Outdoor furniture can cost an arm and a leg. Since I’m not interested in selling my firstborn to afford nice furniture, we often build it ourselves- and we do the same thing with homeowners on Knock It Off. We wanted to build homeowners Barb and Derek a sectional for their sunroom that would have a high end feel and not the price tag.
Doesn’t it look great in their finished sunroom?
We are huge fans of giving credit where credit is due- Ana White is the queen extraordinaire of all things DIY furniture! Her blog is full of FREE furniture plans and one of her projects inspired our outdoor sectional.
We didn’t use Ana’s plans exactly, because we wanted it a certain size for Derek and Barb’s room, so we came up with our own version, but if you want to make one, you should follow her step by step directions with awesome pictures!
Ana’s plans for an outdoor sectional can be found HERE
and you can download a PDF with everything you’ll need.
A few tips for making one of your own…
# 1- Have the right tools!
You don’t need anything extravagant to build this sectional, but a strong drill, a Kreg Jig, and a Chop Saw are essential.
Here’s how it works…
You can check out Kreg’s website here
(and no, this isn’t sponsored, I just really love this tool!!)
# 2- Have a friend to help!
This is a two person job. There are lots of times where you’ll need one person to hold and the other to attach something.
# 3- Use Exterior paint or Stain with a Sealant
For our sectional, we used exterior paint, but watered it down a bit, so we could still see some of the wood grain. It’s a little trick if you’re in a time crunch. It spreads easily, like a stain, but you don’t have to do an extra coat of sealant. We’ve learned lots of quick trips doing rooms for Knock It Off.
This project looks amazing and expensive, but it’s really simple and a good first project if you’re wanting to try your hand at building. All the cuts are straight and the plans are simple (you can thank Ana White for that!)
If you want to see how this sectional looks in the room, click HERE
to watch the full episode online.
Hopefully this project encourages you to take that first step and give building your own furniture a try! It will save you a ton of money (maybe even your firstborn!!)
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