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Outdoor furniture projects

Learn how to paint and upcycle your outdoor furniture to give it a new lease on life!

Reusing old items and transforming them into fresh pieces that work today is of increasing importance to people. What better way to do our part to protect the environment than to refurbish an old piece of furniture? Stylish looks are limitless! Different paints, stains and waxes will allow you to achieve the specific effect you're after. Colour is magic and will transform your tired item into an instant favourite. Follow this page for inspiring ideas and step-by-step instructions on how to create unique pieces that will transform your outdoor spaces.

Tiered plant stand

Tiered plant stand
A great summer project for your deck, balcony or outdoor space...

Toadstool table

Toadstool table
Turn a terracotta plant pot and saucer into your very own toadstool table...

Barrel bar

Barrel bar
Turn an old wine barrel into a handy ice bucket and table...

Corner bench seat with storage

Corner bench seat
Functional and stylish - somewhere to sit and relax + waterproof storage...

Ply trestle table 
Make a stylish ply trestle table for a Matariki celebration...

Building a hammock stand

Hammock stand
Build this sturdy hammock stand and create a place to relax...

Turn a terracotta pot into an outside coffee table

Time for a cuppa
Transform a humble terracotta plant pot into this stylish coffee table...

Make a planter pot and stand

Planter pot and stand
Use timber and concrete mortar mix to make a statement piece...

How to make a dog bed

Dog bed
Give your furry friend a comfy dog bed with a colour scheme that...

Make a retro round wire chair

Chairs to that!
Giving a retro wire chair a new lease on life, a classic look of the 1950s...

Refinishing a chair

Stargazing style
Enjoy watching the stars this Matariki in a stylish refurbished recliner...

Cheerful flower planter

Cheerful flower planter
If you’ve got an old chair lying around, why not turn it into a planter...

DIY stencilled bench seat

DIY stencilled bench seat
Make a feature of an existing garden seat or add some personality...

Painted rope-laced tyre seats

Ready to roll
Try this clever idea for making painted rope-laced seats out of old tyres...

Smart storage

Smart storage
Keep your entrance clean and organised with a mini mud room...

Luxurious garden swing

In the swing of things
Repurpose an old pallet to make a luxurious garden swing...

Concrete block bench seat

Concrete block bench seat
Make a colourful bench seat out of concrete blocks...

Outdoor bench seat

Outdoor bench seat
Learn how to make a bright and colourful outdoor bench seat...

Make an ottoman

Outdoor ottoman
An old tyre gets reimagined as functional furniture...

Build a pallet coffee table

Pallet coffee table
Create this rustic style coffee table using old pallets & reclaimed timber...

Toad stools
Brighten up your backyard with colourful toad stools...

Build a daybed from recyled timber

Recycled daybed
Build this fabulous daybed made entirely from recycled native timber...

Build a corner seat for your garden

Take a seat
Upcycle a couple of wooden doors into this stylish outdoor seat...

Build a outside bars

Pallet bar
Create this simple outdoor bar using an old pallet...

Basket plant stand

Basket plant stand
Turn a humble basket into this stylish pot holder for indoor plants...

Build a potting bench for your garden

Potting bench
This waist-height bench will be your ideal companion...

Build a planter bench for your garden

Planter bench
Planter bench It’s easy to utilise the edge of an raised bed...

Build colourfull sun lounger for your garden

Sun lounger
Jacob Leaf shows you how to build a stylish sun lounger...

Paint a wooden trolley/cart

Wooden trolley
Take an old wooden trolley and give it a new look with metallic paint...

Make a wooden garden seat and paint it

Garden seat
Create this simple square garden seat from landscaping timber...

Garden seat

Garden seat
It’s easy build this simple garden seat from timber...

Make a wooden daybed

Garden daybed
Create this stylish garden daybed from fence palings...

Make glasshouse shelves

Glasshouse shelves
Create some simple shelving for a glasshouse or conservatory...

Rainbow bird table

Rainbow bird table
A fabulous new top of vibrant colours makes a bird table new again...

