My name is Rachel and my little slice of blog heaven is Thrifty Inspirations!
I saw our lovely Desiree was looking for guest bloggers while she is attending the SNAP conference
and I just had to offer my help!!
Today I want to share with everyone a huge project my husband and I recently finished all by ourselves!
Our super comfortable outdoor sectional!
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If you have never been to Ana White’s blog, I forewarn you, you will be inspired to madness.
Back-breaking, muscle-aching, paint-covered madness.
I wanted to keep with her style but make it a little more within our budget so we adapted her plan to use 2″x4″ lumber instead of 1″x4″ because they were about half the price, and let’s face it, it’s always all about the price. Right? Right!
Here is what we did:
If you are looking to use 2x4s as we did you will need to make the following adjustments:
2 @ 24 1/4″ (Seat Side Aprons)
1 @ 18″ (Seat Front Apron)
2 @ 22 3/4″ (Seat Supports)
2 @ 24″ (Seat Sides)
6 @ 17″ (Seat Boards)
2 @ 13 1/2″ (Front Legs)
2 @ 27 1/2″ (Back Legs)
1 @ 24″ (Back Top)
2 – 2×4 @ 21″ (Seat Back Board & Seat Back Apron)
1 @ 24 1/2″ (Front Apron)
2 @ 23″ (Seat Supports)
1 @ 24 1/2″ (Side Apron)
1 @ 24″ (Side Seat Board)
6 @ 20 1/2″ (Seat Boards)
2 @ 13 1/2″ (Front Legs)
4 @ 27 1/2″ (Back Legs)
2 @ 21″ (Back, Short Top Apron and Seat End)
2 @ 22 1/2″ (Back, Long Top Apron and Seat End)
1 – @ 24″ (Short Top)
1 @ 27 1/2″ (Long Top)
I recommend cutting all of your wood first so that you can get the most out of each board.
Then, using Ana’s project plan assembly instructions we built each section one at a time.
I built two of these sections by myself. I do not recommend this! My back hurt, hands hurt, head hurt, knees hurt. You name it, it hurt. The worst part was that they weren’t even sturdy and we had to go back and re-screw a bunch of sections where I just couldn’t hold it properly by myself to get it nice and tight. Get help! After we went back and fixed those sections we got a rhythm going (I made the pilot holes and he screwed in the screws) and it was much smoother sailing.
Once you have all of your pieces assembled you will need to use wood filler to fill all the visible holes.
Then sand smooth.
Once all of your pieces are puttied and sanded it’s time to paint 🙂
Line them up like a little sectional army. I recommend for painting to use a paint sprayer. It will require less coats and shorten your painting process from an entire day, to less than two hours. However, if you do not have access to a paint sprayer you can certainly paint by hand with a brush. You may want some company though! There are a lot of angles on this project!
I chose to use a Behr Exterior Latex paint in Coffee Bean. Mmm coffee 🙂
I allowed each piece to sit in the sun (it was a beautiful day for painting) for several hours before reassembling all the pieces. Once they were good and dry it was time to put them back together!
Want to see what the power of pillows can do?
The cushions/pillows were actually the most expensive part of this entire project.
They were a Costco deal… I love me some Costco deals 😉
I felt like I was dumpster diving when I found these. They had it displayed in a giant box and well… I wanted matching cushions and matching cushions I was going to find. So in I went! Head first!
I had looked for a very long time online for 24×24 cushions with little to none in my price range.
With the Costco score ($20/cushion) I was more than satisfied.
My Total Cost Breakdown:
Lumber – $87 (I had about 8 boards leftover and made 6 sections)
Screws – $13 (I used regular exterior wood screws)
Cushions/Pillows – $213 (this was obviously the most expensive part)
Paint – $0 (I had a whole gallon of brown exterior paint leftover from a tiny project)
(It would have cost me ~$30 had I required purchasing the paint.)
Total Cost: $313
(Now that’s thrifty baby!)
Items I used that I already had on hand:
Wagner Power Painter Plus (Paint Sprayer) – $99
Dewalt Orbital Sander – $59
Rigid “10 Compound Miter Saw – $199
Ryobi 18V Cordless Drill (kit) – $79
Elmer’s Wood Filler – $6
Behr Exterior Satin Paint in Coffee Bean – $32
If you require these tools/items you can expect to pay: ~$500.
What I prefer to do is over time buy 1 tool per major project and borrow everything else from neighbors and friends.
This will cut your costs significantly while still allowing you to gear up your garage at your own pace making it much more likely you will acquire the tools you need in the future!
All said and done, we absolutely love it. It’s super comfortable and plenty big enough for us both to lay out completely stretched with our laptops and just relax. It will be perfect for a summer BBQ too 🙂
Thank you so much Desiree for having me and I hope you are having a blast at the conference!!
It is hard to believe that this was a DIY project.
Take a minute to visit Rachel’s blog and thank her for sharing her tutorial with us…