Turn a handful of humble materials into a custom timber and concrete-look seat. Soften this sleek, yet heavy-duty bench with outdoor cushions, potted plants and a jute rug for an attractive and comfortable reading space. But first, here’s how we built the bench.
Safety tip: The finished pillars are heavy. It’s best to build the bench on site over a stable foundation.
Apply adhesive around the top to position the third row of blocks with the holes facing sideways. Apply adhesive in the holes and centre the slats between them, pushing down to embed and leave to dry.
Half-fill a bucket with render, gradually adding water and mixing to a toothpaste-type consistency using a 75mm scraper. Spray the pillars with water, then apply an even 5mm-thick coat of render, using the trowel to wipe it smooth.
Remove the tape and leave the render to dry thoroughly (at least two days). It lightens as it dries – wait for the entire surface to appear uniform. Brush to remove loose particles, then finish with clear concrete sealer using a mini-microfibre roller.
*Timbers vary by state and territory; contact your local store for further information.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.