Updates to Our Antique Ladder Shelving

This antique ladder shelving I added to our breezeway has been one of my favorite projects all summer, and I thought it would be a good time to show you some of the updates we’ve made since you last saw it!

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Sponsored by Miracle-Gro // Okay, first of all, if you’re dying to see exactly how I made this ladder shelving, you can click here to see the original post! I needed a place to keep all the plants I somehow seem to keep accumulating, and these shelves made from an old antique ladder were the perfect solution. I have plenty of space for my “garden” to grow, and my breezeway looks so much more homey and inviting now.

I do not have a green thumb AT ALL, but these plants have actually done really well in our little breezeway. When I looked back on the original photos I took of this project, I couldn’t believe the difference a few months can make! Here’s what our ladder shelves look like now: [Read more…]


Antique Ladder Shelving

Turn an old antique ladder into unique shelving that you can use anywhere in your house! 

Sponsored by Miracle-Gro // I recently heard someone say that people aren’t described as “creative” because they are super artistic… they are creative because they are problem solvers. They see a problem and come up with a way to resolve it. That’s exactly how this project came about.

Over the years I’ve managed to accumulate quite a collection of house plants. Some of them were gifts, some of them I purchased while hoping and praying that I could keep them alive, but all of them were starting to majorly clutter up my house. You can’t just toss a perfectly good living plant because you don’t have enough table space. But at the same time there are only so many places you can cram a potted plant before it starts to feel like a jungle up in here.

One day last week I was feeling particularly distracted at work. I had a million things on my to-do list, but all I want to do was making something AWESOME. The next thing I knew, I was in my car driving to my favorite antique store in town, and about 30 minutes later I left with an old antique ladder and an idea.

Create shelving out of an old antique ladder with this easy tutorial! Click for details at LoveGrowsWild.com


We have a little enclosed breezeway (patio, porch… not really sure what you call it) connecting our house and garage, and it always bugs me how plain it is. It’s basically one big walkway with 4 different doors and windows on every open surface, so it’s kind of hard to decorate. But it would make the PERFECT greenhouse. I whipped up a couple easy shelves for the ladder using scrap lumber and created the perfect place to keep all my lovely, little plants. They are happy seeing lots of sunlight… I’m happy to have my house back… My breezeway now looks super cute… Problem solved!

Create shelving out of an old antique ladder with this easy tutorial! Click for details at LoveGrowsWild.com

I knew I could easily use a couple wood boards to make the shelves, but I didn’t originally anticipate the ladder rungs being this uneven:

Create shelving out of an old antique ladder with this easy tutorial! Click for details at LoveGrowsWild.com

Yeah… that wasn’t going to work! Here’s how I solved the problem: [Read more…]


DIY Garden Marker Signs

Jeremy and I have been together almost 6 1/2 years now, and every spring we promise each other we will commit to starting a garden. He’s a farmer. I love to cook. A garden should totally be part of our lives, right? But somehow life always seems to get in the way, and I’m lucky if I even get a few flowers planted in the weed-filled flower pots on my front porch before August arrives, let alone tend to a big, bountiful garden.

BUT this year Jeremy starting farming full-time, which means he has a good amount of free time in the off season. This spring, as soon as the fields were planted and the tractors parked back in the shed, I heard Jeremy outside tilling up a giant patch of our yard for a garden… gulp. Guess we really are doing it this year!

With the help of my mom, Jeremy and I planted a pretty large garden for beginners… lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, carrots, green beans, sweet peppers, tomatoes, and sweet corn. I think he figured if we planted a million things, surely we’d have something to harvest! Fingers crossed. 🙂

So since we now have this massive garden in our yard, I decided I better make some garden marker signs so we can keep all our million plants straight. I came up with this fun design, with a paint-splattered white background and gorgeously chic gold letters. I figure even if we have a very sad looking garden, I’ll at least have the prettiest garden markers on the block! Wait, scratch that… we’re the only house on our block…. We’ll have the prettiest garden markers in the whole county!

Make some gorgeous white and gold garden marker signs for your garden! by LoveGrowsWild.com

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Vertical Plant Hanger

Who here is a big fan of having fresh flowers and plants around the house? I definitely am!

