DIY Outdoor Benches

Do you remember my Recycled Pallet Outdoor Dining Table I shared weekend before last? (Be sure to check it out if you missed it)! 

Well, I made the table but didn't have any chairs that would work with it because it turned out a little taller than I expected... a little mismeasurement faux-pau 😬 You know what I do when I mess up like that? I just go with it! So... benches were in order!!

How to build simple outdoor benches
I made another trip to Home Depot for my supplies.

2 - 8 ft. 4x4 posts
1 - 10 ft. 2x10 plank
16 - 5 in. long screws

I had them cut it all for me too. I have a nice saw and can cut it myself but if they are going to offer this service for free then why not take advantage of that am I right?!

For these benches, I followed the basic plan from where I got the tutorial for the table. I made a few changes to make them work for my table.

The legs were each cut to 22 inches so when you add on the 2-inch plank they are now 24 inches tall... the perfect height for my table.

In between each 4x4 I put a scrap of 2x4 to help keep the legs from being wobbly and then I screwed them together from each side with the 5 inch long screws, two per side.

Then they will fit on the planks like so (this is upside down of course 😉)

Here is something to know about me... patience is NOT my strong point... but I was a good girl and decided to be patient and stain the pieces before I put them all together. I thought this would be easier in the long run.

I stained them to match the pallet table... black legs...

...and colonial pine seats.

The next day (yes... the next day... it almost killed me to wait that long!) I screwed the tops down to the legs and gave them two coats of clear poly.

I love how it says "Idaho Forest" on the end of one of the seats!

I made these benches so they will tuck under the table out of the way when not in use... that's professional yo!! 😂

You may have also noticed that I gave the sides of the pallet another coat of the black stain to darken them up a bit too.

I have another fun little upcycling project in the works that I'll be using on the table too...

It involves this little toy truck 😃 I can't wait to show you!


Vikki B said...

Your table and benches look so cute--and professional. I like that you left the Idaho Forest on the end. Can't wait to see your project with the little truck. (I, too, suffer from LPS---Little Patience Syndrome.) Good job!!

Debra Pashkowsky said...

Oh I love this set. The Idaho Forest graphic is a nice touch.

Tania said...

Thanks Debra! Isn't that graphic cool? I didn't even notice it until I was almost done or I might have turned it right side up!! lol!


Tania said...

Thanks Vikki! That darn LPS!!


handmade by amalia said...

Another winning project. And the little truck! I can't wait.

Thrifty Mom In Boise said...

Whooo hooo. Looks great!!!

Tania said...

Thank you!! :o)


Tania said...

Thanks Amalia!


Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

Your benches turned out great Tania, and I love that they tuck under the table. So perfect! That truck is adorable. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

Tania said...

Thanks Tuula!


JoElle said...

The benches turned out perfect! I love that they tuck in out of the way. Great job.

Tania said...

Thanks JoElle!!


Kathleen said...

Fabulous benches ! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

Brenda Young said...

A perfect pairing for the table, pinning this one too. Thanks for sharing your projects at #FridaysFurnitureFix Tania!