Monday, April 28, 2014

Raised Garden Beds made from back half of Armoire

Remember the armoire that I used to cover those unsightly wires on the side of our house?

You may recall that we cut an armoire in half lengthwise to make a narrow cabinet t hide our fuse panel, hose and wires.  As soon as I saw the back half of the armoire that was left from our previous project, I thought it would make two fantastic raised garden beds. 

We cut the back of the armoire in half again because we needed two narrow beds to place along the fence line in our side yard.

We framed out the open back with scrap wood to create a box.  Next, I stained the armoire and the scrap wood all the same color with some left-over stain.

Because we wanted to grow pole beans, I needed a trellis.  I found these door pane inserts on Craigs' list for $5.  We mounted scrap wood to the back of the planter boxes and mounted the door pane inserts onto the poles with screws and zip ties.

Next, we added layers of garden soil and cow manure, and planted pole beans, Japanese eggplant, tomatoes, bell peppers and mild banana peppers. 

Here are a few veggies growing in the new garden!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Armoire Covers Unsightly Wires

After our backyard shed makeover was complete, I needed to cover up this unsightly rats nest of wires and cables, the cable box, the water faucet and garden hose (what a mess!).

We found an armoire at a yard sale for $20.  I immediately knew that with a bit of modification, it could be the solution to cover my unsightly wires.  Hubby helped me cut the armoire in half lengthwise to make the cabinet more narrow, then we mounted it onto the outside wall to cover the wires.  Because the cabinet was not quite tall enough to cover the top of the equipment, we raised the foundation under the cabinet with garden stepping stones.  This will also help keep the bottom of the cabinet dry when it rains.

It now is a charming addition to our backyard, and we no longer have to look at those ugly wires!

Of course...we couldn't let the back of the cabinet go to waste, so we made a Raised Garden Bed with the recycled cabinet back.

Stay tuned for the next posting of the raised garden bed!