How to create a cosy autumn garden with this upcycled living coffee table planter project

I want to make the most of the warm autumn days by getting outside and relaxing in my garden, so I've created a copy spot for a cuppa on my decking with a DIY living coffee table planter...

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I love the idea of mixing up interior and garden spaces, which I write about in my blog post about indoor-outdoor living earlier this year. So I’m delighted that we’re still enjoying some warm autumn weather in UK and I can spend some time relaxing outside.

As such, I wanted to create a cosy seating area on my decking so I’ve made my wooden garden chairs feel extra-snug with throws and cushions and have dug out some citronella candles to keep bugs at bay and create a warm glow in the garden.

The only thing I didn’t have was an outdoor coffee table (the cable reel table has been repurposed into a pepper-growing zone!) so I’ve upcycled an old shelving unit into a living coffee table. It serves two purposes in one; thanks to the incorporated slate tiles it provides handy coasters to place drinks, and it works as a planter too.

It’s planted with succulents and evergreen plants so that it’ll look good all autumn long, helping to bring life to the space when all the other plants in the garden lose their leaves in the colder weather. I love being able to look out onto the decking and still see something growing, even in the winter.

Even though I’ve made an autumn-themed display, there’s no reason why you couldn’t add winter-flowering pansies for later in the season, or to plant it up with spring flowers for next year. Or why not make it an edible living coffee table by planting it up with herbs or by sowing some salad seeds?

I’ve shared the full step-by-step guide to make a living coffee table of your own on the Safestore blog so be sure to check out the photos there. It’s a simple process, and it makes good use of an old shelving cabinet that I was thinking about taking to the tip. This project has kept the item out of landfill and enables me to add even more plants to my garden – it’s win-win!

If you fancying making something similar yourself, dig out an old cupboard or shelving unit, and head over to the Safestore blog to find out just how easy it is to make a living coffee table for your own garden this season. Let me know if you make one and please tag me in your photos on Instagram @Cassiefairy – I would love to see your upcycles!


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Cassie Fairy
Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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