Talk About a Block Party: DIY Cinderblock Bench

Tired of disposable, expensive outdoor furniture? Spend less, and create a bench that will last a lifetime instead of just a summer. Bonus: it doubles as a planter.

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Create this stylish outdoor bench with just cinderblocks and a few 4x4s.

With summer comes BBQs, yard games and pool parties! All of the extra attention the backyard receives requires a lot of hard work. Luckily, in just a few simple steps, you can construct a decorative seating option that will help you get closer to the summer setting of your dreams.

Stack Cinderblocks

After painting your cinderblocks, get ready for some serious stacking fun. Be sure to wear a pair of work gloves while assembling the block bench. Set four cinderblocks up in a tight row. Cover the surface of the cinderblocks in several thin lines of construction adhesive. Stack two cinderblocks, length-wise, across the top of the four cinderblocks. Finish the first bench stack by placing the remaining block on the back side of the stack. Attach with construction adhesive.

Measure and Create Second Stack

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Stain and seal four 4x4s. Before beginning the second side of stacked blocks, use one of the wood planks to measure the appropriate distance between the cinderblock stacks. Using the same technique as above, stack the remaining seven cinderblocks.

Finish, Accessorize and Enjoy

Using outdoor spray paint, cover any exposed construction adhesive to polish off the bench. To complete the bench entirely, slide the four wood pieces through the holes in the cinderblocks. Now that the bench is complete, add some floral love to the sides of the bench, using the top cinderblocks as planters. Finish off with a few decorative pillows, and enjoy all summer long.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

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