Wow! It is so hard to believe it has been two years since my last post! Luckily, even though I have been on hiatus, I haven’t stopped crafting, and I have lots of ideas stored up to share with you. Which brings me to todays post: a garden work station!
A little disclaimer before I get started: I built this about a year and a half ago… the garden station has held up amazingly, but my memory… not so much. Some of the details on how I built this are a little fuzzy, but I’ll do my best to describe it as accurately as possible and warn you when I’m not quite positive ;)
Here’s what you will need:
lumber (I’m pretty sure I picked up some cheap 2×4 scrap wood at home depot)
Small kitchen island
Level of difficulty: medium
The sole reason that I rated this as a “medium” level project is that you will need to use a saw. If that doesn’t scare you off then good; thats where we begin. Cut the lumber for the back frame to the right height for you. Keep in mind that if you make it too tall for you to reach, it will be no good to you. The width (make sure to account for all three nailed together pieces) should be about the same size as the island. Don’t nail your pieces together yet. This is when I would paint my lumber. You can wait to do it, but I wanted the rough edges of the lumber to be painted (just in case theres a little crack between the two nailed together pieces), and my nails to be unpainted.
Since you have the paint out, you may as well paint your island. I’ll point out here that you could also probably use a large kitchen cabinet, but it wont look quite as nice or be as functional, and you will probably need to raise it from the ground somehow. Now, back to painting.
I picked up some cheap paint at home depot. (Did you know they have a paint clearance section? They do!) and just brushed it allllll over that island, painting my strokes in X’s for a (dare I say it?) Shabby Chic look. I didn’t sand, didn’t primer; nothing. The reason for this is twofold: first, I’m lazy. Second, the island I was using had a thin layer of protective sealant on it. Since my workstation is outside year round, though rain and heat, I wanted to keep it as protected as possible. Plus, I like the way it looks with the variations in paint and it helps the inevitable dings and scratches blend in that will befall the poor little thing. Sooo really that was four reasons. I get unrealistically optimistic when I try to be succinct.
Once your paint is all dry, assemble your lumber pieces into a frame shape, nailing the pieces together. You want to make a closed frame. not a U shape, but a box shape. No need to make it perfect. Remember, it is going outside, not in your living room!
Cut your chicken wire to size. Safety first; wear gloves! I am pretty sure I used a staple gun to attach the chicken wire to my frame, but this is where my memory fails, sorry! Then go ahead and nail the frame to your island. This is why we made it a box, not a U. See how easy it is to just nail straight through the bottom of the fame and into the island? Plus it is so much more stable since you can throw in as many nails as you want!
Thats it, your done, and look how beautiful :) I would finish up by throwing some S hooks on the chicken wire to hang your tools and if you have a little rod on the side like mine does, you can put some hooks there as well.
This project only cost me $15! I found the island on Craigslist for free and the other items were very inexpensive. Happy new year everyone, I hope this year I blog more than I have in the last 2 years put together ;)