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 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 for maximum space. The…

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!  Fresh salads in the middle of winter? You bet with cold frames! Salad crops are the perfect choice when it comes to growing in cold frames. They are quick to germinate, have short harvest times…

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.…

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…