How I Made A Bench From Cinder Blocks and Salvaged Wood


If you’ve seen one bench you have seen them all, right? Wrong. Many moons ago when I first started my Pinterest account a picture of a clever cement block bench caught my eye. Maybe you have seen it too. If you have been “pinning” for more than 32 hours I guarantee you have seen it.


Via Lena Sekine


This picture came in your “So You Want To Pin But Never Intend To Make The Stuff You Pinned” Starter Kit. Can I tell you that without fail every time someone “discovers” I am a DIY blogger, I am sent a picture of this bench at some point. For a lack of better words it has been haunting me-think The Ghost of Home Depot’s Past. After what seemed like an eternity I FINALLY  gave in and made my own version of this bench. This is another element of my backyard transformation, that I am documenting-slowly but documentation nonetheless. No worries, I will reveal the finished product before Lauryn Hill releases a new album.



Check out this easy outdoor bench tutorial on Avdoeswhat.comAlthough I love the original pin I knew for my design needs I wanted to make changes particularly length and height. Instead of a long bench this project is more of a loveseat or what I affectionately call a “Bae Bench.” 

Bae = “Before Anyone Else” Is an affectionate term similar to and interchangeable with babe, boo, sweetie, etc. Can be used romantically or with people you care strongly for. It also means poop in Danish but doesn’t matter because we are in Amuuuurica.


What You Need:

  • 8 Cinderblocks (I used 2 with 2 holes and 6 with 3 holes just to make things interesting)
  • 2 pieces of  2″ x 6″ x 6 ft. lumber 
  • Spray paint
  • Concrete adhesive 
  • Painter’s Tape (Optional)
  • Wood sealer/stain (Optional but recommended)


Having different shaped cinder blocks allowed me to play around with the configuration but once it was settled I started taping off the areas I wanted painted.


Some tutorials use latex paint but I used spray instead. In 31 years I have never seen graffiti fade on a concrete wall so…20160428_104653Let the paint dry overnight before peeling the tape. *NOTE* I used this same technique to paint an outdoor rug

What time is it? Lumber time! This is the time to stain and seal the wood. It is optional but if you want the wood to last longer I suggest it. Also I got this wood literally for PENNIES because salvage yards are boss. These 2 pieces of wood cost me around $1.25! 

20160718_095912Now it is time to assemble! Another change I made is that I did not use concrete adhesive. If you own your home or have no intention of ever moving your bench I say go for it but it was going be too heavy for me to move. For security, I made sure the ground was really level and even pushed some of the base into the soil for extra stability.  Once you are happy with the placement feed the wood beams through the top holes of the cinderblocks. Since this is a “Bae Bench” I used some electronic tea light candles for additional ambience.


Grand total? $18! completely worth it. The spray paint cost the most (because it is multiple colors). I am going to sit down and think of all the money I saved.


What are some DIY projects you would like to create with unusual materials?

5 thoughts on “How I Made A Bench From Cinder Blocks and Salvaged Wood

  1. So you’re sitting on two wood slats? Is this finished? It looks more like a plant shelf. Am I confused?

  2. Love the idea! I’m going to do something similar on my deck. Think I will just add cinder blocks in the middle to have added support. Feel like it would start sagging with repeated use. Will the spray paint fade over time or did you seal it?

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