Cheap and easy summer garden updates

As with the rest of my house, my garden is a work in progress. While it does have an excellent rhubarb patch, it’s mostly overgrown weeds, bare soil and pockets of rubble.

But with this unprecedented, long stretch of summer weather we’ve been having I’ve wanted to get out in the garden much more. So I’ve been thinking about ways of giving it a few brightening touches without spending too much, until we have more time to turn to the outside of the house next year.

Here are some of the ideas I’ve collected. Isn’t it amazing what can be done with a can of bright spray paint?

Colourful DIY tyre planter |

Spray paint an old tyre, drill a few holes in the bottom to allow for drainage and fill with trailing plants. See the full DIY on DIY Show Off.

Colourful painted plastic garden planters |

Colourful painted plant tins |

Painted hanging herb planters | www.angelinthenorth.comPlain old plastic planters and everyday tin cans come alive with a coat of colourful paint. Sit them on steps and patios or fill with herbs and hang them up. Find the DIY for the hanging tins on Stuff Steph Does.

Neon geometric concrete block planters | www.angelinthenorth.comLikewise, neon  paint in a geometric pattern transforms these stacked concrete planters. Take a trip over to Modernly Wed for the tutorial.

Painted fence panels |

Paint a few fence panels and think about some wall art – you can get pictures suitable for the outdoors – or mirrors.

Arbour made from old doors |

I love the idea of using old doors to fashion a DIY arbour. Surround it with colourful climbers.

Duckegg blue garden benches with pink and orange cushions |

Wood paint and bright colours are a winning combination for sunny days.

It was these photos a friend posted on Facebook that got my DIY design brain whirring. Hasn’t she done a fantastic job of overhauling her garden bench? Her dogs certainly seemed to like it! She used a wood colour and bright cushions from Home Sense and B&Q.

Garden bench makeover |

Garden bench makeover | www.angelinthenorth.comYou could try this to colour your garden wood and if you’re smartening up your furniture, don’t forget your decking. Make sure it doesn’t let the side down: spruce it up with Ronseal decking stain – this one comes with a really handy pad – or Ronseal decking oil for a more natural finish.

Love, Anna

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