Hey guys! Is it Wednesday already? This past week has been so busy with week 3 of the One Room Challenge. If you missed week 1 or week 2, start with those first. This week we built some of our new patio furniture! I was SO excited for this part because I was really over our old patio furniture, which has since found a new home via Craig’s List. But rather than buy new furniture, this time we made it!
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For those of you who are new around here, thank you SO much for stopping by! But you should know, my regulars are likely not surprised I wanted to build my own 🙂 I am frugal by nature, but I also really love to create! Most of the time my hubby is begging me to just find something at a store and buy it. Well, I fell super hard for this gorgeous patio furniture at Restoration Hardware. But to buy all the pieces I wanted, it was going to be almost $20k! That’s not a typo folks. And since we did not win the half a billion Mega Millions jackpot a few weeks ago, $20k for patio furniture was WAY out of the question. So I came up with a plan to DIY it! Now I am not going to go through all the details right now because I just don’t have time for a full tutorial, but I will do one after the One Room Challenge is over 🙂 To kick off the project, I had all the wood delivered from a local lumber yard.
Then there was a lot of wood cutting.
The worst part was the sanding. SO much sanding! Seriously, if I never have to sand something again it will be too soon.
But I really wanted the beveled edges on all the blocks and it honestly made a huge difference! This first picture shows what the blocks looked like stacked before I beveled them.
And this is after beveling them, which I like SO much more. But man it was a ton of work! Then came the staining. I used a medium brown semi-solid deck stain to seal the wood since the furniture will stay outside, even in the winter. After I stained all the pieces, we took them to the backyard to be assembled. This we learned the hard way. We currently have one sofa in the garage and one on the patio because we built the first one in the garage and it’s so heavy we can’t move it by ourselves. Oooops! At least our patio furniture won’t blow away anymore 🙂
And some new throw pillows 🙂 I know, like I need more pillows.
The one good thing about being short is I can lay down fully extended 🙂 And I must say, it’s pretty comfy!
Join me again next week to see how our dining table is coming along! This is the part I am most nervous about, so wish me luck!
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You can now read the FULL tutorial here 🙂