Category: How To’s & Quick Tips

2 Ways to Make Your Own Wallpaper

Don't let a blank wall get you down! Create a truly custom interior that suits your style and needs—be they temporary or permanent—with one of these two DIY wallpaper methods.

How To Make Wallpaper


Wallpaper is having its moment again—and we’re not talking about the stuffy prints you remember seeing in your grandmother’s house as a kid. The sky’s the limit nowadays, especially with all the options for creating your own prints. The newest trend in interior design has homeowners customizing wall coverings with beautiful printed papers or fabrics, in both permanent and temporary styles. Confused, and wondering how you can cash in on this crafty project? Read on for a detailed how-to, then grab a partner to get started.

Option #1: Permanent Wallpaper
You can adhere just about any type of paper—including gift wrap—to a wall using wallpaper paste. Tip: Skip thin, shiny wrapping paper, which is very challenging to hang without it wrinkling. Instead, choose a thick, higher-quality wrapping paper with either a repeating pattern that’s easy for you to line up or a random print that won’t need extra attention—this will all help make your job look pro instead of pathetic.

- Drop cloth
- Paint tray
- Wallpaper paste
- Step ladder
- Gift wrap (or old book pages)
- Painter’s tape
- Scissors
- Foam roller
- Sponge
- X-Acto knife
- Small foam brush

How To Make Wallpaper - Permanent Method


First, prep your work space by covering the floor with a drop cloth in case any wallpaper paste should slop or splatter.

Cut your paper into ready-to-hang pieces. Hop onto your step ladder to align the top edge with the top of your wall; unroll the rest so that it measures roughly the length of the wall, with a little extra on the bottom. Cut your length, and use painter’s tape to lightly hold it in place while you unroll your second column of “wallpaper” and match up the pattern. Continue this all the way down the wall.

Pour the paste adhesive into a paint tray, and work with one panel at a time. Remove the tape from your first paper, and lay it on a flat surface so you can apply paste with a roller directly to the back of the paper. Be careful not to oversaturate.

If instructions on your can of wallpaper paste require it, “book” the wallpaper so that the paste completely penetrates. Do this by curling each end up to the middle of your paper, then lightly pressing the pasted sides together as much as possible without creasing the folds. Wait the length of time suggested on the can before unfolding the top end.

Align the top of the wrapping paper once more to where the wall meets the ceiling or the molding. Press the paper into place, and smooth it downward with clean hands. (You can use a damp sponge to remove any traces of excess paste on the wall.) If you’ve booked your paper, unfold the bottom end when you reach the middle, and continue to smooth the rest of the way down.

If you need to make any cuts to fit around molding or hardware, trim with your X-Acto knife and then use the small foam brush to lightly spread the wallpaper paste along the edges and stick it to the wall.

Repeat Steps 3 through 5 with the next sections of wrapping paper until you’ve covered the full wall, taking care to smooth down the paper and get rid of any bubbles as you go. When you’re finished, let the walls dry following the instructions on the paste container.


Option #2: Temporary Wallpaper
Whether you inhabit a rental or just enjoy changing up styles from year to year, a wall covering with the flexibility to come down easily and leave your wall damage-free is like a mini miracle. Use the following instructions to create your own temporary wall motif using your favorite cotton print fabric as your “wallpaper” and liquid fabric starch as an adhesive. When you’re ready for a change, removal is as simple as softening the wall covering with warm water and a sponge, and then pulling it off.

- Lightweight cotton fabric
- Fabric scissors
- Drop cloth
- Step ladder
- Thumbtacks
- Paint tray
- Liquid fabric starch
- Paint roller and cover
- Utility knife

How To Make Wallpaper - Temporary Method


Whichever fabric you decide to use, make sure you have enough square footage to cover the wall and then some—you’ll want at least a few feet extra so you have room to reposition pieces when you’re lining up the print. Wash and dry the fabric, then cut off the white edges with a good pair of fabric scissors. Also, give a quick wash to the wall you’re going to be hanging the fabric on, and let it dry thoroughly. While it’s drying, lay out a drop cloth to keep your floors from being ruined.

Attach your fabric to the wall with thumbtacks, and cut it roughly to size, leaving a little excess at the ceiling and baseboard. Do the same for all panels of fabric until your wall is completely covered. Then, use your utility knife to cut around any fixtures or molding in the middle of the wall.

