This is part two of my patio makeover, last weekend I stenciled the concrete and it turned out great! If you missed that part of my patio makeover be sure to go check it out here: DIY Stenciled Concrete Patio. This weekend I worked on creating a pallet love seat!
You may remember from the stenciled patio post what my patio looked like before but let's take another look real quick.
I never sat out here... I bought the table and two chairs on Craigslist last year and only used them one time... the table just ended up being a place to pile things... so I sold them on Craigslist this year for $5 more than I paid for the set originally! :o)
I wanted something comfy to sit on out here but like lots of things around here I wanted something I could DIY and that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg so I decided to try making my own pallet love seat!
Here's a fun video I made for you! After the video I'll show you how I made it :o)
I followed Donna's awesomely simple tutorial over at Funky Junk to make my new love seat, it's SO simple, all you need are two pallets, a 4x4 for the legs, and screws! Thank you Donna!!!
I used some 4x4 post pieces I had lying around.
You will need SUPER long screws because they'll have to make it all the way through the 4x4 and into the pallet, mine were about 6 1/2" long.
Be sure and sand the hell out of it so that you won't get splinters and your fabric cushions won't snag.
I used 'L' brackets to attach the back on mine.
And old fence boards for the arms.
Let me tell you this think it STURDY!!!
So now I just needed cushions. I tried to find a ready made cushion that would fit but no dice... I checked JoAnn's but the foam they had to make my own cushions was ridiculously priced... like $70 a yard ridiculous!!!
I found some on Amazon finally for a lot less money. I used High Density Upholstery Foam - 5"H 24"W 72"L for the seat. I went with 5" thick foam so it would be super comfy and my butt wouldn't hit the boards underneath!
It was 72" long so I cut it in half...
And the two pieces were EXACTLY the right size for two side-by-side cushions for the seat!
I used a Canvas Drop Cloth, 6 x 9-Feet to cover my cushions.
I just wrapped them up...
Like big Christmas packages...
And pinned them with big safety pins.
I may make them a little more high class next year but since it's almost the end of the season I chose this method for now. You can't even tell and I like it because they'll be easy to remove to wash!
See what I mean about a perfect fit?!
For the back cushion I used a 2" x 24" x 48" Upholstery Foam Cushion and covered it the same way I did with the seat cushions.
I only used the 2" thick foam for the back for 2 reasons... 1) to save on cost and 2) because I knew I wanted lots of pillows anyway so a thick piece on the back wasn't really needed.
Next I added 2 Euro pillows that I already had. I made simple envelope closure cases out of another drop cloth... it got washed at some point with a blue rug and turned this pretty mint green color!
I used two standard size pillows I already had next. I bought AllerEase Waterproof Pillow Covers for these... partly to help since they'll be outside (I need to buy some for the Euro pillows too) and partly because the pillows had a really obnoxious design on them that would have shown through the pillow cases.
I bought some inexpensive pillow cases from Walmart to use with these pillows...
And then, since I wanted them to close (and not look like I took two pillows off the bed!) I used some Velcro I already had and sewed it on the outside of the pillowcases, right below the hem line on both sides...
Then I folded the ends of the pillowcase in and pinched the two Velcro pieces together to close up the pillowcase...
It almost looks like a zipper!
Looking cozy huh?!
Then I added a couple of blankets. I found this one at Walmart!
And a cute throw pillow I found at the thrift shop for only $3.49.
And voila!!! My pallet love seat is complete!! I found the Mexican blanket at a garage sale for $1.00.
It is so comfy too! It's deep so you can curl up on it!
I'm planning to add some more fun details to the love seat, like this old fence cap that I found in the burn pile at my parent's neighbor's house.
My new pallet love seat with my stenciled concrete floor and this makeover is off to a good start!
I have plans to paint the door into the laundry room and the railing next to the sliding glass door next and I have some fun DIY decor planned so I hope you'll come back by to see more makeover progress.
Supply list for your convenience:
- FoamTouch Upholstery Foam Cushion High Density, 5" x 24" x 72" - $59.99
- 2" x 24" x 48" Upholstery Foam Cushion Medium Density - $22.75
- 2 - Paintessentials Canvas Drop Cloth, 6 x 9-Feet, Natural - $11.95 each
- 2 - 2-inch by 4-inch Medium L-Angle brackets - $5.74 each
- Heavy Duty Bronze Star Exterior Use Star Drive Wood Screws - $12.62
P.S. Here are some fun pallet project books you might like:
P.P.S. If you purchase any items from the links above I will earn a small commission but it will not cost you a penny more!