Now that Spring is well and truly on it’s way, it’s time to start thinking about the garden. Furniture that has been left out in the elements through winter will really benefit from a rub down and a coat of preservative. Not just to make the wood last longer but to make it look fresh and ready for the new season.
But what if your outdoor furniture really isn’t up to scratch any longer? Before you rush out and buy new, why not consider upcycling. Maybe you have some discarded furniture in the garage that you no longer have a use for. Or maybe it’s worth a trip to the local charity shop to see if they have anything suitable. With a fresh coat of varnish you could have something unique for a fraction of the cost.
An old pine table and mis-matched chairs can give your garden a lovely vintage look. Even better with an old mirror, some lace, and some freshly picked flowers. Just perfect for a good old-fashioned afternoon tea or a candlelit dinner with friends.
Old pallets can be re-purposed as the perfect rack for hanging plants. Or you can make your own rack with off-cuts of wood you may have lying around. Just add butchers hooks and some colourful pots and you have a vertical garden that will cheer up a dull corner.
Old wooden step ladders can also be used as a stand for plants. Or maybe for holding cooking utensils and herbs next to the barbecue.
Tip from an expert: “When coating natural wood, ensure the surface is clean by wiping with a damp cloth soaked in Methylated Spirit. We don’t recommend White Spirit as this tends to smear contaminants such as grease, resin and oil across the surface, rather than remove them.” Matthew Brown, Technical Consultant, Sadolin.
All images and woodstains used are from Sadolin, available at most DIY stores.