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(EDIT) If you’re reading this blog post then please also check out my patio repaint as well, using an improved method and better products for a longer lasting finish.
We’ve lived in this house for almost 6 years and never had a proper garden until now.
Someone that lived here previously was a keen gardener and planted hundreds of plants that we had no idea how to care for. Plus, the garden was overgrown and appeared small because of everything that had been planted in it.
Last year we decided to do something about it and hired a digger to create a lawn area.
It ended up being a lot more work than we anticipated and we missed the ideal spot for when you’re meant to lay turf, meaning we had no grass for a whole year.
As soon as April arrived we ordered some turf, had a new path laid and most recently pulled up the crazy paving on the patio and my dad very kindly laid new slabs in their place.
This is what the patio looked like before we pulled it up.
Yes there is paving under all that grass and weeds!
As you can see my previously stencilled pathway got filthy in the process so I had the task of trying to get that clean again.
Now that the slabs were down I could begin the beautifying stage. The stencilling!
I won’t go in to detail about how I stencilled etc as you can find all that info in my blog post ‘How to stencil your path or patio.’
Stencil gifted from Dizzy Duck Designs.
I won’t lie, stencilling is very rewarding but very hard work too, so I was glad to see it finished.
Here is my finished patio…
I had already purchased a bamboo sofa and chair from Facebook marketplace for a bargain £75 so I knew they would be going on the patio, I just needed to spray them first.
I decided on black because it’s versatile and at the time I hadn’t quite decided on other colours yet.
I really didn’t want to spend money on cushions just for outside so I just bought a new lilac one, £12 from Next and the rest I had already.
The fencing is in a pretty bad state so I decided to disguise it by painting it in Cuprinol ‘Black Ash’, which is darker in real life than it appears here because I have lightened the images.
The dreamy pale green parasol with beaded fringe detail was kindly gifted by Wayfair. The quality is outstanding and I am now living in fear that a bird will poo on it and ruin it.
The white wooden table and rattan chairs are also from Wayfair (table was gifted.) Originally I bought some French bistro chairs but they didn’t quite go so I ended up buying these more neutral rattan ones and couldn’t be happier with them.
I wasn’t really sure about the colour scheme I wanted to do until I fell in love with some napkins online from Anthropologie and then it all just kind of fell in to place.
The table runner was a rug that I had already and never used, so I cut it in half and popped it on the table.
I got the mirror from the range at a bargain £45 and made the shelf table myself from an old scaffold board. The plant table was another DIY project.
I asked on Instagram a while ago whether there was such a thing as outdoor artwork or prints and it turns out Juniqe does prints for the garden. What a time to be alive!
Prints gifted by Juniqe.
The light shade above the table from Iconic lights has been filled with micro fairy lights and much to my delight lit up beautifully last night.
* I’m working with iconic lights as part of a paid collaboration on Instagram, however they have no asked me to include them in this blog post.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I’ve been up to over the past couple of months, a garden we can finally enjoy!
If you have any questions or would like to know where anything is from that I haven’t mentioned please let me know.
Also Wayfair are running a competition called Room for the stars where 3 winners can win £100, £200 or £300 Wayfair voucher. All you need to do is go to the room planner on their website or app and design a room inspired by your favourite movie. So why not embrace your inner designer as you never know, you might just win!
Until next time,