When the weather starts to hint at getting warmer, you’ll be itching to get back into your yard for fresh air at mealtimes and gatherings in your garden. But before the season is upon us, does your place need a dose of TLC and creativity to get it looking its best? If so, now is the time to plan ahead with these terrific outdoor living ideas that treat your fifth room to a makeover.
Cable table (and chairs!) Make these seats and a matching table using decommissioned cable spools (check out salvage yards for similar) Then just convince the master sewer in the family to knock up a set of comfy cushions to suit!
Store it all Paint a long, sturdy timber storage box in a colour to match your scheme, then add lockable castors to the underside. It’s an ideal spot to store outdoor cushions, blankets, or even garden tools. It also makes for a handy additional place to perch, too!
Now we’re chalking! For a bustling cafe vibe, write up your menu of the day on an oversized chalkboard. To make, prime then paint a sheet of exterior plywood using chalkboard paint. Frame in pre-stained timber with mitre joints and fix together with PVA and screws.
Light the way Cast a romantic glow on your outdoor area with a set of gorgeous glass lanterns. Simply screw a row of cup hooks into an overhead batten and hook them up. You can use real candles or choose battery-powered for added safety.
C’mon, barbie! Make an outdoor kitchen for your benchtop barbecue by repurposing an old item of office furniture. With the addition of profiled cladding and a longer top, it has a whole new purpose. Just add lockable castors to the underside and a flat trolley for the fridge.