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Summer Garden on a budget – #PinAddicts Linky 2

We recently moved into a new rented home.  The house is newly renovated throughout which is lovely but the garden is a SHAMBLES. Like huge patches of MUD and uneven grass all the way through.  Its a long, narrow garden with quite a bit of space and a footpath splitting it up the middle leading to a gate which opens up onto the neighbouring farmer’s cornfield.

It needs a LOT of work. Dave and I are not very green-fingered although we would like to be. The garden screams SPEND MONEY ON ME AND DIG UNTIL YOU CAN’T DIG NO MORE.

Neither of which really appeals to us. But we opted to dig. And patch up. And source free stuff to make the garden a happy sunshiney place to enjoy this summer.

Dave had a week off last week and literally spent every waking moment in the garden with our friend James (aka Mr Sydenhams.. lol) He managed to source us some free pallets, brought over all his tools and we were OFF.

This is the general plan for the layout of the garden taken from about halfway up the garden. Look at my awesome washing. Real blog worthy pic stuff.

Garden LayoutAs always, inspired by Pinterest we decided to give it a go..

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I’ve got some detailed posts coming on how we built our deck and shed base using pallets so watch out for those in the next couple of weeks – in the meantime here’s a sneak peek of our decking… I’m so flipping proud of the boys.. they did an amazing job! The girls and I had the job of staining it << tough stuff for us.

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The furniture and tables and borders and plants etc all still need to be done, but it’s a work-in-progress and we hope to have it completed before the next half term 🙂 We did a quick tally up and the total cost for the decking so far comes in at around £80… total steal! You can source free pallets at local warehousing/distribution companies or even at your local supermarkets.  I found some pretty cheap on eBay too.

My next project while Dave cracks on with the furniture is my pallet herb garden.. I’m hoping it’s going to end up something like this 🙂

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What are you doing in your garden this summer? Do you have any cool pins to share with me? Let me know in the comments pleeeeasse! I’d love to chat to you.

This is my entry to this week’s #PinAddicts challenge – have you recreated something you found on Pinterest? Please link it up into the linky below and join our awesome Pin-Mad community!



Kerry x

Put a bit of Life back in the Old Girl…

The first week of the summer holidays was HOT HOT HOT.

My brain told me:

” Hey you, this is the hottest week of the year, why don’t you turn your house upside down by dragging out that old desk you’ve been meaning to spruce up for 5 years, and then stand in the blistering heat for 3 days painting it?”

Me: ” Freaking genius plan!!”

So I bring you… this old desk..

This belonged to my Ex-Mom-In-Law and around 5 years ago, she gave it to my girls.  This was her desk as a Bank Manager for over 30 years.  There have been a lot of conversations over this desk. A lot of decisions made. A lot of history over this old desk.  The wood was beautiful, my heart actually bled a little painting over it.  Which is why I decided to leave the drawers as they were.

We sanded it down a little – with a spatula and and spoon (we’re not Tools people)

After a whole , ho hum, 20 minutes of boring sanding down with a spatula, we decided to just whack the paint on.

3 days, a LOT of sweat later… we had this…

I’m sorry the pic is so blurry and we have that ugly box underneath it, but I was taking this pic while holding a screaming tantrum child under one arm and my camera in the other.  You get the gist 🙂

It looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! As we live in a small cottage, this desk is plonked in the lounge, so it made this corner look really dark – it is SO much better now, I reckon it’s got at least another 40 years of decision making and blog writing left in the old girl yet 🙂

This whole project cost me a tenner, and around 5 kilo’s worth of sweat.  Bargain!

What have you been up to so far these holidays? Are you cracking up yet? Have you revamped anything?