DIY with Re­sene

Re­pur­pos­ing an old pal­let into an out­door garden bed

Good - - CONTENTS - Words and styling Sarah Heeringa. Pho­tog­ra­phy Amanda Reel­ick

W hat bet­ter way to en­joy a lan­guid sum­mer af­ter­noon than with a book and cush­ions in the garden – or even bet­ter, on a swing bed, made with a wooden pal­let and freshly cov­ered squab and cush­ions. You will need For the pal­let · sturdy wooden pal­let · saw, nails, ham­mer, drill with 15mm drill bit · Re­sene Lum­ber­sider wa­ter­borne low sheen (ap­prox­i­mately 1 litre) in a Re­sene paint colour of your choice – I used Re­sene Time­keeper · Re­sene Wood Primer or Re­sene Tim­berLock (op­tional). For the wooden cross bar · 2 lengths of 50mm x 100mm tim­ber (when crossed, these need to match di­ag­o­nal width of pal­let) · 150mm gal­vanised bolt, washer and nut · 4 large nails · 3 lengths of 10mm rope (to­tal length de­pen­dent on height of trees) For the mat­tress · sponge mat­tress · cush­ions · fabric, sewing ma­chine, pins and scis­sors.

Step 1: Mea­sure your mat­tress against the pal­let and mark where you need to cut the pal­let down. Cut it to shape and re­in­force any edges with the wood of­f­cuts. Drill a 15mm hole through each cor­ner of the pal­let.

Step 2: Paint the pal­let with Re­sene Lum­ber­sider in a colour of your choice. Re­sene Lum­ber­sider is a tough, wash­able out­door paint. For max­i­mum dura­bil­ity in ex­posed con­di­tions, un­der­coat first us­ing Re­sene Wood Primer or Re­sene Tim­berLock. Or you can choose to paint di­rectly onto the wood. Al­low to fully dry.

Step 3: Drill holes at the ends and cen­tre of your 2 tim­ber lengths. Con­nect the tim­ber lengths to­gether with the bolt, washer and nut to make cross bars.

Start­ing at the top of the pal­let, thread one end of a rope though the drilled cor­ner of the pal­let. Tie the end of the rope off with a se­cure dou­ble knot.

Mea­sure 3 me­tres from the top of the pal­let and tie a slip knot (in­sert a large nail into the mid­dle of the knot to stop it from slip­ping). This knot stops the cross bar from slid­ing down. Thread the re­main­ing length of rope through one end of the cross bar and back through the hole in the top of the op­po­site end of that same length of tim­ber. Al­low for enough slack in the rope for it to be raised ½ me­tre above the cross­bar. Tie an­other slip knot (us­ing a nail as be­fore) in the rope un­der the cross bar. Thread the rope down though the cor­re­spond­ing di­ag­o­nal cor­ner of the pal­let.

Re­peat process with other cross bar. En­sure all 4 lengths of rope are the same be­tween the pal­let and the cross bar. Also en­sure the 2 lengths of rope above the cross­bar are the same length. Tie a dou­ble knot un­der the base of each pal­let cor­ner so that the pal­let hangs straight. Ad­just these as nec­es­sary once you have hung the pal­let.

Take third length of rope and tie two lengths above cross­bar to­gether. Throw the other end of this rope over a sturdy branch, hoist pal­let up and se­cure third rope firmly. Ad­just as nec­es­sary.

Step 4: Cover your mat­tress and scat­ter cush­ions in a fabric of your choice. I used a fabulous se­lec­tion of cot­ton prints from the Lib­erty range, avail­able at The Fabric Store.

Step 5: As­sem­ble your garden pal­let bed and en­joy!

The painted garden Adding a few se­lected painted items is a clever way to add all-year-round colour to your garden. The smokey tone of Re­sene Time­keeper in Lum­ber­sider adds a deep shade of blue that com­ple­ments the var­i­ous greens of your garden with­out ever be­ing jar­ring. Sarah is a con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor for Good and au­thor of Re­claim That: Up­cy­cling your Home with Style.

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