Years ago we build this super big deck on the back of our house. However, we hardly ever go out, because it’s way to hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. Fall and Spring would be the perfect time to spend out on the deck, but we also don’t have any furniture that we could sit on.
I decided the other day to take some money from savings and makeover our porch, until I saw the price for a dining set or a simple sectional. I don’t think I want to spend $1000 of dollars on a patio set that we don’t use all that often, now granted we may use the porch more if we have a nice inviting area, but still not worth $1000 to me.
I came up with a plan and told hubby about it, I knew if I tell him what I want, he probably would build it for me and that’s exactly what we did. We spend about $100 in material for the wood and it took him one Saturday to put it together with the help of my teen.
Check out what my back patio looks like now.. still not done, but getting close and I wanted to show you, that you can makeover your porch or patio on a budget, as well.
We now have 2 bench seating, a nice sturdy table to put our drinks down or for more seating, whatever we may need. We still need to stain the wood, but that’s a project for another weekend. For now, this is how to build the bench seating and table. Super simple.. check it out below.
This is how to make the wood bench for your porch or patio
Build a frame with 2×4’s the size that fits your need; add 4×4’s as legs, top with 1’s … voila your bench is done!!!
I build my benches to the size of my cushions. I kept looking everywhere and found that the cushions run about 22×21 or 22x22isch and that’s how I decided on how big my bench would be. However, I wasn’t happy about the price of the cushions. I needed 7-8 and each was about $25-$45 depending on what brand, color and thickness I wanted. That wasn’t gonna work. I was not gonna spend a few hundred on cushions that the hot Florida sun would tear up in no time.
I spend an afternoon online looking through varies stores and places until I came up with an idea; a chaise lounge chair cushion would probably work. I looked for a cushion that was all one size and I found one for only $35 and Free Shipping.
These cushions are the perfect size 21×72 making it super simple and affordable, since I only need 2 of these cushions. I spend about $70 for these two cushions and I love them. They are comfy and perfect for our seating; I’m soo glad that I came up with a different option for seating cushions. So look around and see what fits your needs. You shouldn’t have to pay an arm and a leg to sit comfortable. I found these cushions at Sears.com by the way, they are also being sold at Kmart. I did the ship to store and within 3 days I got a call that my ordered had arrived.. LOVED it!!
Now check out what our porch looks like after a Saturday’s worth of work and about $150 later. Yes.. every Home remodel makeover magazine has some kind of animal in their photo shot, so I had to have one, too… doesn’t Charlie look perfect on the deck? He sure enjoyed it.
See… now all I need is some stain from the deck remodel a few years ago, that’s been sitting in the closet waiting for a project and my seating area will be complete. Also, see the two flowerpots with the 4×4’s.. yup a project for another day.. I will show you how I created a sun sail on a budget that will fit any space… So be sure to come back in the next few weeks to get the #DIY on that.
I’m still looking for a dining option on the other side of the deck… Once I have my entire remodel done, I will post pictures for you to get some ideas, too.
Happy DIY’ing ….
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