DIY painted furniture project

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 12 Colorful Porch Perk Ups

Trend: Colorful Porch Perk-Ups

Add some color to your porch or patio with these 12 inspiring DIY ideas. Pillows, chairs, tables, and more! Enjoy!

 Super Lovely DIY Porch Pillows, on A Beautiful Mess.

I’m absolutely in LOVE with this DIY Pallet Swing Bed, on The Merrythought.

 Updated Outdoor Chairs, on Design Sponge.

Pretty Painted Patio Rug, on All Things Thrifty.

Wire Cloche Succulent Garden Terrarium, on DIY Showoff.

Pretty Patio Table with Interchangeable Centerpiece, on Craptastic.

For those tiny patios and porches: Little Patio Table Update, on Lovely Indeed.

Add a base support to an old screen door, paint it, and turn it into patio decor, on BHG.

Pallet Serving Tray, on Live Laugh Rowe.

Front Door Makeover, on All Things Mamma.

 

Outdoor Concrete Side Table or Stool, on The Paper Mama on BHG.

Recycled Wood Planter, Zelo Photo Blog.

I don’t know about you, but I would LOVE to have the swinging porch bed in my yard. So comfy.

 

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The images in the first photo are from Design SpongeA Beautiful Mess, The Paper Mama on BHG, and DIY Showoff.


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Outdoor Concrete Table/Stool for under $15

 

Trend: Concrete Furniture!

Need an update to your backyard, but you’re on a small budget? I’m right there with you. That’s why I made this concrete table for my patio! With about $15 and a bit of time, you’ll have the perfect piece to work as a stool OR a side table.

 

Let’s get started:

Supplies:

- 1 bag of Quikrete 5000 Concrete

- 8 inch wide by 15 inch high Concrete Form Tube

- 1 or 2 inch thick foam

- 3 Quarts Water

- Duct Tape

- 5 Gallon Plastic Bucket

- Shovel/stick to mix the concrete.

- Large container to mix concrete (we used two 5 gallon buckets)

- Optional: 2 sticks to support the concrete form tube during pouring

- Optional: spray paint and acrylic sealing spray

 

Directions:

- Cut a 15 inch long section off of your concrete forming tube.

 

- Mark the concrete tube about 3 inches from the top. This will be your concrete level spot.

 

- Set your concrete form tube on the foam and trace a circle. Cut out that circle.

 

 

- Use the duct tape to attach the foam circle to the base of your concrete form tube. Make sure the foam/edge is completely covered by duct tape.

 

- Optional: Drill four holes, at the 3 inch mark you made, into your concrete form tube. Push two sticks through the holes to support the tube during pouring.

 

 

- It’s time to pour some concrete! Safety note: I recommend wearing gloves/eye protection/dust filter mask for this process. I also suggest doing this process with a friend, makes it so much easier (also, the concrete bag is 80 pounds and I am not even able to lift it, ha, my husband helped with that). Mix your concrete together with the 3 quarts of water. If you’ve never mixed concrete before, I really recommend watching this video by Quikrete.

 

- Pour roughly 2 inches of the prepped concrete into the bucket. Base first, put the concrete form tube into the bucket. Center it. While someone holds the tube steady, pour the concrete along the side of the tube. Pour to the top of the bucket. To get the air bubbles out, gently pick up the bucket and tap it on the ground. Add more concrete to fill to the top, if needed.

 

- Place something heavy on top of your concrete tube form to get it down to the 4 inch level mark. We used some extra tiles we had. Bricks or even rocks inside the tube would work.

 

- Let the concrete sit for about 30 minutes (or when there are no longer little puddles of water on the concrete). Smooth out the concrete.

 

- Let this sit (out of the rain) for 4 + days. The longer, the better. There’s a lot of concrete in there and it needs time to dry.

 

 To remove the bucket:

 

- Tear out the concrete tube and scrape out the foam.

 

 

- Use a rubber mallet to tap the sides of the bucket. Turn the bucket upside down and tap the base.

 

 

- If the concrete doesn’t easily slide out, use a blade to slice a hole in the base. This should release some pressure. Use a crowbar if it needs a little extra help.

 

 

- You now have a concrete stool or side table!

 

- Optional: If you’d like, add a bit of color to the piece! I used some gold spray Paint to the top (sealed with acrylic sealing spray).

 

You are now done! Enjoy and you now have a super cute inexpensive piece to dress up your outdoor space. Good as a stool or side table. I ended up making 2 of these. I can’t wait to start using them this summer! I made both of these stools for under $30. Just needed one extra bucket and bag of concrete.

 

 

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. if you loved this, feel free to share!


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: Wallpaper and Ombré

A Home Office Nook with Ombré and Wallpaper

This sweet little desk setup would make a perfect space to work from a laptop, write letters, and pay bills. The drawers (painted in an of-the-moment ombré gradient) add much-needed storage and function, but the space feels just as pretty as it is practical. To achieve a similar look (think owls instead of butterflies), try the items below.

Get the Look: Ombré and Wallpaper

  1. Acrylic Desk Organizer
  2. Atoll Rectangular Mirror
  3. Peekaboo Acrylic Console Table (as Desk)
  4. Drawer Unit on Casters (Painted)
  5. Marais Side Chair
  6. Owls of the British Isles Wallpaper
  7. Lamp Shade
  8. Lamp Base

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely