ISSUE 63  |  Do-It-Yourself

DIY: A Painted Garden Bed on Wheels

March 15, 2013 10:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

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Reclaimed in style: wood sourced from pallets is painted and attached to casters for an instant and inexpensive garden bed.

Spotted on the blog of Harvest Textiles, a Melbourne-based screen printing studio and workshop, the garden beds were built by graphic designer Lily Daley and silversmith Lucy Hearn of Peaches and Keen. The two designed the backyard with sustainability in mind: they only sourced objects already collected and began starter plants from donated succulent cuttings. We most admire the simplicity of the reclaimed beds; see our sources below to recreate the DIY project yourself.

Above: Three garden beds at different heights—all on wheels for easy movement and watering. Photograph by Emma Byrnes for Harvest Workroom.

Above: Cuttings and starter succulents ready for transplant. Photograph by Emma Byrnes for Harvest Workroom.

Above: Source wooden boards from Home Depot; a Sure-Wood Red Oak Board is 27.76 each.

Above: For an even quicker fix, source a classic wooden crate like this 12-inch-high Unfinished Wood Crate from Creative Merchandising Systems; contact for pricing and availability.

Above: The 2 Inch Steel Wheel Swivel Caster is $3.98 from Home Depot.

Above: Benjamin Moore’s Britannia Blue Aura Paint is $25.99 per quart.

For a similar project using pallets, see DIY: Garden Pallet as Instant Toolshed. For more ideas on wheels, take a look at our past posts: Architect Visit: Parisian Storage on Wheels, DIY: Crate Shelves on Wheels, and An Edible Garden on Wheels.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 12, 2012.