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10 DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas

Here are 10 ideas for deck and patio furniture you can make yourself—for both beginner and experienced woodworkers.

Fall 2021, Easy DIY, console cabinet, finished
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How to Build a Console Cabinet

Using pocket-hole joinery and plywood from the home center, This Old House DIY expert Jenn Largesse shares the steps she used to turn a complex build into an easy assembly.

Spring 2021, Build it, Modern Platform Bench
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Build It | Modern Platform Bench

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor use strips of hardwood decking to create a slatted bench inspired by an iconic mid-century furniture design. Get the full plans and instructions to build your own George Nelson-inspired modern slatted bench.

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How to Build an Old Pine Coffee Table

Norm Abram and Jeff Sweenor build a coffee table for Westerly homewners Scott and Shayla using old pine from a nearby family sawmill.

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DIY Headboard, Rustic Edition

Tom Silva and Kevin O’Connor turn a sheet of plywood and some rough-sawn boards into a unique headboard for the bedroom.

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How to Makeover a Rattan Chair

How to update a rattan chair with spray paint.

Refinishing a Dining Table

What’s the best finish to use to refinish a dining room table?

How to Build a Custom Bunk Bed

Follow these steps to plan and build a safe, wall-attached bunk bed for your growing kids.

How to Build a Murphy Bed

Here is what you need to know when building (or buying) a Murphy bed.

TLC for Wood Patio Furniture

Even though outdoor furniture is typically made of resilient hardwoods or naturally rot-resistant softwoods, it’s not immune to the elements. Here’s how to keep your deck or patio set in top form

Before and After: DIY Map-Drawer Dresser

Home-improvement fanatic Jenni Radosevich has been blogging about everything DIY on her website, I Spy DIY, for nearly a decade. Here's one of our favorite dresser upgrades on the Web

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Bedside Table | New Yankee Workshop

Norm constructs a bedside table inspired by one found at the Hancock Shaker Village. Go to The New Yankee Workshop to see measured drawings for all projects

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Blanket Chest | New Yankee Workshop

Norm builds a blanket chest of pine and lines it with aromatic cedar panels. Go to The New Yankee Workshop to see measured drawings for all projects

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Workbench | New Yankee Workshop

Norm builds a workbench featuring an oak-edged hardwood top and a recessed tool storage area. Go to The New Yankee Workshop to see measured drawings for all projects

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Corner Cupboard | New Yankee Workshop

Norm constructs a corner cupboard with glass-paned doors and a base cabinet with raised panel doors. Go to The New Yankee Workshop to see measured drawings for all projects

Bowfront Chest | New Yankee Workshop

Norm builds his version of mahogany and is challenged to form the French feet and the dovetailed bowfront drawers. Go to The New Yankee Workshop to see measured drawings for all projects.

7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Paint

If you're still saving up for your remodel, here are some affordable and refreshing paint ideas to consider in the meantime

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How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Maker Jimmy DiResta and Kevin O’Connor built this side table on an episode of Ask This Old House

9 DIY Headboards You Can Make

Customizable and interesting ideas to create a bold focal point

Best Ways to Apply Polyurethane

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How to Build a Laundry Pedestal

Layer beadboard and moldings onto a basic frame for a rock-solid surface that elevates the appliances—and the look of your space

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How to Turn a Plain Sink into a Cedar Vanity

From our #DIYDARE challenge, use common cedar to transform an inexpensive sink into a charming version of standing water

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How to Stencil Faux Inlay on a Plain Dresser

Dress(er) up a plain piece with metallic paint and stencils in our #DIYDARE challenge

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How to Build a Storage Bench

In the workshop, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor build a storage bench for an entryway

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How to Build a Kids' Bookcase

Use oak stair treads and pine boards to create right-size shelves that keep books and toys within easy reach of small hands

How to Spot a Fake Antique

Amy Hughes, author of Salvage Style, offers her hard-learned tips for telling the genuine article from an impostor

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Build It | How to Build a Shaker Table

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor build a historic-looking Shaker table

5 Easy Room Updates You (Probably) Never Thought Of

The folks at Apartment Therapy share nifty, thrifty interior-design ideas in a new book

10 Ways to Upcycle Sports Gear into Children's Furniture

Don't leave it on the field! Check out these sporty ways to repurpose athletic equipment

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How to Build a Custom Built-In Using Stock Shelving

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva transforms stock shelving into a custom built-in

Fast Fixes for Flea-Market Finds

A salvage expert shares eight simple spruce-ups for secondhand wood, metal, and painted pieces—no refinishing required

Use Leftover Tile to Create a Showpiece Table

Follow these simple steps for making a left-over tile table