Thank you for your lovely comments on my balcony makeover, I’m glad that you like it as much as I do! As promised, I’ll show you today how I built the lounge table on the balcony. It was not at all intended that a planted flower box was let in in the middle, but if you put your mind to it in the afternoon to want a new table for the balcony NOW, one or the other can go wrong, e.g. that I measure myself mercilessly! In retrospect, I am happy about my shakiness, because the table fits perfectly with my balcony oasis!
Since I built the table partly from drawers from an Ikea chest of drawers, the boards on the table are of different widths. But I have taken the mediocrity in the photo so that you can saw the boards equally wide (so don’t be surprised why one deck board in the photo is wider than the others). You can of course adjust the size of the table for your balcony, the principle of the frame plus the cover boards always remains the same.
For the table you need:
- Wooden boards, approx. 1.5 cm thick
- Square timber, approx. 6 x 6 cm
- Last, approx. 4 cm wide and 2 cm thick
You will need the following tools for cutting
- Tape measure
- Screw clamps
You have to saw these parts to size:
- Two boards 880 mm x 200 mm x 15 mm (frame)
- Two boards 850 mm x 200 mm x 15 mm (frame)
- Four boards 850 mm x 170 mm x 15 mm (cover boards) with a width of the flower box (below the overhang) of 160 mm! If your flower box is narrower or wider, you have to adjust the dimensions of the boards.
- Two strips 730 mm x 40 mm x 20 mm (the deck boards will be placed here later)
- Four square timbers 300 mm x 60 mm x 60 mm (feet)
- aside from that you may need two small wooden strips the width of the flower box in order to later fill the gap up to the edge.
Before sawing, fixes the boards to the subsurface with screw clamps so that nothing can slip. Since one side of the jigsaw always becomes quite frayed when sawing, the side that should be visible later is placed down when sawing! You then smooth the edges with sandpaper.
- Cordless screwdriver and drill
- Wood glue
- Screw clamp
The two basic parts are important when assembling, the outer boards are then only screwed on and the cover boards are put on.
Place one of the long boards for the frame (880 mm long) in front of you. Marks the thickness of the cover boards (15 mm) from above and the thickness of the frame boards (15 mm) from the left and right. In the corners where the markings meet, screw the squared timbers tight (i.e. 15 mm from the top and 15 mm from the edge).
In the middle you attach the two strips (15 mm from above). You should pre-drill the strips, otherwise they could tear.
You make this part with square timbers and strips twice.
Then you screw on the other two side parts – the frame of the table is finished! Now you can put on the deck boards and put the flower box on for a test. If there is still a gap above and below the flower box, glue another strip with wood glue on the existing strip to fill the gap. Fix the bar with a screw clamp and let it dry for at least an hour.
To paint the table, I used the Bondex Garden Colors paint that I used to paint the lounger in the background. Like me, you can only apply the paint once, so that the wood still shines through slightly, or you can apply the paint with a second coat of paint (that’s how I did it with the garden lounger). For the table I used the color “attractive anthracite” (for the garden lounger “comfortable green”, a really fresh mint green!).
So I painted it with Garden Colors and pretreated it beforehand with insulating and all-purpose primer. You can use it to pre-treat all difficult substrates, e.g. aluminum or plastic.
Finally, I planted the flower box with succulents and grasses. In winter I’ll put the box on the windowsill in the office 🙂.
I hope the many work steps did not put you off! It took me about 4 hours for the table, including painting, to monitor my son’s homework, eat an ice cream with the children and do an insta story – dare to do the project, it’s really not that difficult!
A good start into the new week for you!