Family totally revamp their worn out garden during lockdown complete with seating areas, a fireplace and a playground
LOCKDOWN gave us all the perfect opportunity to tackle any tasks around the home that have otherwise been neglected.
And one family showed exactly what can be done in a small amount of time after completely revamping their entire garden in just 23 days .
Natalie Woolley, a travel adviser and her husband Tom, a plumbing heating engineer had planned to bring in a landscaper to overhaul their back garden.
But having both been furloughed as a result of coronavirus, they decided not to drop a huge chunk of cash on their outdoor space.
Determined to still get their dream garden, and keen for something to do, the pair thought up another plan, and what would have cost them £10k ended up costing £1,500 instead.
Natalie shared snaps of her garden online which showed dead grass riddled with weeds, along with worn out timber decking that had seen better days.
Now, however, the spruced up garden consists of freshly laid grass, two seating areas and stunning new decking.
And there's even a play area for the kids and a fireplace for mum and dad.
In her post on the Gardening on a budget official Facebook page last summer, Natalie wrote: "So pleased with our family garden project 23 days in total, we all played a part but my partner Tom did all the hard work. We recycled everything we could."
And she added: "Not gonna lie not sure any of us like painting anymore."
But the hard work paid off, no doubt, as the old timber decking is now a stunning shade of grey and a new tiled patio features a super modern, and popular, stencil design.
Answering questions on the Facebook post, Natalie revealed that she used Dulux Weathershield ultimate masonry paint in Concrete Grey for the decking and added the shade Jasmin White to create the stencil pattern.
The stencil, she said, was from Dizzy Duck Designs and she used a sponge to apply the paint claiming it was much faster and results in a neater finish.
Speaking with Fabulous, Natalie said: "We was meant to have had it done by a landscaper start of May which was going to cost £10k but with me a travel adviser and Tom a plumbing heating engineer we have both been put in furlough, so didn't want to spend so much money.
"Tom always likes to keep busy so he decided we'd do it together. Overall we've spent about £1500, as we've tried to recycle everything we had – main aim was for little to have garden to play in and us to relax."
And just in time too as the Woolley now have a perfect yard to relax in over the sunny bank holiday weekend – and can continue for weeks and months to come.
Fellow green fingers loved the transformation too, with many gushing over the new look.
"You all should be really proud it looks stunning, a great transformation," one person wrote.
And a second wrote: "Looks lovely, your hard work has paid off."
While many others dubbed the new look "stunning" and "fabulous".
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