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John's Chesapeake Picnic Table and Benches

John's Chesapeake Picnic Table and Benches

Chesapeake Picnic Table and

Had some difficulty getting the angles of the supports just right but eventually it all fit together well.  The stain turned out better than I had anticipated when I first started applying and hopefully will stand up to years of outdoor New England weather.  These are great plans and result in a very solid table and benches!

Built From These Plans:  Free DIY Furniture Plans To Build a PotteryBarn Inspired Chesapeake Picnic Bench for Under $25 Estimated Cost: 

$125

Length of Time: 

Four weekends

Modifications: 

No modifications except for the hole for the umbrella

Lumber Used: 

Pine

Finishing Technique: 

Two coats of Behr transparent weatherproofing all in one finish.  Cedar naturaltone

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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Campaign Three-Drawer Dresser

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Campaign Three-Drawer Dresser
Cher-Ann Texter

Campaign 3-Drawer Dresser

Project Details

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Campaign Three-Drawer Dresser, by special reader request, and a fabulous one at that! yahoo! The leg assemblies can be spray painted in a metallic color and the decorative L shaped flat plates can be made to match by spraying them as well, even though they will be metallic already. This is a fun and fabulous, yet very simply build so I can't wait to see all of the variations of color you folks choose! Xx... Rayan... Read More

It's Friday I'm In Love: 5 Fab Side Tables

It's Friday I'm In Love: 5 Fab Side Tables

IFIIL: 5 Fab Side Tables

The Design Confidential

I am super duper excited to share a few things with you today! First and foremost my long time sponsor and a fave shopping haunt of mine GoldenAgeUSA has relaunched and rebranded with a whole new site called DecoraUSA. The new site features tons of new products which they are uploading daily! Yahoo. Please be sure to check things out, as it's amazing sponsors like these that help keep this old blog running at full steam! I know you all love that, so I am giving a virtual high five to the folks at DecoraUSA and I hope you will too! ... Read More

Get Campy with a Cabin Themed Kids Room Mood Board

Get Campy with a Cabin Themed Kids Room Mood Board

Get Campy

The Design Confidential

Campy retreats and decor elements are all the rage, and I can't help but get caught up in the moment along with the rest of you! I don't typically have this happen, but I was so inspired by a One Kings Lane sale that rolled through my inbox that I created an entire mood board around it (almost never happens that I adore so many things in one curated sale). It's a bit kitsch and campy to be sure, but wouldn't it be so fun to have a kid's room decked out in vintage vacation memorabilia? It would be a staycation of a truly different kind, but a fun and cozy one nonetheless..... Read More

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Original Office Small Hutch

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Original Office Small Hutch

Original Office Small Hutch

Project Details

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Original Office Small Hutch! Easy to build and big on storage goodness... to see the other pieces in this huge and fabulous collection, click here!

Estimated Cost

$50-$75

Dimensions Tools

  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Countersink Bit for Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Brad nailer

Lumber

  • 2 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 1 full sheet of ¾” plywood
  • 1 half sheet of ¾” plywood

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Water-Wise Gardening: Make the Most of Every Drop

Water-Wise Gardening: Make the Most of Every Drop

Amber Pollei

Whether you’re caring for a container garden or keeping a homestead vegetable plot alive, using water efficiently and mindfully is important. In many places, water restrictions are common — especially during the summers. But even if your area isn’t experiencing drought, follow these simple steps to conserve one of our most precious resources.

Collect water inside the house

In our house, half-full glasses of water either get added to the dog’s water bowl or dumped on a parched houseplant. And on those days when I forget my water bottle in the hot car, I empty it on a plant. Even cleaning old, glacier-like ice from the icemaker is an opportunity to water the garden. On a bigger scale, keep a bucket in your shower to collect water for your plants. Let it catch precious drops as the water warms up, and even while you shower (provided you use eco-friendly, biodegradable bath products)... Read More

A Big Patio Planter

A Big Patio Planter

Patio Planter

Our backyard patio is really dull so I decided to add a corner planter.  I could not find any plans for such a large planter so I just made up my own on the fly. 

I made the corner pieces from a 10 foot 4x4 by cutting grooves in two sides with a circular saw to a depth of about 1 inch and a width of about 3/4 inch.  This is not fine furniture so I was not concerned with precise cuts.  I removed the extra stock in the gooves with a chisel then sanded and painted.

Construction of the top trim is very crucial to the final product as it will define the shape and size of the planter.  The corner pieces  attach to the corners of the top trim and then cedar fence boards slide into place to form the sides.

I added cedar footing around the bottom, cedar braces inside and cedar boards that connect the boards of each side... Read More