Saturday, April 23, 2016

Building an Outdoor Bench for the Front Porch

I love Pinterest.  I know most of you do too.  I found this simple-to-make bench and knew we had some concrete blocks left from a retaining wall we had built to keep the pole barn from flooding. We had 9 blocks left, and this project requires 8.

All I had to purchase were 3 4x4's ($10.97 each) at Lowe's.

I also bought 2 seat cushions at around $22.00 each, but I had a $10.00 off coupon, so that was a good savings.   

Materials needed:
8 concrete blocks     (already had)
3 4x4's @ 8' each     $32.91
2 seat cushions        $44.00
                                         $76.91
Minus coupon            -10.00
                               $66.91

The photos are self-explanatory of how to make this simple bench/sofa.  I already had the 3 pillows I used, and also the paint I used on the blocks and 4x4's.  It is actually a darker color than it appears here.  I used the color recently to paint the garage and stairwell walls in our home.



The only instructions are to place your blocks as shown above, and put the 4x4's through them.  Simple, and very sturdy. Some of the photos on Pinterest showed using caulking between the blocks as a "glue".  I chose not to do that.  
The bench is surprisingly comfortable.  My husband said we might make another one next weekend near this one to have more seating in this area.

I bought 4 ferns today also, @ 2/$16 at Lowe's.  While I had the paint out, I repainted all the small tables we use on the porch.  So everything got a fresh clean look. I hung 3 of the ferns across the front of the porch, and placed one on a table near the bench.


This is faux ivy, sitting in an angel bird feeder.

The ferns are such a luscious green this year.  

If you have an outdoor area that needs seating, this is a great way to provide it. I'm not sure what the blocks would cost, since we've had these for a year or two, but the other items were very reasonable.

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