This project turned out great and is a eye-catching, functional recreation area and it cost less than $20. Meant to inspire you to create using reclaimed materials, it's a cool thing to do.
I planned the planter-bench around these two beach log chunks and a busted up wood box that had washed up.
I started by setting out the 3 elements out as i wanted them and then drew in the perimeter on the patio.
Started to lay bricks in a rectangle just slightly over the lines I drew.
Some of the bricks had mortar stuck to them. A hammer took it off and I placed it in the benches to solidify things and protect it from heavy wayward feet.
On one layer I put a few in crossways just for strength. May have been unnecessary.
Add the top elements, box and benches.
Fill planter with a bag a potting soil and add summer plants to compliment the color of the bricks.
It's done and I'm satisfied but there are still bricks. I am gonna build a barbecue stand.
Yay!! Patio set, completely removable as its not mortared but perfectly sturdy and looks fantastic. Cost $20, bricks had to be hauled but they were free! Bought soil, and plants. Took 10 hrs. Peace