6 DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas You Can Build Yourself!

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Have you seen the price tag of outdoor furniture these days? It’s crazy how expensive they can be, even on Craig’s List. Avoid emptying out your wallet by building your own DIY outdoor furniture! What’s more, you can build them to fit your patio or porch. Here are 6 great DIY outdoor furniture tutorials you can use to create your dream outdoor space.

 

1. DIY Outdoor Sectional

Ana White is the queen of the DIY furniture world and this outdoor sectional is a great example of how wonderful her creations are. It includes two plans, one for armless sections and one for corners and ends. These two simple plans combine to create a DIY outdoor sectional that can be as big or small as you want it to be. You can build one piece at a time, at your own pace, and create a sectional that perfectly fits your space. Bonus: cushions from Target will fit these sections, unless you want to make your own cushions.

 

2. DIY Outdoor Sofa

Here’s another plan from Ana White, which we couldn’t leave out because this beautiful sofa only costs $30 in lumber! You can easily adjust the measurements of this plan to fit whatever cushions you plan to buy or make.

 

3. DIY Outdoor Bench

This just might be the easiest DIY outdoor furniture ever. It requires no drilling or extensive cutting. All you need is concrete blocks, concrete glue, and four 4x4x10 pieces of lumber to build an outdoor beach for only $40. Nice!

 

4. DIY Tile Outdoor Table

This gorgeous outdoor table is made with lumber and glass mosaic tile. The coffee table is fairly simple to build, but if you already have an old coffee table laying around you could cover it with your favorite glass mosaic tile following the instructions in this tutorial!

 

5. DIY Tree Bench

Have a tree in your backyard? Build a bench around its trunk to add extra seating to your outdoor space! This plan is a bit extensive and will cost a tidy sum of money, but its cool factor is out of the world and this nifty bench can add so much charm and function to a backyard.

 

6. DIY Hammock

Okay, a hammock isn’t exactly a piece of furniture, but it’s something to sit on and can be left outside, so we’re including this great tutorial for a DIY hammock! The tutorial includes two different ways to make your own hammock – one that requires a sewing machine and one that doesn’t.

 

For more DIY outdoor furniture ideas, check out Outdoor Pallet Projects Ideas and Build a Patio Table with Built-In Ice Boxes.

Have you built your own DIY outdoor furniture before? What other DIY outdoor furniture plans have caught your eye lately?

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

6 Ways to Make Over a Concrete Patio

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Concrete patios are very durable, but they’re just not very exciting. If you have a concrete slab in your backyard and you’re itching to jazz it up a bit, here are 6 ways to make over a concrete patio!

 

1. Paint a Pattern

Yes, you can paint your concrete slab. The Handmade Home scored their concrete slab with a circular saw to create a diamond pattern and then painted it with two shades of gray using concrete paint. What a transformation!

 

2. Lay Decking Flooring

Did you know you can lay decking over a concrete slab? And that it’s not as hard as it sounds! Here’s how you can do it. To finish it off, you can attach white fascia boards along the sides. This is a really great way to make over a concrete patio, because decking flooring will instantly warm up your outdoor space.

 

3. Add Curves With Pavers

A square concrete slab is standard, but you can add curves around your concrete patio with the help of pavers. For instance, you could add a half circle to one side to create a fire pit area. Or use pavers to border off a circular garden at one corner of your patio. This is such a pretty way to make over a concrete patio.

 

4. Lay Slate Tiles

Concrete is already a great base for tiles, so you could lay slate tiles to completely transform your concrete patio. First, check for any cracks or weak spots and repair them. Then you’re good to go! Tile your concrete patio just as you would tile any other space in your home.

 

5. Stain the Concrete to Look Like Tile

If you love the look of tiles but not the hard work or the expense, you could stain the concrete to look like tile! Use 1/2 inch tape (try car shops to find this size) to create “grout” lines on the floor and then stain over it. Peel off the tape and ta-da, instant tile! Just make sure to clean it beforehand and seal it afterwards and you’ll have a concrete patio that looks nothing like concrete.

 

6. Add a Beautiful Outdoor Rug

The easiest way to make over a concrete patio is to invest in a large and striking outdoor rug. Here’s a great example. The eye will instantly go to the rug and the concrete patio will disappear into the background. Put some great outdoor furniture on top of the rug and you’ve got yourself an outdoor space you can be proud of. If you like a beachy color scheme of blue and white, you’ll love this rug.

 

For some more inspiration, check out this painted concrete floor. And if you’re actually itching to get a concrete patio because you have nothing in your backyard right now, see how you can DIY a concrete patio!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

7 Ways to Get Your Patio Ready for Spring and Summer

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You’re probably itching to spend a lot more time outside now that it’s warm, so let’s get to work and get your patio ready for spring and summer!

