Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DIY A Frame Plant Stand

Lately it feels like Spring weekends around our house are projects weekends for our backyard and I'm loving it! Our backyard has undergone a huge transformation and were so looking forward to enjoying it. Soon we'll be adding patio furniture to patio and be able to fully enjoy outdoor living, which is one of my goals to use every inch of our backyard in a purposeful way. Our plan is to have our backyard feel like and extension of our home giving our small home extra living space and since I love having plants indoors I also wanted to have them on our patio displaced in a pretty way. While browsing online for outdoor planter ideas, I saw an A Frame Plant stand from Gardener's Supply Company that looked was both functional and such a pretty way to display plants. The plant stand is $89.95 online and rather than buy it, I thought we should make it! Here's the inspiration. 

I found plans online to build the exact A Frame Plant stand from The Design Confidential. I showed Hasani my ideas and he was on board! On Friday night we stopped in Lowes and picked our supplies. We decided to use Select Pine for the project which was a lot nicer and a little more than using the regular pine. In addition to buying our wood and screws etc. we bought a new tool for the project a Kreg Jig R3 Jr & clamp I've seen many bloggers use a Kreg Jig for various projects and after using it once this project, I can't wait to use on the next one! So even thought it added cost for this project it was totally worth buying. 

The plans for the plant stand was relatively easy, I do wish the pictures on the plans that included measurements was much larger, I found it hard to read. We were amazed how easy creating the pocket holes made joining the pieces of wood together. Another one of my goals this year is to get confidant with using power tools beyond a drill, so far this year I have! Thanks to our recent DIY Counter top project and building our DIY Raised Garden bed, I now feel confident using a miter saw. Measure twice cut once right?  After building the frame, we made the cuts on the 1x3 for the boards to sit on the shelves.

Here's our A Frame Planter before getting stained, oh the pic is crooked not the plant stand! For the stain color we wanted the planter to look grey washed, like we've had it forever.

Here's our finished DIY A Frame Plant Stand. This weekend we'll be buying plants to fill up the shelves. In the meantime I couldn't resist not putting a plant on it, so I grabbed a plant from my bedroom and put it on our plant stand. 

For this project I used the new stains from Rustoleum in Weathered Grey. I applied the stain with a cloth, the grey is almost like paint, but dries light than it goes on, but it almost felt too grey. I decided to lightly go over the Weather Grey with Dark Walnut, which helped tone down its grey shade. 

I also plopped some empty planters on the plant stand, and loved how it looked. 

I loved the look on the galvanized shelves filled with pea gravel from Gardener's Supply Company and decided to order them. I think they'll helping with the drainage from plants. So looking forward to filling our new tiered plant stand up with various plants. Once its updated, I'll share pictures of everything in place. 

What do you think our our new plant stand? Do you have any plans to make something for your patio this Spring?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter

This year Easter seems later, but it still manged to sneak up on me. We keep Easter low key around here, and I'll be making a yummy brunch along with some sweets. I've seriously pinned so many goodies on Pinterest its crazy lol. Don't these Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars look oh so yummy! In addition to brunch a simple egg hunt on the backyard along with a movie in the early afternoon. Thinking we might go see Bears it looks like such a sweet movie and perfect since Earthy Day is right around the corner.

On Saturday morning, Avery will be dying Easter eggs which should be lots of fun! I a;dp bought some pretty plastic eggs from Target, two bags for less than two dollars not bad at all and perfect backup if the dyed Easter eggs come out 'interesting.'

We also have plans to work on our patio (getting everything cleaned up) and I'll be building something for it! Can't wait to share with you all what I built! 

Hoping you all have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Raised Garden Bed Update

Cheers to productive weekends and getting a few weeks closer to planting veggies in our DIY Raised Cedar garden beds with irrigation we built a few weeks ago. I wanted to share an update our garden area now, that is feeling more finished and looking a whole lot better than where we began a few weeks ago. On Saturday morning, we got up early and made a quick drive to Hasties Capitol Sand & Gravel to pick up a yard of garden mixture verses buying a ton of smaller bags from a local big box store. Those little bags add up big time (no thanks) In the past we've bought over 12 yards of various yard materials from them and had them delivered to our house for free! Plain in simple when it comes to yard materials buy in bulk and save money.  

We decided to line the inside of our raised garden bed with weed barrier, to help prevent lots of weeds, even thought its not a guarantee weeds won't grow. Now let's take a look of how much progress we've made on our garden area in the past few weeks. The picture on the left was from mid March and the right picture taken Apr 13. Weeds have been pulled, empty boxes have been recycled and our raised garden bed built, along with adding shredded cedar and plants around the garden bed.  

Here's a larger view of our new garden area. We still have to move the long boards behind the garden bed and try and purpose them elsewhere or list them on Craiglist. We also have plans to disguise our waste containers but I'll share those plans in an overall backyard post soon.   

Here's our view from our patio. I can already picture tomatoes growing on the vine and and lots of kitchen herbs growing. We decided to plant only a few flowers around the garden bed that will hopefully grow in nicely and fill out the area without impeding us gardening and weeding in the raised bed. 

I love flowering shrubs, we planted Mediterranean Heather, Mexican Heather and Mediterranean Lilac. The lilac smells amazing and its supposed to attract butterflies (and bees) I think once its grows in its going to looking so pretty against the fence. 

I decided to plant strawberries in a container and for now placed them in front of the raised bed. We're already starting to get a few ripe strawberries. I need to add plastic liner over the soil to help prevent the strawberries from rotting. 

I just love this view and love how the garden bed looks in our yard. 

We still have lots to do! We plan on giving our patio a good cleaning this weekend, build a few tomatoes trellises for tomatoes and bell peppers. We need to give our large terra cotta pots and face lift with some soap and spray paint! 

So looking forward to getting those veggies planted and enjoying dinners outside! Can you picture it too? 

Are you planting a garden this year? If so what are you planting? 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

My Birthday Wish List

Wow another year has past, and today I celebrate my Birthday! Well, it might turn into a birthday month if I can convince Hasani and the kids to go along with my idea. Another year another list of pretties I'd love to add to my life!

1. NookHD + a Cute Jonathan Adler Case (sadly the one I love fits another Nook, oh well its a wish lsit and I'm dreaming!) 2. Marble Cleat Box via West Elm 3. 'K' earnings from Bonnie Jonas 4. Druzy Necklace  Etsy seller Delezhen 5. Lattice Reversible Clutch via Hammocks and High Tea 6. Lorde Pure Heroine CD

1. I love reading books and would love a new reader where I can also enjoy reading my magazines one and play games with Avery using some Apps (hello less meltdowns) 2. This little jewelry box would be perfect for my bedside table. 3. Yes Please! So cute and such a good little price 4. Love this necklace, I can picture one with my boys intials 'A' & 'T' 5. I need this colorful & reversible clutch in my life! 6. I can't wait to blast this CD in my car, when its just me singing my heart out, and yes I'm a car singer :) 

Tonight I'll be celebrating with my boys having dinner out. This weekend can't come soon enough, Hasani and I will be enjoying the Napa Valley's Wine Country: tasting wines, enjoying the drive, and having fun! 


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