It’s been a bit of a wet and dull summer this year, but no excuse I did manage to get out in the garden and undertake two mini DIY projects. Nothing grand but I thought I’d share.
Adding some colour to the wall
The first was adding a bit of interest to an outside wall that needed some repair. Every year we give it a bit of a white-wash to brighten up a dark corner, but this year I also needed to patch up some holes where the cement grouting had fallen off. An opportunity to sprinkle in some design I thought. I found some glass beads in a drawer, which I’d had for absolute ages so thought I would put them to better use.
My plan was to incorporate the glass beads into the cement I was going to patch with. This is how it turned out. Pictures sometimes say far more than words so here we go.
The glass beads…..one of the holes…..the cement.
First I applied the cement and then I poked in the beads. Had to use my fingers…. I know, I know you should not use your fingers, cement is not nice stuff. I washed quickly afterwards.
Once the cement was nearly dry I just cleaned off the surplus with a cloth.
Then when it was completely dry I painted. I painted over the beads too as the paint easily wiped / picked off when the paint had dried.
And here is the finished product – look carefully you can see a few of the other holes I filled.
What do you think, was this a good use of old beads?
Adding some interest to a garden planter
Now the second project. This was really a correction to a project from last year when we (yes Mr Husband did most of the building and correcting here) built some garden planters to use as wind screens by giving them perspex panels. However, in reality when the wind got very blustery, which was frequently the case the planters just blew over. What a mess. So this year we took out the perspex but I wanted to a something instead to catch the eye and provide a subtle visual screen. This needed to be very inexpensive as I’d already spent too much money on perspex!! I used string and beads…so total additional cost £3. Here are the pics to take you on my journey.
Firstly how the planter looked with the perspex. They looked fine but just acted like sails in the wind.
And this is the string and metal beads plus the eyelets I needed to add to the wooden uprights so I could thread the string through.
And this is the finished look. My mother thought it looked like beads of rain on the string…which is just what I was trying to achieve (yeah).
My plan for next year is to get some plant growing up the string….. let’s see how that goes. What do you think? I may try adding some other things to the strings to give it an Autumnal or Halloween look.
Hope these two mini projects give you some ideas, it’s great working on a simply project in the sunshine.