DIY Side Table

It’s not something I talk about on the blog a lot, but if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably know that I opened up a little shop here in Indiana this past summer! My first love will always be blogging and sharing our home and decorating ideas here, but opening up a store where I can sell the items I love and use in my own home has been such a dream come true. I love coming up with beautiful, creative displays for the shop and spending time rearranging and restyling things each week. It truly has brought me so much joy, and I’m so glad I finally took a leap of faith to do it.

I’m getting ready to start stocking the booth for spring, and last week I drew up some plans for custom displays I wanted to build that I’m really excited about. One of the pieces I built is this simple, white display table, and even though the dimensions are a little taller than you would probably use in your home, I think with just a few modifications it would be the perfect side table or even nightstand! So today I’m going to share how I built this simple table so you can recreate it in your own home! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had a woodworking project like this to share on the blog, so I’m super happy to be getting back into the swing of this again!

How to build a simple, inexpensive table that is perfect as an end table or nightstand!

How to build a simple, inexpensive table that is perfect as an end table or nightstand! [Read more…]


DIY Potting Bench with Decorative Roof

A few months ago, I never imagined our tiny, barren patio would be a place I would actually enjoy. With a little bit of elbow grease, a few DIY projects, and some new patio furniture, we completely transformed this space, and it is hardly recognizable now! (You can see the before and after here!)

We entertain friends out here in the evenings, relax in our cozy chairs while the kids run around the yard, and soak up the sunshine surrounded by my growing garden of potted plants and flowers. This patio might be one of my favorite makeovers to date! And one of the big reasons this makeover is at the top of my list is because of the huge, beautiful, and super versatile piece of furniture we built that became the focal point of the whole patio…

… this DIY Potting Bench!

This stunning DIY potting bench is full of charm and perfect for a deck or patio! Use it to hold pots and gardening tools or as a beverage cart when entertaining guests! Full how-to at LoveGrowsWild.com
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DIY Trellis Planter

As promised in our Summer Patio Makeover I shared earlier this week, I am going to show you how I made these DIY Trellis Planters today! These are perfect for adding a little bit of privacy to your deck, garden, or patio, and this is a great project for beginners to try too!

Learn how to make this gorgeous DIY Trellis Planter for your garden or patio! Perfect for adding a little privacy and a great project for beginners!

Learn how to make this gorgeous DIY Trellis Planter for your garden or patio! Perfect for adding a little privacy and a great project for beginners!

Before we get started, I want to say thank you so much for all your sweet comments on our patio makeover. They mean the world to me, and I hope you feel inspired to tackle your own outdoor spaces now too! And yes, I will have a tutorial coming up soon for the white potting bench we built!

When I first got asked to participate in this patio makeover tour, I thought, “oh boy… how am I going to make this work?”

For the last few years, our patio has been a catch-all for random outdoor furniture, the kids’ toys, and other miscellaneous junk. Jeremy and I have plans for building a deck on the back of the house hopefully soon, so I have never really given much thought to doing anything with our patio. It’s quite small and just to the left of the patio sits a big fenced-in area for our dogs that isn’t exactly very pretty to look at. So what’s a girl to do? [Read more…]


Milk Can Coffee Table

Hello, sweet friends! The last few months here at the farmhouse have been a complete whirlwind, from a major kitchen renovation to writing my first book. I’ve been consumed with these massive projects, but today I’m going back to one of my very favorite methods of decorating and DIY. I’m turning something old and unwanted into something new and beautiful for our home, and I’m doing it for less than $50!

Take a look at our beautiful new coffee table.

