Woman impresses Facebook with her DIY garden furniture


Jamie’s outdoor furniture set, which only cost £22 (Photo: Facebook/Extreme Couponing and Bargains Group UK)

Here’s some inspiration for anyone who’s broke but still likes good interior design: Jamie, a mother-of-two from Wales, has constructed this rather snazzy outdoor seating arrangement, and you won’t believe how much it cost.

£22. No, there’s not a zero missing there. No, we’re not lying to you. Given that you can buy similar garden furniture sets for upwards of £100, it’s an undeniably impressive achievement.

So how did Jamie manage this? First of all, she got the disused wooden pallets for a mere £8. After she’d assembled these, she coated them in black paint from Wilko, which only cost £14.

Finally, for the finishing touch, she decorated the couch with a selection of £2 charity shop cushions.

Jamie posted the finished arrangement on a Facebook group, ‘Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group,writing ‘Made from pallets cost me £22 to make and the cushions are from a charity shop £2 each they cost more then the bench and table’. The post quickly garnered 11,000 likes and almost 2,000 comments.

Commenters on Facebook impressed by the furniture (photo: Facebook/Extreme Couponing and Bargains Group UK)

Many of the group’s members expressed admiration, or envy, for Jamie’s skill. One astonished user wrote: ‘wish I was good at DIY – stunning, I’m very jealous’, while another exclaimed, breathlessly, ‘amazing you must be very good at wood work’.

Many others expressed their intention to make a similar furniture set of their own. ‘I need a step by step video to see how these are done!’ one member demanded, while another enquired: ‘how long did it take to make?? i really wana do this but its finding time’ [sic].

Congratulations to Jamie for both her thriftiness and design flair.

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