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How to build a sandpit

How to build a sandpit

A cubbyhouse isn’t complete without a sandpit. And when your lawn is wearing away from foot traffic, why not locate a pit in a worn patch of grass framed with treated pine edging and bordered with pine bark – ready for play!

Render touch-up

Render touch-up

Faded and cracked walls are an eyesore, but there is now a way to paint the problem away.

Recycled pallet potting bench

Recycled pallet potting bench

Recycled pallets are great building blocks for all sorts of useful garden furnishings. We’re loving this foldaway potting bench!

Revamp a chest of drawers

Revamp a chest of drawers

When an old, solid timber set of drawers is pining for a brand new outfit, dress it up with a coat of white paint and accessorise the drawer fronts with a confident spectrum of stain and varnish in earthy hues. Put to use as a buffet or sideboard in your living space, this showroom-worthy stunner will shine for many years to come.

How to make a water feature

How to make a water feature

For a water feature with a difference, try this gravity-defying stone stack. It looks impressive as a stand-alone piece, but when the water is turned on is when the magic truly happens as it bubbles from the top and trickles down.

Outdoor bolster cushions

Outdoor bolster cushions

These gorgeous bolster cushions will add colour as well as extra comfort to your outdoor day bed.

Outdoor floor cushions

Outdoor floor cushions

Whether you have extra visitors or just want to relax at ground level, a stack of floor cushions is the answer.

How to spray paint a fence

How to spray paint a fence

The quickest way to paint a long fence is to spray it. While you could use a handy electric spray gun, you’ll be constantly refilling the tank. An airless spray gun, that sucks paint directly from a paint tin, is much faster. The hiring costs for a weekend are about $250, so it’s only worthwhile for large jobs. You’ll be so fast, it’s worth doing a few other jobs such as a neighbour’s fence, the shed or even your house!

How to make a Besser block feature

How to make a Besser block feature

Have a blank wall in your garden and not sure what to do with it? Here’s the perfect project: a concrete block planter! It’s easy to build, low-cost and very decorative, and ideal for a back verandah or shed wall. All you need to do is come up with a suitable design (or follow one of ours), then plant it up with succulents, ferns, flowers, potted colour or herbs. Top it off with a mirror, picture frame or recycled panelled window to really set a colourful scene.

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