Converting a Cabinet for a Garden and Garage Workspace

Recently my mom had her bathroom remodeled. In the process she replaced on of her bathroom vanities and I thought that it might make a good workstation for my many DIY and Garden projects. I'm very pleased with the result which now will provide a clean solid work top, cabinet space, a pegboard area for tools, and best of all it is mobile! I purchased my materials for this cabinet renovation at Lowe's in association with the Creative Ideas program. Materials Outdoor Paint (can be adjusted to match any color you wish) Cabbot Premium Wood Stain and Sealer Screws and Washers Wood Glue 1 - 8 ft. piece of quarter round trim Plywood cut to one 24" x 35" 3 - 8 ft. 2"x4"s 4 caster wheels (two locking) Finish nails Epoxy Powerstrip (optional) You will also need several tools for this project. I used a miter saw, skill saw,…

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The Completed Light Post with Bird Feeder Project!

Here's just a quick post to show you the light post made from a front porch post that I put together for Lowe's Creative Ideas.  Finches, wrens and cardinals have all been sighted visiting the bird feeder.  As an added bonus the birds get to land on the two hanging baskets to hang out and visit.  It's almost like an airport for birds complete with landing pads, runway lighting, and even a food court! Inside the coconut coir hanging planters I planted pansies for the winter.  I think plants that spill out over the edges would be perfect for the hanging baskets. Here's the original post on how I made the light post. This next month's Lowe's Creative Ideas Project is called "Migration." It looks like we'll be finding a way to bring the garden indoors!  Who knows - maybe I'll bring the indoors to the garden!

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A Gardener’s Garage Remodel

This month's Creative Ideas Project with Lowe's and Growing The Home Garden is all about organization!  By using a $100 gift card donated by Lowe's I've redone a part of my garage to make it more useful for our whole family - not just the gardener!  I think the main problem people have with organization is that they don't have placed to put things.  I know that is true with our family.  Just having a location for our stuff makes keeping organized a lot simpler.  This remodel has also created a place to store my gardening supplies which I really didn't have before.  The project is not completely finished yet but let's take a look at how it looks today! The garage has always been a place of entry for our house.  We use it much more often than either the front or back doors and so its a natural…

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2012 Garden Project List!

Every year I put out a list of my intended gardening projects that I personally want to accomplish this year.  Then back at the end of the year I review them to see how I've done.  This year is a little tricky.  I have quite a few projects leftover from last year that I still want to accomplish in my garden but I also want to add a few new things.  So to create this list for 2012 I'm going to limit myself to just a few more big ideas and allow for some monthly project lists in the future with smaller, more manageable garden projects! Here is my Garden Project List for 2012! Continue the reorganization of the vegetable garden.  I adjust things every year and I've decided that expansion is not the way to go, better organization is.  The parterre style is where the design is going because…

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11 Garden Projects for 2011

Each year I've posted about the projects I hope to accomplish in the New Year. They aren't resolutions, just goals or ideas. I may not even get half of the projects accomplished but I find that if I get some ideas before the garden season starts in earnest I can be pretty motivated to get it worked on before the fall freeze comes along! Here are 11 Garden Projects for 2011!**(These are in no particular order) 1) Build the vegetable garden fence!This has been on my list for two years without much progress. Alright, without any progress! The deer have invaded my vegetable garden multiple times which means there needs to be a way to prevent future incursions tied in with whatever fence build. 2) Finish the new garden beds.I have three areas in our front yard that need mulching and filling in with plants. One area is around our…

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The Greenhouse Project: Beginning the Framing

Another day is done for the greenhouse-shed project and a little bit more has been accomplished. It's moving along at a good pace; not too fast or hurried but careful and methodical. Yesterday we finished setting the posts and today we ended construction by putting up most of the framing for the first large picture window.Before the window framing we did quite a few other labor intensive tasks.We cut and fitted 4"x6" timbers around the base to hold the posts together and hold the flooring (gravel) inside. 4"x6"s are very heavy and it was quite a chore to set them level them and screw them into the posts. After getting the 4"x6" lumber into place we went around the base and added metal plates to join the posts together with the 4"x6"s. Every post received two plates one on the front and the other on the back.The last job of…

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A Stepping Stone Pathway (Backyard Remodel Part 2)

With every project comes some challenges. The biggest challenge for our backyard remodel and patio project was what to do with the septic line area since one of the most important things to remember with any major project is to avoid the utilities as best as you can. Unfortunately in our case the builder of our home did not put the porch and septic line in the best possible location for our plans. The steps from the porch led directly over the septic clean out pipe. I mentioned a few days ago about the step/landing I built to bridge that space but we also needed to deal with the area over the line itself. We had a two-fold problem: 1) No hard or permanent surface should ever cover the septic line in case it needed to be accessed and 2) I didn't want to mow into an odd shaped and…

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The Backyard Remodel Tour Part 1

You may have noticed that the daily blogging has slowed down a little bit on weekends. It's been for a very good reason: The Patio Project. My commenting on other blogs has suffered as well but everything should pick up once the final touches have been made on the backyard remodel. It's become more than a patio project and really extends the full length of the house. Included in the project have been at least three new garden beds (one of which could easily be subdivided into three sections), a stepping stone pathway, the patio itself, a small deck extension, latticework installation, and a whole lot of sweat! OK maybe you could have done without that last bit of imagery...Here's the before:And now here's a look at the nearly complete project from the vantage of the bird bath garden. Around the deck is the latticework and one of the garden…

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The Deck Remodel (or The Deck Being Decked Out!)

Another part of our back yard patio project was fixing up the deck. I suppose you could almost call this project more of a backyard remodel. In my last post I showed you a step/landing I built to bridge the gap between our patio and the deck. Today's post is all about (and around) the deck. In the picture below you can see what our deck looked like before this weekend, a nondescript-builder-standard-pressure-treated deck. Our deck was kind of like the windshield wipers on a car, they are there and functional but you really don't talk about them! There's almost two feet of clearance under most of the deck, which would barely be enough to store things. I would love to have a deck I could finish off the underside as a storage area or even as a gathering spot but that won't happen with this house. To dress up…

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A Step to Bridge the Gap

The first major task I tackled this week with our patio project was this step landing. It was a problem that had to be fixed. When we had our home inspected before we purchased it the inspector noticed that the deck needed one more step to fit codes. That wasn't the only problem here, the stairs led right out to the septic drain access pipe. It was a bad spot for the builder to put it. Here's the solution I came up with: cover it all with a removable landing!I built this 100% removable landing step to bridge the gap between our patio and the deck. The step covers the drain pipe but can be removed by two people easily and one person if needed. I used 2"x6" pressure treated lumber to make a 46"x48" box. I put another 2"x6" board to serve as a brace to attach the tread…

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