Woodwork Wednesday: pallet raised beds

If you follow the blog or social media for our farm Wild Orchard Organic Farms, then you already know about this project.

Where we live, the soil is red clay. This is great for permanently staining your clothes and shoes and making pottery, but it really isn’t great for planting and growing. For this reason, we have recently started container gardening and raised bed gardening. Raised beds are most certainly expensive, and so is raised bed soil. Lumber is nearly astronomical right now.

My work routinely receives shipments on pallets, of which they then have to dispose. Most of the time, pallets have broken slats, but still a lot of usuable wood on them. I took home seven pallets, took them apart (which was the hard part) and decided what size I wanted them to be. I framed the corners with some old 4×4 posts that I had.

And then I built five of them. Eventually, I will sand them all and paint them all white.

Then, I cut the bags in half and removed the bottoms and tops of them, and used them as a weed barrier. I then added the Miracle Grow raised bed mix.

My daughter even helped me spread the soil.

If you want to know more about this project, please click the link here. Have a great Wednesday!

5 Instagram-worthy Outdoor Kitchens: a Pinterest round-up

5 Instagram-worthy Outdoor Kitchens: a Pinterest round-up

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Looking to spoil your husband or father this Father’s Day? One easy way to do that is with an outdoor kitchen. While some outdoor kitchens are hugely expensive, there are several low-cost ways to build an attractive outdoor kitchen your whole family will love.

This Pinterest round up will include five beautiful outdoor kitchens you can build yourself without breaking the bank.

  1. Cinder block outdoor kitchen via Cool Creativity 

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Cinder blocks are inexpensive and easy to work with. This outdoor kitchen looks like it cost  a pretty penny, but didn’t.

 

2. Small cinder block cook space

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Maybe you don’t want a full on galley kitchen outdoors, but you want just a little more counterspace. This small footprint outdoor kitchen, also made from cinderblocks, fits the bill. Besides, isn’t it cute?

3. Modern wooden outdoor kitchen

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Have a stack of scrap wood or pallets you’d like to repurpose? Use some of that wood to build a counter and outdoor kitchen space. You may want to make sure the area around your grill is cinderblock, though.

4. Rolling outdoor kitchen cart

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Maybe you love the idea of an outdoor kitchen, but you want some flexibility in its location. If so, then this easy to build rolling barbecue cart might be for you!

Lastly, you guys know how much I love anything rustic. I fell in love with this rustic farmhouse outdoor kitchen. The blogger wrote very specific, easy to follow building plans, too. I just might have to try this one.

5. Rustic industrial outdoor kitchen

 

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I love this so much- that galvanized metal and the wooden counter top. It also would be easy and cheap to build.

I hope you have enjoyed this Pinterest roundup. Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. Regular posting schedule will resume next week.

 

 

 

Farmhouse Fridays: paver patio roundup

Farmhouse Fridays: paver patio roundup

Summer is coming and I am in the mood to turn our backyard into an oasis, and a comfortable one at that. Pouring concrete is costly, but I like the look of a paver patio anyway.

I love this patio, because it has a fire pit and a pergola. It looks so comfy and inviting.

Brandy wine Patio

How about this patio with a fire pit and outdoor kitchen?

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This one has a fire pit, outdoor dining area AND an outdoor kitchen.

My Patio Design

This one is very nice, too.

Dives and Dollar

I’m not sure which direction I want to go yet, but I do know this:

We will need our patio to be multi leveled, since our ground area isn’t level.

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And we will need gray stone to match the house.

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I can’t wait to show you which direction we go. Have a great weekend!!

Back porch rehab: a mood board and a plan

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We have a wonderful covered back porch, but it’s a bit lacking in decor and comfort.

The space itself is great, but it’s bland and underused.

It could be really nice, with the right comforts and features.

We live in Central North Carolina, and it’s so hot here in the summer we can’t stand to sit on the porch. Even if it’s covered. Even if it has a ceiling fan- which ours doesn’t.

I’d love to make this a cozy little sitting space, kind of like an outdoor living room. I’ve got so many good ideas of what I’d like to do. Take a look at my ideas and the inspiration I’ve pulled from  Pinterest!  Here’s what I think our porch really needs:

  1. A ceiling fan
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The porch in this photo reminds me of a nicer version of my own porch. The spaces are similar. I love that ceiling fan because it’s decorative, and because I definitely don’t love our hot, humid weather.

2. Porch rug and a coffee table

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I just love the porch furniture, the colors, and the general coziness of Suzy’s porch over at Worthing Court. It’s lovely- I just wanna sit there and drink my coffee.

3. Pillows or cushions

See the picture above. Cushions and pillows make any porch seem cozy and inviting.

4. Soft lighting for fun and for evenings

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I realize this is a Christmas photo, but I love the soft lighting from the string lights. String lights are also just a very cool look.

5. citronella candles

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The mosquitoes in North Carolina are world-famous. They’re mean and they will get you. And since you’re well aware of my fondness for mason jars, I thought I’d try my hand at making a few of these citronella candle jars.

6. a new porch lantern

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Our puny, builder grade light fixture was broken in one of the hurricanes last year and we haven’t replaced it yet. I’d love this barn light lantern on our back porch. It’s such a cool look.

7. different wreaths

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There is nothing wrong with the wreaths I made, but I think they’re a little puny. This wreath is fuller and the colors are better and I think it’d look great on my doors.

We are actively working on making the porch cozier and better right now. I can’t wait to share it with you in the next few months!

DIY Tips and Tricks: spray painting furniture

DIY Tips and Tricks: spray painting furniture

I recently noticed our white porch rockers and thought they could use a little update.

There were areas on them where the paint was chipping, but also, we have plans to paint our porch in the near future and I wanted the chairs to pop. Paining is far from my favorite thing to do, but did you know you can spray paint your porch furniture?

Not only can you spray paint it, you can do it and make it look good.

1. Sand any chippy or rough spots so they’ll be smooth prior to painting. If you don’t do this, the paint will just chip anyway.

2. Use a primer or a spray paint with a built in primer.

This will help your spray paint bond to the furniture but will also ensure the finish dries smoothly.

3. Quality is important

This one doesn’t really need explanation. You get what you pay for. The cheaper your spray paint, the less likely you are to have a smooth finish that’s durable and attractive.

4. If your paint runs or drips, sand it off and repaint.

Don’t panic if you make a mistake. Just sand it off and try again.

5. How to spray paint. For best results, shake the can prior to painting, and hold the can six inches from the furniture while painting. Allow each coat to dry 24 hours before applying additional coats.

I haven’t painted our railing yet, but I can’t help but imagine how pretty these black chairs will be against a white railing.

Have a wonderful week.