Welcome to Part 2 of our garden makeover, the final instalment. If you missed Part 1 you can take a look at it here.
In this post I show the new decking we had installed (also about 3 years ago), how I up-cycled an old patio table, the new garden furniture we invested in this year and the finishing touches.
So, carrying on from the last post, when we had the new patio laid and bed boarders put in we also decided to put in some decking in the bottom left hand corner. This area of the garden gets the sun until the very end of the day, so it was crying out for something we could put a table and chairs onto.
Unfortunately I don’t have pictures of this part of the garden from when we moved in. But to give you an idea, it was just grass with a Torbay palm tree in it. There was also a tree stump that needed removing before the decking could go down. Again we got someone in to remove the tree stump and lay the decking, we have no skills in this area what so ever!
Below is a picture which shows the decking being laid:
We instantly loved it when it was finished. Again it stayed like this for the next 3 years until I decided I wanted to jazz up the old patio table. Last year my hubby painted the patio chairs blue and white and we still had some paint left over. So of I go with the electric sander and a lot of elbow grease to get rid of the 10 years or so of wood varnish that had been painted on year after year. Below are the pics of how it looked before and during sanding:
The prepping did take a few hours and several weekends as I didn’t have the chance to do it in one go. I then set about painting it, in between us building the rockery and laying the new stones. And this is how it looks now:
The paint did feel watery when I was applying it and I did wonder if it was going to work. But after about 4 layers later I am so happy with how it has come out. And it certainly brightens up the decking area:
I then got onto one of my favourite bits, adding some sparkle. I found these lovely Chinese lantern solar powered lights in Morrisons and used them to decorate the bottom fence:
We also decided to invest in some proper patio furniture this year and found a great bargain through Groupon. It really has fitted in well with our plans for the garden. Below is an old shot of the area where the new furniture is now, along with a picture of the new furniture in place:
I also found these solar powered jars and light bulbs at Otter Nurseries and the bowl of succulents at a lovely place called Darts Farm, which is just outside Exeter. They were perfect to add to our new rattan table:
Below is the list of materials we used to complete this part of the garden and how much they cost us:
- Patio table – inherited from the in-laws
- Paint – leftovers from the garage – make is Cuprinol and colours are Pale Jasmine and Coastal Mist
- Rattan furniture – Groupon bargain – £340
- Chinese Lanterns – I used 3 strings at £10 each – £30
- Solar Powered Jars & light bulbs – £45
- Bowl of succulents – already made up -£25
So in total, including the above and everything in the last post, we spent under £600 transforming our garden this year.
As I said in my previous post, we are so happy with how our garden makeover came out. We use the whole of the garden so much more now, and it is perfect to sit out in on those (rare) balmy sunny evenings.
Are you planning on any garden makeovers this summer? Or have you just finished one? I would love to hear about it.
Sod let’s get organised – I’m chilling, in my new garden!!