3 Pieces Of DIY Outdoor Furniture | Porch, Patio, And Balcony Furnishings
There's nothing quite like enjoying the warm breeze on a summer's day on your porch, balcony, or patio. But that relaxing moment tends to come with a pretty hefty price tag if you buy your outdoor furniture at the local home goods store. Instead of wasting precious money on furnishing your outdoor space, why not try your hand at making some outdoor furniture yourself? From a cozy bench to a convenient snack table, these 3 easy DIY projects will help you make your balcony or porch the ideal spot for enjoying the warm weather, all without breaking the bank. Now all that's left to do is stock up on sunscreen!
1. DIY Balcony Bench
- 14 cinder blocks
- 6 wooden beams
- cement mortar
- cushions & pillows
1.1 Stack 3 sets of 2 cinder blocks on top of one another, securing them in place with cement mortar. Make a second stack of cinder blocks opposite the first one in order to make the foundation of the bench. Secure 1 cinder block upright on the back of both stacks of cinder blocks to make the frame for the backrest of the bench.
1.2 Slide 4 of the wooden beams through the highest row of holes in the stacks of the cinder blocks to make the seat of the bench, then slide the remaining 2 wooden beams through the holes in the vertically placed cinder blocks to make the backrest.
1.3 Place cushions and pillows on the wooden beams and your cozy balcony bench is complete!
2. Wooden Wine & Dine Table
For the table:
- 1 round wooden board
- 3 small wooden blocks
- 1 wooden beam
- 1 threaded rod
- wood filler
- cordless drill
For the wood stain:
- 2 cups water
- 20 walnut shells
- 1 tbsp potash
2.1 For the wine & dine table, use a jigsaw to cut 3 small circles out of the round wooden board, making sure 1 of the circles is slightly larger than the diameter of a wine bottle and the other 2 are slightly smaller than the diameter of a wine glass. Cut a thin strip out of the wooden board between the wine glass holes and the edge of the board so that the wine glasses can slide onto the table easily. Smooth out the cuts made in the round wooden board with sandpaper.
2.2 Use a cordless drill and screws to secure 2 of the wooden blocks to the center of the round wooden board, making sure they're the same distance apart from one another as the width of the wooden beam. Insert the wooden beam between the 2 wooden blocks and secure everything together with screws.
2.3 Secure the third wooden block to the wooden beam so that it falls directly under the hole for the wine bottle. This wooden block will be used to support the wine bottle, so make sure it is secured relatively close to the round wooden board.
2.4 Drill a long hole down the center of the wooden beam and insert the threaded rod.
2.5 Hide any visible screws or imperfections using the wood filler or wood putty, let it dry, and sand off any excess with sandpaper.
2.6 For the wood stain, boil the water, walnut shells, and potash for approximately 10 minutes. The longer you let the mixture cook, the darker the color of the stain will be. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve, then paint it onto the surface of the wine & dine table.
2.7 Once the wood stain has dried, stick the base of your new table into the center of a large flower pot, making sure it's secured, then crack open that bottle of wine! Cheers!
3. Sleek Side Table
- 2 wooden boards
- 1 thin wooden beam
- 1 triangular wooden board
- wood filler
- wood stain
- cordless drill
3.1 Use a cordless drill and screws to secure the wooden beam to the edge of 1 of the wooden boards.
3.2 Secure the second wooden board to the first one, making sure it rests parallel to the wooden beam. The gap left between the upright wooden board and the wooden beam should be the same width as the railing you will be placing your new side table on.
3.3 Secure the triangular wooden board to the center of the other wooden boards in order to add some extra support beneath the table.
3.4 Cover any exposed screws or imperfections with wood filler or wood paste, let it dry, and sand off any excess with sandpaper. Hang your sleek new side table on the railing of your porch or balcony and enjoy your new space!
Who knew it could be so cheap & easy to make your own outdoor furniture? Whether you're looking to save some space or make your outdoor space comfortable and cozy, these DIY furniture ideas will transform your porch or balcony into the best spot in the house!