Showing posts with label gardening on budget. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gardening on budget. Show all posts

Friday, June 15, 2012

Recycled Wood Arbour

We have been busy in the yard this year planting, moving, and always adding. I find most of my inspiration and calming in our gardens so why not make it all that it can be. This is another simple reclaimed wood project that we put together in a weekend. The box was an after thought and still needs to be painted but until the "monsoon" season is over, it just wont be happening. lol Hope you enjoy

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

BHG Pergola Patio Set knockoff for under $25

This is probably the absolutely best outdoor project we have taken on. We have an enormous yard for being in the city and for years it has been neglected. The gardens have grown over and the perennials were being chocked out by the thistles. So last year we tackled the main veggie gardens and 1 small circular perennial bed to add some interest. All veggies are started from seed and all the perennials have been graciously donated from friends that have been dividing up what they have. This year I really wanted to add some extra seating and maybe some extra pretty things - because you can't have enough pretty flowers. So few weeks ago BHG sent out their weekly newsletter - a pergola special, and after explaining to my DH that the word pergola actually exists LOL we came up with some VERY rough sketches and I sent him to work. Hahaha K is really enjoying this woodworking thing and as long as he enjoys it I will keep coming up with projects. :D




This year we also tackled the greenhouse http://tampster1.blogspot.ca/2011/05/our-easter-project.html#.UpoG58RrZjo- which is already producing :D, added a rain barrel, put in 2 raised beds and 1 cut bed, made the kids a few picnic tables, added the clock and it was still lacking something.
Now wait for it.... Cost for project
Wood .... free ** actually we should get a credit for this, the company was just going to cut this up and call it garbage, as it cant be used for anything that they produce and pay to have someone haul it away.
Screws... $12 and there is about 500 of them in here... LOL don't ask. ;)
Paint.... $5/gallon Wally World was doing renovations and they had their $35/gallon paint marked down you betcha!!!!! I took 3 but haven't used 2 yet
Chicken Wire 2 rolls at $1.25 from the dollar store - $2.50
And of course my wonderful husbands Love :) --- Free and unconditional :)
Total ---- $24.50 Cant get much better than that. :D
The boxes are 2ft square, the benches are removable, 1 is 5ft and one is 4ft. And right now the corners are planted up with Annabella hydrangeas, the corner box will have clematis and other planting to be decided at a later date . :) I LOVE IT!!!! Hope you do to.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Restoration Hardware Clock knock-off




I have never been a big shopper - especially in high end boutiques. But when I was thumbing through a decorating magazine I came across this massive fake clock from restoration hardware. 2 reasons why I would never buy this product - 1. it doesnt work - lol - not very practical 2. It cost $1495.00 Can you imagine paying that for something that doesn't work ... Oh my! I was going to ask my DH to cut me out a big cirle from some of our left over wood projects, but my neighbours beat me to it. They had this stone tabletop (use to be a sundial) with a broken plaster pedistal and asked if I could use it before it went into the trash. **** You betcha***** And low and behold I came up with my own version. 4ft round marble. It will be sitting in my yard for the summer and I "will" find a place for it in my house this winter. I LOVE it!! And the best part is that it cost me NOTHING. I have bins and bins of paint and outdoor sealer so all it took was a little geometry and some elbow grease and Wholla. :)
Hope some of these projects will inspire you to try something new. :)
Happy creating.