Unfasten a portion of the cloth so that you can thoroughly coat a patch of wall with fabric starch. Work in only one small area at a time—the starch dries fast. Position the fabric on top of the liquid starch, and smooth it down. It should start sticking to the wall immediately, but replace the thumbtacks once more to hold it in place while it dries. Continue until the entire wall of fabric has a starch backing.

Roll over the fabric with the liquid starch. Make sure the fabric is completely covered, and really drench it with fabric starch so that the starch seeps through the fabric and onto the wall.

Allow the starch solution a few hours to dry completely, then pull out the thumbtacks, and slice off any excess fabric at the molding and/or baseboards using a utility knife.

How To: Get Rid of Drain Flies

Fuzzy winged insects flying out of seemingly clean sinks are the stuff of homeowners' nightmares. Fortunately, if you can unclog and clean up a drain, you can rid your home of this pesky problem.

How to Get Rid of Drain Flies - Psychodidae


Drain flies, also known as moth flies, are a common nuisance in many homes. These pests live and breed inside your plumbing pipes, feeding on decomposing material and laying eggs within the gelatinous slime that collects along the interior walls of your drain. While these insects don’t bite or spread disease, no one likes to see tiny, winged bugs flying out of otherwise clean sinks. If you see some hanging around your kitchen or bathroom, follow these steps to identify the source of drain flies and eliminate them.

- Masking tape
- Pipe snake
- Plunger
- Enzyme drain cleaner

How to Get Rid of Drain Flies - In the Kitchen Sink


Before you can rid your home of drain flies, you need to identify the affected drains. Adult drain flies love to feed and breed in slow-moving or clogged drains because they provide plenty of decomposing material where the insects can complete their life cycle. If any of your drains are backed up, chances are that those are the root of the problem.

If diagnosing the source turns out not to be that simple, try this other easy trick: Simply cover each drain in your home with a strip of masking tape, sticky side down. (You don’t want to block airflow in your drain, so just make an “X” over each drain opening with the tape.) Drain flies are most active at night, so put the tape on the drains before you go to bed and leave it there overnight to catch any insects that may try to fly out. Check the tape the next morning for signs of bugs to figure out which drains are the source of your flies.

Once you’ve determined the problem drains, you need to clean the slimy gunk that has collected there and wipe out the breeding zone. Resist the urge to pour a bottle of chemical drain cleaner down the drain, as that won’t effectively take care of all the decomposing material in your home’s pipes and traps. Instead, start by running warm water down the drain to wet it.

Insert a pipe snake or pipe brush down the drain and use a gentle scrubbing motion to remove the built-up slime covering the inside of the drain pipe. A plunger can also be used to help pull out any leftover material from your pipes.

Open the U-trap under your sink so you can easily reach and remove any other clog-causing remnants that have collected inside.

Once you’ve cleared out the gunk, close the system back up and pour an enzyme drain cleaner down the drain to attack any remaining residue that didn’t come off with the pipe snake or brush. This specially designed gel has the additional benefit of coating the inside walls of the pipe to prevent future blockages. Let the gel sit in the drain for several hours, according to the instructions on the label, then run more water down the drain to flush it out.


Additional notes: The length of the life cycle of a drain fly varies depending on the climate and temperature of the drain, but it can last anywhere from eight to 24 days. Once you’ve wiped out their breeding ground, the adults will eventually disappear because there is nowhere left for them to deposit their eggs. After a week, if drain flies are still a problem in your home, it’s safe to assume you didn’t adequately treat all the problem areas. Perform another set of tests (as in Step 1), and look for other spots that need your attention.

Quick Tip: What to Do If a Bird Flies into Your House

Feathered friends make for great window watching, but when they come too close, things can get chaotic. If a bird swoops in through an open window and gets stuck in your home, try this trick to shoo it back outdoors using a common household item.

How To Get a Bird Out of Your House - Bird at Window


Cracking the windows is an effective way to air out your house in the summer—but an open window can also be an open invitation to any number of unwanted visitors. Occasionally, a bird may fly in through this entrance and trap itself indoors, fluttering about looking for an exit. If one makes its way into your house this season, keep calm and just head to the linen closet for the only thing you need for assistance: a flat sheet.

