|Before! Big Dirt Pile.|
There are a ton of tutorials for building these yourself but essentially you need to know how tall to make them depending on how deep the roots of your plants should go. The veggie box (L shaped) is twice the depth of the flower box. Other than that it's a series of ensuring square corners and screwing wood into little corner pieces that you can see above.
We also spent a long time painting the dingy concrete wall with outdoor paint. I cut it in with a brush and huzz used the roller. It was a post work activity that I zoned out doing. We shared this job but worked individually...which was odd but it worked for us.
I knew I wanted to attempt to build something with all the tools I registered for from the wedding (clearly not a normal bride) and the first project was our Farmhouse Table. We used free plans from Ana White that were so easy to follow.
Once we had all our cuts, all the pocket holes drilled, and the notches for the base chiseled out we were ready to assemble with pocket hole screws and lots of wood glue.
A couple times we put pieces together backwards, which is all in learning how to follow plans, but we were able to fix our mistakes quickly. The trouble started when we attempted to lift the 100% wood table after working in the heat all day. Trouble for newlyweds.
Lifting furniture is probably one of the major causes of divorce. The urgency and lack of communication is a fast lane to frustration and muscle fatigue. Building this table resulted in a sad Sunday. But later in the week once two coats of stain and poly were on and twinkle lights were strung, it was water under the bridge. We are thoroughly enjoying our new-found paradise...can't even tell we live on the streets of Philly!