Are you looking for a fun and affordable way to spice up your patio this summer? How about a beautiful modern chair? And what if I told you you could build it for only twenty five dollars? Yes, it’s true! I found these stunning free plans on the Lowes Creative Ideas website.
They look amazing, right? Well one thing I love about LCI is that they always give you the “worst case” pricing. Online, it says to buy 3/4″ cedar boards, which will run you about $120 per chair, according to them. I found some more affordable options, it seems you can get the one side rough-cut cedar for about $50 per chair. But I wanted something even better than that. Something people often overlook. Cedar picket fencing! For about $2 per 6′ board, you’ll need 11 boards to build one chair. That’s $22, and you’ll use about $3 in 1 1/4″ screws.
Now do your measuring for the height, and put the three boxes together for your base. All the other dimensions will be correct. The tutorial was a bit confusing for me, since I’ve never built with a diagram before. I’ve been spoiled by Ana White’s method of step by step images and descriptions. But I muddled through, and the end product is fabulous!
Please excuse my rather hideous back porch. We’ve had massive rains nearly every day for over a week, and the water/grass/bug level is just outrageous. The humidity makes me look like I’ve been bathing whenever I step outside. Oh, and the mosquitoes? UGH!
Yeah. And those were just the “sleeping” ones. There were a billion others flying around my head while I was trying to snap a few pictures. So forgive me if they’re not quite up to par, I was trying to escape being eaten alive! I plan to share a great post on what I used to finish off the chair, and to hopefully build a matching one soon. I’ve got a great idea for how to stage the porch, it’s going to be awesome! Minus the bugs, of course 😉