I was on the look out for second hand reasonable garden furniture for a client when I spotted this photo on Facebook market. The lady was selling the greenhouse behind but I messaged her about the furniture and she said it was mine for a £10 donation to Breast cancer research. Done.
The chairs were sadly pretty far gone but the bench was completely worth saving. To prep the bench for painting, I started with some wire wool to get the flakes off and then gave it a good brush down. I then spray painted it with Rust-oleum Surface Primer in grey this helps the colour to adhere and last longer. It took me nearly 2 cans but then you use less colour.
I then fixed any broken bits of wicker. To be honest, I meant to do this before doing the primer but I forgot. This doesn’t have to be a precise job, just saw off any loose bits you can’t nail back on.
Then the fun part: the colour. For the client’s garden courtyard project, I wanted a bold statement so I went with an ombré blue. With spray paint as you can’t mix the colours before hand with black or white – like you do with paint ombré – you need to pick 2 colours which are very close and will blend easily. I used Rust-oleum Painter’s touch in Brilliant blue and Deep blue. I started with the lighter colour – Brilliant blue – and spray painted the top half. I then used the darker colour – Deep blue – to do the bottom half and gently blend over the lighter colour in the middle section. My top advice with spray painting – especially if you’re doing an ombré effect – is short sprays from about 30cm. Layer it up otherwise you’ll get paint runs. And obviously stop to save ladybirds!
A lovely upcycled ombré blue bench. Total cost: £78.88 for materials.
The new seat pad is from Beautissu on Amazon. I’ve linked to the one I used in blue 120x50cm but they have a few colours and different sizes. They also sell matching chair pads.
Hopefully we’ll have an Indian summer.