If you’re a hands-on kind of person, you’ve probably been putting your craft skills to good use in your home. But what about in your garden? Rather than spending a fortune at IKEA or Homebase, you could just just upcycle your garden furniture...
Give your existing furniture a lick of paint
Ease into the idea of ‘upcycling’ (that is, using materials in such a way as to create a product of higher quality than the original) by simply giving what you own a re-fresh. Your existing garden table, chairs, sheds and fencing can all have life breathed back into them by sanding them back and priming for a generous coat in any colour.
If you live in a coastal cottage, why not opt for a nautical theme by painting your fences a rich navy blue hue? You could also source a genuine life ring to hang from the garden shed for added effect! Or, if a classic cottage garden is more your kind of thing, paint your woodwork white and sand it back to give it an artfully distressed look.
Make your own outdoor sofa
Once you’ve mastered simple upcycling like sanding and painting, get to grips with power tools. If you or a neighbour have a bath tub cluttering up the garage (or have managed to get your hands on one via Gumtree or eBay) you can transform it into an outdoor sofa.
Start by cutting it half and smoothing down the edges with a grinder. Once you’ve primed it, sealed it and removed the drain, paint it in a beautiful colour and finish it with an eye-catching seat cushion. Gardens are the one place you can afford to get away with vibrant, clashing prints, so go all out with geometric, floral and tribal patterns in various tones to add cheer to your yard!
Make a pallet bench
If you prefer something more rustic and masculine, why not make yourself a pallet sofa? The beauty of a custom-build like this is that you can design it to suit your back, leg and height measurements, and you’ll feel a great sense of satisfaction when it’s complete!
All you need is plenty of wood, lots of screws and a good eye for measuring. To finish it off, get your hands on some thick foam or padding to form your seat cushion, and a length of fabric to cover it. Once complete, place your version of this upcycling project on a covered patio or decking area and get the neighbours round for a barbeque!
As you can see, you can create your perfect garden by giving your furniture a new lease of life, or by assembling odds and ends to make brand new creations! Make sure your masterpieces are in the spotlight by trimming back the trees and framing them with lush hedges from Ashridge Nurseries. Finally, sit back and enjoy the fact that updating your garden didn’t cost you fortune, and meant you were able to inject tons of personality into your space!