Right after LJ was born, we built this garden assistant. It’s a DIY hose holder and I LOVE it.
We got a ton of inspiration from Shanty 2 Chic’s hose holder and one that Centsational Girl featured years ago and did some minor tweaks to make it fit our house exterior just a little bit better. Also…we secured it into the ground with concrete because, well, you know Jeremy. On the Shanty girl’s hose holder, the entire thing looked a little small to me which would work great for the front yard or a prominent place but we needed it to be bigger because 1. our hose is ridiculously long and b. Jeremy adamantly said that he was tired of bending over. I would like to make a note for the record that I am not tired of Jeremy bending over. Let’s be clear on that. The Centsational Girl one was a little bit more beefier at the top which I really liked but it was white and that hook for the hose looked ready to puncture a kid eyeball. So I decided that taking the best of both worlds and adding a little more child-friendly metal hose rack would be the best fit for us.
You might be wondering why I didn’t just buy a hose storage box that has one of those cranks to gather up the hose….oh right, I did. Jeremy came home one day with the nearly $50 hose storage box and I was excited to finally get that thing off the ground. But then I started looking at the parts and how light it was and I knew almost instantly that my boys would be climbing on it, moving it, and attempting to demo that box. Plus, in this part of Georgia, we deal with a lot of yellow jackets. They will build their nest in any cool dark place…and I didn’t want to create another home for them where my hands would be in close vicinity.
The little brick platform we had thrown together for the hose didn’t really work either because it was too small and the hose was constantly dirty.
The first thing we did was measure for our post and cut it down to allow for the right height.
Then came sanding the 4×4 post. We used exterior wood for this project.
Apparently my kids understand safety equipment now. Either that or they just like telling me what to do.
Besides the 4×4 we used a bit of scraps and a bun foot from Lowe’s. The lumber cost us $8 and the foot cost us $7. Later we also bought concrete for just under $3 and the metal rack for $10. That was our total expense – everything else we had on hand. I don’t know how the other Pinterest people do these projects for super cheap…because if you had to buy spraypaint and glue and sandpaper, this could get pretty pricey. In that case, I would tell you to buy a spray can of yellow jacket killer and get that plastic reel box.
So the 5×5 square piece is gonna be the cap on the post. We sanded it down on all the edges and flat parts.
Then I drilled a hole in the center for the bun foot to screw into.
We added glue to the top of the post…
And screwed the cap onto the post using two exterior wood screws.
Then I worked on the miter cuts for the trim that would go around beneath the cap. I cut them out of scrap 1×1’s. Ignore the poochy belly…that’s a real post partum belly for you.
Since these were not going to be weight bearing, it can be added with a little glue and a brad nailer.
If you dont’ have a Ryobi AirStrike yet…get on that. Seriously I am addicted to this thing. Ana White called it a staple gun on steroids in her show and she couldn’t be more right. Although Ana is more right in most cases, amen?! I think most guys out there would be thrilled if their wives asked for this for Christmas…it’s a lot less intimidating for them to ask for a brad nailer than to pick out a pashmina.
For the little brad nail holes and the top of the bun foot, I added a little wood filler.
Speaking of bun foot, that gets screwed into that hole you drilled. Now your post is done. Time for the hose rack.
We measured out where the rack would go and marked some holes.
Then I predrilled two holes for the rack itself.
Attaching it was super simple…just drill screws into the holes, slip on the rack, and slide into place. I fastened the screws a little tighter so that it wouldn’t be a game for the boys.
Ta-da! Hoe’s hose holder 🙂 jk mom.
The last step to making the post ready was to spray it. I used Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze. Eventually I am gonna paint that light near the back door and it will match. Eventually.
Back to our spot in the back yard.
Will got to work digging the hole. Weston assisted.
Actually Jeremy did dig the hole…Will just really likes digging so he got to scoop up extra dirt with his shovel.
Weston is so funny to me. It’s amazing how completely different he is than Will. I know that I should have expected that (I mean, I am different than my siblings!) but I didn’t. Will is all about being a helper and being a big boy and I think Weston could care less. He is all about games…all about laughing and making other people laugh. I love that about him but it’s definitely challenging to find his motivation when it comes to doing the stuff that is not as fun. If only everything was a wheelbarrow full of dirt!
Will wanted to show ya his giant muscles from digging.
I personally have never used Quikrete before…but now I kinda wanna concrete everything into the ground.
It’s so freaking simple. We just set the post where we wanted it in the hole and dumped the concrete mix around it.
Then we added the appropriate amount of water (the bag tells ya how much) and sludged it around with a random stick.
We made sure it was straight with a level…because I would literally dig that thing out with my bare hands if it was wonky.
In no time, it was set and we were ready to bury it!
Our mulch needed a little pick-me-up so we added about five new bags in this area. Whoever invented mulch God bless them. I guess that is just a shredded tree and God invented those…so God bless God.
It was so pretty the hose just climbed up the side of it and hung on the rack all by itself.
Now for some mind-blowing before and afters….
Let’s see that magic again…
I know. You can barely believe it’s the same space, right?
Seriously – contain yourself. Now go build a hose holder with all that pent up excitement.
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