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Easy DIY Raised Garden Beds

Looking to create your own garden? These easy DIY raised garden beds are the perfect solution and can be customized to fit your space! One of our big goals this summer, is to get our backyard in shape. It’s a scary mess of dirt and weeds and we’re both so over it, we could cry. […]

Looking to create your own garden? These easy DIY raised garden beds are the perfect solution and can be customized to fit your space! One of our big goals this summer, is to get our backyard in shape. It’s a scary mess of dirt and weeds and we’re both so over it, we could cry. […]

Replacing Our Back Patio by The Wood Grain Cottage

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Replacing Our Back Patio

I mentioned a few weeks ago when I shared all about our new windows that we were getting ready to replace our back patio. Like pretty much everything else with the house, the patio is in really rough shape. We have so many plans for the backyard, but before we can start on any of […]

I mentioned a few weeks ago when I shared all about our new windows that we were getting ready to replace our back patio. Like pretty much everything else with the house, the patio is in really rough shape. We have so many plans for the backyard, but before we can start on any of […]

How To Build Garden Boxes From Recycled Tin Roofing by The Wood Grain Cottage

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DIY Raised Garden Boxes

A while back I shared how badly I’ve been wanting to have a garden. I love having fresh fruits and vegetables on hand (and I thoroughly enjoy canning and preserving food), so when this spring rolled around, I knew planting a garden was essential.  The thing was though, that I didn’t want to spend hours […]

A while back I shared how badly I’ve been wanting to have a garden. I love having fresh fruits and vegetables on hand (and I thoroughly enjoy canning and preserving food), so when this spring rolled around, I knew planting a garden was essential.  The thing was though, that I didn’t want to spend hours […]

Outdoor Patio Furniture by The Wood Grain Cottage

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New Outdoor Patio Furniture

Our outdoor patio was needing a little bit of a refresh. The hard winter months had left it feeling sad, depressed and ready for a tiny makeover, which I was happy to give, considering our patio is one of the first things you can see when you walk through our home… specifically because the back […]

Our outdoor patio was needing a little bit of a refresh. The hard winter months had left it feeling sad, depressed and ready for a tiny makeover, which I was happy to give, considering our patio is one of the first things you can see when you walk through our home… specifically because the back […]

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How To Make A Log Planter

Hi friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday! I was recently asked to be an eHow contributor, and I am so happy and excited to share my first project with them on their website. Head on over to eHow to see how to make a log planter, which is the perfect way to […]

Hi friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday! I was recently asked to be an eHow contributor, and I am so happy and excited to share my first project with them on their website. Head on over to eHow to see how to make a log planter, which is the perfect way to […]

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Rustic Wood Pumpkin Stand

Add the perfect touch of fall character to your front porch with this easy and beautiful rustic wood pumpkin stand. It’s a versatile piece that can go from front porch decor, to part of a serving station at your next fall party! I am so excited to share my latest DIY project. I love, love, […]

Add the perfect touch of fall character to your front porch with this easy and beautiful rustic wood pumpkin stand. It’s a versatile piece that can go from front porch decor, to part of a serving station at your next fall party! I am so excited to share my latest DIY project. I love, love, […]

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A Walk Around Our Property

Today I’m sharing the view from a walk around our property… I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I went for a walk the other night, just as I do so often. The weather was perfect and the setting sun was casting a beautiful glow on everything it touched. I absolutely love […]

Today I’m sharing the view from a walk around our property… I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I went for a walk the other night, just as I do so often. The weather was perfect and the setting sun was casting a beautiful glow on everything it touched. I absolutely love […]

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Outdoor Coffee Table Makeover

Our patio furniture makeover continues to be one of my very favorite things I’ve ever painted. And that’s saying something since I basically live with a paint brush in my hand. When I found our set on Craigslist, I knew the coffee table would need a bit of reworking. I didn’t love the current set […]

