Upgrade Your Balcony with Stylish DIY Chairs!

Upgrade Your Balcony with Stylish DIY Chairs!

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Inspiration Behind the Project
  3. Challenges I Encountered
  4. Choosing the Right Materials
  5. Making Modifications to the Plans
  6. Tools Used in the Project
  7. Construction Process
  8. Dealing with Imperfections
  9. The Repainting Process
  10. Final Thoughts and Future Plans

Building Outdoor Chairs: A Journey Towards Comfort and Style


Welcome back! In this article, I want to share with you a project that I embarked on two years ago. Today, I am not only excited to show you the end result but also the process of repainting the chairs that have withstood the test of time and the elements. Join me as we dive into the world of DIY furniture-making and discover the joys and challenges I encountered along the way.

The Inspiration Behind the Project

Two years ago, during the Kobe time, I built a couch using an old discarded palette. While it served its purpose, I felt the urge to upgrade and enhance it further. With little consideration for the complexity of the project and lacking the necessary tools, I set out to create something new. I had stumbled upon unique pillows at Ikea and discovered plans for chairs on Etsy that caught my eye. However, these plans required modifications and precise measurements to fit my pillows. With the help of a helpful Etsy shop owner, we formulated new plans and embarked on this DIY adventure together.

Challenges I Encountered

As any DIY enthusiast knows, projects rarely come without their fair share of challenges. In my case, one of the main obstacles I faced was the lack of the required tools. The plans called for a meter saw to make precise cuts at a 45-degree angle, but all I had was a jigsaw. Improvisation became essential as I navigated the construction process. I reached out to a local woodshop for more complex cuts, even though their expertise was limited. Despite the frustrations that arose throughout the project, I managed to complete one chair, providing me with the motivation to push forward.

Choosing the Right Materials

Selecting the right materials for any project is crucial, and this DIY endeavor was no exception. I had the freedom to decide on the colors and finishing touches. Initially, I had planned to paint the chairs black, mirroring the black Billy bookcases in my home. However, following a discussion with my husband, we decided against it to avoid a crowded look on our balcony. Ultimately, I settled for a lighter paint color that complemented the existing floor. Although the final look pleased me, the yellow background of the wall did not harmonize as I had hoped. Consequently, I find myself on a quest to find the perfect paint color for the wall, and I eagerly welcome any suggestions.

Making Modifications to the Plans

One of the challenges I encountered was the need to modify the original plans to fit my specific requirements. With the dimensions of the chairs and pillows differing, adjustments were necessary to bring everything together seamlessly. Through collaboration with the Etsy shop owner, we were able to create a customized design that accommodated the size of my pillows. It was a proud moment to witness the plan come to life after multiple discussions and exchanges of pictures and concepts.

Tools Used in the Project

Although I lacked some essential tools, such as a meter saw, the construction process still moved forward. Improvisation became my ally as I utilized the tools at my disposal. The project presented an opportunity to experiment with various tools, including a jigsaw, which proved invaluable in making some of the cuts. While not always precise, the use of different tools added character to the chairs and showcased my determination to create something unique.

Construction Process

The construction of the chairs involved several steps, from cutting the wood to fastening the pieces together. Despite certain challenges, I managed to complete the first chair, a moment of triumph that urged me to persevere. While I don't have extensive footage of the building process, I captured significant milestones through photographs. The construction phase tested my patience and pushed me to my limits but ultimately proved rewarding.

Dealing with Imperfections

As with any handmade project, imperfections are inevitable. During the construction process, visible defects and screw placements bothered me. However, the painting stage acted as a remedy, concealing these blemishes and providing a neater appearance. The transformation from raw wood to a well-painted piece of furniture masked those small imperfections, adding to the overall aesthetic appeal.

The Repainting Process

After two years of exposure to the sun and rain, it became necessary to repaint the chairs to ensure their longevity. The first step was priming the chairs to prevent any wood stains from bleeding through. Then, two coats of paint were applied, with each layer requiring an eight-hour drying time. Patience became a virtue I had to reluctantly embrace during this stage. Finally, a matte, water-based protective layer was added to give the chairs a polished finish. Although more coats of protective paint could have been applied, there comes a point when one must accept imperfections and make peace with the result.

Final Thoughts and Future Plans

These chairs have become an integral part of our outdoor experience. Their comfort, coupled with the convenience of having a built-in resting spot for beverages, makes them truly remarkable. While they may not be flawless, the imperfections are now subtle and barely noticeable. I encourage you to embark on your own DIY projects, as they showcase your creativity and individuality. Remember, the final result may not be picture-perfect, but the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment are unparalleled. As I continue my journey of transforming my living space, I invite you to join me in upcoming projects and witness the evolution of my vision. Together, we can navigate the world of DIY with passion and an unwavering dedication to creating spaces that truly reflect who we are.


  • Embarking on a DIY furniture-making project
  • Modifying plans to fit specific requirements
  • Overcoming challenges with limited tools and resources
  • Selecting the right materials and paint colors
  • Documenting the construction process through photos
  • Concealing imperfections through the power of paint
  • Repainting to ensure longevity and protect against the elements
  • Embracing imperfections as part of the handmade charm
  • Celebrating the comfort and functionality of the finished chairs
  • Inviting readers to join the journey of transforming living spaces

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Were there any specific challenges you faced during the construction process? A: Yes, one of the main challenges was the lack of necessary tools, such as a meter saw. I had to improvise and use alternative tools to make the required cuts.

Q: How did you modify the original plans to fit your specific requirements? A: The original plans for the chairs were designed for different dimensions. With the help of the Etsy shop owner, we created customized plans that accommodated the size of my pillows.

Q: How did you deal with the imperfections that arose during the construction process? A: The imperfections were addressed during the painting stage. The layers of paint helped conceal the visible defects and screw placements, giving the chairs a more polished appearance.

Q: What prompted you to repaint the chairs after two years? A: The chairs had been exposed to the sun and rain, and I wanted to ensure their longevity. Repainting them was necessary to protect the wood and maintain their aesthetic appeal.

Q: Do you have any future plans for additional DIY projects? A: Absolutely! I am constantly evolving my vision for the living space and have several upcoming projects in mind. Stay tuned for more exciting DIY adventures!

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