When we first moved into our current home, we purchased a patio furniture set made from FSC wood which we hoped would serve us well for many years to come. 6 years on, it’s looking tired and tatty, despite attempts to repaint with wood stain, and following exactly what it says on the tin. This year however, I’m taking a different approach.
I love the vintage style and recycled furniture looks which can be combined by upcycling an old piece of furniture. If I had money in the bank, I may well have thought, “I’ll treat myself to a new patio set.” The current frugal me, who, although not penny pinching is aware of not wasting cash unnecessarily, thought instead, “I’ll spend money on some paint and create a new look for the garden.
Rather than simply buying new and putting it out in the garden where it will inevitably need a coat of some sort of paint or varnish within 12 months, I have begun, paintbrush in hand, transforming the old to reveal the beauty and functionality that is still there underneath.
Often we can think it easier to just turn our backs on things that become a bit worn or faded, when lavishing some love on them could not only restore them to their former glory, or better in some cases, but also give a wonderful feeling of satisfaction.
Just seeing the difference of a newly painted chair beside those still waiting to be transformed is ideal for imparting a fantastic feeling of achievement. I’ve also got a swing seat I had for my 21st birthday and a shed at the end of the garden which doesn’t need painting, but I feel that the new identity I’ll be creating for my garden will result in a haven in which to spend time.
And whilst waiting for the weather to pick up enough to start seeds and plants growing, what better way than to spend an hour or so at a time setting the scene and creating a beautiful backdrop for future buds and plants to sit against.