They do say that there is nothing new under the sun and that fashion repeats itself. Well, good news for the thrifty among us – or those of you who never did get on the cast aluminium garden furniture let alone rattan bandwagon, wood is making its comeback on the garden furniture scene. This isn’t wood as you know it however – we’re not talking bright shiny varnish, but something much more in keeping with the fashion for vintage style.
Why Not Mix it Up
The beauty in adopting the shabby chic approach to garden furniture styling is that you can mix and match. Take an old garden bench, give it a bit of TLC by way of Cuprinol wood restorer, and then pick a suitable outdoor paint and apply a couple of coats. Pick a pastel shade, something that would look at home in an Agatha Christie on the telly and you are working along the right lines. We’re not going back to Ground Force in the 1990s – warning, there shouldn’t be any Moroccan blue on your brush.
Bright and Cheery
Applying different colours to different objects is a quick way to add interest. Take a garden table in one strong shade and compliment with patio benches in another. Pull the scheme together with outdoor cushions in a deckchair stripe.
Compliment an Existing Scheme
If you already have a metal table and chairs, and you want to add some more relaxed seating, going for painted wood is a good way to blend into an existing decorative scheme. If you try to add more metal garden furniture, it will fight with what’s there, even more so if you are mixing up traditional woods. Somehow, paint suppresses the character of the wood and makes it easier to pair with other things. Go for it!