Easy DIY Rustic Log & Reclaimed Wood Garden Bench

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It’s the FINAL week of Outdoor Extravaganza, and me and my blogging friends are sharing some outdoor building and painting ideas with you today! I’m quite excited with how my simple building project turned out, and I think it’s going to look great on the new patio we’re building (more on that to come this weekend). Let me share with you how to build a simple, rustic log & reclaimed wood garden bench and make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to see some more building and painting ideas for your outdoor space.

How to build a DIY rustic garden bench with logs and reclaimed wood

This project is part of this month’s Outdoor Extravaganza hosted by the talented Shauna of Satori Design for Living. Make sure to come back tomorrow for a link party where you can share YOUR outdoor DIY ideas!

Click on the photos below to see my first two OE projects this month:

DIY Paint Dipped Succulent Log Planter   How to Clean and Style a Cotton Canvas Hammock

There’s something so wonderful about taking old, unused items and turning them into something beautiful and useful. In this case, I used a couple of logs from our log pile along with some vintage scrap wood I found at my aunt and uncle’s farm to make a rustic garden bench.

How to build a DIY rustic garden bench with logs and reclaimed wood

If you can find these treasures and have a nail gun on hand, this project is essentially free and only takes a few minutes to make!

How to build a DIY rustic garden bench with logs and reclaimed wood

All you need to do is find two large logs that are about the same height. Find 3-4 pieces of scrap wood and cut them to the length you’d like your bench to be. I was lucky because my wood pieces were a nice length for a bench already!

How to build a DIY rustic garden bench with logs and reclaimed wood

You could paint or stain your reclaimed wood, or leave it bare for a more rustic look. Mine were already painted this pretty distressed blue colour (perhaps they were from someone’s deck?) so I left them as-is.

Place and then nail your wood to the tops of your logs with a nail gun. It’s so easy!

Watch the first half of my video to see the steps to make this DIY rustic bench:

Now go check out some more outdoor painting and building ideas from my blogging friends!

DIY Mosquito Repelling Planter Box by Elliven Studio

Easy DIY Rustic Log Reclaimed Wood Garden Bench by The DIY Mommy

Kids’ Picnic Table Makeover – Fix the Rot or Just Paint it? by So Much Better with Age

Wire Orb Topiary DIY by Craftberry Bush

Farmhouse Painted Chair by Making it in the Mountains

Distressed Wood Outdoor Side Table by Satori Design for Living

Split Rail Fence by The Happy Housie

Thank you for following along as we decorated and DIY’d our outdoor areas this month! Make sure to come back tomorrow to share YOUR outdoor ideas with us at our link party!


  1. Love how simple this was to make and how fantastic it looks! We were kinda on the same page this week with our blue benches. Super charming and cute!

  2. I love this idea. A little nook if you want to be alone, read a book or do things alone. It doesn’t need much wood work too. As long as you have all the needed materials, I think it’s perfect for a beginner’s project . Thanks for sharing!

  3. Ideas are not developed automatically instead they can be resulted from experience. The DIY projects bring you experience and over time you will be skilled in these works. At beginning of the work, you may feel awkward but with time everything will be OK. Outdoor painting is not an easy job at all. To get it accomplished, apart from the tips on the post, you can physically consult with a proficient planner who can help you in this regard by giving out some worthy suggestions. I would like to say thank you for sharing your thought in this regard.

  4. Love the idea of this wooden bench. We have been working with a client recently who was looking for a bench creation for his garden, and I think they will love this idea.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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