How To Get a Bird Out of Your House - Bird Indoors


Start by opening one window as wide as possible to give the bird a way out. Then, close all blinds and drapes over the rest of the windows, and switch off all lights inside the house so that the open window shines brightly like an exit sign. Your feathered intruder will associate the light with the open air and will, we hope, fly toward it. If the bird still hasn’t made any moves after some time, get ready to guide it. Take your large bedsheet in both hands, and hold it up at eye level or higher, arms extended so that it makes a large, flat surface. Check that the bird is between you and the exit, then slowly walk toward the bird. By creating a “wall” closing in on it, you can better direct the bird out through the window. Once it leaves, close the window, send your sheet through the wash, and call it a day.

Additional notes: If you’re still stuck with a bird in the house even after following these suggestions, then it is time to call in the professionals. Look up wildlife groups or bird sanctuaries in your local area to see whether they will come and deal with your feathery nuisance. Wildlife experts know how to handle a bird without causing injury, and they have equipment to help the process along.

Genius! Turn Your Phone into a Movie Projector

If you love a big screen but don't want to sacrifice space to accommodate a TV, set up your smartphone instead! Given that it uses only a few recycled materials, how can you afford NOT to make this DIY?

DIY Movie Projector


Having a TV is great—except when you’re not using it. Then the box just sits in your living room, idle and unappealing, upsetting the room’s feng shui. The average American may binge on five hours of television a day, but what good is a big screen if you’re part of the minority that tunes in only once a week? When we show you this smartphone hack that lets you eliminate the need for a screen and still enjoy your favorite programming, you’ll definitely consider downsizing.

To turn your phone into a projector, all you need are a handful of leftover household supplies—an empty shoebox, duct tape, magnifying glass, construction paper, and a paper clip—and an unused white wall. First, cut a hole the size of your magnifying glass lens in the side of the shoebox, pop in the lens, and secure it with tape. Then, cover up the inside of the box with black construction paper to frame the magnified image better. Once your casing is assembled, just bend a paper clip into a stand to hold your smartphone upright inside the box. Finally, open your video-playing app of choice, turn the brightness all the way up, and slide your phone closer or farther away from the lens to focus the picture. All that’s missing in this tutorial from Photojojo is how to make movie-theater-quality buttered popcorn.

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DIY Movie Projector - Cardboard Box


3 Fixes for Smelly Footwear

Embarrassed by your shoes' lingering scent? Give your favorite pair that new-shoe smell again with these solutions for banishing bad odors.

3 Fixes for Smelly Shoes - Smelly Shoes


With the kickoff of summer comes sunshine, warm temperatures, backyard games—and sweat, lots of sweat, from head to toe. And those balmy feet quickly lead to stinky shoes. Bacteria on your feet feed off of sweat and produce a byproduct with a pungent scent that’s hard to erase once it’s there. Luckily, easy solutions for avoiding the stench are within reach. Open wide your pantry and rummage through your closet to mix up one of these concoctions that will eliminate smelly-shoe shame for good.



How to Clean Smelly Shoes - Baking Soda


Baking soda has many superpowers, neutralizing unpleasant odors chief among them. Simply pour some into your shoes and let them sit overnight. The powder will soak up excess moisture while you sleep, leaving your kicks clean and dry in the morning. For a fresher scent, consider mixing in few drops of an essential oil with the baking soda before filling your shoes. Just don’t forget to empty the baking soda into the trash the next day—the only thing worse than smelly feet is leaving a powdery trail in your wake!

Once you’ve sopped up the extra moisture, craft a pair of homemade deodorizers to slip into your shoes between uses. Fill a pair of socks (or feet cut from nylon stockings) with baking soda, and knot the ends of each. You can even stuff the socks with kitty litter; made to tackle far more offending scents, it’ll work wonders for your shoes.



How to Clean Smelly Shoes - Newspaper


Surprisingly, your morning paper can work overtime as an effective way to squash shoe odor. Stuff a generous amount of crumpled newspaper into each shoe—it will help your shoes dry even faster by absorbing extra moisture, thus eliminating any bacteria that comes with it. For a dose of sweet-smelling goodness, sprinkle a few drops of vanilla onto the newspaper first; come morning, your go-to loafers will not only be rid of their funky scent, but they’ll actually smell fresh.



How to Clean Smelly Shoes - Washing Machine


For heavier-duty stinks, head to the laundry room. Pull out your sneakers’ insoles and run them through the washing machine with a load of towels. If you want to wash the entire shoe, remove the laces and put the shoes in a pillowcase before throwing them in the washer. Let them air-dry for a day or so before wearing again. Still smell? Soak just the insoles in a water-vinegar solution for a few hours, then air-dry under a heater or in a sunny spot.

