DIY Corrugated Metal Raised Beds

DIY corrugated metal raised beds

I made these galvanized corrugated metal raised beds a few years ago and always intended on doing a DIY tutorial for them and never got around to it until now!  I'm actually kind of glad because I was able to see how they held up over the years.  They've held up beautifully!  The only part that needed some TLC was the top trim, which needed to be re-stained after years of being pelted with rain for months on end during our wet winters here in the PNW.  So today I sanded those down and put a new coat of stain on and they look nice and (almost) new.

These beds are seriously one of my favorite DIYs that we did in our yard, they were pretty easy to build and I like the way they add a little bit of industrial vibes.  I'm not usually a fan of corrugated metal, it can get too kitschy and shabby chic, but these are pretty low-profile and to me they don't read as either of those aesthetics.

DIY corrugated metal raised beds

What you'll need to make one 4ft x 4ft raised bed:
(adjust quantities sizes depending on the size of the beds you're making)


1- 8ft 4x4
2- 8ft galvanized corrugated metal sheets
2- 8ft 1x4's
16- 1 in screws with small washers (to attach the metal to the 4x4s)
8- 1.5 in wood screws (to attach the top trim to the 4x4s)
Skill Saw
Metal cutting skill saw blade (to cut the corrugated metal)

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01/ Cut the 4x4 into four 15 inch long pieces to make the "legs" of your raised bed. 

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02/ Chop the two corrugated metal pieces in half to create four 4 ft pieces.  Then cut each piece down to be 15 in wide-- the height of your raised beds.

03/ Attach one of your four metal pieces to two of the 4x4s to create the first side of the raised bed. Do this again to create the opposite side. Use the screws with washers and place the screws in the dips of the corrugated metal- I used 4 screws for each 4x4.

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04/ Now you'll start putting the sides together.  Place the two sides you've just made so they stand up (they should be able to stand up on their own, but if not, have someone help hold them), and have the metal sides facing each other. Take another piece of the corrugated metal that you pre-cut and place it against the 4x4 to create the third side of your bed. Screw it to the 4x4s with your screws + washers.

Two of the sides will have the metal "inside" the 4x4s and two will have the metal on the outside.  

Do this again to attach the final side of the bed.

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05/  Cut the 1x4s into four 4ft pieces, then cut a 45º angle on every end so that they fit together to create 90º corners. Place these flat on top the 4x4's and screw them into the top of the 4x4s.

06/ optional, but I recommend staining the wood to protect it from the elements.  We built our beds about 4 years ago and I just now had to sand and re-stain the top trim because it'd been worn down by all the rain we get in the winters. 

The metal is still perfect and hasn't rusted at all!  These beds are super affordable and can be made in an afternoon!

If you're worried about the beds moving (mine haven't at all) and want to anchor them a little, you can make the 4x4's a little longer than the bottom of the corrugated metal and dig those down into the ground, or just dig the whole thing, sides and all, into the ground a few inches.

DIY corrugated metal raised beds
DIY corrugated metal raised beds
DIY corrugated metal raised beds
DIY corrugated metal raised beds

Keto Carrot Cake Recipe

Keto Carrot Cake Recipe

Father's Day wasn't a big to-do around our house this past Sunday but I wanted to do something special for Dan, so I decided to make his favorite cake: Carrot Cake.  But Keto!  I always tend to give keto versions of delicious non-keto foods the ol' side-eye but this cake was seriously delicious. And with only 5.5 net carbs per slice, I can eat a slice for breakfast, ain't no thang!  

Keto Carrot Cake
Recipe slightly adapted from WholesomeYum


Cake Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Erythritol (I use Swerve Confectioners)
  • 3/4 cup Butter (softened; I use Kerrygold)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 2 1/2 cup Almond flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cup Carrots (grated, measured loosely packed after grating)
  • 1 cup Pecans (chopped; divided into 1 cup and 1/2 cup)

01/   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 9 in round cake pans (springform is best) with parchment paper.  Grease the sides.

