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Make it cedar with these 2 super DIY cottage projects

Tiki bar project Tiki bar project

Cottage season is here! Try these two easy-to-build weekend projects. They will look great at the lake built with Western Red Cedar. DIY TIP: Check to see if your local cedar dealer has short lengths in stock, which could cut your costs.

Project 1: Tiki Bar

Gather round with family and friends at your super fun party-starter tiki bar, the perfect addition to a wedding or other special celebration, but guaranteed to wow the neighbours at any time. Now, who wants a drink?


Planter bench project

Planter bench project

Planter bench storage
Planter bench storage

Project 2: Planter Bench

Easy to assemble in a day, this project gives a stately look to any outdoor space, with contemporary styling and built-in storage under the removable lid. Have a seat and enjoy your herb garden or beautiful flowers. Ahh

What’s great about Western Red Cedar and why you should use it in your next DIY project?

A classic Canadian look that’s never out of style and goes beautifully with the cottage setting.

Nothing feels like, looks like, or smells as good as Western Red Cedar.

Easy to work with: cedar is sturdy, versatile, and lies flat and straight.

Ages naturally to a weathered patina, or able to take a wide range of finishes.

Superb as a decking material, especially because it stays cool underfoot.

Because of its all natural rot and insect resistant properties, cedar is low maintenance, long lasting, and affordable.

Comes in a wide variety of dimensions, surface textures, and grades, so is adaptable to virtually any project or desired effect.

Lightweight with minimal shrinkage.

The greenest option: sourced from 3rd-party certified, sustainably managed forests; renewable and biodegradable; has a smaller carbon footprint than composites.

You’ll find project plans, how-to videos, and tons of ideas for these cottage builds and many more at realcedar.com.

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