This last week I finally implemented an idea I have had for a while. It was that of a simple cinder block bench with succulents planted in the cinder block holes. Last summer I used cinder blocks to create the outdoor succulent planter you see below. And thought with a different arrangement and a few pieces of wood, it could make a very cute bench.
- 12 double hole cinder blocks
- 4 single hole cinder blocks
- 2 pieces of 8" wide and 8' long pine boards
- Dark walnut stain
- Wood Sealant
- Succulents and Potting Mix
Begin by staining and sealing the pine boards on both sides. This will help them withstand the elements. Use an old rag or sock to wipe on the stain and let sit for a few minutes and them wipe off any extra stain. If you prefer a darker color, just go back with a second coat. Once you have the color your like, let your boards sit for a few hours to dry, then come back with your polyurethane or poly acrylic (in the finish of your choice) and use a paint brush to brush on the sealant and let dry. This will help keep any rain from ruining the wood boards.
Once your wood is stained and sealed, it is time to assemble your bench. I started with a base of four large cinder blocks to make a cube shape. Then I placed the wood boards on top of the cube shaped cinder blocks to create the bench base. I added two more large cinderblocks on top of the wood boards to secure them, then added the other two large cinder blocks and 4 small cinder blocks in front of the cube to expand the bench base a bit. Once all the pieces were in place, I filled the holes with potting mix and succulents and my bench was done!
The four grass like plants on the top of the bench are actually fake grass plants I got at ikea, since I didn't want dirt in the top cinder blocks resting on the wood planks. Figuring that dirt in those would slowly erode or rot the wood.
I love the way the bench turned out! Now I am just trying to decide if I want to paint the triangles on the cinder blocks like I did on my planter I made last year. What do you think?