Sunday, 17 June 2012

My DIY decking

Progress has been slow with the garden tidy up due to bad weather, and cats and dogs needing my attention. This is the bit that needs sorting out. Up against the side of the garage I had a range of home made plastic covered structures which I used for sheltering plants from the wind and rain. I don't need them any more because I am not growing as much now. The garage itself is rather dilapidated and really needs taking down and replacing, but I haven't got the money or the inclination to make major changes, so it stays. It's full of all kinds of stuff I have collected which may come in usefull for the garden, mainly timber, and plastic crates, and other bits and bobs which you might find in a garden shed. 

All has been cleared away, wood which might be usefull has been stored behind the garage, and the rubbish is ready to be taken to the tip. The first job was to paint the side of the garage in this lovely yellow. I had half a tin left over from painting the living room 15 years ago. I knew it would come in usefull for something. Then I laid three pallets on the ground, putting timbers under the front of them to level them off.

Next I covered the whole lot with wood I scrounged for free from B & Q while I was working there. It's been stored in the garage for about five years. Some of it is dismantled pallets, other pieces have been returned due to slight imperfections. Nothing is perfect in my garden, ha ha. Everything in it is home made or given.

So there we have my home made decking. I just need to put the finishing touches to it. I want some fairy lights so I can sit out at night. All we need is some nice weather now.

33 comments:

  1. Nicely done. Hope you get the good weather!

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  2. It looks great! All for free. Those wood pallets look rather new and you got them for free. I'm impressed. The fairly lights will make it look nicer too. I hope you get some nicer weather soon to enjoy it.

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  3. Looking good Ilona, I'm impressed with your DIY skills. You have a really nice seating area now, bring on the sunshine.

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  4. Job well done. Will it need weather proofing - varnish or some cheap stain? AM sure you couls freecycle some!

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  5. Very impressive and all for free! Love it!
    I do hope you get your fairy lights to complete the project too.
    Parasol?

    Enjoy, Wednesday i think is the best day this week.

    Sandie xx

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  6. That looks impressive. And all for free.

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  7. I can see you sitting there under the fairy lights, glass of wine in hand...perfect.
    Jane x

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  8. I love how motivated you are!! :-) Nice job on your new deck!! ANYONE can call out a contractor, but there's real satisfaction in doing things yourself!! Proud of you chica!! :-)
    -Chris

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  9. A lady of many talents, very impressive indeed. Hope warmer weather is on the way so you can enjoy sitting out on your new patio. I like Jane's idea with a glass of wine:)

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  10. Take pride in home made anything! It looks good from here!

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  11. Very impressive, lovely spot to catch some sun, and all done with no money spent. A big pat on the back, let us just have the weather now so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.Pam

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  12. I have to say it looks fantastic. You are talented.

    X x

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  13. Love the decking. Hope you get a chance to use it this year after your hard work.
    Carolx

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  14. Brilliant! Love the paint jobs too I was thinking of something similar but can't get pallets home.

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  15. Very clever. Yay for free stuff! Try Homebargains or B&M for fairy lights.

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  16. That looks brilliant, fingers crossed for some sunshine so you can get to sit out there.

    You can get solar powered fairy lights, we have them all over this place we're renting, our landlord installed them in the trees to make it magical for his daughters. As soon as dusk falls they all come on twinkling in the darkening evening. Very pretty.

    Sue xx

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  17. That really looks great! Really professional finish. :) Love that yellow too! :)

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  18. Enjoy your deck...a great breakfast nook.

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  19. That looks fab and so simple. We have solar lamps from the poundshop hidden amongst the plants in the garden and they look good. Enjoy your new decking x

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  20. Nice job......................yes, solar fairy lights would be great !

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  21. Looks fantastic! And, proud of you. This is what it's all about. It's lovely. Would love to have a cuppa with you, but I'll think about you, here, across the pond as I figure out a way to do mine. Thanks for sharing such an innovative deck. Come visit when you can.

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  22. It looks like a sweet place to sit out, and relax while reading a newspaper or book. I'm imagining a few more plants around it.
    Do enjoy your new space, it's lovely. =)

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  23. Brilliant job. It looks great and the fairy lights will be great too!

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  24. Good job, Ilona. Want to come round my house and do something similar? Who needs Bob the Builder. Ilona the builder does a great job!!

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  25. Ilona, what a transformation! I am truly humbled by all of your DIY skills. Bonnie

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  26. Clever girl! It looks fab.....I'm really impressed.

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  27. What an improvement, clever you.

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  28. Nice job! And fairy lights would be awesome.

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  29. Really nice. I think the fairy lights would be a super finishing touch.

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  30. Wow, what a transformation, almost looks new :)

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