Vegetable Garden – Part 3

So after the SPLAT we were left with this..   <<sad face>>

As we were leaving for a week vacation 3 days later and I already had plants in the large box fighting for their life.., we scrambled and ended up with this beautiful box.

I should mention I have the world’s best husband… I don’t think I give him enough credit.. but he’s pretty awesome.

So while I was dealing with the peeling paint closet fiasco… <see here> we rescued and rebuilt a smaller version using deck braces.. they were pricier then I had hoped for (total at $25) but this baby isn’t going anywhere!

This is how excited I was to see the finished product!

A few weeks later we started seeing our first fruits:

While the fruits were initially small now a few months later the tomatoes have really taken shape and I’m ending up with an abundance, and some lessons learned.. – ugh dryrot..

Vegetable Garden 1/2 Way

As of today, we have:
a handful of large tomatoes (a variety),
cherry tomatoes reaching ripeness on a daily basis which is more of candy then being used in cooking..
2-3 zucchini’s and after the zucchini and squash were done and died, I re transplanted the hot pepper plants which were growing in 1″ of toppled over soil… {picture to come}
2-3 banana peppers which seem to grow in pretty much anything including in 1″ of topsoil on top of concrete.

Overall we had a nice dinner with our one non-rotted tomato and squash, looking forward to all the remaining tomatoes ripening for maybe a nice tomato sauce.


How TO and NOT TO build a vegetable garden

So this is where we’re gonna play another game of – What Not to Do-
Greg and I decided we have this large concrete pad, lets build a 4′ x 4’x by 3.5′ tall Vegetable Garden. It will cover the concrete remnants and be subjected to lots of sunlight. – Sweet –  {Spoiler Alert.. it wasn’t}

Raised Vegetable Garden Disaster

Since I’ve already spoiled the ending below is a photo collage of the construction:
Fence boards kreg jig-ed together for the sides:

Kreg Jig Raised Vegetable Garden Sides

While Greg did all that I stenciled the sides with an awesome logo by using a razor knife, a permanent marker, and some tape.

Stenciling Vegetable Garden

In Process Stenciling Vegetable Garden


As I stenciled the logo, Greg was hard at work constructing our 4′ x 4′ monster vegetable garden.

vegetable garden in proces

raised vegetable garden in process

Raised Vegetable Garden Tutorial

While we can lets enjoy the few other beauty shots I have of this large vegetable box that is no more..

Our Home Place Vegetable Garden Box

Vegetable Garden Box

Before- DIY Raised Vegetable Garden Box

DIY Raised Vegetable Garden Box

So beautiful.. over memorial day weekend we loaded 279045903 lbs of Top Soil, Vegetable Soil and soon afterwards I over packed it with lots of vegetable seeds and seelings including: Tomatoes, Green Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Banana Peppers, Zucchini, Squash and Green Beans..

And then after 2 weeks of straight rain in the begining of June there was a splat.. Which my brother found so funny he caught pictures of me as I threw my temper tantrum.. mixed with complete laughter at our silly FAIL.

DIY Garden Box Epic Fail

DIY Pinterest Garden Box Fail

And here we are again.. Greg scratching his head as we discuss all the FAIL reasons in our GENIUS idea.

Vegetable Garden Box

If you follow me on instagram.. you may have also seen what else Greg and I also scrambled to get done before we left on vacation for a week. On top of my peeling closet seen here..  <<talk about worlds best husband nominee>>

Little Mean Green Eating Machines

Around our house we have what I like to call our little mean green eating machines which would include: our viscous life eating puppy, the innocent adorable neighborhood bunnies, and we can’t forget Greg & I’s complete lack of green thumbs. Growing a garden in the ground in our back yard seemed to be an impossible feat.

hound dog hunt bunny

Therefore to combat the first two issues we settled on ideas similar to these:

Even Ana-White had a DIY plan to build one, but instead of $80 for lumber or $90-$250 to purchase a garden box we decided to shake what our momma gave us..  <<insert awesome dance moves here>>

As our home used to have an in-ground pool.. then turned dirt pile when we purchased it.. now turned normal grass back yard. [Read more of that saga here].. we  luckily inherited the remains of what was the old in ground pool fencing.

One beautiful Tuesday spring afternoon,  I was searching for a proactive outlet for one of those frustrating days at the office. [one of those days where you wanted to rip yours or someones hair out…]  <<Insert hammer into hand>>

Greg came home and asked no questions as he observed me ripping fence picket boards off their 2×4 frames and tossing them all around the yard. It was actually super easy, quite painless and only required a few minutes of my time, and after a long day at the office and a beautiful spring afternoon, it was just the outlet I needed.

recycling used fence boards

dirty used old fence boards repurposed

After a sufficient number of boards were laid out I cleaned up the fence boards by scrubbing them all down with the Behr All-In-One Wood cleaner.

behr all in one wood cleaner

After a nice scrub on both sides with a deck brush and some elbow grease the boards were ready to go.

