DIY balcony furniture.

for once in my life (post-living-with-the-parents), I have an outdoor space to call my own. it wasn’t “essential,” but an absolute bonus when [J] & I settled on our des moines apartment. when we moved in, the last thing I wanted to do was go outside (it was February). but once the temperatures began to rise, the balcony was the only thing on my mind. outdoor furniture is really expensive! we wanted a table & 4 chairs. but everywhere we went our budget could hardly cover the plastic option or one wooden chair. so I said “let’s build it“. (let’s is the key word). I set a tentative deadline of may 1st. but after quite a few unexpected business trips, we pushed it back to june 1st. then more trips. but .. we finally have outdoor furniture – and it is amazing! (if it wasn’t for the mosquitoes, I’d never come inside).

DIY balcony furniture.

DIY balcony furniture // LLinaBC.com

DIY balcony furniture // LLinaBC.com

DIY balcony furniture // LLinaBC.com

DIY balcony furniture // LLinaBC.com

DIY balcony furniture // LLinaBC.com

DIY balcony furniture // LLinaBC.com

the ice bucket is obviously my favorite. there will be no warm beer, or running inside for a cold cocktail in this household. [J] made the table + all four chairs. (outdoor rug from world market). he did an amazing job! [J] found the plans for the entire project, from mom + builder, ana white. she breaks down the materials + tools, cut list, and all of the steps. [for our chairs here + our table here]. we decided to add on the ice bucket. it was something he was easily able to incorporate into the design. it turned out better than I could’ve imagined.

who wants to come over for a BBQ & a cocktail?

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  • Kristin June 17, 2013 at 7:54 am

    that looks awesome, super impressed with J!

    • #LLinaBC June 18, 2013 at 9:20 am

      kristin – thank you!! I think it was the first “major” thing he ever built, & it turned out great!!

  • Tami Cahill June 17, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Wow, that turned out so good! I think J could have a new career if he wanted. Can’t wait to see you guys soon!

    • #LLinaBC June 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

      I couldn’t agree more. and I think he’d be happy to spend more time in the garage with his power tools. can’t wait to see you & the fam soon too!! xo!!

  • Megan June 17, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Um that ice bucket in the middle of the table is absolute GENIUS. Jeff did such a great job!!

    • #LLinaBC June 18, 2013 at 9:38 am

      he thanks you!! we’re both so happy with how it turned out ..and LOVE the ice bucket!!

  • Samantha Peterson June 17, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I am SO going to do this! I’ve been dying for new porch furniture and this would fit the bill PERFECTLY! I will soon be pestering you with questions about this!

    • #LLinaBC June 18, 2013 at 9:41 am

      you should – I’d be more than happy to answer any questions [or ask [J] for the answer]. xo!!

  • Rachel Sedaker June 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    That looks incredible! Way better than something from the store.

    • #LLinaBC June 18, 2013 at 9:45 am

      thank you rachel!!! I found so many amazing outdoor dining sets in stores, but they were all too dang expensive for 3 months of use [if that]. I couldn’t be happier we settled on building. it turned out great & [J] is so proud.

  • Rachel tryingforsighs June 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    The ice bucket is a fabulous touch, I love it. Enjoy your nice cold beers and cocktails. xx

    • #LLinaBC June 18, 2013 at 9:48 am

      I was thinking it could also keep a salad or appetizers chilled, but of course ..testing the beer was more important. thank you rachel – xo!!

  • Ben Lebowitz June 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    OBSESSED

    • #LLinaBC June 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      thankkkk you – xo!! 🙂

  • Sarah June 18, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I love Ana White’s website…your husband did an amazing job on the table. Can you tell me what type of wood he used and the stain? Thanks.

    • #LLinaBC June 18, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      thank you sarah!! yes, ana white’s website is amazing. I’m blown away by everything she creates. we used cedar [2×2’s] & pine [1×2’s]. and the stain is: olympic maximum stain & sealant, in canyon brown. thanks for stopping by & happy building!!

      • Sarah June 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm

        thank you!

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