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An outdoor studio?

by Clare Mansell
An outdoor studio?

Next weekend we are starting work on our garden makeover. We have a mini digger hired to turn over some earth so we can sow grass and there are lots of other smaller jobs to do too. One of our challenging areas is down the side of our house where we have a concrete yard which is about 3m x 8m. Along one length is a brick wall which our guest bedroom looks out on – not the most inspiring view!

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So we have been thinking about how to make the wall, the bedroom view and the yard itself a bit more appealing and I suggested painting the wall different colours in different sections. As well as making the yard look a bit more appealling it will also create a series of backdrops like an outdoor studio. You’d only be able to see one of the colours from the bedroom so it wouldn’t look entirely bonkers, but it would make things look a whole lot better and make the space useful (to me!)

So yesterday Jim started clearing all the accumulated rubbish from the yard, including some of the old roof beams from the house and as he moved them, we played around with stacking them up in one of the sections as a wood backdrop. I think the wood has rather gone past it’s best as it’s damp through and covered in mildew, but it made a interesting surface to photograph against and Theo agreed to be a model (in a borrowed fancy dress hat) for a very brief moment before wheeling off.

Once the yard is cleared, I’m going to pressure wash the wall (I’m quite looking forward to that bit) and hope it will eventually dry enough for us to paint it. It doesn’t get any direct sun though, so I might be waiting a while!
The mini digger should be here on Thursday night, the two boys are both looking forward to that a lot!

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11 comments

You Baby Me Mummy February 16, 2015 - 9:02 am

He looks very dapper in this picture, lovely shot x

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Laura Pearson-Smith February 16, 2015 - 12:27 pm

Having a nice tidy garden will be so relaxing x
Laura | A Life With Frills

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Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk) February 16, 2015 - 4:43 pm

I have been looking for something like this! If I have that Ill paint it white for food post photos! Lovely idea to have those walls painted for you to use too =) #livingarrows

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Chloe griffith February 16, 2015 - 6:43 pm

Love the shot! I can’t wait to be out int the garden again! Missing summer x

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Chloe griffiths February 16, 2015 - 6:44 pm

such a lovely shot of him! Can’t wait for summer to come back x

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Karen February 16, 2015 - 9:55 pm

Great photo and can’t wait to see what you do with your garden x

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Lucy Zelazowski February 16, 2015 - 10:03 pm

Its lovely building home and transforming your garden. I hope you have lots of fun. Very cute photo of your son, he has style, cool hat or what!

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Carie February 16, 2015 - 10:39 pm

Oh what a great idea! I love the wood backdrop though if it’s mouldy it might not last too long but coloured wall could be fantastic!

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Katie @mummydaddyme February 18, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Even though it’s a fancy dress hat he looks really cute in it! Sounds like a great idea- I love your home posts so much! x

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FromMummytoMum February 19, 2015 - 5:19 pm

That’s a great idea, and you have a gorgeous little model too!

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life as our little family February 22, 2015 - 10:40 pm

Ooh your garden makeover sounds super. Yes I agree with the different colours to add light. He’s a gorgeous little model #LivingArrows

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