Crafts, Garden

Garden crafting

So, whilst perusing Ikea yesterday i spotted a stack of wooden crates and i thought to myself they may look great in my garden if i could find some nice colours to paint them. I’m currently going with a bit of a tropical them so bright turquoise and pink etc…. They were £9 each which for the quality of them thought was a good price (you can get them cheaper).20170716_144243

After Ikea it was a trip to B&Q to try and find a small pot of paint for it and i found the perfect colour, Summer Sky from Ronseal and a small tin was £3.97, perfect.

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It was fairly easy to put together although i did get one of the ends the wrong way round and had to take it off and turn it around, typical for me!

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The painting seemed to take forever! It didn’t get it was about 45 degrees(well 25 but felt hotter!) but it dried well and i was able to add a couple of coats in quick time really. It says apply 3 coats but 2 was enough for me.

I’m chuffed with the colour. It really goes well with my theme. This was a bit of a test so i’ve left it just painted but with a bit more time i’d probably jazz it up a bit with some lettering or something. 20170717_11581320170717_115807

Happy Painting!

Crate – Ikea 
Paint – Ronseal from B&Q
Bottom containers – The Range
Garden Herb pot – Asda
Turquoise Mosaic pot – Matalan 

Garden

Garden makeover in progress

Do you ever start something and then realise you don’t have any before pictures? Yes that would be me.
Now this isn’t a huge project but it’s definitely in need of some TLC!

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It’s kind of split into 3 sections, the top which is way in a mess and needs digging and things planting. I used to grow my own veg but haven’t for a few years so it’s been neglected. There are established plants on the right hand side and i’d like to do the same on the left. We’ve just hired a skip and moved all the crap that’s built up over the last 6 months from it like tree cuttings and weeds.
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Then there’s the lawn, which is actually more weeds and clover than grass. Ideally it would be relaid but for now i think weed and feed will have to suffice. We’re also in the process of taking the ivy off the garden. That stuff gets everywhere and it’s so damaging. It’s made its way into the garage through the floor and the walls! It’s pretty indestructible stuff! We also want to replace the little brick wall with maybe some sleepers as the wall is leaning and will fall at some point.
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And the last 3rd is the part we do actually use during the summer and we look out onto it from the new kitchen which we use a lot more. I wanted something bright and tropical seems to be the in thing at the moment and seems to be everywhere. We’ve just had a new fence and gate put up on one side and i’m not sure whether to paint it, stain it or leave it so watch this space. I need more plants to really get a summer vibe going and have bought a bird feeder and a bee hotel to hopefully bring some more wildlife into the garden. We used to have a resident Squirrel but i think he must have died as he hasn’t been seen in months which i’m really sad about. I used to call him Cyril and he would take monkey nuts from my hand. Take a look at the header of my Blog, there’s a picture of him. We’ve also had hedgehogs, field mice and many birds as well as a local Indian ringneck parakeet!

Hope you like the pictures!

Plants  – B&Q and Wentworth Garden Centre
Cushion and Adventure sign – Matalan
Blanket and table runner – Ikea