Outdoor Living Is Transformed With These 10 Self Build Projects

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Outdoor living needn’t cost a fortune. Here are a few ideas to transform your garden into an outdoor room….


Patio Table Drinks Holder

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Patio table drinks holder

Keep those valuable drinks cool with this cooler box made from a reclaimed pallet.

Excellent step by step instructions and lots of photographs.

FolkArt Home texture chalk paint was used to give a slight texture and a matte, distressed finish.

The holder was given an antique appearance using a stain to distress the paint.

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Hanging Wall Garden

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Hanging Wall Garden

Brighten up those bare walls with this hanging garden.

Reclaimed cedar fence boards and scrap 4 x 2 are used to create this hanging garden. Everything has been stained to give a uniform look.

Sedums and succulents have been planted in this garden, however herbs would grow better in deeper troughs.

Two Person Love Chair

Pallet chair outdoor

Two person love chair https.//manomano.co.uk

The two of you can relax in this comfortable chair, glass in hand, beside the barbecue.

This love chair, which is made from 4 pallets, takes about three hours to make.

Outdoor Table

Coffee table outside

Outdoor Table https.//organizeyourstuffnow.com

This is a great design……ideal for putting your drinks tray on with storage underneath for barbecue accessories and other knick knacks,

Full instructions can be found on this page


Adirondack Chair

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The Adirondack Chair was designed by Thomas Lee in 1903. His family owned a property in Westport, which lies in the Adirondack Mountains NY.

Lee gave his plans to a local carpenter, Harry Bunnell, who developed the design and sold Adirondack Chairs for 20 years. Many different versions have followed.

You will find plans and instructions on this site

Seat Around A Tree

Seat round a Tree

Bench Around A Tree

View every corner of your garden from this ‘wrap around a tree’ seat

Use 6 x 2 inch boards for the seats and 4 x 2 for the back and finish with a sealer and varnish.

Don’t drive any nails into the tree as they may affect its health….construct an independent frame to nail the boards to.

Whiskey Barrel Chair

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Outdoor Barrel Chair

This is my favourite chair…..such a robust design.

You can probably source all of the staves you require from just one barrel.

The dark lines on the seat and back are where the circular steel rings have been.

Ideal for comfortable outdoor living.




Casual Drinks Table

Outdoor bar

Drinks Table https.//1001pallets.com

If you have a couple of hours to spare and can find two pallets, then you can make this mini outdoor bar/drinks table.

Full details are given on this page

Herringbone Dining Table

Outdoor table

Herringbone Table cherishedbliss.com

This stylish table features a herring bone top and braced legs, so it will withstand the elements and. of course, little feet jumping all over it!

Embrace outdoor living by inviting family and friends to an alfresco meal.

Take a look at this site for complete details.


Lockable Outdoor Bar

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Outdoor Bar organizeyourstuffnow.com

This outdoor bar is perfect for barbeque parties. It can be locked when not in use, but the front lowers to form a shelf to serve from when the action begins. Hidden lights make it the centre of attraction.


Folding Bench revThis is the folding bench/picnic table featured on my Pinterest board. You will receive full instructions and plans by subscribing to Al Stewart’s email newsletter

Embrace outdoor living. Prepare for many happy evenings around the barbecue this coming summer…..glass in one hand and kebab in the other!


You may like to read some of my other posts……

15 Great Whiskey Barrel Furniture Projects

10 Best Books on Wooden Jewellery


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I have always loved wood crafts. In my teens it was model gliders, ships in bottles, puppets, wooden toys.... Then I had to earn a crust and became a civil engineer designing and building bridges, motorways, schools...until I became a video producer. On retiring I started making dolls houses but now I am a blogger concentrating on my love of wood.
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