As you implement any (or all) of these measures, also limit wearing your favorite pair of shoes to every other day—even just once every few days. This will ensure that they have time to dry out fully, which will cut down on bacteria buildup. Start working these solutions into your everyday routine, and you’ll be amazed at the difference they’ll make in keeping your shoes fresh and clean.

How To: Get Rid of Woodpeckers

While woodpeckers may be attractive additions to your backyard, their eating habits can be a hindrance to your home. Try these solutions to ward off the noisy birds.

How to Get Rid of Woodpeckers - Woodpeckers


As pretty as woodpeckers are to observe in your backyard or garden, these noisy birds can cause major damage to your trees and wooden structures if left unattended—not to mention, their constant drumming can be extremely disruptive to the peace and quiet you need to be productive around the house. Prevent woodpeckers from taking over your outdoor space with these tips for handling the winged troublemakers.

How to Get Rid of Woodpeckers - Read Headed Woodpecker


You’re most likely to hear woodpeckers in the spring, during their mating season. That’s when the medium-size birds are usually most active—and noisy—drumming to attract mates and mark their territories. The hallmark pecking will aid you in locating where a bird’s nest might be and therefore usher them out of your backyard.

To get rid of woodpeckers that have already made themselves at home in your yard, it’s best to use a technique that will scare them off. Always avoid solutions that could harm woodpeckers, such as sticky substances that trap the birds. Instead, use one of these four ideas that have been proven to help ward off woodpeckers safely.

1. Hang up a shiny object. A mirror (or aluminum foil if you’re in a pinch) near the spot where a woodpecker has made its home will show the bird its reflection when it returns, startling it and potentially scaring it away from the area.

2. Set up a wind chime or a pinwheel near the spot. The noise or motion these objects make in the wind may fool your woodpecker into thinking a predator is near and deter them from coming any closer.

3. Set up a pretend predator. Because owls prey on woodpeckers, you can purchase a decoy owl from a home improvement or garden store to place in your yard. Opt for one with reflective eyes, which look more realistic.

4. Spook them with noise. This last simple deterrent (no purchase necessary!) only requires you to clap your hands, whoop, or make another loud noise to frighten the bird off if you’re outdoors and you see one.

Prevent the Woodpeckers’ Return
Even if you successfully scare the woodpeckers away, the fact that these birds are frequent visitors to your yard could be an indicator of a bigger problem: an insect infestation. Do some investigating to see if carpenter ants, carpenter bees, or termites are present in your yard. If so, treat the infested trees with an insecticide that is specifically made to kill pests without affecting other animals or the trees themselves. Stay inside while the insecticide goes to work, as the chemicals can be harmful to children and pets. Then, plug up any hole made by wood-boring insects. This will trap them deep inside the tree so they will die off, and other members of the colony will not be able to enter the structure easily. Not only will this process rid your property of unwanted insects, it will also keep woodpeckers from returning to your yard and causing any further damage to your home.

Quick Tip: Neutralize Paint Fumes with an Onion

Get rid of leftover paint smell—and the nausea that comes with it—when you slice open this surprising grocery store purchase.

How to Get Rid of Paint Smell - Painting a Room


Few things in life are guaranteed. That short list includes death, taxes, and the fact that freshly painted rooms will retain some lingering odor until you give them adequate drying time. While low-VOC paints can minimize the fumes, sometimes they aren’t the most affordable option—and other times, you have already fallen in love with a swatch for a paint that isn’t manufactured in a low- or no-VOC formula. No matter the reason, if you have plans to paint anywhere inside your home this summer, save yourself from falling victim to that slightly nauseous post-paint-job feeling with an unusual grocery store grab: the onion.

How to Get Rid of Paint Smell - Halved Onions


Though it might make you cry while you’re chopping it, a cut onion can absorb and neutralize fresh paint odors. To try this on your next paint job, simply take a medium or large onion, peel it, and slice it in half. Then, place each half in its own shallow dish, cut side up, at opposite ends of the room. You may need more onion if you’re painting a space that’s larger than a master bedroom or small living room; start with one, and add more if necessary. Also, keep pets or small children out of the room as you work—you don’t want them discovering the onion halves and accidentally ingesting them! When you’re done, simply toss the remains into your home’s compost bin, and enjoy the rest of your evening in odor-free peace.

