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.
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.