Our patio furniture makeover continues to be one of my very favorite things I’ve ever painted. And that’s saying something since I basically live with a paint brush in my hand. When I found our set on Craigslist, I knew the coffee table would need a bit of reworking. I didn’t love the current set […]

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How To Prep Cushions for Outdoors

Cushions are expensive. Like, whoa!, really expensive. When I was searching for a patio set, I knew a chunk of money would need to be spent on cushions. Then, our dishwasher went out, and any money I had for cushions and a patio set went with it. But when I found our set on Craiglist, […]

Cushions are expensive. Like, whoa!, really expensive. When I was searching for a patio set, I knew a chunk of money would need to be spent on cushions. Then, our dishwasher went out, and any money I had for cushions and a patio set went with it. But when I found our set on Craiglist, […]

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DIY Wall Serving Station

Outdoor entertaining is among us! I know I can’t be the only one seeking the outdoors in their free time. And especially since we now have an outdoor furniture set. I am in heaven. 🙂 Today, I am so happy to share another idea for your outdoor space, a DIY wall serving station. Outdoor entertaining […]

Outdoor entertaining is among us! I know I can’t be the only one seeking the outdoors in their free time. And especially since we now have an outdoor furniture set. I am in heaven. 🙂 Today, I am so happy to share another idea for your outdoor space, a DIY wall serving station. Outdoor entertaining […]

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Outdoor Patio Furniture Makeover

Oh. Man. I am so excited to share one of my biggest furniture makeover’s to date! Early this spring, I decided it was time to put to use, and really use, our back patio. Until a about a month ago, we had a huge, lovely patio with random miscellaneous furniture. And some of it wanted […]

Oh. Man. I am so excited to share one of my biggest furniture makeover’s to date! Early this spring, I decided it was time to put to use, and really use, our back patio. Until a about a month ago, we had a huge, lovely patio with random miscellaneous furniture. And some of it wanted […]

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Stump Side Table

Is today really Wednesday? These past few weeks have completely flown by, and suddenly it’s June! What the what? I have been working my booty off with the online shop. There is so much that I never even thought about doing, but as I kept making progress, things kept popping up, one by one. In […]

Is today really Wednesday? These past few weeks have completely flown by, and suddenly it’s June! What the what? I have been working my booty off with the online shop. There is so much that I never even thought about doing, but as I kept making progress, things kept popping up, one by one. In […]

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Bird House Makeover

I love hearing the birds chirp. It’s such a happy sound! And since we don’t have very big trees, I love it when they do decide to stop by and sing a tune for the house. That’s exactly why I was so excited to have a cute little bird house to give a makeover. I […]

I love hearing the birds chirp. It’s such a happy sound! And since we don’t have very big trees, I love it when they do decide to stop by and sing a tune for the house. That’s exactly why I was so excited to have a cute little bird house to give a makeover. I […]

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DIY Paver Planter

Ready to make your own planter for the patio? I’m sharing the full step by step tutorial for my DIY Paver Planter.  I’m in full “spruce up the yard and back patio” mode. No joke. Other than putting out a few pots and flowers every year, our back patio doesn’t get much attention. Since we […]

Ready to make your own planter for the patio? I’m sharing the full step by step tutorial for my DIY Paver Planter.  I’m in full “spruce up the yard and back patio” mode. No joke. Other than putting out a few pots and flowers every year, our back patio doesn’t get much attention. Since we […]

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DIY Rolling Firewood Cart

I’ve been dreaming about spending a bit more time outside during the evenings. Enjoying the crisp fall evenings with a cup of hot apple cider, a cozy blanket and a warm fire sounds just about perfect. So perfect in fact, that I even got Anthony on board to help with a new project that would […]

I’ve been dreaming about spending a bit more time outside during the evenings. Enjoying the crisp fall evenings with a cup of hot apple cider, a cozy blanket and a warm fire sounds just about perfect. So perfect in fact, that I even got Anthony on board to help with a new project that would […]

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