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DIY Outdoor Furniture With Leftover Wood

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, May 12, 2015

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'Enhance the Look of Your Gazebo or Patio with Wooden Outdoor Furniture'

When you think of outdoor furniture, you may picture a glass-topped patio table surrounded by plastic chairs and a couple of resin chaise lounges. Certainly, this is a comfortable patio setup for friends and family. But, how about doing something a little different this year? A collection of wooden outdoor furniture can make your patio area look all the more inviting. Furthermore, you can construct pieces of wooden outdoor furniture using leftover wood found on your property. This is a creative way to make good use of old wood that would otherwise be tossed out. Take a look at some ideas I found for imaginative pieces of wooden outdoor furniture.

A Unique Patio Table

Do you have any empty pallets in your storage shed, garage or barn? If you do, you have the raw materials for an appealing outdoor coffee table. This table can be made with two pallets of practically any size. The construction involves attaching two pallets together with small blocks of wood and putting sealant on the table to protect it from moisture. Make sure the pallet on the top has a relatively even surface that will support cups and plates. You can either set your pallet table on the ground or attach casters to it so you can move it around the patio area more easily.

A Table Made of Old Wine Crates

Old wooden wine crates can also be used to make a table. If you have an intimate backyard area, you may opt to make a table using two small wine crates. Alternatively, if you want a full size table you could use four large wine crates. I suggest that you put a coat of sealant on the wood to protect it from the spring and summer rains. Leave the names and illustrations of wine makers on the sides of the crates to add a little more interest to your creation.

A Pallet Loveseat for the Patio

A pallet loveseat is a fun idea if you don't want a full-sized sofa on your patio. Its arms, legs, and seat are fashioned out of scraps of wood, while the back of the loveseat is made out of a pallet. You may leave the seat uncovered or put some colorful cushions on it to make it all the more welcoming to guests. Be sure to invest in some sealant to protect the wood from moisture.

A Simple Chair for the Patio

This project is perfect if you're looking for a simple chair for your outdoor area. It has a camp chair design and you can add a small cushion to the seat to make it more comfortable. This wooden chair should be treated with water resistant sealant to preserve the wood.

Finally, all of these wooden furniture items need to be kept clean so they stay in good condition. Use a mixture of mild soap and warm water to remove dirt from your chairs and tables. Then, put your furniture out in the sun so it can dry completely. You may need to reapply water resistant sealant to your furniture if you see the wood start to fade or cracks begin to form. There are also protective fabric covers available that can extend the life of a piece of wooden outdoor furniture. Thanks for reading!  - Alan

Topics: diy outdoor furniture

 

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