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B&Q garden makeover rose #makeanentrance campaign

You may remember my post a few weeks ago, where I revealed the state of our front garden, well thanks to B&Q and our hard graft, I can now share the results of our #makeanentrance challenge.  B&Q gave us a budget to give our front garden some ‘kerb appeal’, I had grand plans to remove the concrete flooring and lay a slate paving slab floor – but with money and time restraints this idea had to go. Perhaps we will get round to it in the Autumn.

B&Q storage shed

Instead we installed a bin and recycling shed.  These two storage shelters arrived flat packed, but with all the key items, including all of the fittings needed.  Dan followed the instructions and used the handy guide on the B&Q website to help. We found the website has many great tutorials and video’s to help in one’s home DIY.  Perfect for novices like me.

b&Q painting shed front garden grey paint

Once erected Dan gave the wood a coat of paint, using the Valspar exterior wood paint which we had mixed so it matched our front door colour.  I much prefer the grey colour than the treated wood it came in.

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I love the result. It looks so smart, with all the ugly bins and recycling boxes hidden away. We have had many comments from our neighbours, I think they all want one now!  The best bit about the shed is that any delivery can be hidden securely inside by the Postman, so no more delivery cards! Yes!

In my previous post, my makeover moodboard shared that I wanted to make more of the planting outside the front door, specifically to have a rose growing up over it.  Looking around the plants department at my local B&Q store I picked out a beautiful pink rose that was highly scented, and planted it in the Lark taupe pot.  This pot looks stylish and modern, and as it is plastic it doesn’t weigh a ton.  Dan fixed wires and eyelets to the wall which will allow the rose to clamber up the front of the house and around the door.

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My poorly crab apple tree has now found a new home, in the large grey concrete effect pot (available in stores only) and I covered the compost with a selection of white decorative pebbles. Next to the rose it looks very happy now.  On the window sill I filled a terracotta window box with brightly coloured Geraniums (also found in the plants department in store) to add a bit of Mediterranean zing.

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Our front door was updated just before Christmas, you can read about it here.  All we had to do was give the brass letter plate a polish and we were good to go.

B&Q grey front door

Bandq front garden lou archellI am totally in love with how the front now looks, it has serious kerb appeal and with just a few simple changes you too can #makeanentrance with B&Q.

Collaborative Note:  This post was written in collaboration with B&Q who kindly provided us with the materials to update the front of the house.  All words, thoughts and images are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.


  • Really love this bin store solution – we’ll be extending out the back of our garden next year and will have to put our ridiculously big council bins out the front. This is perfect for hiding them all away!

  • Our front garden is a disaster! Council have just given us wheelie bins so def need to sort out a new bin store solution to hide them away but they are massive!

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