Hands up if you have done some form of DIY during lockdown? Painted a wall? Put up a shelf? Obviously we can't see you, and we doubt you have actually put up your hand anyways, but we are assuming most of you have done some home improvements, in whatever form, during lockdown. We have been seeing a fair few on them on Instagram actually and all your home glow ups are looking fab!
So we thought we would share with you this amazing garden DIY that was done by Alice over on @theredhanoverhouse. She has transformed her small garden during lockdown using pretty much just paint (and a lot of vision). It was a cheap update too, using just two cans of paint and some stencils! So keep scrolling to get inspired to get painting everything and anything in your own garden and check our more garden ideas in our gallery.
So here is the before. Just a bit sad looking isn't it, with the grey concrete floor and stained walls? But as Alice has proved that's nothing a few cans of paint can't solve!
Ta da! You can't even tell it's the same garden. Keep scrolling to see more pics and find out how you can spruce up your garden using just paint too.
You will need:
Step one: clean your walls
Depending on how bad they are you might need to use a power washer to get rid of dirt and moss. You might be okay just using a scrubbing brush and some warm water with a touch of washing up liquid. Allow your walls to dry before painting.
You might also want to fill in any really noticeable cracks or imperfections with filler.
Step two: plan your design
You might want to keep things simple and just go for one colour all over your garden walls. You could also create a colour block effect by painting your walls two colours, changing them half way up you walls. For this, paint your walls in the base coat and then use masking tape to distinguish where you want the colours to change – paint your second colour below the masking tape.
If you like Alice's scalloped edges, she had the ingenious idea of using a dinner plate to create the shapes, drawing round it with a pencil and paint carefully within the lines.
Step three: start painting
Using a roller start painting your walls. Do one coat and allow it to dry before going in with a second coat.
Step four: add stencil patterns
This step is optional, but we love the look of the Moroccan patterns that this stencil gives. The stencil is from Dizzy Duck Designs if you after the exact one used here. Plan our where your stencils are going to go and then tape them securely to your wall. Use a roller or a paintbrush (you might want to do a tester to see what works best) to add the pattern to the wall.
Step five: accessorise!
Once all the painting is done and you have a lovely new clean space to work with it's time to get decorating. Add potted plants to soften up the space, and string up some nice garden lighting too. Pick out the best garden furniture, an outdoor rug and some cushions and you have a whole new space to make to most of during this summer at home.