Brown Paper DIY Planters

We have an open plan kitchen and the breakfast counter divides the space between the kitchen and the dining/living areas. I hate being cloistered in the kitchen when the rest of the family is outside. And I do end up spending a lot of time in there as I love to cook for my family. The said counter is long, black and bare. And it provides the perfect frame for my kitchen. In fact it almost takes up an entire wall. But it lacked that little something. So I decided to pretty it up with some plants. And my ‘waste not want not’ philosophy came into play. While I do cook 90% of the time I do get take out every once in a while. Those containers tend to pile up. Especially since well-meaning friends pass theirs on to me as well. I was collecting them for a charity I sometimes volunteer with but that is a story for another time!


These three containers are regular white plastic. I covered them up with brown paper that some takeaways wrap their food in. This then got a quick paint job while watching TV. It could not get easier than that. And I love the plants in that corner in their pretty pots. It adds a tiny something and I love it πŸ™‚


The wood facing you see on the counter is made with stripped up old military boxes. I did not sand the surface too much. Just filled it with metal paste and lacquered the same. In places you can still see the original markings of β€˜postings’ that show the chequered movement of my father and brother across this country. As I have mentioned earlier they are both veteran fighter pilots of the Indian Air force. In fact my entire family is from the services.

6 thoughts on “Brown Paper DIY Planters

    • Aarohi Singh says:

      Thank you Anupama for taking the time to leave a comment. I llove the kitchen counter with the boards as well. Infact all the lower cabinets of my kitchen and my parents kitchen have been made using the wood from these old boxes πŸ™‚

  1. Bharati Sudhir says:

    Loovveeed the breakfast counter… my home also has a similar layout.. so u know …. ?… u always inspire me.

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