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 :

Creating A DIY Paver Patio – 5 Big Keys To A Successful Project

Whether it’s a patio or a sitting area tucked away in the corner of your yard, a DIY paver patio can add visual interest and beauty to your landscape.  In addition to their great look, they also have big advantages over using concrete.…

Creating An Inexpensive DIY Outdoor Pizza Oven – Wood Fired Cooking!

The DIY Outdoor Pizza Oven Project. Trying our hand at building a little outdoor living fun. Sometimes, you simply have to take a risk and try your hand at something you haven't the slightest idea how to do. And when it…

The Farmhouse Porch Is Complete! Creating Homemade Porch Railings From Rebar

Who knew creating homemade porch railings could be so easy? I guess we've never been ones to stay traditional. So when it came time to put deck railings on the back porch of the Simple House, we certainly didn't want to install ordinary…

How To Acid Stain Concrete Floors, Patios or Basements In 4 Simple Steps

Ever since publishing an article last summer about using acid stain on the concrete floors in our Simple House, we have been bombarded with requests for more information. So today, we thought we would take you through the entire process step by step. What a difference acid stain makes. You can…

How To Easily Collect Rainwater To Water Your Garden, Flowers and Landscape!

Creating A Simple, Inexpensive Way To Collect Rainwater When we first started our little "farm" back in 2010, we had little to work with. No house, no electricity, and no on-site well for water. So when it came to planting our first garden, we needed to come up with a way to water all of our…

Building With Shiplap – How To Use Shiplap To Build Anything!

When it comes to building with shiplap, the sky really is the limit! This incredible wood can be used for so much more than just great looking walls. It is actually the perfect wood for DIY'ers looking to build nearly any type of project. In…

The Simple House Construction Budget – The Cost To Downsize

"What was the simple house construction budget for your home at the farm?"  "Did it really save you money?" Ever since starting our Simple House Project series on the blog, questions like those find their way into our inbox nearly every day.  So do a mountain of other questions about downsizing, growing our own food, canning,…

How To Build A DIY Barn Door With Hardware On The Cheap!

The DIY barn door craze is in full gear! Barn doors add add rustic charm, elegance and style to the outside or inside of any home. Even better, they are an excellent way to save space when used in place of a traditional hinged door. Our barn doors in the main hallway allow…

Creating A Homemade Gift Basket, Celebrate Christmas With Love & Food

Nothing quite captures the spirit of the Christmas season like a homemade gift basket.  In  a world that moves way too fast, there is something incredibly special about receiving a gift filled with the care and love of home-grown or…

The DIY Scrabble Wall! The $24 Idea That Solved A Decorating Dilemma

The DIY Scrabble Wall Project. Who knew the classic game of Scrabble could provide the answer to our decorating dilemma! A few weeks back, we asked readers to help with decorating ideas for what we…

How To Use Cold Frames To Grow Fresh Salads All Winter Long

Cold frames are a great way to grow healthy, fresh salad crops like lettuce, kale and spinach all winter long!  Salad crops are the perfect choice when it comes to growing in cold frames. They are quick to germinate,…

Creating DIY Furniture For The Home – Big Savings With A Unique Look

Creating DIY furniture for your home can save big money when it comes to your household budget. But even more, it really adds a unique, one-of-a-kind look to your space.  One of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of building our Simple House at…

A Classic DIY Farm Table – Made Entirely From 2 x 4’s!

This 2 x 4 farm table is the perfect weekend DIY project for those looking to make their own kitchen or harvest table. It's simple to build, durable, and best of all, it's made entirely of inexpensive 2 x 4's! Although we often…

Acid Staining Our Concrete Floors – An Expensive Look At Little Cost!

This weekend, it was time to start acid staining our concrete floors. I will admit that we both were a little nervous to get started, especially knowing this will be the final look of the flooring in the house.  So as a trial, we decided to "practice" on the concrete floors of the garage apartment first. But…

The 6 Power Tools Needed To Build And Create Anything!

When it comes right down to it, the majority of our farm has been built from scratch with the aid of 6 main power tools.  During past 5 and a half years of creating Old World Garden Farms, we…

Creating A Finished Garage On A Shoestring Budget. A Clean, Low-Cost Look

When it came to creating a finished garage space, we knew for us, versatility would be the key! Our garage has always been part storage space, part workshop and the some. At our old house, we used the space to build pergolas,…

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