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Block raised bed

Recycle some old concrete blocks into a smart raised bed with a little bit of help from Resene.

Weekend DIY with Mark Rayner - Project 53

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need: Bucket, garden hose with clean running water, garden sprayer, old concrete blocks, paintbrushes, Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Vista Blue, Resene Moss & Mould Killer, Resene Paint Prep and Housewash, Resene Sureseal, rubber gloves, spade, spirit level, stiff-bristled brush.

To get the look: Mark stained the background compost bin with Resene Waterborne Woodsman tinted to Resene Cherrywood.

Other ideas: For a soft green effect paint the blocks with Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Envy.

Step 1
Step one
Lay out the concrete blocks, as shown, to form a rectangular raised bed. Use a spade to even out the soil, where necessary, and a spirit level to ensure blocks are level.
Step 2
Step two
In the garden sprayer, mix one part Resene Moss & Mould Killer to five parts clean water.
Step 3
Step three
Wearing rubber gloves, spray and soak the concrete blocks with the solution and leave for 48 hours.
Step 4
Step four
Mix one part Resene Paint Prep and Housewash to three parts clean water.
Step 5
Step five
Scrub the concrete blocks thoroughly with the solution using a stiff bristled brush.
Step 6
Step six
Rinse well with clean water and allow the concrete blocks to dry.
Step 7
Step seven
Apply one coat of Resene Sureseal to any areas of bare concrete and allow to dry.
Step 8
Step eight
Apply two coats of Resene Vista Blue to the concrete blocks, allowing each coat to dry.

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