DIY projects! We have built Old World Garden Farms on the cheap by practicing the art of recycle -reuse and repurpose.  

Our goal has always been to show that giving new life to old items can be more than just a savings to your pocketbook – it can look good too. Simply click on the picture for a direct link to each DIY story

Our DIY Projects :

The DIY Garden House Structure, An Outdoor Space With Old Barn Appeal

So you might be asking yourself, what exactly is a DIY Garden House Structure? Is it a pergola? A pavilion? An outdoor living room? Well, to be completely honest, it is a little bit of all those. And, a whole lot more! Our very first (but not our last) garden structure being built at the…

How To Build An Inexpensive DIY Cold Frame From Recycled Windows

With just a few reclaimed or recycled windows, you can start growing vegetables long after summer is over with your own inexpensive DIY cold frame! Cold frames are the perfect answer for those wanting to grow fresh veggies beyond the traditional growing season. In fact, in some areas, they can keep fresh greens on the…

2×4 Outdoor Furniture – How To Create DIY Porch, Patio & Firepit Furniture

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to enjoy your outdoor spaces in style, building your own 2x4 outdoor furniture is the answer! In fact, outdoor furniture made from traditional 2x4's is quite popular from coast to coast. And it's easy to see why! Not only are 2x4's inexpensive to purchase, they create amazingly…

DIY – How To Turn A Garage Into A Studio Apartment With Shiplap & Metal

If there is one project at the farm that was high on our list of "must-complete" this summer, it was turning the unused space in our garage into a larger, full-functioning small studio apartment. And finally, after a flurry of DIY activity over the last month, we can check it off the list! When we…

How To Stain A Deck To Last – 4 Big Tips To Success!

For many, there is no more daunting chore than painting or staining their deck or porch. But it certainly is a must when it comes to keeping a home looking neat and tidy! With a wood house and back porch, and a wood garage, barn, pavilion, chicken coop and cabin - you can say we…

2×4 DIY Patio Table And Chair Set – Attractive, Durable And Inexpensive!

The challenge was simple - create an easy-to-build DIY patio table and chair set that is attractive, sturdy, durable, and most importantly - inexpensive! That little challenge was sent in about a month back from Charlie, a long-time follower of our blog from Maine. Charlie had built our 2 x 4 DIY Adirondack Chairs last…

The Perfect DIY Potting Bench – Strong, Elegant And Easy To Make!

When it comes to creating a great space for potting your favorite flowers and plants, we have you covered with today's project - our DIY potting bench! For starters, this attractive bench is strong, durable and extremely functional. In fact, it's part potting bench, craft table, work bench and storage shelf - all rolled into…

The Perfect DIY Small Flock Chicken Coop! Strong, Elegant & Inexpensive

If you are looking to create a coop to raise a few backyard chickens, this DIY small flock chicken coop is the perfect answer. Depending on the breed raised, it has plenty of room for flocks of 6 to 10 chickens. And, it has a lot of options for the backyard chicken owner! With an…

The 2×4 DIY Adirondack Bench For 2 – The Perfect Indoor Winter Project!

The 2x4 DIY Adirondack Bench - a perfect solution for creating beautiful, comfortable, durable - and most importantly - inexpensive outdoor seating for 2. What better way to shed the winter blues than with a little indoor woodworking project. Especially if it helps to prepare for the upcoming outdoor summer season! The completed 2x4 DIY…

DIY Seed Starting Stand – From 2×4’s! Start Plants Easily Indoors

We would be hard pressed to find something that has saved more on our garden budget than our DIY seed starting stand. Flowers and vegetable plants are extremely expensive to purchase. Especially if you are growing a large garden. Or planting a lot of flowers. A few of our ornamental pepper seedlings growing on our…

Pallet Secrets – How To Find Free Pallets For Great DIY Projects!

Where can I find free pallets? And how do I know if a pallet is safe to use? When it comes to the DIY pallet projects we feature on the blog, those two questions always seem to make it into the comment section. And after last week's article on creating a pallet wall (see :…

How To Create An Amazing, Gorgeous DIY Pallet Wall – For Free!

The look of rustic wood has never been hotter, and with a DIY pallet wall project, you can bring this great look to any part of your home - for free! How about a gorgeous rustic wood look for your bar or game room? Or, perhaps a beautiful vintage wood accent wall for your dining…

DIY Greenhouse – How To Create An Attractive, Economical Hoop House

One of our biggest challenges at the farm has always been finding a way to create a practical, attractive, and yet still economical DIY greenhouse or hoop house. And with a bit of expansion plans this coming spring on the horizon, we will need on more than ever. (more on those plans in the coming…

Cordless Power Tools – The One Cordless Tool You Can’t Live Without!

When it comes to cordless power tools, there is one tool that stands above all others for me. So much so, that if faced with keeping only one, the choice would be swift and simple. Yes, I certainly would miss my cordless jigsaw and circular saw. A cordless reciprocating saw is pretty darn useful as…

5 Simple Winter Home Tips To Lower Bills And Keep Your House Warmer!

Its time to get that house or apartment prepared for the cold with a few great winter home tips! Whether you want it to come or not, winter is just around the corner. That means everything from snow, ice and wind - to frigid temperatures that can chill to the bone. If that isn't enough…

The Mini Cabin Floor Plan – 140 Square Feet Of Simple, Off-Grid Living!

Our shed has arrived - and its time to turn our mini cabin floor plan vision into reality! This past week, our friends at Weaver Barns delivered the shed that will soon become a tiny guest house cabin at the farm. The 10' x 14 'Highland shed served as a display model for the past…
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