Using a combination of timber and dark faux stone, Barry Du Bois takes a blank wall from drab to fab.
Timber and faux stone dress up a once-drab outdoor wall.
HOMEOWNERS GARY AND NAT aren’t afraid of renovating, and they’re quite confident around power tools, but they hit a stumbling block when it came time to spruce up their outdoor space. The couple enjoy entertaining, but the view of the courtyard from the dining area was particularly uninspiring.
Barry Du Bois was happy to help Gary and Nat add style to their outdoor area; the beautiful deck set the perfect stage, so all that was needed was a way to dress up the bare wall nearby.
Barry’s suggestion? A combination of timber and faux stone to create balance and interest. It’s an easy job to do, and will only take Gary, Nat and Barry a couple of days to finish.
To start, Barry uses a Screen Up system of aluminium channels to install timber slats along sections of the wall. Next, Kuta Fomestone, a synthetic stacked stone design panel, is attached to the wall to complement the timber. It is cut to fit, adhered and painted in Taubmans “Knight Grey”. To finish, Barry creates simple vertical planters using PVC pipes, a heat gun and paint (see our step-by-step guide, opposite).
Gary and Nat are thrilled with the results. “The faux stone is my favourite thing,” says Nat. “The space is so much nicer for entertaining now.”
7:30pm Friday on Modern look Timber plus dark faux stacked stone gives the garden a contemporary look.
On the up
These DIY vertical planters are affordable and easy to make. Bright flowers are pretty here, but you could create a little herb garden too.
Go green A white pot and green foliage stand out against the dark wall.
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