IF there's one thing that multiple lockdowns have taught us, it's that having a garden is a luxury – but even though we cherish this outdoor space more than ever, ours could certainly use a thorough spruce up.
As the weather started warming up, Ayisha Alderson, 28, and her partner Simon Nicholls, 36, decided to finally get around to revamping their lacklustre garden.
The couple, from East Challow, Wantage, consulted a local company about how much slabs would cost- and were shocked to find it would set them back £500.
Speaking to Latest Deals, the stay-at-home mum explained how they set about creating their own seating area out of FREE Facebook Marketplace pallets.
Ayisha said: "We used around 10 pallets in total. Once we had them, we had a play around with how we wanted it. We decided to only have the backrests on the part facing out to the garden, so we ended up having almost a chaise lounge style.
"Simon screwed it all together so it’s nice and secure which was a big worry for me as we have two small children."
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Next, the savvy money used £7.99 garden paint from B&M to decorate her stunning new seating area.
She added: "The cushions which are actually dog beds came from Home Bargains, also priced at £7.99 each! We then bought an outdoor rug from Home Bargains which was £10."
Although they originally planned on extending the patio with slabs, the thrifty couple soon realised that gravel would be a cheaper option.
They sourced the gravel from a local pit which cost £100 and used bins and bags for life to transport it through the house.
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To make it extra cosy, the couple then added an arch on the back of the bench which was made out of two £10 Home Bargains trellis panels.
And finally, they finished off by stringing fairylights left over from the previous Christmas around the benches.
Unsurprisingly, Ayisha and Simon are thrilled with how well it's turned out.
She said: "In all honesty, I don't think we’d do anything differently. It all came together beautifully and we’re so proud of ourselves for doing it."
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