DIY outdoor furniture: simple DIY chair perfect for outdoor living on a small rental balcony

I built this outdoor chair right on the dining room table of my small apartment, using just a few hand tools – if I can do it, so can you!

Here’s a list of the tools and materials I used in this project:


Rockler Dowel Jig Kit:
Drill bits:
Combination Square:
Speed Square:
Mini clamps:
Ratchet Straps:
Rubber Mallet:

2 x 2”x3” x 8ft
2 x 1”x 6” x 8ft
1 x 1”x 6” x 6ft
SPAX Screws I used that don’t require pre-drilling:
Behr Solid Outdoor Stain (Pewter):

For detailed assembly plans of this chair, visit my website:

If you want to see how I got the idea for this chair while I gave my LA balcony a makeover, watch this video:

You can also get lots more ideas for decorating your balcony in these videos:

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jeanette c says:

Nice job! I know you don’t see but if you watch runway done my way, Angela has simple instructions to make cushions and pillows without sewing check her channel out!

Kayinfso Here says:

You are simply the most creative lady!

Alandon Joe says:

What a lovely job and idea! I don’t know much about outdoor paint, but does it protect the wood from warping from rain?

Nasreen says:

Thank you for all your videos!

Obed Garza says:

I absolutely love this channel!

Miss Gaile says:

I love your creativity

printvapour says:

Another lovely video of yours! I would never attempt to make this chair, but it’s so fun to watch ❤️

Tanushree Mishra says:

Wow after a long time.i like ur videos.plz continue with the channel.

Maria Abarca says:

Wow Isabelle!!! Just last night I was wraping my head around how to build something just like that, then I check YouTube and there you are!!! I really really enjoy your videos, thanks for sharing and teaching such cool things!

skyeangel61 says:

As soon as I see a post I’m there. Love the videos. TFS

Finding Crystal Gail says:

Wish you uploaded more frequently

creations landscape designs says:

That was cool. My condo complex is being painted next month and I will have to redo my patio and would love to video collab. We had talked in the past but our timing did not jive so maybe this time it will hee hee.

Ciara Corr says:

Yay glad ur back


I like it because is an easy project for beginners with few tools and at the same time is useful

angela sheppard says:

Have you tried plocket holes?

jeanette c says:

Haven’t watched yet but can’t wait! Where have you been! Keep posting please❣️

santiguu236 says:

link your instagram on the description! Great video!

ocean4view says:

Love it. Thank you for the video.

omnistyles says:

after watching ur videos i feel like making my own furniture…thanks for sharing 🙂

Edmar Rocha Cabral says:

Beautiful !!!!

Drake Drones says:

Ok…..why are you not on HGTV again?

chickadeedays says:

Great work as always! Despite being simple, I love the shape of the chair – it has a lot of character! 🙂

Andrzej EAZ says:

You are great! I like watch your films. GREETINGS!

megatuanis says:

You’re amazing. You make all projects look so simple and they always turn out beautiful! Plus the video editing is consistently superb. Thank you!

Carmencita Tirado says:

I truly enjoy your videos!!

naturalNstylish says:

Simple, inexpensive and practical. Perfect! 🙂

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