It’s finally time to reveal the new summerhouse to you. Its being used every day at the moment, so I actually needed to give a little of a tidy up before I took these photographs. It’s definitely a retreat for me in the day, but in the afternoon its been taken over by both of the girls and their friends. I’m hoping as soon as the weather gets a little warmer in the evenings, we’ll get even more use out of it. I have a cunning plan for some lighting up there, which I will hopefully be revealing soon too.
I almost can’t remember the summerhouse not being there now. It just fits perfectly in this corner of our garden.
12 x 8 Waltons Contemporary Summerhouse with side shed – £1249.00 not including building it -£379.99
As you can see there was green plastic on the windows, this actually made the process of painting so much easier, and the wood untreated looks pretty grim that colour. However after three coats of Cuprinol Garden Shades on the outside, it looks like this…ta da!
It was a few days of painting and hard work, but it was so worth it!
We painted both inside and out with Cuprinol Garden Shades, which is a paint I have used before elsewhere in the garden, and coverage is excellent. You definitely get what you pay for I think with paint, especially outdoors!
Muted Clay was used everywhere outside (its a warm grey) apart from the top trim which was in Pale Jasmine, a near white colour.
It’s hard to see the difference between the colours when its sunny in the photographs, but it looks really striking in real life. The inside was painted in the Pale Jasmine, again Cuprinol Garden Shades. We did try to choose a cheaper paint as a base colour, but that was a big mistake, the coverage of the Cuprinol was far better. The floor was painted in the Muted Clay, as we wanted the line of decking on the covered ‘porch’ area to run seamlessly through to the Summerhouse when all of the doors were open.
I wanted to try to furnish the summerhouse as cost effectively as I could, so the first thing to do, was scour the house for items I could re-purpose, like this green painted stool, and my Orla Kiely planters.
I also did some thrifty hunting in all of the local charity shops, and this was where I found some great pieces, including the smaller stool which can be used for additional seating, or as a plant rest.
Can you spot the patchwork rug? Hopefully you can in the photographs, as it was an amazing find. It’s actually an indoor/outdoor rug, so perfect for this space. It was great value too, as I wanted the whole floor to be covered and I did so for only £69. Its resistant to stains and repellent to water, is anti static and moth proof. It promises to be hard wearing, also importantly its colourfast essential with all of the sunlight. You can find out more details on the Land of Rug site.
You can see the door to the side storage room to the right of this picture, which at the moment we are using to house the lawn mower, but we are hoping to include our gardening tools too.
We had a garden voucher left over, so went on a discount day to our local garden centre, as everything had an additional 20% off. We managed to find a cherry tree, soil and flowers all for under £40. There was a chip in the pot and I cheekily asked for a further discount.
I knew I needed a table, mostly for photography. I wanted something compact though, and I was starting to run out of budget. My very clever Dad adapted something that he found on sale for only £15.99. Its foldaway style, perfect for lots of different uses and once folded it really doesn’t take up much space at all.
F&M Basket, vintage contains wallpaper to be used as backdrops for photography.
I take photographs every day, and I’m always looking for good light, so the summerhouse table is just perfect.
Using the higher stool I could use it as a desk, or even to pop some food and drinks on when were in the garden as a family.
I loved furnishing the room. I wanted it to be fun and retro, and that’s why I chose orange as the main pop of colour. Most of the accessories and chairs came from Next, you can read more about my choices HERE.
Everything else I already had, or was a thrifty bargain. I love a good throw, and have many of them in our home, so thought these might be useful on chillier nights.The ultimate way to keep warm in the garden though is this very cool Helios fire pit from Houseology by Skagerak.
I’ve always wanted a firepit, and this firebowl is just perfect, toasted marshmallow and watching those flames is almost hypnotic!
Huge thanks to my Mum and Dad, who helped me with all of the painting, and to my Dad for his expert DIY skills. Who knows, maybe next year we#ll be able to get that big oak conservatory – come orangery that we keep talking about too.
Also a big thank you to Waltons for supplying me with the summerhouse. I love it, thank you!
I thought it would be useful to update this post, four years down the line, and how the Summerhouse is faring.
Well, over the last two weeks we’ve emptied out the summerhouse as we use it in the Autumn and Winter months to store our garden furniture. We cleaned, de-spidered and tidy it all up. This is the first year, so far we thought that it needed a little bit of a repaint so we did that. It only seemed to need doing on either the high traffic or areas or ones that had been in direct sunlight, everywhere else looked absolutely fine. There was a small amount of damp (very small but in a couple of areas on the left-hand wall) but we had a huge Sundance – Choisya ternata growing right up to this wall so we think that this is why. No other walls have been affected. So we’ve cut back the plant a little so sunlight and air can get to the outside of that wall, and within a couple of days, I can already see that it has nearly disappeared. There’s also been no leaks with the roof. We really do love this extension to our home, and I’m sure we will use it for many more years to come.