Wordless Wednesday – Kinda.

The last 3 days I have been preoccupied with making this crazy bench. Saw it on DIY on HGTV. It’s made of cement blocks & 4×4 posts. The original had 4 pieces of lumber for the seat and no back rest. I went with three because I’m short, it would be too deep a seat for me. I added a back rest..right at the lumbar area ( all the 4x4s are six feet long). I also did away with the flower pot part. There is now room to rest a glass or plate on this super armrest.

Another difference here is I got an outdoor step with the curved front. The ones used to make the stairs on outdoor porches. Those 4×4 were very hard on my butt. But the step helped a lot.

With the adding of the step it got a little higher. My feet were swinging like a little kid when I sat down. My daughter thought this was hilarious, she is 5ft 10in. But, I had a fix…a foot rest. Two of them. They make the bench look more uniform.

I put a piece of 2×4 on the back side of the seat so it wouldn’t shift when I sat down. I used construction adhesive. This way, it just falls into the slot between the 4×4.

I shoved a 2×4 next to this 4×4 ( the middle one). Less hole-y.

This is a closeup of my foot rest. No more swingy legs:).

The finished product seats two comfortably. I still have to shellac the wood, and seal and paint the blocks. I was supposed to use construction adhesive on the blocks. But I think not. Plus, I don’t have any little kids climbing around. And I want to be able to change its location when the spirit moves me. Maybe closer to the fire pit!

It was pretty cool to NOT use nails or screws on this. It felt like putting together a puzzle. It was fun!

Entered into Michele What Moves You challenge..today, a fun project that results in a crazy outdoor bench๐Ÿ˜Š. I was encouraged by Selma Martin to enter this challenge. Thank you Selma!

What Moves You? blog challenge.



25 responses to “Wordless Wednesday – Kinda.

  1. This is just amazing. I like โ€˜imaginingโ€™ making new things too.
    When the boys moved out and I dismantled their old beds I saw a DIY project where you make a bench with the head/foot boards. It looked easy. BUT, never got around to it. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
    Your bench is superbly constructed. A real bench. I love it. Amazing.

    So this DIY stuff moves youโ€ฆ wonderful. If I may suggest, why donโ€™t you enter this post at Michele Leeโ€™s website for the blog challenge. Runs till 20th. (And there are prizes to be won ๐Ÿ†) ๐Ÿ˜œ
    I just posted mine last night on my day with Margaret Atwood. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Find details there. Of course, no pressure.
    But on reading this I thought I might mention the blog challenge.

    I love your new bench. Thanks for sharing. Xoxo

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    • Hi Selma, your headboard/ footboard bench sounds like a good idea๐Ÿ˜Š.
      Thanks for the intro to Micheles blog challenge, I will look into it. Thank you. Glad you like my sturdy bench๐Ÿ˜Š. Thanks for stopping by.


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  2. This is so cool! Excellent work, Pat! I would need only three too. ๐Ÿ˜† Thank you very much for joining us in a creative and resourceful way! I am honored to be associated with your DIY project. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Please share the painted project if you can. You may start receiving orders! ๐Ÿ˜ Your name will be entered into Sundayโ€™s drawing. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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