Over the past few months our courtyard has been looking more and more dire. We had resigned to the fact we will be renovating later so there was no point spending money on it if we're just going to be getting rid of it down the track... even though later may be a couple of years away. (See what we're doing here)
The bland, grey space (and I LOVE grey.. it must have really been bugging me) had to have something - anything - done to it. My eyes had been on the lookout and when I came across this image (right) I wondered if I could translate the concept to our courtyard.
I wanted to do it with minimal spend and it had to be something that could be removed with ease.
RENTERS - this could be a great solution for your outdoor space!!
The project come in under $400, including chairs (WIN) - and yes, they are replicas. It would not be wise of me to recommend original Eames chairs outside in the elements!
All up the painting & planting took a good part of the day. I woke up sore this morning (I know, soft!) so if you have the time maybe spread it out over a full weekend.
Here's what I did...
Next was selecting a few terracotta pots. I searched on Gumtree with no luck so headed over to Bunnings to pick up a few different styles. I also needed plants and marine ply for the colour block painting.
Grabbed that and headed to Better Pets & Gardens to pick up my favourite soil, Piggy Post by DSATCO. If you haven't already - you must try!! It's Western Australian - as like Bauwerk - and is made by the most gorgeous family in Wongan Hills.
If you will be using the Piggy Post for potting, it must be applied with a soil mix at a 50:50 ratio. I used 50% Piggy Post with 50% Richgro organic soil mix.
OK - time for business. I thought I would paint the marine ply and pots at the same time (waiting for paint to dry is not my strongest point, plus I wanted it all finished before dark!). It worked out, but because I was rushing a bit I did make a couple of mistakes.
TIP: When taping up of the board make sure you do the colour blocks in the right order (I've worked it out for you and have put the order on the printable design sheet below).
For details on how to paint the pots, watch the video on the Bauwerk site here.
Next was the planting. I mixed the soils and potted the White Fig pot with Senecio mandraliscae (Chalk Sticks); the Aquamarine pot with a selection of herbs including thyme, basil, sage, mint and parsley; and the Slate pot with Syzygium 'Tiny Trev'. The Tahitian Lime (Citrus latifolia) was planted into an existing terrazzo pot I had.
After watering in well, I positioned the pots in the corner of the courtyard with the Eiffel chairs and colour block board.
TIP: Be sure to prop the board behind a pot and chair so it doesn't blow over with the breeze.
GET THE LOOK
Bauwerk Garden Pot paint from $15
Piggy Post from $14
Richgro organic soil mix from $9.90
Plywood marine AA grade 1220 x 610 x 6mm from $15.50
Northcote terracotta pot 37cm Super Bloomer from $27.98
Tuscan Path terracotta pot 25 x 15cm Rose Bowl from $11.98
Northcote terracotta pot 22 x 24cm Wentworth medium square from $13.98
Northcote terracotta saucer 36cm Itanlian EV807 from $14.98
Chalk Sticks (Senecio mandraliscae) 200mm from $15.35
Tahitian Lime (Citrus latifolia) 35Lt from $149
Tiny Trev (Syzygium 'Tiny Trev') 200mm from $16.25
Assorted herbs from $5.15
Download the printable design sheet for the marine ply colour block here.