Cinderblock Bench

Not that I am ever really going to sit outside my front door, but just in case Chris and I built a bench. Well Chris built me a bench, but I did help carry all 16 of the cinderblocks and went to Jo-Ann Fabrics to buy the weather resistant red material.

See a while back I was looking through that book Home Cheap Home by the recently deceased Budget Living people and there was this great project on making an outdoor bench out of cinderblocks that looked super easy. Let me back up just a minute…When we first moved into our house there was a big flower box attached to the house outside the front door. However, the dirt went right up to the wood which was a termite nightmare so it had to go. Ever since there has been this empty space there just begging for something. Well that something is now my new bench. It is so long I can lay on it.

All we did was lay 8 blocks on the bottom alternating short and long sides and then did the same thing on top. Chris went and bought a piece of plywood and cut it to the size of the top of the bench. I went and got the red fabric and batting. Chris laid the batting down on the plywood and wrapped the red fabric around to the back and staple gunned it to the plywood until everything was nice and taunt. Now it looks super cute.

The finishing touches are the screen door I need and a new outside light. Well and the whole landscaping overhaul I am looking into. Baby steps.

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