Yesterday was my son’s 12th birthday. For his birthday this year, we re-did his dreary room and made it into a swanky gym. This post features the wallet-friendly diy bench. I will be posting pictures over the next few days. It is absolutely perfect for my sport-loving boy while also transitioning his room from kid to a pre-teen.
Though this bench is SUPER-CHEAP to build, it doesn’t sacrifice style and fun! This was my hubby’s brainchild. He put this together in less than a day. This bench could be equally as awesome in a garage or shed, or even a mudroom. Love it.
- Cinder-blocks – $1/pc. (Home Depot)
- Duct tape – $5 / roll
- Orange spray paint – $4.00 / can (Menards)
- This is what we used – LOVE Rust-Oleum!
- Unfinished board, 2×12 – 8 ft. – $12 (Home Depot)
- Stain – purchase the smallest can possible, you won’t need much!
We used Cabot Stain (it looks very well-loved, doesn’t it? 🙂 The color is Birch Mulch.
- Stain the board and allow to dry. (You can beat up the board if you want. The stain will sink in and make it look interesting. Use a hammer, chains…whatever. Take out all your aggression. ha! We didn’t beat ours up, but we did beat up a board that we were using for a backboard in his room. I will be posting this tutorial tomorrow.
- Duct tape the sides of the cinder-blocks in interesting geometric patterns.
- Spray paint and allow to dry. (Make sure the blocks are dry before painting – if they are stored outside at the store, you will need to allow them to dry. We used a blow dryer on ours, because that was the case for us.)
- Once everything is dry, cut the board to the correct length. Ours is 8 ft. (As our bench is between lockers, we didn’t need to anchor it to walls, but if yours is kinda out in the open, you might purchase some small L-brackets to attach the bench to the wall on the underside with screws.)
- Assemble cinder blocks. We varied the position between front and back to make a very stable-feeling bench. There is no wobble whatsoever.
Do you like DIY projects? Check out these posts for more fun, easy ideas on making your house a home, on a budget. If you liked this post, subscribe today for our weekly e-mail update. One less thing to remember is always good!
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