Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cinder Block Bench

After finishing our Cinder Block Sandbox I still had TONS of cinder blocks left over.  I wanted to make something that was usable, so I decided to make a Cinder Block Bench for our back porch.  It was super easy and super cheap (since I already had all of the Cinder Blocks).
I stacked the cinder blocks where I wanted them.  I used 1 1/2 x 5 cinder blocks to make the base.
I wanted some cushion for the seat.  So I went to JoAnn's and picked up some 2 inch foam and I picked up some vinyl at Hobby Lobby.  I used the same vinyl that I redid my Step Stool Chairs in. I also used some old plywood that we had around the house.
To make the cushion you first cute the plywood down to the size you want.  You then put the Foam on top and the Vinyl on top of the foam.  Then you just staple everything to the plywood.
I did the corners last just to make sure they looked the same and looked neat.
 The cushion fits perfectly on the cinder blocks.  For the cushions I made covers for 2 king size pillows and several 17x17 accent pillows.  You can find the tutorial for the pillows HERE.
I really liked how the bench turned out.  It is actually really comfortable and is really nice not have those cinder blocks stacked up where my kids can get hurt!

37 comments:

Just Jaime said...

Very functional! Awesome idea! I would have never thought of it!

Bunch of Bishops said...

i love this! your blog inspires me!!! i pinned this and hope to make it this summer :)

Kylie Helm said...

I LoVE this!!! What a simple adorable way to spruce up your porch!

-Kylie
Absolutelyarkansas.blogspot.com

meg said...

this is adorable! what a great idea. genius :) found your blog at show&share link party through southern lovely. i'm your newest follower!
meg
megvcornwell.blogspot.com

cheapcraftymama said...

What a cool and simple project, love it! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It and Win It Wednesday @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

Christine said...

Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

I LOVE IT and would sooooo enjoy having one too!

D. Lynn @Purple Kale said...

You did an amazing job! And those pillows are GORGEOUS!!!

Thanks so much for sharing!

Kristin said...

This is such a nifty idea! Love it :)

Visiting from Southern Lovely

Gwen said...

That's crazy~! You should totally paint those blocks... that would be so cool.

Ellie said...

Great idea! You can take it down and move it without too much hassle if you need to. Love it!

~Ellie @ beauty4ashes-ellie.blogspot.com

Bethany said...

This is so resourceful! What a great idea :)

Saying hi from Bear Rabbit Bear's linky!

♥ Bethany

www.happyhomemaker.me

Epic said...

What a creative and great idea!!! Thanks for sharing.
Cheers,
Char
http://1epicmom.com

Shelby @ The Bean Sprout Notes said...

super clever and very industrial chic. I love it!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

fun idea! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

Jill said...

Perfect! Great way to use up the extra cinder blocks! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

Looks great--and you made it cozy!

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Neat idea! So glad you linked this to Things I've Done Thursday!

whitey said...

If the plywood is strong enough could you leave some of the inner core blocks out for storage?

Our House Story said...

What a smart idea!! So simple and low cost. I might try this in a section of my garden! Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

I love it! So practical! Saw you aat Serenity U. Nice job!

Lauren said...

What a fantastic idea! Who would have thought it would be so beautiful? Love the finished product. I hope you'll link up at Off the Hook.

Pat @ Pat's Pink Apron said...

For needed seating this is a can do thing. Good idea.

Katherines Corner said...

what a creative use of concrete blocks. Truly love the cushions too! Thank you for your bloggy friendship and for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Linky Party, xo

Connie said...

Thanks for Linking with me at Wow Us Wednesday!

Jill said...

Lovely simple bench! Great use of those cinder blocks!


Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Six Sisters said...

This is so creative with the cinder blocks!! Very cute!! Thanks for sharing on our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". Hope you come back next week. -The Sisters

Michelles Tasty Creations said...

What a unique bench! Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Thursday last week. I couldn’t do these parties without you. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a wonderful week.
Michelle

Kathy B said...

Hi, found you on Katherine's Blog hop. I joined your blog so if you will, please join mine!
You are Welcome to come visit anytime. Kathy B. http://www.southernmadeintheshade.blogspot.com.

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild . com said...

amazing what you can do with blocks of cement. now you have yourself an entire outdoor seating area.

thank you for linking it up at our party at http://www.finecraftguild.com

Carrie said...

What a great idea!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

Katie said...

my kind of furniture! My bench is 4 cinder blocks with a piece of wood across it!
You've been featured! http://raisingoranges.blogspot.com/

Rachel said...

Never thought I'd say this, but I wish I had some cinder blocks laying around. SUCH a good idea! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
Rachel
adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

peli said...

smart!!! i always wanted a bench but didnt have enough to buy one...never thought abou using cinder blocks...you could paint them to look even happier :)

Delhia Roberts said...

What a smart idea! It looks really good and comfy as a nice outdoor bench. Thank you very much for sharing this post at Girly Mondays, hope to see you again next week! P.S: I voted for your blog on "We are on the fence". Kind regards, Delhia x

Rosanna.Hurrell said...

Love this idea! Would love to know how many you used and what the dimensions are. Thanks!

Rosanna.Hurrell said...

Love this idea! Would love to know how many you used and the dimensions. Thanks!

Rosanna.Hurrell said...

I love this! Can you please tell me how many cinderblocks you used for this project?

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