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 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,…

How To Install Shiplap Walls In Your Home – Our Top Tips and Hints

How did you install shiplap in your house? Did you use nails or screws? Was it difficult? Those questions and more have flooded our inbox ever since we first posted about using shiplap throughout the interior of our Simple House project. Shiplap is actually extremely simple…

Creating A Tiny Cabin In A Garage – A 264 Square Foot Guest House

Although it may not have a trailer base, wheels, or the ability to move - the 250 foot square foot tiny cabin we are creating in the extra space of our garage certainly would qualify as tiny house living. We  wanted to create…

A Decorating Dilemma – We Need Your Ideas For This Room!

This week, we need some decorating help from our readers! Although we usually come to you with our latest gardening or DIY project, we are in a dilemma with the main wall of the Simple House. So we thought we would turn the tables and ask you for advice. The Big Wall, as we now…

Creating An Accent Wall With Reclaimed Barn Wood And Pallets

When it came to adding an accent wall to our master bedroom, we turned to an old favorite, barn wood! For us, it is a great way to bring a little history from our farm into our new home. My dad's barn - one of two old barns we tore down in 2011…

The Bold Look And Low Cost Of Metal Ceilings And Walls

Metal ceilings? Move over drywall, metal is making a statement. And not just on the roof! More and more people are turning to steel, aluminum, and galvanized metal panels to finish off the inside - as well as the outside of their home. The galvanized metal ceilings and white trim make for…

The Beauty, Simplicity And Ease Of Using Shiplap Walls

Shiplap is everywhere! In fact, all you need to do is turn on any home improvement show or check out the latest Pinterest board dedicated to decorating, and you'll quickly find out that using shiplap siding for interior walls is all the rage. Shiplap goes up in our main room of the…

DIY Barn Doors – How To Build Your Own and Save Big!

Barn doors have become all the rage when it comes to interior decorating - whether used as a sliding door, or purely as decorative focal point. They not only add rustic charm, elegance and style to nearly any decor - they can also be an excellent way to save space vs. utilizing a traditional swinging door. Barn doors…

Creating An Inexpensive Outdoor Kitchen With Concrete Countertops

If there are two things that we both enjoy more than any other - it's spending time outdoors and cooking. For us, the opportunity to combine the two together with an inexpensive outdoor kitchen area at the farm is a dream come true! A few years back, when we built our recycled barn, we used a few…

How To Create A Beautiful, Inexpensive Backyard Fire Pit

Nothing can quite match the ambiance and beauty of a backyard fire pit. They perfect for gathering around with friends and family for great conversation. And, can also be used to create outstanding open-fire meals that are sure to leave your guests in awe! The backyard fire pit in action I don't think we ever imagined how…

The Recycled Chicken Coop Pallet Project

Creating A Chicken Coop From Recycled Materials The completed recycled pallet chicken coop in our garage. Ever since creating Old World Garden Farms in late 2010 - we've tried to really show that you can build much of what you need using recycled, re-purposed and reclaimed materials. More importantly - that it can all be accomplished in a way…

How To Easily Plant And Grow Grapes

If you've always wanted to grow grapes - now is the time to get started! Springtime is the perfect time to plant a few grape vines to enjoy bountiful harvests for years to come.   Our mini vineyard at the farm where we grow grapes in the traditional row style Planting a small selection of…

The Secrets To Building A Beautiful Pergola Without Breaking The Bank

The timeless look of a pergola compliments almost any style of landscape. Besides their intricate beauty - they provide shade, shelter, a quiet sitting or outdoor dining spot -  and even a place to grow climbing roses, clematis or grapes. One of our favorites we have ever built - this one is 16 x 16.…

Building Grow Boxes – Creating The DIY Any Age Anywhere Garden

Building Your Grow Boxes. Today is our second installment on creating the DIY Any Age Anywhere Garden. A container garden that lets anyone of any age - grow some, most, or nearly all of their food  - even when space is limited. Today's article focuses on building your own grow boxes for the garden. You can…

DIY Hand Painted Pallet Sign – No Vinyl Cutter Required!

After we painted our kitchen over the long Thanksgiving weekend we realized that our decorations and pictures no longer fit with the new decor. You know how it is - one project leads to another, and another and another. Our new pallet signs are now a part of our Christmas decorations…