DIY sofabed for a van

Project Idea: DIY Sofa Bed

If you ever wanted to sleep in your van, here’s an interesting DIY project idea: build a sofa bed that also serves as storage. We found these photos on Pinterest. There are no step-by-step instructions, but the photos give you a rough idea what you need to do. After you’re done building and securing the sofa bed to the van, all you need is a futon mattress for a comfortable night’s sleep.

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How to Build a Garden Work Bench with Fencing Boards | Parr Lumber

How to Build a Garden Work Bench with Fencing Boards

We have a fun project today for those of you who love to work with potted plants. Amber, our manager in Albany, is going to explain how to build a garden work bench using fencing boards. This is an easy-to-do project that only takes about 20 minutes. The tools you will need are: drill, tape measure, saw (circular or miter), square and brush. Below are the list of materials and cut list:

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Deck prep products | Parr Lumber

How to Refinish Your Deck

The summer is nearly here and it’s time to refinish the deck to have it ready for the upcoming evenings of outdoor entertaining. The key for your wood deck is to do the correct preparation before you start. If you have an older wood deck, it probably looks pretty dull and grey. To get it back to its correct color, you will need to clean and brighten it first. If you put the new stain on an old, unclean board it will look splotchy and uneven. The good news is that you can clean and brighten your deck in just one day.

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Cinder Block Garden Bench | Parr Lumber

How to Build a Cinder Block Garden Bench

There is nothing like sitting in the garden during the summer and enjoying all the plants and wildlife around you. The problem is finding a nice and inexpensive bench to sit on when you are out in the garden. Have you ever consider building your own? Amber, the manager at our Albany yard, has a great idea that she decided to share with us. This one was pretty easy to build and it was cheap too. All you need are some cinder blocks, some 4×4’s, a little paint, some adhesive and some cushions.

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Grace Vycor Plus Deck Protector

3 Easy Ways to Extend the Life of Your Deck

If you’re building a deck in the near future, you’ll want to hear today’s tips. On average, decks typically last 15 to 25 years because the wood eventually rots. In some cases, it’s the decking boards that rot first. In other situations, it’s the treated framing that is damaged by the elements. Today’s tips deal with extending the life of the treated lumber underneath your deck. Read on to find out how you can prolong the life of your deck.

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How to Build a Small Planter Box | Parr Lumber

How to Build a Small Planter Box

Today we are sharing a simple plan for building a small planter box from two cedar boards. It’s easy to build and is something that can be built quickly. In addition to the two cedar boards, all you need is a hammer (or a power nailer), some 5d galvanized nails and a miter saw. Because the planter is made with cedar, it will last for years. And the best part? It costs less than $10 to build.

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a planter made from paver stones

How to Build an Awesome Planter from Pavers

This time of the year is a great time for working outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. It’s not too hot, it’s not too cold, and it doesn’t rain all day long. With the weekend coming up, we thought we’ll share an idea for building a planter from paver stones. It’s an easy and quick project. In fact, you could easily complete this fun project before dinner tonight. Are you ready?

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