Plant stand from old chair

Plant stand
Make this stylish outdoor plant stand from a chair...

Mosaic look garden coffee table

Garden coffee table
Create a fabulous painted mosaic garden coffee table...

Wooden stool

Creative vision
We’ve turned a plain wooden stool into an eye-catching outdoor essential...

Make a barrel table

Barrel table
It’s easy to transform an old half barrel planter into a smart garden table...

Stain outdoor furniture

Outdoor furniture
It’s easy to spruce up weathered outdoor furniture...

Create a wooden shelf using Resene waterborne woodstain

Outdoor shelf
Create an exterior shelf using timber battening...

Refurbish your tired looking outdoor furniture with Resene waterborne woodstain

Outdoor seating
Outdoor furniture makeover with Resene Woodsman wood oil stain...

Build this stylish outdoor coffee table from fence palings and finish with Resene Woodsman

Outdoor coffee table
Build this stylish outdoor coffee table from fence palings and finish...

Build these whitewashed garden shelves

Whitewashed shelves
Build this simple garden shelving unit and finish it off with...

Arts and Crafts seat

Arts and crafts seat
Build this stylish arts and crafts style seat using timber and...

Rustic bench

Rustic bench
Build a stylish wooden bench using reclaimed wood...

Create a swing seat for your backyard

Build a swing seat
Create a swing seat for your backyard, and then sit back and enjoy it...

Children's furniture

Colour me new
Children's furniture is easily revived and refreshed...

Outdoor table renovation

Table talk
Learn how to spruce up tired outdoor furniture...

Convert an old wooden ladder to nifty shelves

Step it up!
A splash of red transforms a rumpty old ladder into shelves...

Build a barbecue bench

Barbecue bench
Outdoor kitchens are all the rage. This one has industrial chic...

Outdoor storage box to make

Boxing clever
This cool multi-purpose trunk is finished in timber stains...

Garden bench

Garden bench
Create a simple garden bench with treated timber and Resene Woodsman...

Potting table

Potting table
Turn a humble kitset potting bench into a stylish garden feature...

Make your deck chairs look new!

Make your deck chairs look new!
Freshen up some old timber deck chairs with a bright nautical theme...

Make a wooden hammock

Garden hammock
Here’s a great addition to the backyard that will see you enjoying...

Make outside furniture from wooden crates

Outdoor furniture
Rose Hughes upcycles pallets into stylish pieces for your deck or patio...

BBQ unit with chopping board

BBQ unit with chopping board
A clever outdoor unit to complement your outdoor food prep area...

Tea for two

Tea for two
Spruce up old metal tables and chairs to transform...

Make an rope ottoman

DIY rope ottoman
Upcycle an old tyre into this super stylish outdoor footrest...

Make a winter wooden benchseat

Winter DIY bench seat
Learn how to make a winter DIY bench seat...

How to restore a cast iron garden seat

Take a seat
Restore some cast iron to give a garden seat some gravitas...

Build a planter table

Planter table
Learn how to create a clever space for succulents and edibles...

Build a child's colourful garden bench

Build a child's bench
Build some cute, colourful garden furniture for the children in your life...

How to build a garden bench

DIY garden bench seat
Place this charming outdoor seat in the most picturesque corner of your garden...

Build a patio drinks table from recycled timber

Recycled drinks table
Build a patio drinks table from recycled timber...

Build an outdoor coffee table

Outdoor coffee table
Create this simple outdoor coffee table – an ideal addition to a deck or patio...

Indoor/outdoor chair

Indoor/outdoor chair
Turn an old wooden kitchen chair into patio furniture...

Picnic table

Picnic table
Paint a wooden picnic table - a new lease of life...

Repaint an corner unit

Corner unit
Use Resene Karen Walker Chalk Colour to paint a corner unit...

Paint garden shelves

Plant shelves
Brighten up a corner of a conservatory with these stylish plant shelves...

Seed storage unit

Green seed drawers
Make this seed storage unit from recycled materials...

 


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