We up-cycled an old interior door into a really lovely trellis for a climbing Clematis in our back garden. The entire project cost around £10 and I think that is it sturdier and looks better than most of the flimsy trellises you can buy at garden centres.
The cost was minimal as we already had a lot of the materials from other projects. If you had to buy the paint etc. from scratch it would still be under £20 with plenty of materials left over for other projects at the end.
As I mentioned in my “DIY French Style Door Finger Plates” post we are gradually replacing all the interior doors in our home with nicer ones and the next to be replaced is the one in our living room.
We have an ugly compost bin in our back garden I have been desperate to hide for a while and I bought a gorgeous Clematis a few weeks ago and had been meaning to get round to putting some trellis up to block the compost bin and allow it to grow along.
Inspiration struck and thanks to some wonderful hard graft by my wonderful “Boffin” it became a reality. Here’s how:
What Kit Do You Need:
- Old interior door. (I think the panelled kind would work best but feel free to experiment).
- A gorgeous assistant ( to hold and help move the door).
- Outdoor wood paint (I used Cuprinol Garden Shades in Pale Jasmine).
- A paint brush.
- Galvanised outdoor wood screws (I needed at ones that were 60mm long).
- An electric drill.
- A 6mm drill bit suitable for use on wood.
- A pilot drill for the screws you are using.
- A jigsaw with a blade suitable for wood.
- A work surface you can clamp your work to (a work-mate or similar).
- Chicken wire (approximately 2m in length, the roll we bought was 75cm wide).
- Tin snips or wire cutters.
- Padded gloves.
- A staple gun and staples.
Take the door off of it’s hinges and remove all the other furniture ( I left a couple of bit on because I like the interest they added but you may want to remove absolutely everything).
Using the 6mm drill bit and drill make holes in all four corners of every panel you wish to remove. (Boffin did this so quickly I didn’t get to take a photo but you can see remnants of the holes in this shot!).
Use the jigsaw to cut out the panels (please wear goggles and remember to clamp your work securely so it doesn’t move whilst you are using the saw).
The holes should make turning the corners simple.
Paint the bottom edge of the door with the exterior wood paint (to stop the damp from the ground below rotting the wood). Allow to dry thoroughly.
Spread the roll of wire along the back of the door an use tin snips to trim it to length (you might want to wear gloves for this as chicken wire can be quite nasty). You can fold the ends over to make sure that they don’t stick out and catch on anything.
Using the staple gun staple down the solid middle of the door.
Again, using the staple gun staple around the edges of the piece of wire.
Work out where you want to put your screws to secure the trellis to your post or wall. Pilot drill holes and use enough screws to hold your trellis securely in place.
Use a spirit level to make sure that the trellis is level.
Paint the rest of the door with the exterior paint and allow to dry.
Plant up your plants as you wish and secure them to the wire with soft string or ties made specially for the job!
Enjoy your new improved view!
I hope you enjoy your trellis as much as I am going to enjoy mine, happy summer days x