My most recent project at our fixer-upper home has been to get the garden ship shape before the summer. It was in a bit of a mess after last winter and needed some TLC, lots of which I have been graciously bestowing upon it over the past few months.
After numerous trips to the tip to recycle old fence panels, tools and general building rubble from building projects of the past, it was time to teach myself how to use a lawnmower (JESUS it's hard work!!) and to celebrate my birthday in true 35 year old style by spending it at the garden centre buying shrubs. I decided I would leave the lawn as it is for the kids to play on, and concentrate on making the yard pretty. I love being outside and having an outdoor area to sit/eat/drink/generally be happy in is very important to me.
Just as my hard work came to an end, independent builders merchants MKM invited me to be a part of their Renovate your Garden Campaign. They sent me one of their gorgeous railway sleeper benches and challenged me to give it a bit of a makeover.
I had already planned out my project when my bench arrived.
Years ago, I used to paint and sell pieces of driftwood, and I knew that I wanted to personalise our bench by putting our names on it, and decorating it in the same style I used to my driftwood.
I initially gave it two coats of Farrow & Ball estate eggshell in Lamp Room Gray. This is a paint for interior wood, but I weatherproofed it later on. Bit of a tip for you keen upcyclers out there - buy half full, second hand pots of good paint for your projects. Not only is it great for the environment, it's also much easier on your pocket!
Once both coats of paint were dry, I got to work with the writing and flowers using simple artists' acrylics. I then let these dry before applying two coats of Ronseal outdoor varnish to protect my masterpiece from the elements.
What do you think? I'm really rather pleased with it.
Thanks so much to MKM for asking us to be a part of this project. I had so much fun! xoxo