I got this old end table from my grandparents. They have had it over 50 years and they were going to throw it out. It was in pretty rough shape and really couldn't be restored. I
chopped it in half and stacked it on top of each other. Now it is a cute little decorated bookshelf in my guest room. Here is the full post if you want to read it. http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/2012/02/s...
When I realized the storage unit I had been eying in the Pottery Barn catalog was being discontinued I begin to brainstorm on how I could recreate it, and on the CHEAP! Enter big, bulky,
Ikea Expedit...It might not be love at first site (at first) but with a few pieces of trim, glue, and metal labels, it turned into a functional and beautiful piece of furniture that now displays my most valuable items. #bestof2012
This is one of my favorite projects that I've ever done because it proves a simple fact: Pretty decor doesn't have to be expensive (and in fact, it can be pretty cheap). I made this
chrysanthemum mirror using the cheapest plastic spoons I could find at my local grocery store. I glued them to inexpensive MDF wreath forms and then painted them with craft paint. Minimal cost with big impact. My kind of decorating! :-D
This past Spring we installed our barn's roof water collection system. Not knowing the impending drought that would hit us this summer - we installed it simply because we had no running
water at the farm yet. We had spent the previous year hauling all of the garden's water out from our house - and with the expanded garden -did not want to repeat that process again! It turned out to be the absolute best thing we could have done - and has carried us through this year's drought with all the water we needed. Best of all - it's using what Mother Nature gives us and cost zero to run. . Instead of directing the downspout into regular run off drains – the rainwater from the barn's metal roof is carried by a small diverter installed in the downspout to fill the water tanks.
Our system is really pretty basic and very simple. When both tanks are full – they hold 550 gallons of fresh water – enough to water our garden every day for nearly a 2 months if mother nature decides to stop sending the precious rain. We keep one tank at the top of the back hill above the garden hidden within the compost bin fence. The other tank is installed at the back corner of the barn. That tank is connected to the downspout to catch the rain water coming off the metal roof of the barn. A simple overflow tube is installed on the main rainwater tank that sends all excess water to the regular drains when the tanks become full. One inch of rain will nearly fill one tote completely.