12 Seriously Cute Outdoor Seating Options You Can DIY
Warmer weather is almost here! You’ve already got cute summer swimsuits in your closet and have spent some time pruning the yard, but how’s your outdoor seating game? That one beach chair you found on the side of the road last fall is going to look pretty shabby in the spring sunshine. But since good patio furniture can be spendy, flex those DIY muscles with this list of upcycled or handmade pieces that will bring comfort *and* style to your outdoor living spaces all season long.
1. Hammock Chair: Perfect for shady hangs under a tree, this comfy seat can be customized to be the just-right accent for your space. (via Brit + Co)
2. DIY Concrete Stool: Cement is the ultimate patio furniture material because it can withstand the elements and won’t fade with time. The stool doubles as a side table or plant stand, so really it works for any space. (via Purely Katie)
3. DIY Paint-Dipped IKEA NORNÄS Outdoor Bench: This piece does it all: Seating, potting bench, plant stand, side table … It’s a yard space saver and a fun way to add functional color. (via Sarah Hearts)
4. DIY Sling Beach Chair Makeover: This is a GREAT way to freshen up a mismatched collection of beach chairs, or give your old faithful a colorful new look. Who knew those office-supply-store sticker letters could help make such a stylish piece? (via Studio DIY)
5. Boho Bench Makeover: For a decidedly more colorful vibe, pick a luxe color and stencil some pattern onto a curb-side find for the ultimate budget makeover. (via Mark Montano)
6. West Elm-Inspired DIY Striped Pouf: This stripe-happy piece was made for a fraction of the cost of the original. It’s the perfect addition to an outdoor couch situation or for when you need an extra spot to sit. (via Place Of My Taste)
7. Patio Hammock Upgrade: Don’t knock the hammock life! With the tassel trim and lace edge, this surprisingly easy DIY looks super feminine and very custom. (via Brit + Co)
8. Lounge-WorthyDaybed: If you have enough space for a daybed, it’s pretty much a crime if you don’t make one. Add shibori sheets and some shade, you’re good to go. (via DIY Network)
9. DIY Planter Bench: Turn your little piece of urban terrain into a lush oasiswith this ingenious bench. It’s seating, it’s decor, it’s perfect. (Lawn flamingos not included but highly recommended). (via Brit + Co)
10. Revamped & Reupholstered Bamboo Cane Chair: You should totally be eyeing any and all bamboo furniture for a tropical refresh. A coat of paint and a bold print are all you need to get this look. (via The Whimsical Wife)
11. DIY Embroidered Ratan Chair: Colorful yarn and a little bit of weaving will add a some razzle-dazzle to your existing pieces, like this IKEA chair. (via Brit + Co)
12. DIY Aluminum Chair Makeover: Start from scratch with a thrift store chair frame and some paracord for something ultra-practical ultra-beautiful. (via A Beautiful Mess)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)