Living in today’s world means that you: a) live in a small house that you’ve outgrown the minute you moved in b) spend way more money than you’d liked on kids after school clubs in an attempt to raise future Nobel prize winners (or at least an Olympic gymnast) c)have a garden that is not just small but also overlooked so much that could easily be spotted from the Moon (hypothetically obviously, not that we’ll be sending anyone there just to check). And probably that small, overlooked garden is often left behind, untouched and forgotten. Because, let’s be honest, who’s got the money for all that? And that typical English weather doesn’t help either! (Damn… I knew I should have moved to Spain)
So if your garden is paved or laid with horrible looking slabs and you are considering dropping a bomb (or spending your life’s savings) to get that Pinterest-perfect looking garden, then read on! If you’re all posh and rich, you can skip this post because it’s all about saving you money (and delivering that Pinterest-perfect look of course)! And here’s mine:
Painting your garden slabs
The idea of painting garden slabs came in a form of an accident. So a half full tin of paint decided to fall and stay in that position long enough to make a massive paint puddle in my back garden last year (not that I had anything to do with it ; ) The paint dried and for another few months I heard “Told you not to leave the paint there” every time we opened the back door. But that stain actually gave me an idea (that obviously I did not share with Mr “I Told You So”). If an indoor paint can survive the winds, rain (lots of it) and four pairs of feet stumbling across on a daily basis, then what if that paint was for an outside use? And what if I painted all of the garden slabs???
As it happened I was painting the garden wall black last week (thanks to advice of my very forward-thinking friend, thanks friend!) I decided to go with the flow and paint all the slabs black! And after a quick rummage through my kid’s craft box (and not thinking twice) I added a jar of silver glitter to the paint (minus the jar)!
Painting the slabs in the garden is like painting your floors inside the house. Although this time I used a roller instead of a brush (otherwise I would be still painting it now). The whole process is quite straightforward, but you have to remember to at least sweep the slabs before starting to paint. It’s also best if you choose a day that isn’t very windy, or in fact, not windy at all (if you have that much luck). Well, I didn’t, and so ended up with occasional leaves sticking to my freshly painted slabs. Luckily the paint dries very fast and that did not ruin the whole look.
Now… the glitter. At first I wasn’t quite sure about it, but because I acted fast I didn’t allow myself much time to think. And it actually turned out to be as good as I hoped. The glitter in the paint catches the sun and gives a little sparkle effect almost like they were granite not concrete slabs. Sadly it is only visible in full sun and that’s when the camera doesn’t really like to cooperate with me nor with my plans (so you just have to trust me on that).
Other than that the effect is pretty impressive and I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out. And it’s all for less than £20! I have to warn you though! If you’re planning to paint your garden slabs – prepare yourself for a backache the next day. But it is so worth it!
Want to try that idea in your garden? Here’s what you will need:
- black masonry paint (I used Weathercoat bought from Homebase for £17)
- some silver glitter (try Tesco or your kids’ craft box)
- paint roller (use the cheapest ones as they are much lighter, thus easier to use)
- paint brush (for corners and edges)
And that’s it! Just wait for some good weather (good luck with that) and you’re ready to paint!
So what do you think about my garden makeover? Do you want to try that idea or have you tried it already? Let me know. I would love to know your thoughts on that.