DIY Chevron inspired concrete bench

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Added small rocks to make the aggregate top

For me creating pieces for my garden makes me happy.

Not just happy…

I think happy may be too weak of a word…

because for all you out there who love your garden you know what I am talking about…

that elated and joyous feeling when you find that perfect plant, that uniquely shaped pot, or that special treasure.

DIY concrete garden bench, DIY concrete garden bench

The aggregate ‘Chevron’ bench

I have searched for concrete benches for some time, maybe years, but never found the $50 price tag and the manufactured look very appealing for my garden. So this summer I decided to create some garden benches to tuck here and there in my gardens.

This Chevron inspired garden bench was less than $30 to create and it can be personalized any way you choose.

I chose to embellish the top of this chevron bench with small pebbles as I did here in the picture. You can leave it plain too. The possibilities are endless. And as you create more you will find better ways to embellish and create your one of a kind garden bench.

Creating. Inspiring. Gardening without the rules!

I use this Sakrete 5000 concrete mix from Lowe's

I use this Sakrete 5000 concrete mix from Lowe’s. You will need a big tub or wheelbarrow to mix it in. Add water slowly and use a mask, safety goggles, and gloves to work with concrete.

A large tub like this works great! Have a helper because 80lb concrete mix is heavy!

A large tub like this works great! Have a helper because 80lb concrete mix is heavy!

You can use the garage floor, driveway, or a board for the concrete molds. Just put down a plastic sheet

You can use the garage floor, driveway, or a board for the concrete molds. Just put down a plastic sheet. Make sure it is fairly level

The measurements for the top made out of a 2x4

The measurements for the top made out of a 2×4. Use screws to assemble.

Take off the screws where you see the blue Xs

Take off the screws where you see the blue Xs. Spray the forms with WD40 or cooking spray or other lubricant so help make the mold non stick

After you mix the concrete pour into the mold and then you can add the rebar if you feel you need extra support

After you mix the concrete pour into the mold and then you can add the rebar if you feel you need extra support

Using the vibration of the sander to release any air bubbles

Using the vibration of the sander to release any air bubbles

Use the float to press the pebbles down into the concrete-gently

Use the float to press the pebbles down into the concrete-gently

Take putty knife and push in the edges about a 45 degree angle

Take putty knife and push in the edges about a 45 degree angle

If you choose to make a smooth top, use a float or concrete tool to smooth and/or a putty knife

If you choose to make a smooth top, use a float or concrete tool to smooth and/or a putty knife. Take the putty knife at the 45 degree angle along the edges. Let it cure for about 8 hours and then remove the frame/mold

1x12 for the bench

1×12 for the bench

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one bag of  the Sakrete 5000 concrete mix and use the sander to let out air bubbles

one bag of the Sakrete 5000 concrete mix and use the sander to let out air bubbles. Let cure for about 8 hours and then remove the mold/frame to let cure in the shade for a couple more days.

concrete bench

concrete bench base

a plain chevron top

a plain chevron top. you will have to file or carefully chip off any concrete around the bottom edges.

The aggregate 'Chevron' bench

The aggregate ‘Chevron’ bench

2014/2015 copyrighted material C Renee Fuller

@the Garden Frog Boutique

 

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