Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DIY Patio Bench

Have you been trying to think of new ways to dress up your patio and give it a touch of your own personality? Or maybe you're in need of a new DIY project to keep you busy this week.
If this sounds like you, then look no further! Make your patio fun and unique with a custom patio bench.

What you will need:
6 Cinder Blocks
4 Planks of wood (4x4)
Latex Paint of your colour choice
Wood Sealant (this makes the wood boards water resistant and will prevent rotting)
Your choice of Upholstered Cushion 
Note: I recommend getting and "outdoor" fabric or using scotch-guard to waterproof (although scotch-guard won't prevent sun-fading)

How To:
Take your planks of wood to a well ventilated area and coat them thoroughly in sealant. Once they are dry repeat 1-2 more times. 
Meanwhile, (also in a well ventilated area) take your cinder blocks and coat in 1-3 layers of paint in the colour of your choice. Let the planks of wood and cinder blocks all dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Note: this process should be done  approximately 24 hours in advance to putting together the rest of the bench to ensure that all surfaces are dry and ready.

Place the cinder blocks standing up vertically on an even/level surface. Now place wood planks through the top holes in the cinder blocks, leaving a minimum of 4 inches sticking out at the sides to properly support weight.

Finally place your cushions on top of the cinder blocks. 
Note: If you feel like the cushions are too thin and the planks are digging in to your legs, place a 3/4" thick board of plywood on top of the planks for added support and an even surface to place the cushions on.

That's it folks! Now enjoy your very own patio bench that reflects your personal style.

Take Care,


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