Clean Fence Boards

All ready for the weekend, where i’l need an extra set of hands to get our idea on paper..

Oye with the poodles already..

So this story starts when I had the greatest idea known to man! (SPOILER ALERT.. IT WASN’T). Since we were moving closets and playing bedroom musical chairs in the house, I thought; “What if I painted and updated my closet!?”

Before Closet:

Genius right! I convinced Greg to let me paint the interior top half of my closet with a yellow chevron. We were moving our bedroom into this room and I had a week deadline before we left for vacation. Surely, it wouldn’t take that long, I would have time to spare and work on all kinds of stuff in the meantime including creating more storage like the dream closet so I could fit all my clothes.

Dream closet:

Day 1. Paint Base Color – All Closets Should be white instead of weird tan.., and we had white Semi-Gloss Sherwin Williams Paint, already,  Sweet. Easy. Done. Free YaY!

Day 2. Tape off Chevron Lines – Okay so this thing was tricky, but surely this had to be the worst part right?
[spoiler alert.. it wasn’t]

I drew, and cut, and penciled, and erased, and marked.. and well it was alot of work..

chevron wall paint taping

and after 1 long late night it looked like it was going to pay off.. ta-da!

Chevron Wall Taping

Sweet. Almost There, now the easy parts

Day 3. Paint Yellow Paint – Sweet, another easy part.

Yellow Chevron Painted Wall Closet

Nailed it right.. watch some paint dry with the pup..

Paint another coat of paint..

yellow chevron wall paint
Day 3. Last Step – Pull off Tape slowly..



The paint all layers peeled (almost all the time) off the wall..  See how cute it might have looked if it wasn’t all peel y? {I even have a cute glass door to go on the closet, so that you’d see it. It was going to be wonderful! Blah.. Well after I got over my complete disappointment and reality set in we went on vacation.

Vacation Our Home Place

However after vacation reality set in and that meant 4-Days straight of scraping, sanding, and priming properly to get the closet back to step 1 even before the disaster.

The base layer of paint must have been an oil based paint (good to note for other rooms..) But super frustrating as it took this easy cute project to a disaster pain in my rear end. On the good side this was only a closet, and not an entire wall! EEek..

Final pictures to come on my abandoned yellow chevron closet 😦 but  Live. Learn and then get Luvs.. 

Anyone else have a terrible diy story..

The story of the three little tables

So its been awhile (okay a very very very long while), but between the holidays (yes last years holidays), diy projects, oh and a small event we’ll call our wedding… time slipped by me.  So to catch up, I thought I’d share the story of our lovely dining room table which I continue to receive comments about. This like the fence was one of my solo pet projects I completed by myself. Yay!

As I said our story is like the story of the three little pigs, only in this case we’re talking about tables. Once upon a time, when we purchased our little home place we tried to use our existing furniture. Our first table was a  $100 Craigslist  find that we had for 2 years, it fit perfectly in our Arizona Townhouse. . {Perfect doesn’t even begin to describe how well it fit in our space out there.}

…however in this place it was just TOO BIG… (notice the lack of walkways around the table from the sun room through to the rest of the house).

So we listed it on Craigslist for $100, and sought out find ourselves our next table. Thinking we needed to go smaller I attempted a 2-person table with drop side fold able leaves. and only 2 chairs. Perfect right?

… but this table was just too small. (Wah.. Wah) Not only did we only have seating for two, but it just wasn’t functional for even just the two of us. So it was back to the drawing board… bum bum bum..  {please don’t mind my spatches of colors all over the wall..}

While perusing for my next adventure of the table I had fallen in love with this one on Pinterest,  however instead of building a frame (which I now know would of been easier!), I wondered if I could just add a new top to an existing table and chair set as seen here at ourvintagehomelove.

And then one day there it was, our perfect table.. okay well it definitely wasn’t perfect and I WISH I took a picture of it at the garage sale. It cost us $40 and I was just absolutely giddy the whole way home. (ask Greg.. he remembers)

Our find: a wood table with two side benches, that had been let loose in a children’s paint classroom. Everything but the tops had been painted in bright bold primary colors. But I sold Greg on the potential and he left me do my thing.

I spent all summer experimenting with different paint strippers, and steel wool to clean up and remove the 3-4 coats of paint underneath the legs and bases. Boy did I wish I had gotten that Dremel wedding gift sooner…

Paint Stripping Table and Bench Leg Spindles

I then spray painted all of the legs and bases with a primer coat, and multiple coats of white satin enamel paint, until they were restored to their former and current glory days.

spray painting garage sale table to rustic table

I then sanded and joined 2×10’s until they were baby soft smooth.

2x10's for table top

Wiped on Java stain and let sit for 20 minutes, wiped it off (giving some areas light and dark), then re-distressed edges and areas with my sander again..

staining a table top

After 823479327 coats of poly, and an extra set of hands to mount it to the table base, we were finally left with our beautiful table! Ta-Da!



pretty diy farmhouse table

Pretty table.