Brighten up your garden with some summer colours

The first hint of sunshine sees the Irish spirits lifted, and garden centres take on a new lease of life with people busying themselves buying plants and garden furniture in the hope of some outdoor living this summer.

The wood experts at Cuprinol have brought out a new range of 39 colours to bring your garden to life. Coral Splash, Winter Well, and Sweet Blueberry are some of the colours which will tempt many to take on the transformation of their garden decks, furniture, sheds, gazebos, and planters.

Cuprinol also recently created Ireland's largest ever bird house using all of these colours – it can house 160 birds and will be donated to brighten up a charity or outdoor play space.

Painting woodwork and furniture is an easy way to create a room within your garden — you can turn old wooden fences into feature walls, an old dining table into a focal point of the garden, and brighten up drab corners with painted planters.

Transform the tool shed from dark weather beaten brown to Cuprinol’s Pale Thistle on the exterior and contrast with Sandy Shell on the interior. Complement the colours using Purple Pansy on garden furniture to bring your whole look together.

Cuprinol Garden Shades works for all types of wood found in garden sheds, decks, paneling, gazebos, or outdoor furniture. Before painting ensure the wood is cleaned, sanded, or free of any previous paint residue. One coat will do the trick, drying to touch in just one hour, while a second coat can be applied to items in need of some extra love and attention. Allow a few days’ drying prior to heavy use or contact with garden soft furnishings.

Cuprinol Garden Shades offers four years of protection against the Irish weather; it is quick drying and comes in 50ml testers (€1.49 ) and a 2.5 litre can is €27.99. Cuprinol is available from all good DIY and paint stores. For more information visit www.cuprinol.ie

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