One of the easiest ways to make a room feel bright and fresh is to add a few potted plants to liven up the space. It can totally change the feel of a room! My biggest problem (besides the fact that I tend to kill all my plants) is having enough table space to set all my plants on. I solved that problem with today’s fun project that I’m SUPER excited to share with you…

a DIY Vertical Plant Hanger!

Learn how to create this DIY Vertical Plant Hanger for your home! Perfect for small spaces! | LoveGrowsWild.com


This project is perfect for small spaces and can be placed both indoors or out. I hung mine in our breezeway with a few gorgeous succulents, and it makes a beautiful entrance into our home!

Learn how to create this DIY Vertical Plant Hanger for your home! Perfect for small spaces! | LoveGrowsWild.com [Read more…]


Patio Mini Makeover

Welcome to my patio makeover! Learn how I created an entirely new space by mixing old and new pieces with a few cans of spray paint!
Simple, inexpensive decor to create an inviting outdoor living space! at LoveGrowsWild.com

Have you ever started one tiny, little project around your house, and it turned into a big, huge, full-blown makeover? Well that is exactly what happened to me this week! I’ve been meaning to work on our outdoor living space all Summer, and I’m just now getting around to it. Never enough hours in the day, I tell ya! One of the projects on my list was to re-paint a little table we have in our enclosed porch. (Patio, breezeway, whatever you call it!) 
Simple, inexpensive decor to create an inviting outdoor living space! at LoveGrowsWild.com
The paint was all chippy (not in a good way), so I figured I would re-paint the table, make a new cover for the little pillow we have on the chair, and call it a day. But in between coats of spray paint, I kept looking at the porch and thinking how uninviting it was. This is the door we use most to enter our home, and all we had were a few random pieces of furniture thrown in there! 
The next thing I knew I was re-arranging all kinds of furniture and coming up with a decorating scheme. It just happened. There’s got to be a name for this madness I have. 
Want to see all the details of my impromptu makeover? Here we go!
Simple, inexpensive decor to create an inviting outdoor living space! at LoveGrowsWild.com
We only had one chair on the porch, which made for a very lonely place to drink my morning coffee, so I grabbed some of the furniture from our outdoor patio and gave it a fresh coat of white spray paint. (Here’s the makeover I gave it last year.) All our old cushions were discolored and torn, so I picked up two new beige cushions from Lowe’s and some gorgeous navy blue fabric from Jo-ann’s to sew pillow covers. (Did you see my fabric shopping trip on Instagram?) I wanted to keep all the big things in the space neutral colors, and I can easily change out pillow covers and accessories for each season. I thought this gorgeous navy blue print added a sophisticated coastal feel that is perfect for Summer!
Simple, inexpensive decor to create an inviting outdoor living space! at LoveGrowsWild.com
And here’s the little table that started this whole makeover with a fresh coat of black paint. 

Simple, inexpensive decor to create an inviting outdoor living space! at LoveGrowsWild.com
I wanted our outdoor space to feel like an extension of the inside of our home, so I picked a few accessories to tie the look together and make it feel really cozy. This vase fit perfectly next to one of the chairs, and but it just wasn’t the right color. My husband let our boys pick out their own gifts for me this Christmas, and the only gift they could agree on was this vase. Jeremy knew it didn’t match the color scheme of our home at all, but he figured it would make the boys happy, and I could always paint it later. So paint it I did! I just dabbed a tiny bit of white paint onto my brush and gently brushed it over the vase. I love that you can still see some of the darker colors in the vase, but it matches the chairs much better now. Easy and free project! 
Simple, inexpensive decor to create an inviting outdoor living space! at LoveGrowsWild.com
I also used this candle holder I already had as table decor. I thought it added to the beachy, coastal feel and would bring some beautiful ambiance in the evenings. 

Simple, inexpensive decor to create an inviting outdoor living space! at LoveGrowsWild.com
I found this old bucket in our garage, and used it to plant some flowers. It’s so cute and rustic, and again, FREE! Plus, since I’m a slacker and buying flowers to plant in the end of July, I scored flats of flowers for only 50 cents! Woo-Hoo! 
Simple, inexpensive decor to create an inviting outdoor living space! at LoveGrowsWild.com
Another total steal were these big ceramic planters I found on clearance at Jo-Ann’s. I got them for $4.00 each! I planted simple greenery in them to help balance the room. It’s such a tight space in there, and sometimes lots of bright color flowers can be overwhelming. Greenery adds some life and color, but doesn’t take away from the decor. 
Simple, inexpensive decor to create an inviting outdoor living space! at LoveGrowsWild.com
I couldn’t help myself when I spotted this sweet little wind chime on clearance. I hung it over the chair in the corner, and it helps draw your eye upward. It’s so peaceful listening to it blow in the breeze!

