7 Everyday Items You Can Repurpose As Awesome Garden Furniture

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Upcycling has become massively popular amongst craft-y types in recent years, and it's a trend that won't be fading away anytime soon. Yet to get involved with the upcycling revolution? Then maybe now's the time to get stuck in and give it a go.

If your garden is looking a little drab or unloved, these upcycling projects will help transform your outdoor space using items that you may already have knocking around. From planters and pots to beautiful garden features, these ingenious ideas will kill two birds with one stone: You get to give your garden a makeover  and repurpose some some bits and pieces that you hadn’t treasured much before. You’re onto a winner!

1. A Wooden Cot Becomes a Porch Swing



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Not ready to part with your baby’s wooden cot long after they’ve stopped needing one? Then why not turn it into a special porch swing for your growing child? 

We love this tutorial from Sustaina Blog, and they've managed to keep the cot-to-swing upcycling process to an impressively low budget. If you’ve already got a useable cot, all you’ll need is to slightly dismantle it, sand it down, give it a fresh coat of outdoor paint, secure with chains or rope and voila! 

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2. A Treadle Sewing Machine Becomes a Drinks Cooler



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This cute DIY project, inspired by the All Things Thrifty blog, will help take your garden parties and barbecues to the next level, and will seriously impress your neighbours. 

The 'table' part of a treadle sewing machine itself is perfect for holding mixers, tumblers and garnishes, and with the sewing machine removed you can slot in a large Tupperware box filled with ice, cans and bottles. 

And, once the party is over or the weather turns, you can convert it again into a bedside table with in-built storage so it's a versatile furniture piece and a worthwhile investment.

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3. An Antique Toilet Becomes a Planter



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Okay, so this idea is a bit out-there, but it’s definitely a conversation-starter! Filling an old toilet bowl and cistern with soil and you’ve got yourself a bloomin' lovely flower display. 

All you’ll need is a disused toilet that you can give a good scrub, some soil, bulbs and seeds, and – if you fancy it – some outdoor paint for a fresh coat or a pop of colour. If you’re feeling fancy, pick up an antique ceramic loo for the pretty colours and patterns. Saying that, every toilet deserves a second chance at usefulness, so get creative!

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4. A Vintage Door Becomes a Garden Feature



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We love this Secret Garden-inspired project from The Garden Glove blog,which has loads of ideas for converting old doors – or vintage headboards, or retro windows, or antique gates – into garden features and trellises. 

Once you’ve found yourself a disused old door you can let your imagination run wild in terms of colours, decoration and floral display. Make sure you use waterproof paint in order to prevent damage from the elements. Once that's done, you’ve got yourself a pretty and practical garden feature. 

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5. A Timber Pallet Becomes a Succulents Display Wall



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Pallets are pretty easy to come by: You can buy new ones in bulk, used ones for next to nothing – or you may even come across a few freebies discarded in a construction skip. 

However you source them, you’ll soon realise just how versatile and useful they are for DIY and gardening projects. We love this idea from the Urchin Collective blog for using a weathered timber pallet to create a vertical succulent garden.

Lay your pallet upside down and apply two or three layers of weed mat over the back. Now turn it over, fill with soil and plant your succulents in the gaps between slats of the pallet. Leave your garden horizontal for a couple of weeks to allow the plant's roots to take hold, then you're ready to stand it up and hey presto, you've got a growing wall!

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6. A Treadle Sewing Machine Becomes a Planter



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Add a bit of vintage design to your garden by taking an antique treadle sewing machine – ideally a classic cast-iron Singer – and transforming it into a pretty planter. 

Simply remove the sewing machine itself, afix a planting trough large enough to cover the tabletop surface, fill with soil, seeds bulbs, and then admire your handiwork once the flowers have bloomed. 

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7. An Antique Sink Becomes a Planting Station



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This project from the Dandelion House blog offers a creative and quirky solution to your garden storage issues. Repurposing an antique sink unit, use the drawers for hand tools such as trowels and shovels, then pop your watering can, garden hose, shears, bags of soil and so on into the cupboard spaces. 

Add some soil, seeds and bulbs into the basin itself, and you’ve got a beautiful and practical storage unit. If you fancy it, give the unit a coat of bright, waterproof paint to really set it off. 

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