How to turn an old milk can into a gorgeous coffee table! See how this blogger created a unique piece of furniture perfect for her farmhouse at LoveGrowsWild.com

This week I spent a glorious afternoon sipping on some Starbucks and shopping around the thrift stores and antique stores in town. I walked past old chairs with floral fabric, dressers with years of wear and tear, lamps, window frames, and a few benches, but nothing really caught my eye. I wandered up to the top level of the old antique warehouse where they keep the stuff that doesn’t sell and stumbled across an antique milk can hiding underneath a crooked formica tabletop with a random hook attached. [Read more…]


Old Door, New Bench

Do you remember this old door that’s been hanging out in my office? Yeah, that crooked one without much of a purpose? Well, it just got a pretty big makeover, and now not only is it functional… REALLY functional actually, but it is also the most beautiful piece of furniture I have ever laid my eyes on! Take a look at the new bench we have in our entryway:

See how an old wood door transforms into a gorgeous, rustic bench! Get the full tutorial on LoveGrowsWild.com

It’s not often that I get THIS excited over a project, but this bench has completely stolen my heart. I was sitting in my office late one afternoon, typing away on a blog post, and somehow the idea hit me… I wonder if I could cut the door up into pieces and turn it into some kind of bench? I have been on the hunt for an old, antique church pew for our entryway for awhile now and have had little to no luck finding one even close to my price range. Maybe, just maybe, I could make this door into the church pew bench I’ve been looking for. [Read more…]


Repurposed Blueprint Cabinet Coffee Table

Our living room got a new (old) coffee table this week! The farmhouse-style coffee table we had in here was beautiful… it really was. It was the first “big” furniture build I tackled all by myself, and I was so proud of that piece. But I may have overshot the measurements a bit for the space we have in our living room, and it was just a little too big for my liking. So I listed it on my city’s Facebook garage sale page, and one day later, it had a new home. It was an middle-aged gentleman who came to pick up the table for his wife, and when I told him I built the table myself, he asked if it came with a return policy in case it fell apart when he got it home. He seemed to be half joking and half rolling his eyes at the thought of a woman building furniture for him, but I simply smiled, took his money, and said that I hope they enjoy the table as much as we have.

So now that our living room was without a coffee table, I needed to find a replacement. As I was sitting at my desk trying to write a blog post the other day, I somehow got distracted and sucked into scrolling through my Facebook feed. Does that magically seem to happen to anyone else but me? A post popped up in the same garage sale group where I sold my coffee table earlier that week, and it said BARN SALE… lots of items to be sold! I had my shoes on and the Jeep pulling out of the driveway before that blog post was ever finished. I found the sale at one of the many old, abandoned buildings here in town and met a group of guys who buy and sell “junk” for a living. And by junk, I mean antiques and primitives and barn treasures that are pure gold in my eyes! There were a ton of items to look at, but nothing that I really needed that day. And then I spotted a stack of antique architect blueprint file cabinets…

See how this antique blueprint file cabinet gets transformed into a beautiful coffee table at LoveGrowsWild.com


I think there were probably four of them… all in good condition, with original hardware, and a great story behind them. They came from one of the old buildings here in Kokomo, and I loved that they still had little labels on some of the drawers. I knew I had to bring one home for our new coffee table. The cabinets are meant to be stacked on top of each other, so mine was missing a top, but it already had a nice wood frame around the edges that I could easily attach new boards to. Here’s what it looked like when I brought the cabinet home: [Read more…]


Fall Dining Room + Home Depot Style Challenge

Hey guys! I just wanted to pop in real quick and share something fun that I’ve been working on this fall… I partnered with Home Depot again for their annual Style Challenge! You might remember our outdoor harvest party we did for last year’s challenge, and this year we had the category “dining room”.

Earlier this summer, Home Depot sent us a mystery box of fall decor and told us to get creative decorating our space. Over the last few years, I’ve really toned down our holiday decorating and have learned to to add subtle hints of the season rather than plastering pumpkins and scarecrows all around the house. I do enjoy celebrating each beautiful season, but it just becomes too much work to drag out boxes and boxes of decorations that only stay up a handful of weeks before it’s time to move onto the next holiday, so I decided to stick with neutral colors that naturally fit into our home and simple decor that gives the feeling fall is on its way…

I brought out some scarves, jackets, and boots for chillier days and a few blankets to cuddle up with.
I added a “vintage” apple orchard sign that I made out of plywood.
I placed a few antique white and dusty blue pumpkins around the room.

So simple… so cozy… and so ready for fall!



See more photos of this beautiful farmhouse dining room decorated for fall at LoveGrowsWild.com [Read more…]