An unusual way to hide a garden hose

Have a hose making your garden messy? Here’s an unusual way to hide a garden hose without spending money on a hose reel.

Why am I talking about garden hoses on my upcycling blog? I don’t have green fingers. I use them for DIY instead.

But I had a problem and upcycling found a way to solve it. Success!

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An unusual way to hide a garden hose

You might think that this is an exaggerated photo. In fact, it was the reality of my garden hose situation.

The hose pipe situation

When I looked into buying a hose reel, they were upwards of £60. With many recommended reels costing £150. That’s serious money.

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How to hide a garden hose video

So, the hosepipe trip hazard just sort of existed.

And then along came a solution. That ticked many more boxes than just hiding the hose.

A creative way to store your garden hose

I got this cabinet from friends when they were throwing it away. I love the colour and the rustic feel of it. It had been living in my shed for a few years by this point.

Pastel the cat is wondering why it has moved…

Hide a garden hose - the cabinet

So, what has this got to do with my hose situation?

When shuffling furniture around, I discovered that the green cabinet had quite the insect problem.

Not currently, but the damage had been done.

The beetle damage

It wasn’t just holes, they’d had a good feast on the legs too. So, what I expected would at some point be a makeover project, got a change of plans.

With some work, I probably could have rebuilt the legs, but frankly, it wasn’t worth it.

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Then I had the thought. What if I put the cabinet in the garden to hide the hose? It was already a lovely grassy colour so it would fit in. It wouldn’t matter if the sun and rain distressed it a bit more.

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A cabinet for the garden

So, I had a plan.

I started by using a brush to get rid of the cobwebs. Due to the nature of the project, I didn’t wash or sand as I normally would have.

I used two products to get this ready for hose storage.

First of all, I treated it with a wood-boring beetle spray. This would remove any that were there, but there wasn’t any evidence of them. And also prevent new beetles from moving in.

Using the spray

I sprayed the piece all over and used a foam brush to make sure that it got to every part of the surface. I gave the treatment a day to fully do its work.

Using a foam brush to spread the treatment

Secondly, I used a yacht varnish to protect it from the elements. This was my first time using yacht varnish but it’s often recommended for outdoor projects. Time will tell if it does a good job.

I couldn’t find a matte version. So, I chose satin for a lesser sheen than gloss.

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Using yacht varnish on the cabinet

Then it was time to make it fit for its purpose as a hose holder.

I cut a hole in the back of the cabinet, just big enough so that the hose would fit through it.

I mapped out a square of about 5cm in size. Then I drilled four holes in each corner. By having the holes, I was able to insert a jigsaw and easily cut out the square.

Cutting out the hole for the hose

Then I sanded the rough edges around the hole.

And a hint if you want to try something like this. Detach the hose first and feed just the end through the hole. No need to thread all of the hose through the hole.

And that’s as complicated as this project got. Phew. Why aren’t they all so easy?

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I accept that hose reels do a good job of keeping kinks and tangles out of the hose.

But considering where my hose started, this is a vast improvement. And also free. And the cabinet is useful as storage and a potting bench. It also adds character to the garden.

So, quite a few advantages over spending a lot of money on a hose reel.

Now, if I really wanted both the hose and tap to be hidden? I could have found a taller cabinet and cut out a space for the tap also.

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It’s an unusual idea but I think works brilliantly.

Hide a garden hose - the tap just visible still

Fortunately, this cabinet is the perfect size for the space. It doubles as a little potting station. It can also store both the hose and a few gardening supplies.

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Hide a garden hose

Doesn’t it have so much more character than having a hose reel attached to the wall?

It didn’t need much of a makeover to become fit for purpose. Just some preventative efforts to keep it healthy in the elements.

Hide a garden hose - the finished piece

I hope you enjoyed this repurposing project. You might also like to see what I did to this CD rack. It’s unrecognisable!

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Hi there! I'm Rachel Bowyer, a passionate DIY enthusiast with a knack for transforming the old into something beautifully new. With a deep love for furniture painting, refinishing, and the art of crafting. I've been documenting my DIY projects and restoration journey since 2018. I specialise in techniques like decoupage, stencilling, and decor transfers. Join me as we explore the world of creativity and home improvement, one project at a time.


  1. Such a creative way to hide it. Love the idea, Rachel.

  2. Love this idea. Very classic and creative. Can’t wait to implement this in my yard

    1. Thanks Sheri, I’d love to know when you do!

  3. Is there a product that would be lower cost and more easily found than Yacht varnish? We live in a rural area with not many stores nearby except for Wal mart, of course, which I noticed has cut down on some of their variety in-store.

    1. Yacht varnish isn’t cheap but it seems to be what most people recommend. Gatorhide from Dixie Belle Paint is also widely regarded as one of the most durable top coats out there. They have a website and possibly a local retailer for you.

  4. I truly enjoyed reading the preceding post because it gave a thorough explanation of everything and was both entertaining and useful. I appreciate this writing on the garden hose reel, and I wish you good luck with your future publications.

  5. I’m grateful for the great article on a retractable garden hose. I appreciate the knowledge you share and wish you good luck with future writings

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