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Summer is round the corner and as well as the stores being full of on trend, modern lounge and dining furniture for your garden, it’s also an opportunity to think about getting creative and making garden furniture from other paraphernalia. It’s great to seek out vintage, retro or industrial items that can be turned into tables, chairs, planters – all to give an unique quirky look to your outdoor living area.
We’ve found a few great ideas to give you some creative inspiration.
Quirky and bright, we love this easy diy, using old milk crates for stools or tables, spotted on BalconyGardenWeb. Head to eBay for old crates or contact local milk delivery firm. A great way to get pops of colour in the garden.
Search for vintage style giant spools, which sound crazy but are relatively easy to get from builders merchants or diy stores as this is what they sell electric cabling, chains and rope on. If they sell by the length then every so often they’ll be getting rid of the spool! We also spotted some on eBay where someone has already sanded, prepared and made perfect to use! A sourced spool, with a little sanding and a wax or varnish, make perfect ready made tables! The wood is generally already weather proof.
With a bit of a search, we spotted an abundance of ideas for the wooden reels including a gorgeous planter on The Empowered Educator Online.
Another great project would be to upcycle large old tins (often from cooking oil or other ingredients) into stools or tables. Add wooden tops or padded tops. Spray in chosen colour or leave as is and take advantage of the cool typography and graphics often used as the labelling of the product.
There’s lots of inspiration on Pinterest including these padded top stools from The Upcyclist blog
home: featured [ George at Asda ]
Sometimes you find some unexpected homeware delights when you thought you’d just gone out for milk and bread.
Having a look at ‘new in’ at George at Asda we find some gorgeous honewares for easy updates in the home.
Key areas we love are all the towel patterns, including great retro designs, terrazzo print and geometric; and an extensive cushion range which could be used to create a colourful outdoor loving area!
Our favourite find though is the beautiful cool design of the KitSound Diggit outdoor speaker ! Useful and eye pleasing – a great addition to your outdoor living space. Just £28.
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Spend 30 minutes with one of Urban Roof Gardens’ specialists, so that they can transform your outdoor dreams into reality.
home: made [ plant pot designs ]
With Spring in the air it’s time to think about outdoor living, planting and gardens. It’s great to make personal touches within your space with your own design creations on plant pots. This can allow them to match a colour theme, follow a trend, label what’s in the pot or personalise them as a gift!
We love the design idea from Homedit with its modern geometric look and metallic colours.
For a plethora of ideas head to BalconyGardenWeb or have a look on Pinterest
All you’ll need is paint and, if it’s not outdoor paint then a good fixer spray or varnish will ensure it lasts and holds up to the weather. You can get plain pots from garden centres, IKEA, or try online at Hobby Craft or Baker Ross for great prices.
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Elevate your gardening kit to a new level with a beautiful authentic Sussex Trug from Labour and Wait.
As the weather is clearly heading to Spring climates we start to think about working on our outdoor spaces as well as indoor. We need a good kit for outdoor work and this beautiful piece of craftsmanship should be part of it!
The ‘Original Sussex Trug’, and this has the stamp on the base to certify it! There are many cheap imitations around, but none can compare to this. Hand crafted using Chestnut and Willow (from sustainable resources), if looked after it will last a lifetime. Individually signed by the maker.
home: nice price [ garden furniture ]
Need that perfect seating set for the garden or balcony? Head to George at Asda, online, we spotted the gorgeous Arizona set (two chairs and a table) for just £249.
Great style, modern-look wicker style furniture to create a chilled out lounging area for summer.
home: found this [ garden furniture ]
This George garden furniture set is the perfect set up to create a lovely outdoor lounge area.
Add in a great natural tone patterned outdoor rug, some great planters and pour a glass of wine.
This lounge set with its retro scandi edge has great design and a cool silhouette.
Bring Scandi style into your garden with this Nerja sofa set from George Home. Finished in a beautiful hand woven corded rope, this set includes one two-seater sofa, two armchairs and one grey toughened glass-top table, perfect for relaxed, al fresco lounging.
Nerja 4 piece sofa lounge set £399