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1. Build (or Buy) Outdoor Planters

A couple of really great outdoor planters with bright flowers can add a lot of style to a patio. However, outdoor planters can be costly so why not build them yourself? Here’s a great round-up of DIY outdoor planter projects!

If you’re not that handy, you can always buy a set of outdoor planters to get your patio ready for spring. Maybe you’ll like this trio of white textured stone outdoor planters, this bold and modern orange outdoor planter, or this classic white slat outdoor planter.

2. Hang Up Outdoor Curtains

Turn your patio into another room simply by adding curtains to make it feel more of a part of your home. If you have a pergola or a porch, you can attach hooks to the underside and put curtains on galvanized steel pipes or rods. Hang them on the hooks and presto, you’ve got curtains! Try using outdoor fabric for more durability.

3. Put Up Outdoor String Lights

There’s nothing better than string lights hanging above you to create the perfect atmosphere for relaxing outside as it gets dark and breezy. If you don’t have a porch, you could always string them across your fence (or from your house to the fence if your yard is fairly small) or around a couple of trees.

4. Paint or Stain Your Fence

Fences can look worn out over time, especially if you haven’t painted or stained them to protect them from everyday weather conditions. Follow this tutorial to get your patio ready for spring and summer. A new-looking fence will be like a facelift for your patio!

5. Create Something with Outdoor Pallets

Since it’s so easy (and cheap) to get your hands on a couple of outdoor pallets, why not build furniture and other cool stuff for your patio? From a potting bench to an outdoor table with wheels, there is a wide variety of projects you can do with outdoor pallets.

6. Add Shade Sails

If you don’t have a porch, shade sails is an economical way to block the hot summer sun when you just want to relax in the breeze. Plus, they look so cool and modern! They come in square and triangle shapes and a wide variety of colors. Some shade sails also offer UV protection. Here’s some more information about shade sails. It’s a great way to get your patio ready for spring and summer!

7. Decorate

Is your patio furniture looking plain and sad? Swap out your cushions for new colorful ones and grab a few fun outdoor throw pillows to instantly transform your outdoor space. You’ll probably also want to get a storage bench to store your new pillows and cushions during inclement weather.

Looking for more inspiration on how to get your patio ready for spring? You’ll get a ton of ideas from this great patio round-up.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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Build Your Own Fire: 7 DIY Fire Pit Tutorials

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Create a summer full of memories with your family by building a fire pit in your backyard! From roasting marshmallows with your kids to drinking wine with your significant other outside, a fire pit will be a wonderful addition to your outdoor living space. Here are 7 great fire pit tutorials for you to try. They range from really easy to fairly labor intensive, so you’re sure to find one that will work perfectly for you. Just be sure to check your local fire pit regulations before you begin building!

 

1. Modern Concrete Fire Pit

Grab a bag of concrete mix, a mold (a large bowl works) to create the shape of your fire pit, and rocks that can withstand fire. Put in gel fireplace fuel canisters and you’ve got a DIY fire pit that’s very easy to light up and easy on the eyes.

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2. Semi-DIY Fire Pit

If you like the idea of DIY but don’t have a lot of time or skills, this fire pit project is for you. First, buy a very simple fire pit and then add landscaping bricks around it to make it look more of a part of your outdoor landscape. The landscaping bricks aren’t just for aesthetics — they make the store-bought fire pit safer since it can’t be tipped over by a wayward toddler or an adult who’s not paying attention. Anyone can do this project!

 

3. DIY Fire Pit Corner

Do you have a corner in your backyard that is always muddy and won’t grow grass? Designate it as a fire pit corner and add pea gravel around a DIY fire pit made with pavers and constructive adhesive.

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4. DIY Fire Pit Tutorial Video

This video is very clear and shows you exactly what you need to do to build a fire pit with pavers, pea gravel, and a grill plate. It also shows how to make “legs” for the grill plate using rebars and hose clamps. Even if you decide not to make this particular fire pit, the video is worth watching just to get a clearer picture of how to build fire pits in general.

 

5. Steel Fire Pit

This great DIY fire pit is made with sheets of gauge hot rolled steel, welded together. If you know how to weld or know someone who does, this project looks easy enough to pull together!

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6. Glass Fire Pit

This is a gorgeous glass DIY fire pit built with glass frames, silicone caulk, and a metal planter! Put your beautiful creation on an outdoor table and enjoy the flickering flames reflecting off the glass.

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7. Square Stone Fire Pit

There are so many stone fire pit tutorials on the web, but not that many square DIY fire pits. If you like the idea of a square fire pit, which can look more modern than the traditional round shape, this is a great tutorial for you!

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As a bonus, here’s a great idea: paint the tops of cut logs with glow in dark paint and use them as seating around your fire pit. Love it. And here’s another DIY fire pit project done with a fire pit kit, as well as a DIY curved seat wall. So good.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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