This time of year, I’ll find any and every excuse to create a DIY that can be enjoyed outdoors. There’s nothing I love more than cozying up in the sun with a thrilling book, so I felt instantly inspired when Chanel suggested I make a bench for a backyard seating solution that’s perfect for just that! I’ve decided on wood for my main material, but I’d love your help concepting a design. Leave a comment below and tell me which of these benches you’d like to see recreated my way…

Images: Hilary Robertson Styling via Big Leo for Canvas, Studio Nina K. Interior Design via 79 ideas, Brick House tumblr, Angela Ferdig of kriselkeepr blog via The Stir

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  1. 1
    Alexa April 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I love that first one. Rustic and natural. Just lovely!

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    • clairezinnecker April 4, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      I do too! I especially love it in that pure white room.

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    Ashley @ Yeah. We Bake. April 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Ohhh, I love the time-worn look of Option 1 and the modern clean lines of Option 3. Can’t wait to see how this one turns out!

    xo,
    Ashley

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    • clairezinnecker April 4, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Both of those are such a beautiful raw wood too! Gorgeous coloring. Thanks Ashley!

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  3. 3
    Naomi A April 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I’m a big fan of benches! I especially like the last image~

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    • clairezinnecker April 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks Naomi! I love it too!

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    Tammy April 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    LOVE the last one!

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    • clairezinnecker April 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks Tammy! I do too, so simple.

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    Meg Sylvia April 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I like the simplicity of number three!

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    • clairezinnecker April 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      So do I! Thanks Meg.

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    Alyssa April 4, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Option four!

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    • clairezinnecker April 7, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks Alyssa!

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    Danielle Waisner April 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Option 1 or 4!

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    • clairezinnecker April 7, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Love the rustic simplicity on them both!

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    Miro - Dose of Dash April 4, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    option 2 with some fun and unique thrifted stools!

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    • Tracy April 5, 2013 at 11:43 am

      YES

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    • clairezinnecker April 7, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      I agree!! Wondering where I should hunt for stools if I attempt this one though…what are you favorite thrifting stores?

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    Denise April 4, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Love the combination of wood and metal on the last bench.

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    • clairezinnecker April 7, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Me too! Such a great material palette.

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    Lucy April 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Option 4!

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    • clairezinnecker April 7, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks Lucy! (and what a cute puppy you have in your photo!)

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    Elizabeth April 4, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Love the rustic simplicity of number one. The first bench has my vote! 🙂

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    • clairezinnecker April 7, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      Gorgeous, right? I wonder how I would make those legs…

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      • thebeaublogmck April 8, 2013 at 11:14 am

        What f you found some legs to repurpose from an old chair or something?

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    thebeaublogmck April 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I’m also a vote for the first bench. I love the natural look- but I could definitely see it with a pop of color. Be it the legs dipped in a bright color or the edges painted to give it a sexy look. Now- I’m thinking of a bench project! Lol

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    • clairezinnecker April 7, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      ohh ohhhh I LOVE that! I am definitely thinking of adding some color somewhere in this project.

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    Anathalia April 7, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    The 1st bench is just perfect! I love it!

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    • clairezinnecker April 7, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      Thanks! I love it too!

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