A Front Porch Makeover Featuring A Cinder Block Bench

Immediately I’m excited to share the outcomes of my entrance porch makeover! My hubby and I moved into our residence final June, and for the previous 10 months, we’ve been tackling undertaking after challenge just a little bit at a time. Perhaps it’s all the spring outside DIY posts I’ve been writing these days for Decoist, however for the final month, I’ve targeted on nothing however my aspect, front and back yards. My entrance porch was in nice want of a revamp. Listed here are the earlier than and after pics:

Front porch makeover before and after photos A Front Porch Makeover Featuring A Cinder Block Bench

Entrance porch makeover earlier than and after

As we speak’s patio makeover was impressed by a cinder block undertaking I featured on this submit. Right here’s an in depth-up sneak peek at a number of particulars. You’ll want to learn on for full undertaking protection…

Details from a front porch makeover A Front Porch Makeover Featuring A Cinder Block Bench

Particulars from a entrance porch makeover

Cinder Block Bench Choices

I knew that the centerpiece of my entrance porch makeover can be a cinder block bench. The query: easy methods to design and construct it?! I headed to House Depot and picked up sixteen cinder blocks, together with two items of lumber. I had a obscure concept of what I needed, however I made positive to get additional supplies. Simply in case!

Choice #1: A Cinder Block Throne

I initially determined to ditch the lumber and construct a small cinder block bench, which actually became a plant stand/”throne” of types. Whereas we ended up choosing one other bench design (which I’ll cowl later within the submit), I assumed I’d share the small print of this model:

Building the cinder block throne

Constructing the cinder block throne

I began by putting two rows of 4 cinder blocks on the bottom. I then turned the 2 finish blocks in order that they opened to the entrance. Subsequent I stacked six blocks on the highest degree, two within the upright place so they might maintain crops. See them within the again row on the second degree? Take a look at the pics above, which present the “throne” from a number of totally different angles.

Gravel with help with drainage when the greenery is planted

Gravel to assist with drainage when the greenery is planted

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I knew I needed so as to add plants to this mini-bench, so I positioned some gravel within the open cinder blocks on the highest row of my design–gravel is ideal for filling the underside of the open block/offering a barrier/providing drainage. Under we see mondo grass and quite a lot of colourful pots.

Plants will embellish the cinder block throne

Crops to decorate the cinder block throne

Right here’s a view of the gravel within the backside of the cinder block–this basalt gravel is left over from an earlier yard landscaping undertaking:

Gravel in the bottom of a cinder block

Gravel within the backside of a cinder block

When all was stated and completed, I added 4 extra blocks to the highest of the mini-bench–I appreciated the sculptural look that resulted. I topped all of it off with a cushion, then positioned some small crops in lime inexperienced pots within the nook on all sides of the bench. You’ll be able to see the throne/planter/sculpture under:

Cinder block throne with plants and a cushion

Cinder block throne with crops and a cushion

Right here’s a view from the entrance! An alternative choice: Forgoing the cushion and including a big plant on the prime of this piece. The cinder block construction then turns into an ornamental wall that doubles as a plant stand that provides curiosity to your patio!

Front view of the cinder block throne

Entrance view of the cinder block throne

Choice #2: A Cinder Block Bench

Whereas I beloved the look of the throne above, I finally needed a construction that higher resembled a bench! The bench I constructed was impressed by the DIY outside bench created by Kayla of The Basement. It’s straightforward to construct, it’s a wonderful no-problem concept, and you may learn all about it right here. Taking my cues from that venture, I opted for a smaller model that might finally contain pavers and constructed-in planters. I give my husband full credit score for arising with the ultimate design–the pavers made all of the distinction! Listed here are a couple of provides that obtained me began:

Gathering supplies for the cinder block bench

Gathering provides for the cinder block bench

Provides:

