Trellises are mostly used for supporting plants without much thought given to their decorative possibilities.
But they can also be used to add layers of interest to your garden, especially if you customize them to complement your decor.
When I saw this trellis I knew it was just the thing I needed as a spectacular centerpiece in my backyard.
The catalog photo
I just fell in love with the unusual design of this trellis. My favorite part is the circle which reminds me of the full moon, and I’m all about moons, suns and stars.
This is a great photo, but the trellis is more of an accent in the background. My plan was to make it the focal point with a pop of color and some sparkles.
The before photo
So here it is after assembly and before painting. Let me tell you, putting this together was no easy feat. I did about half of it on my own and then my kind neighbor came over and finished it for me.
We put in place for painting on top of cardboard so the paint wouldn’t splash all over the rocks.
The original color to me is ho-hum and drab, almost blending in with the gravel. Definitely not the look I wanted.
Bring on the color!
I used two colors (blue and yellow green) to coordinate with my patio furniture, along with a dark purple which relates to my purple walls.
The main color is citron (yellow green) which really adds pizzazz. The front of the circle is blue and the inside is dark purple.
I used a small foam roller and brush to apply two coats of paint. The paint has a satin finish for a little bit of shine.
Hanging in the center is a wonderful sun mobile (there’s that celestial thing again!).
Okay, so this looked pretty good but I needed more.
Adding bling to the trellis
I’ve been dying to do a project using old CDs and I figured this was the time to try it.
I cut up three or four CDs and glued the pieces on with E6000.
The after photo
Definitely an eye catching statement piece.
The big picture
This is pretty much what I see from my bedroom window. Eventually when those trees in the background grow to their full size, the trellis will still pop.
I’m really loving my new backyard and my blinged out trellis!
Want to see the backstory? This is where it all began.