5 Things to Do with… Newspaper

When you've finished catching up on current events and op-eds at breakfast, save your newspaper pages to craft one of these 5 equally useful around-the-house projects.

Besides keeping you up on all the need-to-know current events, a hefty newspaper is downright useful to have around the house—whether you’re using it to cushion easy-to-break items or to line your garden beds. While you can probably rattle off the most common ways to recycle newspaper, why not take a crack at a few ingenious project ideas that you’ve never considered? You can’t do these with a digital subscription. Viva la paper!



Newspaper Crafts - Paper Gift Bags


We’ve all had those moments where we’re running late to a birthday party and desperately searching for a gift bag—only to realize that we forgot to buy one. You can avoid the last-minute scramble out to the store when you try your hand at the user-friendly directions from How About Orange for making your own newsprint gift bags. A few quick cuts, some strategic folds, and a glue stick all help to get the job done in no time flat.



Newspaper Crafts - DIY Fort


Move over kids’ tepees, because this newspaper jungle gym will be the next indoor play area to sweep the nation. Brainchild of Modern Parents Messy Kids, the shape only looks like complex construction. All it takes are rolled newspaper pages taped and stapled to form triangles, all linked together in a geometric shape of your and your child’s choosing. Voilà, instant place to play!



Newspaper Crafts - Seedling Starter Containers

Photo:, via toffutibreak

There’s no need to spend the time and money to pick up seed starter trays when you have last week’s newspaper lying around. Simply follow the step-by-step from Instructables, and grab a can to fold your paper into tiny biodegradable pots for seedlings. Just remember to make sure your fold is thick enough to support the soil you’ll be pouring in!



Newspaper Crafts - DIY Paper Baskets

Photo:, via Muhaiminah Faiz

What home doesn’t need catchalls for life’s miscellany—the craft supplies, tiny toys, spare change, you name it—that always seems to be floating around? Weave a sturdy, recyclable basket to store and organize any size collection with strips of folded paper in this craft from Instructables. While newspaper is great for this, you can even upgrade to glossy magazine pages or bright patterned paper for a dose of color.



Newspaper Crafts - Light Switch Cover


For a quick and quirky room update, add some reading material to a switch plate with this sweet idea from Josie Jones & Company. Simply remove your standard plate from the wall, cut a rectangle of newspaper to fit, and tape it so that it wraps around the back. A finishing coat of decoupage paste will both add sheen and keep newsprint from rubbing off on you every time you turn on the lights.

Rustic Craft Room Island

This bright island adds a fun pop of color and much-needed extra storage space in this blogger's craft room.

Rustic Craft Room Island

Addicted 2 DIY mastermind, Katie, reimagined DIY island plans to create a focal-point storage spot for her craft room, ideal for stashing unwieldy items like her sewing machine. Discover how she put her personal stamp on this bright-colored beauty. 

(Gathered from Ana White’s plans here):

-1 – 3/4″ thick top 24″ x 52″ (recommend a premade project panel)
-5 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
-3 – 2×2 @ 8 feet long
-1 – 1×12 @ 8 feet long (cut the 31 1/2″ long pieces from this board)
-1 – 1×12 @ 4 feet long (cut the shelves from this board)
-3 – 1×3 @ 8 feet long
-3 – 1×2 @ 8 feet long
-1 – 1×6 @ 10 feet long
-1 – 1×8 @ 4 feet long
-4′ 1×10 board for the drawer stops
-2 – 10″x18″ 1/2″ plywood pieces for drawer bottoms (can be scraps or purchase a 1/4″ sheet)
-4 caster wheels that can be mounted on bottom of 2×4
-2 inch screws
-1 1/4 inch finish nails
-2 inch finish nails
-1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
-2-1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
-Elmer’s Wood Glue
-Measuring tape
-Safety glasses
-Hearing protection
-Kreg Jig
-Circular Saw
-Miter Saw
-Brad Nailer
-Random Orbital Sander


Rustic Craft Room Island Step 1
I pre-cut all of my wood before beginning the project and used my orbital sander to sand all of my pieces with 150 and 220 grit sandpaper before attaching them together. There are a lot of nooks and crannies on this project and pre-sanding makes life a lot easier.

