful project to share.  If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve already seen a sneak peak of this project.  If not, well, I can’t wait to show you our Rusty File Cabinet Cactus Planter.


I’ve been obsessed with admiring rusty metal in recent months.  I’ve seen numerous planters, sculptures, etc. at local restaurants and public places that have me swooning.  A little research led me to COR-TEN steel, which is a type of steel that rusts on the outer layers, but keeps its inner strength.  You’ve probably seen this material around:



Did I also mention that Cor-ten is also out of my pre-construction/non-existent budget?

So, per usual, I was sitting on the couch trying to figure out how to get the COR-TEN look for less and come across a filing cabinet on Craigslist for cheap.  We drive two blocks to pick it up.  The man and his wife who sold it to us were in the process of selling all of their belongings in order to travel the country in their R.V.  It has been a dream of theirs since they were newlyweds.  How fun is that?

Anyway, we brought the beast home.

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