- (12) pressure treated 2”x4”x8’ boards
- Decking screws
- Exterior latex paint
- (2) 8” planters with a rim
Creating an inexpensive but sturdy planter box bench is easier than you think!
Earlier in the Spring, we shared our Space Saving Bunk Beds project. Today, I'm excited to show you a fun outdoor DIY you can do in a weekend.
This planter box bench is an awesome way to add extra seating and a pop of color to your backyard.
With just 2x4 pressure treated lumber and deck screws, this bench is simple to make! Once it is painted, the planter bench makes for a beautiful addition to your outdoor living space.
How to Build a Planter Box Bench:
Step 1: Cut the lumber down to size.
Step 2: Assemble the seat.
Step 3: Put together the box sides.
Step 4: Assemble the boxes.
Step 5: Attach the boxes to the bench seat.
Step 6: Add the trim pieces to the top of the planter boxes.
Step 7: Sand the bench prior to painting.
Painting with Wagner FLEXiO:
The Wagner FLEXiO 4000 is perfect for large and small jobs because it has several easy-to-change components. Plus, it’s super easy to clean out, too! I love how simple and intuitive it is to use this sprayer.
For best results, I suggest thoroughly reading through the instructions on how to assemble and use the FLEXiO 4000 Sprayer. Be sure to do a test spray and practice with the included spray poster.
Setting up the Wagner FLEXiO 4000:
Step 1: Set the pressure control on the X-Boost power dial to medium-high. This controls how much air power is created by the base.
Step 2: Set the material flow, which controls the amount that will be sprayed. Because exterior latex paint tends to be quite thick, you want it to be about 9-11.
Step 3: Then, change the air cap to match the direction you’re going to paint, either horizontal or vertical.
Step 4: Finally, add paint to the cup and tighten the nozzle assembly.
Here’s how to paint your new planter box bench:
I recommend using a high quality paint. I chose the color “Napa Winery” from Behr Premium Plus Exterior in a satin finish.
Step 1: Set up the Wagner Studio Spray Tent and move the bench into it. This will protect your project as you work on painting it. It also protects the surrounding area from any overspray.
Step 2: Prepare the Wagner FLEXiO 4000 as directed above.
Step 3: Hold the sprayer about 6-8 inches from the surface and move the sprayer in smooth even passes across your surface.
Step 4: Allow the paint to dry before adding another coat or touching up any spots.
Once the bench has completely dried, you can insert your 8” planters inside and plant your flowers.
This guest post was created by the Juggling Act Mama blog.
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