AND won’t break the bank….
AND serves as a garden planter….
AND is EASY to build…..
AND is BEAUTIFUL.
Love it. Love it. Love it.
With all the gardening and outdoor activities going on right now, I’ve been a bit light on posting the ‘creative’ type projects as of late….so here’s a fun one for ya! I did this project a long time ago for one of our B. original episodes and was excited to be able to bring the idea to life again over the past couple weeks….it’s the perfect addition to our garden schoolyard area….
I hope you’re inspired to go out to your garage or garden shed and be creatively resourceful with any of your leftover landscaping materials…
- Concrete Blocks
- Window Screen (Aluminum and Fiberglass)
- Salvaged Fencing
- Landscape Cloth/Weed Barriers
Just look at the incredible outdoor furnishings and artwork you can create for yourself…..
Concrete Block Furniture:
Even if you have to go out and purchase all new concrete blocks…this little beauty will only run you about $50…which is money well spent for a piece of durable, no maintenance, long-lasting furniture….AND when you tire of it, you could just disassemble and use the blocks in other ways. You also get double duty because you score a number of ‘garden planters’ built right in to things. Naturally good in SO many ways, eh?! ha.
You can create Sofas, Chairs, Tables, Stools….Think back to building blocks when you were a kid (only MUCH heavier) and let your imagination run wild….Build, Build, Build. Start with a level surface and construct whatever shape, size, design that suits your space….(can use landscape block/construction adhesive to secure blocks together where needed — i.e…back to base, and arms, if desired )
Like I said, I’ve built these a few times for our studio spaces but am now even more inspired to take the time to create a set for our patio at home…maybe a couple of couches facing each other with a convertible coffee table/fire pit in between….a couple of chaise lounges with colorful cushions….random cubes scattered about…..So much FUN…and SO inexpensive. We’re leaving ours natural, but you could also paint or stain if you’re wanting something more colorful…possibilities are endless.
Weather Resistant Wall Art
People are always asking about things they can do for their outdoor spaces that will hold up to the elements. Well, this type of wall art does just that….Create canvases using window screen or landscape cloth/weed barrier materials. Create your own frames out of reclaimed wood or repurpose old wooden picture frames.
To create the paintings…I generally use liquitex artist acrylics and then use their varnish products…they hold up VERY well and are uv/water resistant. (their website BTW is also a great resource for creative ideas and paint know-how) You can also use leftover house paints for these projects.
The window screen is fun to use because you can play around with stitchery for your designs. Use yarns, embroidery floss or natural twines….**note your yarns or embroidery flosses may fade a bit if they’re exposed to ongoing sunlight..
You can play up the textures of the different canvases and work them into your designs.
Hang proudly….they’re the perfect companion to your concrete blocks….and then sit back and enjoy your resourceful handiwork!
We just shared this salvage style feature with our good friends over at Do It Yourself Magazine, so watch for it in their Spring 2012 issue….AND their photographers take WAY better pics than I do…….we’re so proud to be a part of one of the few remaining magazines that shares FUN, budget friendly, do it yourself ideas…you’ll score tons of wonderful ideas from these folks….check ’em out! It’s a mag that you’ll want to put on your book shelf and refer to over and over again or pass along to others looking for inspiring ideas.
Cheers to outdoor living, my friends!