Cinder Block Bench

I just completed this project on Saturday and it has added a great outdoor living space and really brightened up our front patio area.
Plain cinder blocks ~ BORING!
Plain cinder blocks ~ BORING!
I began by prepping the basic cinder blocks with a cement primer/sealer. This will prevent the cinders from absorbing more paint than necessary when applying your colors.
Bring on the CoLoR!
Bring on the CoLoR!
Pick your colors and spray away! You could choose one color for a solid colored base or multiple colors like I've done above. I applied two coats letting them dry in between.
Add 4x4x8 wooden beams
Add 4x4x8 wooden beams
Four 4x4x8 weatherized beams will be needed to construct your seating area.
I got ahead of myself and didn't stop to take pictures of setting up the cinders.
There are a couple of options as to how to set the cinder blocks up. You can stand the cinders on end in a row of four and place the beam in the top opening, or you can top the row of 4 cinders with an additional 2 cinders placed horizontally and thread the beams through those openings.
It really just depends on how high you want your seat to be from the ground. When you are happy with your cinder block placement you can then use cement adhesive to secure their placement and to enhance stability.
Plenty of room under the bench for storage
Plenty of room under the bench for storage
Add your cushions, arranging them to your liking. There is plenty of room under the bench to store your cushions during the off season.
Sit back, Relax & Enjoy your new seating area
Sit back, Relax & Enjoy your new seating area
Invite your friends over, you've got plenty of room for them to sit and enjoy your new outdoor space full of color & light!

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  • Kathleen
    on Jun 24, 2018

    What kind of paint did you use? What kind of primer. Will it hold it's color in rain or is this just for under a patio cover?

    Love it!

  • Sue Sanders
    on Jun 30, 2018

    Do you feel it would be necessary to add some support cinder blocks in the middle of such a long bench.?

    • Toni Ray
      on Jun 30, 2018

      Unless its a 500-700 lb person those 4X4 will hold a TON!

  • Carol Z
    on Jul 2, 2018

    Wait...other than spray painting, no construction necessary?! What? Did I miss something?? If not...this is brilliant!! Genius, even! Seriously fantastic idea. Can you tell I love this?? Great job.

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  • Johnnie Watkins
    on Jul 1, 2018

    You can add a back to this by standing the cinder blocks on their ends.

  • Munyaka
    on Feb 20, 2019

    This is awsome idea I may do this for my cozy spot thanks

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