Now that we’re allowed to see a set number of friends and family in our gardens plenty of us are looking to bring them up to scratch.
After all, there’s nothing like relaxing in a beautiful outdoor space during warm summer nights.
And, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune either as one DIY fanatic found.
Sarah Takhtash, 39, from Manchester, totally overhauled her patio and garden for just £50 using freebies from Facebook and B&M buys.
The mum wanted to clear up the cluttered area and turn it into a haven.
She told money-saving community Latest Deals : “Over the years I have never done anything to my backyard, and I absolutely hated it. I wouldn’t even hang the washing out in it!"
She added: "I follow lots of DIY groups on Facebook and was always in awe of their garden makeovers.”
So the DIY fan decided to reuse, upcycle and graft her way to the garden of her dreams.
Sarah said: "I spent about two months collecting everything.
"The hardest part was driving out to collect items, as some people were a bit further out than where I lived."
She then cleared and cleaned her whole garden before painting the walls and fence with outdoor paint which cost her £10.
Sarah snagged a green table and chairs for free alongside some astroturf.
She added: "I then picked up some rugs, floor cushions and a storage box.
"At this point I placed the plants out with a few lanterns which I already had," she said.
"Someone kindly gifted me a large parasol, which I attached the light chain to.
"The last thing I collected was another table and chairs set – one was not enough as we are a family of 6.
"The most I paid was £25 for the floor cushions and the solar powered lights only cost £10 from B&M."
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Finally, she used a broken washing machine to craft a fire pit.
Sarah explained: "My washing machine broke in February and I remembered how people had posted on Facebook about using the drum as a fire pit.
"It was hard work taking it to pieces.”
She also picked up free or cheap wood and bricks and a barbecue.
Just proves what you can accomplish if you put your mind to it, hey?
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