Simple, inexpensive decor to create an inviting outdoor living space! at LoveGrowsWild.com
Simple, inexpensive decor to create an inviting outdoor living space! at LoveGrowsWild.com

Simple, inexpensive decor to create an inviting outdoor living space! at LoveGrowsWild.com

Simple, inexpensive decor to create an inviting outdoor living space! at LoveGrowsWild.com
This project turned out to be way more involved than I originally planned, but I am so pleased with how it turned out! We finally have a gorgeous, welcoming entry to our home and a cozy place to spend time together. With all the neutral colors in the space, it will be super easy to give it a quick update for each season. I wonder how I will decorate for Fall… 
Here’s a little before and after photo to show you the progress I made!
Simple, inexpensive decor to create an inviting outdoor living space! at LoveGrowsWild.com
SO much better, right? I’d love to hear what YOU think about my patio makeover!
Now I just need to get my husband to get rid of the SUPER embarrassing pink truck we have sitting in our driveway right now… It’s seriously Barbie hot pink! But that’s a story for another day… I just had to show you this picture of our little pink truck to give you a chuckle. My husband drove this the first time he took me out on a date. He said that if he drove a pink truck and I still loved him, he knew it would be true love. But he’s strange like that : )
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Have a great day everyone! You can find me on my pretty porch… Stop by and drink some tea with me : )

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DIY Garden Hose Holder

Do you have lots of plants to water this Summer? Make your life easier with this DIY Garden Hose Holder! It’s easy and inexpensive to make and adds great curb appeal to your home!
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Last Summer we were just moving into our new home here in Indiana, so this is really the first Summer I have had a chance to plant any flowers. Now planting them is one thing, but keeping them alive… that’s a WHOLE other monster! I’ve tried to be very diligent about watering regularly, which means dragging the hose out everyday… okay maybe every other day. We currently have no good solution for storing our garden hose, so it gets thrown into a giant, messy, tangled pile on the side of our house. And if you know me at all, you know that this drives me absolutely bonkers!
I was browsing Pinterest the other day, when I found an awesome tutorial for a garden hose holder from the AMAZINGLY talented girls at Shanty 2 Chic! Do you ever come across something on Pinterest and think, “That is the answer I have been searching for all my life!”? As soon as I saw their project, I knew that I HAD to have one for my house. I decided to take a little break from my kitchen makeover and tackle some projects on my outdoor to-do list. My lists are never-ending. 
Here’s what I purchased:
one 4 x 4 – 8 foot wood post – $7.59 at Menards
package of wood finials – $10.97 at Menards
metal hose hanger – $4.97 at Walmart 
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LoveGrowsWild.com | Make this DIY Garden Hose Holder to add great curb appeal to your home! #diy #garden # home
I had the awesome guys at Menards cut the wood post in half for me, and I found a package of two wood finials in the section where you find curtain rods. Since I now had two 4′ posts, two wood finials, and two garden hoses at my house… I made two hose holders! I know, I’m a genius : )
You could keep this project really simple and just screw the hose hanger into the post and call it a day, but I like how the Shanty girls gave it a more finished look with some wood blocks and a finial at the top. I grabbed two pieces of wood from my scrap pile and cut them into squares. The bottom piece is a 2×6 cut into a 5.5″ square, and the top piece is a 1×4 cut into a 3.5″ square. 
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The assembly was super simple. I used two long screws to attach the larger block onto the top of the post and used two more screws to attach smaller block on top. You may be able to condense this step if you are using thinner pieces of wood, but I didn’t have long enough screws to go through all the pieces. Then I drilled a small hole in the center of the top block and screwed on the finial. 
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I screwed the hose hanger onto the post near the top to allow plenty of room for the hose to hang. 
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Then I quickly sanded down all the edges and got ready to paint!
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I spray painted a coat of primer, two coats of black, and two coats of protective sealer. After allowing plenty of time to dry, I dug a hole where I wanted the post to go and buried it about 1 1/2′ deep. I also added some rocks around the post as I filled in the dirt to help stabilize it. I have a giant 150 foot hose to reach all my flower beds, and this hose holder has done a fantastic job of corralling all that hose so far!  
LoveGrowsWild.com | Make this DIY Garden Hose Holder to add great curb appeal to your home! #diy #garden # home

