How to Make Your Garden a Rustic Oasis
One of the hottest trends in garden design right now is the rustic look and when you see the finished result of a rustic oasis filled with good old fashioned charm, it has not hard to see why the look is proving so popular in garden makeovers.
Making a plan
Before you set about creating a beautiful rustic garden you have to sit down and work out a plan on how you are going to achieve this goal. Think about how room that you have to work with and which items you might like to use and work with in order to create an authentic rustic feel. Depending on your budget and also what will work best with the existing areas that you have in the garden you can choose to introduce small rustic accents or go for an extravagant overhaul to create your own oasis of peace and tranquillity.
Simple touches to add a rustic accent would be to add a wooden birdhouse or bird feeder which will not only add an element of charm but it will encourage wildlife into your garden. Another relatively easy item to use in order to add a rustic feel would be to add a wooden porch swing, giving you a great looking piece of furniture and also somewhere to sit and relax. Other ideas to consider would be to obtain some old wooden rain barrels or even old whisky barrels which you can line and plant with flowers in order to create a pleasing focal point.
Larger projects to consider as a way of creating a rustic feel would be to dig out a small pond or maybe even create an area with a small windmill or a wishing well. These items can vary greatly in size and quality so it is a case of not just fitting in with your budget but also considering what size you want your pond or water feature to be and how it works in blending in with the rest of your garden.
Using old railway sleepers
A design trick that works really well is to create different levels in your garden which adds considerable interest to the view and has a way of drawing your eye to certain features especially when you use rustic steps that lead you down to another level or area in your garden. The perfect solution for creating wooden steps is to use reclaimed wooden railway sleepers which make an excellent design feature in their own right and are a perfectly acceptable installation challenge to a reasonably competent DIY enthusiast. A good tip to remember when you are installing the sleepers yourself is to make sure that the steps are not too slippery but cutting either shallow tread lines into the wood or tacking a layer of chicken wire down to improve the grip.
If you have a wall or maybe some furniture in the garden you can help them to blend into you new rustic look and add a great finishing touch to your project by using to paint to create a rustic old fashioned weathered look. Giving an item a makeover in order to create an aged look is not as difficult as it may seem and you almost certainly be pleased with the result and the subsequent rustic look you manage to achieve. You can get more detailed instructions on the web if you need them but basically you are gently sanding the existing painted surface with fine grained sandpaper with a view to scuffing the surface rather than actually sanding it. Apply an antiquing glaze to a small area at a time and once it is nearly dried, wipe away the glaze with a lint free cloth leaving you with a surface that has those scratches and imperfections that gives it a perfect rustic look. With a bit of practice on an unwanted piece of furniture, you can quickly gain the right skills to set to work on the items in the garden that you want to transform.
Creating rustic fencing
Whilst a neatly stained fence may be attractive to some, if you are trying to perfect your rustic look then you may want to try and make your treated wood look weathered and really add the finishing touch to your garden design. Using a safety mask and goggles for safety you should sand down the treated panel until most of the stain has been removed. Fill up a mason jar with boiling water and add a tea bag, leaving it until it is a rich brown color which you can then brush over the wood. Finish it off by applying a light coat of vinegar solution and once it has dried, you will end up with a rustic fencing panel that will appear textured and weathered.
Most of the projects can be carried out yourself and not only will it be a source of pride when you see your finished work, you will also be able to sit back and really enjoy your new rustic oasis.
Edward Troyer has a passion for gardens. He enjoys sharing his tips and insights through blogging.
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