With the unpredictability of the British summer, most of us grab every opportunity to head outside for an alfresco supper, and barbecues are the perfect excuse to gather friends and family.
Give your existing garden table a whole new lease of life by jazzing it up with this painted planter project. You’ll always have fresh herbs an arm’s length away for whatever dish is on the menu.
Make your own built-in table planter
Resist the temptation to throw old garden furniture away and give it a revamp instead. Expert Marianne Shillingford from Cuprinol shows us how to achieve this fab garden table refresh.
What you will need:
- Wooden garden table
- Masking tape
- Small roller and tray
- Cuprinol Garden Shades paint
- Window box (same width as table)
- 3 fixing brackets and screws
- Selection of fresh herbs and colourful plants
Step 1: Prepare your table
If your garden table has previously been painted or varnished, remove any old flakes by rubbing down with sandpaper, then wipe with a damp cloth. Treat with a primer, if desired, and leave to dry.
Step 2: Begin painting
Mask off a strip down the centre of the table. Paint in the central panel with a small paint roller and tray, using your favourite garden-paint shade. Go as bold as you like! Add a second coat once dry.
Step 3: Prepare the window box
Sand and treat your wooden window box in the same way as the table to protect the wood against weather damage. Focus on any rough edges to prevent splinters. Then prettify the box with several coats of the same garden paint. Leave to dry in a well ventilated area.
Step 4: Fix the box to the table
Attach the brackets equal distance apart on one side of the box. Use a screwdriver to securely attach the container to the underside of the table at one end.
Step 5: Plant with herbs Once fixed
Fill your box with soil and plant with a selection of fragrant herbs. You can also add your favourite plants or flowers to introduce even more colour.
This brilliant budget garden idea will boost your outdoor space without breaking the bank! A win win in our eyes.
Happy planting, then feasting all.
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Steph Durrant is the Deputy Editor of Ideal Home’s sister magazine, Style at Home. Steph is an experienced journalist with more than 12 years under her belt working across the UK’s leading craft and interiors magazines. She first joined the team back in 2016 writing for both homes brands, specialising in all things craft, upcycling and DIY.
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