Mixed-media paper crafter; stamper, freelance craft tutor, designer of PaperArtsy JOFY stamps

12 August 2013

I went to the Garden Centre to buy a plant...

... & came back with the most fantastic pair of garden gates (in my opinion - hubby is yet to be wholly convinced lol)

They are a very solid - so heavy I can't move them! I bought them to sit against the back fence of the garden to make it a bit more interesting (very shady, not much sunlight so not much grows there..) and the plan is to try and grow climbing plants up them - jasmine, honeysuckle and maybe some clematis.....
BUT 50% (ok, maybe a bit more) of the reason I bought them is because of this:
... years and years of paint, exposure to the wind and rain has had a fantastic effect on the paint and underlying metal
 I was so excited when they were delivered - Matt was very patient with my placement instructions 'left a bit, right a bit.. no, left a bit more'   not sure they're in the final positions yet....
 ...but just look at the paint colours - and the cracks!!! - how fabulous are they!!!!  all very inspiring!
I think this effect could be re-created with a bit of Bora Bora, Baltic Blue, Brown Shed & Guacamole Fresco Finish paint and some Crackle Glaze! lol

They give the garden a bit of individuality and I love them - I just hope the fence panel they're leaning on is strong enough to support them! lol (it is, don't worry we tested!)


  1. Anonymous9:08 am

    They look gorgeous. That was an excellent purchase.

  2. Absolutely Gorgeous! x

  3. I can see why you bought them - lovely !

  4. OMG they're gorgeous, Jo! Be warned though, that within a few years you wont see the gates if you plant Jasmine. I'm having to cut mine back 5 to 6 times a year, it's now time for most of it to come out.

  5. They look amazing Jo! What a fab find! x

  6. They look amazing - I saw the bits you tweeted but to see the whole thing, in situ in your garden - I think they are fantastic! I hope Matt comes to love them as much as you do...

  7. Helen - he's coming around to them... :o) which is good 'cos I love them!

  8. Yup... they are irresistible!!
    Alison x

  9. These look lush ! So totally distressed - and all by nature ! Hope they look just how you envisioned when you get the fully settled in ! Ali x


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