The plans don’t show exactly where to drill your pocket holes with the Kreg Jig, so I wanted to show where I placed mine. In the plans, it was recommended to also drill 3/4″ pocket holes in the top brace to attach the table top. I found later that after drilling the holes, only one ended up being exposed because of the 1×12 drawer/shelf sides.


Rustic Craft Room Island Step 2
I wanted to have the middle of the tabletop secured to the base, so I drilled 3/4″ pocket holes into the center divider. I drilled these same holes into the drawer/shelf sides on each end of the base.


Rustic Craft Room Island Step 3
I attached the drawer/shelf sides with 2″ screws and the drawer stops with 1 1/4″ pocket screws. I also used wood glue on all of my pieces prior to screwing them together. I’ve found with projects like this that you can never have too many clamps.


Rustic Craft Room Island Step 4
It was a little tough trying to find that perfect gap between the slats that would make them even all of the way across. I tried different pieces of scrap wood, measuring the distance between, etc. I finally grabbed one of my younger son’s old board books and it happened to be the perfect width! I set my gap on one end, glued and nailed it, then moved the book to the other end of the slat and did the same thing.


Rustic Craft Room Island Step 5
The drawers were really easy to assemble. I bought a 2’x4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood for the bottoms of the drawers and ripped those down to size after making the box. I glued and nailed the plywood to the drawer bottoms and sanded any edges that weren’t perfectly flush.


Rustic Craft Room Island Step 6
The original plans call for 2×2 pieces to use as a brace to hold the drawers in. I added a second 2×2 above each brace to give the drawers some extra support, so that the drawers don’t fall out when you open them. Since the slides on the sides of the drawers are 1x2s, I cut a small piece of scrap wood an 1/8″ longer than the thickness of the drawer slides and used that as my guide when screwing in the top support.


Rustic Craft Room Island Step 7
I glued, clamped, and nailed the 1×2 trim to the top of the base and let that set up for a bit.


Rustic Craft Room Island Step 8
Since the bookcases in my craft room are a very dark color, it took me a while to decide how to finish the island. I finally decided to step way outside of my comfort zone and paint it a turquoise color. I chose Valspar Rushing Stream as the paint color in a satin finish. I knew I wanted to give the island a rustic patina, and this color was exactly what I envisioned.

Rustic Craft Room Island Final

 Thanks, Katie! For more colorful projects, visit Addicted 2 DIY.

DIY Outdoor Chaise

Made from little more than a few 2x4s and a bit elbow grease, this multifunctional outdoor chaise is a stunning style statement on any porch or patio.

Thumbs Up 2 x 4

DIY Outdoor Chaise

Inspired by a DIY conference, Amy of Her Tool Belt decided to try her hand at custom outdoor seating. After shopping smart for budget cushions and building a bench using altered plans from Ana White, Amy decided to up the ante and fashion a stylish, customizable chaise from 2x4s. Keep reading to see how her project became the perfect complement to her outdoor bench and small-space deck.

- Self-tapping screws (such as Kregg or Deck brand)
- Pocket screws
- Wood glue
- Sand paper
Cut the following lengths from 2×4’s:
- 2 – 25 1/2″
- 2 – 25″
- 2 – 23 1/2″
- 1 – 22″
- 1 – 18″
- 2 – 12 1/2″
Cut the following lengths from 1×4’s (furring strips)
- 4 – 25″


DIY Outdoor Chaise

Join the two 12 1/2″ legs with the 18″ piece using pocket holes,  2 1/2″ self-tapping screws, and wood glue.


DIY Outdoor Chaise
Next, assemble the back legs. With glue and 2 1/2″ pocket screws, join the 22″ piece to the two 25 1/2″ pieces at 12 1/2″ from the bottom. Attach a 25″ piece to the top of the 25 1/2″ legs.


DIY Outdoor Chaise
Attach the two 23 1/2″ pieces between the front and back legs. Secure with glue and 2 1/2″ pocket screws.


DIY Outdoor Chaise
Attach the 1 x 4’s to the top of the seat. The picture shows five 1 x 4’s but four are good enough. I used wood glue and 2″ brad nails. If you need extra back support add a 25″ board to the top with 2 1/2″ screws. After all of the glue dries, lightly sand and seal with Thompson’s WaterSeal. If you want to stain your project, Thompson’s also has all-in-one waterproofing stain in an either an aerosol can or by the gallon.

DIY Outdoor Chaise

 Thanks, Amy! To explore more DIY building projects, visit Her Tool Belt.