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  1. How To Make an Elevated Planter Box
    • Difficulty 1

    • Cost 2

    • Time: 1-2 Hours

    How To Make an Elevated Planter Box

    Gardening season may be coming to a close, but any time is a good time to plant an herb garden—and this simple planter box is the perfect place to start.

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  2. How To Build a Pergola
    • Difficulty 2

    • Cost 4

    • Time: 5+ Hours

    How To Build a Pergola

    This DIY pergola project is your one-way ticket to relaxation mode—and it comes together in just 10 steps.

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  3. How To Prevent a Fire Pit From Rusting
    • Difficulty 1

    • Cost 1

    • Time: 1-3 Hours

    How To Prevent a Fire Pit From Rusting

    We tested a handful of treatments to prevent fire pit rust—the results might surprise you.

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  4. DIY Mixed Wood Bench
    • Difficulty 2

    • Cost 3

    • Time: 1-3 Hours

    DIY Mixed Wood Bench

    This bench looks sophisticated and complex on the outside—but behind the scenes, it's a breeze to build. 

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  5. Simple DIY Outdoor Bench
    • Difficulty 2

    • Cost 2

    • Time: 1-3 Hours

    Simple DIY Outdoor Bench

    Our take on a simple wood bench is stylish and sturdy—and only takes a couple of hours to put together. 

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  6. How To Build an Expandable Bench
    • Difficulty 2

    • Cost 2

    • Time: 1-3 Hours

    How To Build an Expandable Bench

    This two-for-one DIY bench fits one comfortably and expands to fit a friend.

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  7. DIY Cedar Planter Boxes
    • Difficulty 2

    • Cost 3

    • Time: 1-3 Hours

    DIY Cedar Planter Boxes

    Gardening isn’t just for those with a big yard—with a little sunlight, water, and a DIY planter box, you can grow an edible garden just about anywhere.

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  8. How To Build a DIY Outdoor Cook Station
    • Difficulty 3

    • Cost 3

    • Time: 3-5 hours

    How To Build a DIY Outdoor Cook Station

    Entertaining this fall means having a great open-air setup, so we decided to bring the kitchen outside with this DIY outdoor cook station. 

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  9. How To Build a DIY Patio Cover
    • Difficulty 1

    • Cost 1

    • Time: 30 Minutes-1 Hour

    How To Build a DIY Patio Cover

    Extend the open-air gathering season as long as possible with this DIY temporary outdoor covering. It's simple to construct, but will keep you dry from that Pacific Northwest drizzle in the rainy months to come. 

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  • About Dunn DIY

    Home is what you make it. It's a feeling. It's a place where you can settle in and live out the truest expression of yourseft. Your home is your canvas, your signature. It's not a place to be ordinary. You're not. And neither are the spaces where we live. They are inspired. They are unique. They are reflections of our dreams, hopes, and aspirations. This is your chance to transform that imagined future into a reality - with wood stain, wall paint, and nails. Here you can do it yourself. Here you can be elegant, but gritty, independent, but empowered. It is a place where you can inspire and be inspired, a place where you can make it yours.

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    • Kirsten Dunn
      Kirsten Dunn
    • Todd Dermody
      Todd Dermody
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  • About Dunn contractor

    Dunn Lumber has been providing the greater Seattle area with expert service and quality materials for over 100 years. Over time, we've made long-lasting relationships with contractors and craftsmen.

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    • Daniel Westbrock
      Daniel Westbrock
    • Jim Coshow
      Jim Coshow
    • Mike Dunn
      Mike Dunn
    • Katherine Coshow
      Katherine Coshow
    • Todd Dermody
      Todd Dermody
    • Special contributers
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