How To Upcycle Garden Furniture
The time for sitting out in the garden is rapidly coming to an end. As the nights draw in and the weather gets colder, I’ll look upon this as the summer that came early, lasted a month and then disappeared into grey cloud for the rest of its time. It’s England, so I’m not sure I’m surprised, but it would have been nice to have a few more days of sunshine.
As autumn is well and truly settled in, we’ve put away our beautiful upcycled garden furniture. But I thought I would share the before and after photos, hopefully to inspire you to tackle something like this for next summer.
I love an upcycle project or as my husband will tell you, I love an upcycle project, where I can get everyone involved. I’m no lone ranger when it comes to DIY. I like to get help and company from wherever I can. Normally it’s in the form of my Dad or my husband. But it’s not limited, it can be from anyone in my immediate circle of family and friends.
Last summer I bought a second hand wooden garden table and chairs, and my Dad and I have spent some months, sanding them down and repainting them. I had a vision that I wanted a really brightly coloured garden furniture set and of course you can’t buy what I had in mind. Enter upcycling project.
I love an ebay bargain, so when I saw the set online, I knew I had to win. Much to my husband’s dismay, we won the set and trundled off to Surrey to pick them up. Handily, my husband has an estate car. I’m pretty sure he wishes he didn’t at times.
As far as upcycling projects go, this was one pretty straight forward. Sand down the table and chairs and repaint them. I used Cuprinol garden shades paint in four different colours. The table and 2 chairs in blue and the remaining chairs in pairs, in pink, purple and green. I think the overall effect looks pretty stunning.
Even better, unbeknown to me, my parents had come around and borrowed the left over paint to paint me a matching plant ladder which they later gave me as a gift. So our garden now looks even more spectacular with the matching table, chairs and plant ladder.
After coming across porch swing beds recently, I am making it my next mission to find an old used one so I can try and up cycle this too!
What do you think? Does this give you some tips and inspiration on how to upcycle garden furniture?
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