Outdoor Sectional with 2x4s

Submitted by Georgia M on Sat, 07/30/2011 - 19:04

We LOVE Ana's plans for the outdoor sectional! We just bought a house with a first patio and we knew this is what we wanted out there! We used one corner unit and four armless units to fill our space. I'm also planning to add a couple ottomans as a coffee table. Let the cookouts begin!
I don't know if it's true everywhere, but here 2x4s are about 1/2 the price of 1x4s so we made a couple modifications to the plans so we could use the much cheaper 2x4s instead. It saved us tons of money and gave the sectional a really chunky, sturdy look - a nice bonus!
When we finished it, the blue store employees suggested we use a deck sealer to make the cheaper wood last a long time. We were able to use a waterproofing stain to color and seal the wood at the same time which made the finishing go a lot faster than other projects I've done with stain and polyurethane.
This is the first time I got to use my new Kreg Jig, which was super fun, and made the furniture nice and sturdy!

If anyone is interested in using 2x4s I have the modifications here: http://morelikehome.blogspot.com/2011/06/our-new-outdoor-sectional.html
And info about my finished project here: http://morelikehome.blogspot.com/2011/07/patio-perfection.html

Estimated Cost
Building supplies - $130, Cushions - $140
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used
We used Thompson's Deck & House Waterproofing Stain, applied before assembly
Recommended Skill Level



Sun, 07/31/2011 - 04:33

Love the chunkier look as well. Beautiful job and thanx for posting the mods which I will be sure to use in the future when we build ours! If you don't mind me asking, where did you get the cushions and how much for each? Also, love, love, love your profile pic! Absolutely precious!

In reply to by spiceylg

Georgia M

Wed, 08/03/2011 - 20:06

I'm glad you like it! Thanks for the nice comments!
The seat cushions were from walmart for $25 each (marked down from $30). We spent almost as much on those as on the furniture! Crazy! The back pillows are just regular throw pillows to save some $$$. :)