LoveGrowsWild.com | Make this DIY Garden Hose Holder to add great curb appeal to your home! #diy #garden # home
And here’s the second hose holder I made for the back of my house. My total cost for the project was $28.50, so that is only $14.25 per holder! I am so in love with how these turned out, and they make my house look so much prettier! No more giant hose piles laying around! I could just kiss you Shanty 2 Chic girls!! 

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The flowers in my yard are all very happy as well…

LoveGrowsWild.com | Make this DIY Garden Hose Holder to add great curb appeal to your home! #diy #garden # home

LoveGrowsWild.com | Make this DIY Garden Hose Holder to add great curb appeal to your home! #diy #garden # home

LoveGrowsWild.com | Make this DIY Garden Hose Holder to add great curb appeal to your home! #diy #garden # home

So what do you think? Could you tackle a project like this? Would it help you get all your watering done this Summer? What outdoor projects are on your to-do list? 
To check out the original tutorial from Shanty 2 Chic, click here. 

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Spring-Inspired Easter Tablescape and Carrot Centerpiece

I love Springtime when everything is starting to grow and there are beautiful color flowers sprouting up all around. It’s such a welcome change after the long, dreary winters we have here in Indiana! Once March gets here, I get the itch to start digging out in my garden and soak up all the sunshine I can get. In the spirit of this wonderful new season, I created a Spring-Inspired Easter Tablescape that will make guests feel like they’re right in your garden!
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For the centerpieces on the table, I was inspired by an old entertaining book my Grandmother had years and years ago. I remember seeing flowers submerged in a vase along with carrots and wanted to recreate that for my Easter table!
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I started with a handful of flowers leftover from a bouquet I used for my Stacked Egg Flower Arrangement. I trimmed the stems to fit just over the top of the vase and set them aside.
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I grabbed a big package of carrots for just a few dollars and trimmed the carrots to the same length, just below the top of the vase.  I tried to use carrots in the same shape and size to keep a consistent look. I placed a small cup in the center of the vase and stood the carrots up around the cup. Once I had them all arranged, I carefully removed the cup and inserted my flowers into the center of the carrots. If your carrots are too large to allow the flowers to fit in the center, cut the carrots in half so the side facing out is still rounded, but the side facing in is flat. That will give you more room to fit your flowers inside!
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I love the yellow, white, and green flowers against the bright orange of the carrots! So fun for Easter!
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Moving on to the place settings, I used the Stamped Egg Place Cards I created to show where each guest is sitting.
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I made a paper box by folding sheets of scrapbook paper and placing a small square of faux grass inside to lay the egg on.
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I used small letter stamps and Staz-on ink to add my guests’ names to the eggs. I think it’s such a fun little touch to make your guests feel EGGS-tra special! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I’ve had eggs on the brain for too long!)

 

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I placed simple white plates on top of a 12 x 12 inch sheet of scrapbook paper that coordinates with the paper on my Stamped Egg boxes. Scrapbook paper is a great cheap alternative to buying new place mats to match your tablescape!
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I had an extra strip of faux grass from the place cards, so I placed a white tray with the faux grass in the center of the table to space out the two carrot and flower centerpieces.
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I had plenty of hard-boiled eggs to use, so I laid a couple nestled in the faux grass.

 

Spring-Inspired Easter Tablescape and Flower Centerpiece with Carrots www.lovegrowswild.com #spring #easter #decor
And that’s how I created my Spring-Inspired Easter Tablescape! I absolutely love the way this table turned out… it is colorful, playful and totally ready for Spring!
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And I bet the Easter Bunny would love to dine at a table like this : )

 

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Looking through all these Springtime photos just makes me happy! The flowers, the colors, the sunlight… What a wonderful time of year this is! I hope you’re inspired by Spring now as well!
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Check out other Spring and Easter projects on Love Grows Wild:
Stacked Egg Floral Arrangement www.lovegrowswild.com
Stamped Egg Place Cards www.lovegrowswild.com

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