Upcycle Wooden Garden Pot

After making and painting the trellis I had some pink Cuprinol left which I decided to use on a wooden plant pot I already had that had defiantly seen better days. To start with I emptied and cleaned the pot and left it in the sunshine so the wood could…


Making Scaffold Benches with Cast Iron Legs

I really wanted to add some extra seating to the garden with out lots of extra chairs to find storage space for. So I decided to add benches to the patio side of my raised beds. Legs I still had some scaffold boards left over so I decided to use…

pink trellis - cuprinol garden shades

Making Fan Trellis from Upcycled Wood

I had two fan trellis on my wall before, but for my garden makeover I wanted two more. They’ll each have a clematis growing up them. The only trouble was the only fan trellis I could find were £15 each – a bit over budget after buying masonry paint etc….


Planting Complete

So after just filling the small bed and really feeling like the garden was finally getting somewhere I roped my mum and sister in for a day of planting and after filling both mine and my mums car with all the plants we had been lovingly growing for the last…


Filling the First Raised Bed

I was really keen to start planting so it felt like I was getting somewhere, so I decided to start with the little separate section of raised bed. As it’s shady right next to the fence I decided to go for a tropical theme with some of the ferns and…

scruffy garden wall

Painting Garden Wall

My garden wall looked more shabby than chic, particularly against my lovely new raised beds. After carefully calculating the surface area, a bit tough as it was too high to measure. I bought a tub of Santex Masonry Paint (£24.99 from Screwfix), half the price of Dulux Weathershield. To prepare…

Bright Borders

Harlington in Bloom

I spent last Saturday getting sweaty and hot and a tad sunburnt at Harlington in Bloom, part of the RHS Britain in Bloom campaign where private gardens are open to the public. We started at the village hall where we made a donation (50% goes to support Water Aid and…

rusty BBQ

5 Steps to Cleaning a Rusty BBQ

I left my BBQ out all winter, uncovered – silly moo! It’s only a couple of years old, but is now an eye-sore in my lovely new garden. I had occasion to restore a rusty fireplace I rescued from a building being torn down a couple of years ago, I…


Restored Shabby Chic Dressing Table and Stool

I’d been looking for a shabby chic style desk to fit in the alcove of my spare room for awhile, but a dressing table, stool and mirror set cost £200-300 – a little too much for my budget. I started looking at local ads and ebay for a fixer upper…

swarovski crystal heels

DIY Diamante Shoes

After having a couple of operations on my hips, I can no longer wear the majority of my shoe collection as the heels are too high. I was so disappointed and I wanted to find a pair of flat/kitten heel shoes that were really nice to wear for my birthday….