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Lockdown Garden Makeover

A family project to transform a back garden

An outdoor seating area

Today we’re seeing the garden makeover Lynne did during the COVID lockdown.

Up until this last year the most gardening I had ever done was mowing the grass and pulling weeds. During this stressful year I needed a project to stay sane, so my partner, my two girls, and I did our garden up and loved every minute. We made everything from scratch: the deck, the pergola (which we then made into a room). We made sofa cushions and even a bar made from my mom’s old sewing table. I can’t actually believe how we’ve done it, but I’m very proud!

A view of an empty back yardHere’s the “before” shot. There’s not a whole lot going on in this little garden.

A garden with a deck, pergola, and plantsAnd here is the “after”! Wow—they sure put their time waiting out the virus to good use! It’s very impressive that they did all of this themselves.

A couple holding electric drillsIt looks like Lynne and Ian had fun with this project!

A woman holding a can of paint and a paintbrushDaughter Megan pitched in as well.

An outdoor seating areaThe finished deck has become a beautiful outdoor room, complete with seating and a big planter full of herbs.

backyard garden with pergola and plantersThe clear roof over the pergola means it can be enjoyed even in rainy weather, but it still lets in light for some plants to grow.

backyard pergolaWhy would you ever have to go inside?

An old table turned into a barThe bar was made from Lynne’s mother’s old sewing table.

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  1. sandyprowse 04/12/2021

    Amazing! You should be proud for sure. What an awesome project. Bravo!

  2. garden1953 04/12/2021

    What a lovely and charming makeover. I love it!

  3. gardendevas 04/12/2021

    Wow!! What an amazing makeover and what a welcoming space. Bet you spend as much time out here as possible.

  4. katherine_8 04/12/2021

    Lynne & Ian and family: Be proud, be very very proud. You have done an amazing job and totally changed the look and use of your backyard. Such imagination and passion went into this project. Congratulations!!

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    cynthia2020 04/12/2021

    Lynne and Ian - I enjoyed seeing the photos and reading your gardening story. What a cheerful inviting space! It looks like there are even some stalks of corn growing!

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    simplesue 04/12/2021

    Ah I love a make over! Good job!

  7. Cenepk10 04/12/2021

    Fab U Lous !!!! You should be so proud!!!! I LOVE It !!!!!

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    treasuresmom 04/12/2021

    Great work!

  9. Meelianthus 04/12/2021

    Absolutely charming and very, very impressive ! ;)

  10. bsavage 04/12/2021

    So lovely! Congratulations, that is awesome!!!

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    bdowen 04/13/2021

    I hope you live in a part of the country where you will be able to enjoy your new space for much of the year. Quite a transformation!

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