Dead fence to trendy bench!
Reduce and reuse is always the best first steps to recycling. It is not always easy but it is possible.
For us it all started with a storm which took down most of our garden fence and snapped the posts at ground level so they could not be used to repair the fence.
Charlie set to and started to make a bench. After cutting and sanding the posts into different sizes he had all the pieces he needed for the frame and seat.
The backrest on the bench he made from the damaged gravel boards that ran along the bottom of the fence. It was a long time in the making but it has finally been painted.
Goodness knows how much a new bench of the same style would cost to purchase! But for Charlie the only cost involved was for the pot of paint
. Only a fraction of which has been used so the remainder will come in handy to paint other items.
Good to know that a tatty looking old fence has been given a new lease of life. I am delighted that we still have plenty of damaged wood available because some new small coffee size garden tables to rest our cuppas on will be great.
If you're not upcycling your old wood please take it to the recycling centre.