I know this has nothing to do with food, but I was too excited about this not to blog about it. We’ve been looking for some nice outdoor furniture for a friend’s house, but here in Singapore, everything is ridiculously expensive. I assume because most people who can afford to own a space for outdoor furniture can probably afford expensive furnishings to tow. Well, we can’t. So we found a neat little alternative — still not uber cheap, but much cheaper than a $12,000 set from a retail store. Just follow the next few steps to create your very own outdoor boudoir.
Step 1: Find some shipping palettes
Go to some dockside area. We went to Jurong shipyard. Look for wooden palettes lying around unused (they are everywhere). We drove around a bit and found a rice factory owned by a nice Chinese lady who agreed to give us her spare crates for no cost at all.
Step 2: Sand and paint your crates (optional)
We didn’t like the look of our crates, so we decided to sand them down a bit smoother, and splash on some paint. You don’t have to do this, but it does mean the crates are less likely to scratch you or ruin the cushions you put on them.
Cost of outdoor paint: $40
Cost of hiring someone to do the sanding and painting: $150 (again, you could do this yourself if you have the tools)
You don’t want your new awesome DIY creation to get soggy and rot in the rain. We went with Sunbrella — which you can get here in Singapore. (www.sunbrella.com)
Cost for material, untailored: $250
Step 5: Find a tailor
Take the mattress cover off your IKEA mattress, and along with the new Sunbrella material, go find a tailor. Tell the tailor to cut and sew the Sunbrella exactly according to the IKEA mattress cover.
Cost of Tailoring: $150
Step 6: Chop the mattress to ensure it fits perfectly.
Once you’ve brought the newly tailored material home, put it on the IKEA mattress. Now, don’t forget, you’ve just bought 2 mattresses, but if you did what we did, you’ll find that one of the mattresses is going to be too long for one side of your new crate sofa. What you have to do is viciously chop your second mattress in half. Fairly easy with a pair of big scissors. Measure it accurately and chop it straight off!Step 7: Buy some cheap Thai cushions from Giant.
Satisfaction from creating your own furniture set: Priceless