Add a splash OF PAINT

Brighten up your out­door fur­ni­ture and deck­ing by giv­ing it an in­stant re­vamp

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ec­o­rat­ing isn’t just for your in­te­ri­ors – your gar­den is a blank can­vas, too, and a fresh coat of paint can com­pletely trans­form your space. But the process of re­viv­ing your out­door fur­ni­ture and walls can seem daunt­ing, so make sure you’re pre­pared be­fore you be­gin.

When paint­ing ta­bles and chairs, turn each piece up­side-down when dry and paint the feet un­der­neath, too, as this is where mois­ture is ab­sorbed. Un­treated fur­ni­ture will soon show the dam­ag­ing ef­fects of the weather. Try Sand­tex’s 10-year ex­te­rior gloss paint (£28.99 per 2.5ltr). It’s also best to keep wooden fur­ni­ture on a hard base, such as paving or gravel, and raise items up on bricks in win­ter to pre­vent wa­ter dam­age.

DFloors and walls

As well as up­dat­ing your ta­ble and chairs, don’t forget about your deck­ing, cladding, fences, sheds and ex­te­rior walls. Perk up a drab, faded fence or some tired cladding with a cheery colour, or stick to the nat­u­ral look with a coat of rich, honey-coloured stain – but make sure you add a pro­tec­tive layer to pre­vent it from rot­ting. If you’re re­viv­ing your deck­ing, go for an anti-slip stain – we rec­om­mend the range from Cupri­nol.

reg­u­larly wash down gar­den fur­ni­ture to main­tain it dur­ing the sum­mer, and keep it cov­ered for pro­tec­tion in win­ter

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