So, Monday came round pretty quick! The weekend has been a flurry of making and doing in the best possible way!
It’s been days of organising and sorting, and planning the next renovations tasks. It’s been evenings of catching up on projects that need to be completed. It’s been spending time with family and relaxing with good friends.
After starting to prepare myself for the changing season; thinking about knitwear and cooking up stews, the sun was shining! I’m not going to pass up some late summer sunshine, so we spent some time in our little and lush garden.
Recently we got a tired old garden table and chairs furniture set – now never ones to turn down something that is thrifted, gifted or ready for a new home we decided that a little lick of paint for a quick garden makeover was all that it would need to transform this truly dowdy old set to something a lot more lovely!
Yup, that’s little Waffle (wearing a bandana) photobombing like a pro!
The garden set was fairly worn out and the stain was in pretty patchy in placed – non existent in others – so we didn’t have to mess about with stripping the old layer back.
Who says garden furniture needs to be dull and boring? I say if your going to take the time to paint it, then you may as well paint it any colour your heart desires. And, my heart desired a wonderful beach hut blue – or as Ronseal like to call it, ‘Seagrass’.
There is something about painting up old furniture that gives an instant satisfaction. Seeing the drab quickly covered up with fresh bright colour that gives such a feeling of achievement.
This might well have been fine as a one-coat-wonder but, as it was sunny with a fresh breeze -perfect weather for painting, why not add a second and final coat just to finish it off in style!
Isn’t it amazing what a little bit of colour can do?
Now that we have somewhere nice to sit in the garden it’s a whole heap easier to just sit down in the sunshine and enjoy it. And, enjoy it we did! Gardening – not my forte I might add – is something of a slow burning project. Especially if you don’t have pots of cash to hand over to a garden centre or nursery – so we’ve been playing the long game with our little piece of nature. Slowly, slowly it’s been changing and now it’s almost unrecognisable from the scrap of land that we started with. Ok – our lawn leaves a lot to be desired – but with a puppy that is taken with running and bounding the length of the garden until the grass is bare, what can you do?
I love a good set of ‘Before’ and ‘After’ pics as much as the next girl – afterall, this is what gives us the motivation to give things a shot. So, here are a few snaps of our garden transformation!
Did you ever see such a dismal and pitiful piece of land in your life? Yes, that’s a cement mixer (we had a few wall to repair!) and that was a vast improvement to the abandoned pool table that stood in its place when we moved in! It was standing here, on a drizzly morning in April 2010, that I announced that I wished we had an ‘enchanted garden’…little by little it started to take shape.
I think it’s safe to say that I now have the enchanted garden that I dreamed of – the butterflies, bumble bees and birds seem to agree to!
Before this sounds like some kind of smug parade – let me be the first to tell you – this is not my handy work. As I said, gardening is not my forte, I don’t have green fingers, or at least I’ve not been able to stick at it long enough to find out! The butler sink herb garden is my sole responsibility in the garden – notice there aren’t any photographs of that? No coincidence I assure you! Perhaps this might be the bit of encouragement that I need to reclaim it from the wild jungle that it’s become and return it to something beautiful too. This is a testament to a very hardworking, dedicated husband who managed to create this enchanted garden.
My very favourite part? You see that dead looking stick in the ‘Before’ shot – well, believe it or not, but that is an apple tree and this summer we have a whole heap of apples! These beauties are going to become something pretty tasty this week!