A while back, I wrote this post regarding my plans for our back garden for the coming year. I am pleased to say that over the Easter holidays, we have completed the work at the bottom of the garden to create the play area.
We had some friends over last this week and I put on a little Easter egg hunt for all the children, so I thought what better time to get my camera out and take some photos whilst I was hiding all the Easter treats. Come and take a look!
We got this wooden garden arch from B&Q and painted it grey. I really like it as it breaks the garden up a bit. My plan is to have roses growing around it in years to come. Mr. S actually put this up as a surprise for me after he saw me eyeing them up on a shopping trip a few weeks ago.
The biggest project was to take up all the block paving which was at the bottom of the garden and create a soft landing space. We hired a skip and after numerous wheelbarrow trips back and forth we were left with a space suitable to line with a weed membrane. We then had 700kg of rubber tyre chippings delivered from this company which we found on Ebay. I have to say, the service they provided was excellent and we would use them again. We decided to use this as it was both environmentally friendly, being made from used tyres, and also hard-wearing and weather-proof.
We also painted the fences. We took a trip to our local B&Q and browsed through the book of Valspar outdoor colours they had and decided on “Spring Gentian” and “Cup o’ Custard” when i first began painting the fence in that bright blue I felt a bit worried it was too bright, but when it all started to come together I was really pleased with the finish.
We also decided that we would paint the summer-house in the exact same colours too. Mr. S also added some fairy lights inside, and on a whim decided to use the wooden pallets which the rubber chippings were delivered on to create a sideboard – waste not want not!
Another cool feature of the play area is this chalk board, we simply got an MDF board from good old B&Q and some chalk board paint then once dry drilled it into the fence. It has kept the kids happy for hours drawing us little pictures. My boy has also learnt how to play noughts and crosses on it too, which he thinks is brilliant!
I also picked up some £1 colanders and spray painted them to use as hanging baskets on the summer-house and for plant pots dotted around the garden.
And finally, we got this gorgeous PlumPlay 8ft trampoline which we ordered from their website. I’ve not seen trampolines in a variety of colours before and I loved the fact that this brand uses SpringSafe technology. I’ve seen injuries happen in the past on trampolines as a result of the springs being exposed so to have that peace of mind is great.
So there you have it. It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears but we did it. A play area which will be loved for years to come.