  • One eight-foot piece of lumber minimize in half (I opted for wooden that had been cured and handled for the weather – the fee was round $12). Be happy to go together with an extended piece of lumber if you’d like your bench to be a bigger measurement.)
  • sixteen single cinder blocks (doubles also can work for the primary construction of the bench)
  • three concrete pavers (12 in. x 12 in.)
  • crops (I used mondo grass, which does properly in shady spots)
  • gravel for drainage
  • potting soil

Wood, cinder blocks and pavers form a sturdy bench

Wooden, cinder blocks and pavers type a sturdy bench

Steps:

  1. Stack the cinder blocks in three rows of two, making certain that they’re the right distance aside to help the picket beams and accommodate three pavers in between (a trial run on the bottom degree helps right here).
  2. Place the 2 picket beams by way of the holes, connecting the highest rows of the blocks. The picket beams might not attain the very finish of the holes as soon as settled, however they need to be quite shut to make sure good help.
  3. Stack the pavers on prime of the picket beams.

Plants at the base of a cinder block bench

Crops on the base of a cinder block bench

And for some enjoyable “extras,” add two cinder blocks close to the bottom of every aspect of the bench–one with the opening dealing with the entrance, and one within the upright place (to carry a plant). Fill the highest cinder block 1/three of the best way with gravel, then comply with with soil and a plant. Prime it off with limestone gravel for an ornamental impact if you want. Although it’s arduous to inform within the image under, there are crops on both sides of the bench.

The front porch makeover is not yet complete

The entrance porch makeover shouldn’t be but full

Don’t hesitate so as to add cushions or pillows! We get plenty of squirrels on our entrance porch, so fairly than leaving the pillows out, I’ve determined to retailer a few them in my entryway closet and convey them out once I’m having fun with a night drink on the bench.

DIY cinder block bench

DIY cinder block bench

Need to know slightly secret? Initially the bench appeared like this (see under)! The additional cinder blocks and crops have been stacked on prime of the bench, somewhat than on the base. Whereas this can be a nice choice, I finally needed a extra clear-lined look and as an alternative selected the design above.

An additional bench option

A further bench choice

I used to be proud of the top outcome, however I nonetheless felt just like the patio seemed a bit naked…

Add pillows to the cinder block bench to soften the look

Add pillows to the cinder block bench to melt the look

An Outside DIY Wall Artwork Venture

…which is why I made a decision to perform a little DIY outside artwork undertaking! Actually, earlier this week I blogged about outside wall artwork and got here throughout a tremendous challenge from Amy of Positively Splendid. You possibly can learn all about it right here. Amy framed sections of rolled moss (the type you purchase at a craft retailer). I liked the thought, and I tailored it a bit to resemble the look of a freshly reduce, manicured garden with metallic edging.

Moss and sheet metal are the supplies of choice for this outdoor DIY wall art

Moss and sheet metallic are the provides of selection for this outside DIY wall artwork

Years in the past, my hubby bought some customized-reduce sheet metallic and drilled holes for nails. He used small magnets to show posters on the metallic, which was the right choice for somebody who loved switching out his paintings regularly. The metallic created a contemporary body for the artwork. For my undertaking, the metallic created a “body” for a sheet of moss!

Cutting the moss

Chopping the moss

I merely measured and reduce the moss, then scorching glued it to the sheet metallic. I really like the clear look that resulted–very Zen!

Modern moss and metal DIY outdoor wall art

Trendy moss and metallic DIY outside wall artwork

Last Touches

Under we see the top results of the undertaking. I added a potted fern by the door, in addition to a purple metallic doormat and two aloe crops in small pots painted a soothing shade of blue.

The final front porch makeover

The ultimate entrance porch makeover

Typically it’s the little particulars that make an enormous distinction! Thanks for becoming a member of me for in the present day’s entrance porch makeover. As you possibly can see, there’s nonetheless room for extra shade on this porch. I assume I’ll simply need to proceed my DIY marathon and provide you with another outside tasks for the outside of my residence–as all the time, I promise to maintain you posted!

Limestone gravel covers the soil of this potted aloe plant

Limestone gravel covers the soil of this potted aloe plant

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