02/   In a large bowl, cream together the butter and erythritol, until fluffy. Beat in the vanilla extract, then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Set aside.

03/   In another bowl, mix together the almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and sea salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients.

04/   Stir in the grated carrots. Fold in the chopped pecans.

05/   Transfer the batter evenly among the two prepared baking pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the top is spring-y.

06/   Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

Keto Carrot Cake Recipe

Frosting Ingredients

  • 8 oz Cream cheese (softened, cut into cubes)
  • 4 tbsp Butter (softened, cut into cubes)
  • 1 cup Powdered erythritol (again, I use Swerve)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Heavy cream (or more if needed)

01/   Use a hand mixer to beat together the cream cheese and butter, until fluffy.

02/   Beat in the sweetener and vanilla, until well incorporated.

03/   Add cream and beat again, until creamy. You can adjust the amount of cream to desired consistency.

Keto Carrot Cake Recipe

Put it all together

If you aren't looking to make a fancy lookin' cake, you can just frost the two 9in. cakes like you normally would, with frosting between the layers and then on the top and sides.

I wanted my cake to have a little more style to it so I tried something new! I recently watched the Milk Bar episode of Chef's Table (if you aren't craving sweets, you absolutely will after watching it), and I loved how she used a plastic sheath mould thing (you can see what I'm talking about here) to create her naked cakes, and I also like how she deconstructed cake, mixed it with frosting and pressed that in to the mould to create layers. 

Keto Carrot Cake Recipe

So that's what I did.  I took my two 9 inch cakes and cut 6 inch rounds out of them, then used the remaining pieces of cake and frosting mushed together and pressed that into the mould to make layers.  And I frosted it in a more "naked cake" style.  I think it definitely was more delicious with the layers that were frosting/cake mixed together than a standard cake-frosting-cake situation. 

I didn't feel like putting chopped pecans on the top, so I made a little carrot round flower instead, but if you want a more classic topping, cut up 1/2 cup more pecans and add those to the top!

If you want to get the nutrition info on this cake, head over to Wholesome Yum, the info might be slightly different as I didn't include a couple of the ingredients she used but it should be about the same!

Keto Carrot Cake Recipe

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The focus of the hashtag is to celebrate bold, eclectic, fearless home decor, so keep tagging your images with #thebravehome!  I can't wait to see what pops up in the hashtag and stay tuned for next week's feature round-up!

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I feel like this should've been a farmers market outfit or something more rural, but in reality it was just a brunching-with-friends outfit. We're still waiting for full blown summer to arrive so it was a little chilly today in this dress but it was too cute for me to wait any longer to style up. I imagine once hot temps come to stay I'll probably be living in this light and breezy midi dress (though on me it's nearly a maxi, haha!).


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I'm gonna be honest with you guys... this hat is a Halloween costume hat.  It's one of those new costume items that Goodwill has for sale during Halloween.  It was, like, maybe ten bucks?  And it's chintzy as hell, and I don't even know what the material is, it could even be plastic covered with some black fuzz that makes it look suede-y.  But it's the exact style that I wanted for so long, so when I saw it on one of my thrifting adventures last fall I picked it up.  Someday I'll drop some money on a nice hat, but for now, this one will do.  I apologize to all the artisan hat makers who are cringing thinking about this hat being on my head as an actual fashion item and not a 10 year old's Halloween costume.

What is not a cheap Halloween costume, though is this dress!  I picked this beauty up from Iris + Poppy and it's probably going to be my favorite summer dress.  It's so lightweight, I know it'll be all I want to wear on those days we start brushing up against triple digit temperatures. I've got a discount code for Iris + Poppy, too, so if you want to grab this dress or any of the other cute things they have (I'm dying over the Sadie Jumpsuit!), just use the code AMB-LIZ15 to get 15% off your order!

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Dress : Iris + Poppy | Hat : Goodwill | Sunglasses : c/o Moorea Seal
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