DIY Raised Beds

About four years ago, my grandpa and I built some farmhouse shutters. You may remember them from this post.

I no longer have the window in my kitchen where these were used, and I don’t have anywhere else I’d like to use them. You know lumber is crazy expensive now and I’ve been itching for some raised beds.

I started by removing the hinges and hardware from the shutters. I left the basic shutter shape though.

I then simply joined the sides with wood screws.

And then I added cardboard and chicken wire to the bottom.

Tomorrow I am putting potting soil and plants in it. I can’t wait to show you what I plant.

I am also recycling some other former projects to create more raised beds.

Five creative spring gardens

The temperatures are still a little cool around here to start setting out spring flowers, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t started thinking about what I want to plant.

I’ve recently happened upon all sorts of neat ideas for turning things into unique planters. Recycling unwanted household items by filling them with beautiful flowers is a win-win situation, in my opinion.

Chair turned planter

My grandpa gave me this cute old chair. It had a metal slat seat in it. I took the seat out and popped a planter into it. Doesn’t it look cute with this fern in it?

Wash tub planter (source)

I want an old washtub so I can do this! Wouldn’t that be cute?

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This toolbox planter is absolutely adorable.

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I need a carriage now so I can plant flowers in it.

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I have never thought about planting anything in a flour sifter but this is pretty cute!

I hope you all have a great week! Join us on Friday for our spring home tour.

Reduce.Reuse.Repurpose: new uses for old coffee containers

I know a lot of people who have some of these empty coffee containers lying around.

Did you know you can make some super neat things from them?

I liked their shape and decided to spray paint them blue. I spray painted the lids a metallic silver to make them look like metal.

Then, I attached an adhesive chalkboard labels to the cans to complete the look. I’m going to use them as “kitchen canisters” in my kids’ playhouse or as craft storage in my craft studio.

I have also seen some people repurpose these containers into flower pots.

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How do you reuse your empty coffee containers?

Thrift store remakes: how to make a faux ironstone planter

I absolutely love thrift stores. While some people see them as a junk store filled with other people’s useless castoffs, I see it as a treasure hunt. One man’s trash really is another person’s treasure.

I love to shop resale stores and thrift stores to find gently used clothes for my family, but I also love finding unique treasures and projects. Recently, I’ve been on an ironstone kick. I love how it looks but I don’t love the price. You can fake it fairly easily.

I spotted this Christmas planter not long after I arrived at the store. I loved the size and shape of it.

I used two coats of antique white spray paint to make it look like ironstone and I loved how it turned out.

I even used it in a fall display with a mum and some pumpkins.

I also sprayed this pitcher to make it look like ironstone too.

What are your recent thrift store remakes?

Shop Your House: Don’t buy new, repurpose instead

Have you ever had something in your house that you love, but due to its age, it doesn’t look as good as it used to? Or maybe it’s not something that doesn’t look usable anymore but you can’t bring yourself to get rid of it.

At our wedding eleven years ago, we lined the sidewalk of our reception hall with lanterns hanging from shepherd’s hooks.

I have about four of these sitting in my garage right now.

It’s faded. There’s candle wax melted in the bottom of it. It doesn’t look so hot. But you all know about my love of spray paint.

I covered the glass with painter’s tape and got to work. I put two coats on my cute little lanterns.

I let them dry for about 24 hours. The finished project looks pretty great. Next week, I will show you how they turned out, and where I am using them.