Marble Hearth recycled as a garden bench

As the back of my garden continues to produce tons of good quality stone, I am coming up with more resourceful ways of using it, to avoid having it thrown out or buried.

I realised that one of the ways I could cover some of my tyre wall would be to have a bench built infront of it, and a wooden back covering the tyres above the bench. The natural lean of the retaining wall is a perfect back for the bench to lean back and relax on.

Using the stone at my disposal, I created a dry stone wall which sat solidly, but I found that the top of the bench was far from smooth. To resolve this, I figured some paving stones would be nice, but then I struck a much better idea – use the marble hearth from a fireplace!

The hearth as it appeared on eBay

After a little search, I came up with this beauty listed on eBay. It’s got a few scratches, but for £10, I thought you can’t go wrong!With this as a top to the dry stone, I figured I could level it out and get a nice finish on the bench. So, this is the dry stone wall almost built..

Almost Complete…

 

Once that was in place, I just needed to level it off and put the marble on top. To ensure that the stone doesn’t scratch the marble when it is in place, you need to line the underneath with some planks of wood.

You then have to fill in all the gaps to ensure that the wood/hearth is fully supported all along it’s length. If you don’t do this, you will find that the marble splits when you sit on it! (Unfortunately, this happened to mine). But given the nature of my garden, I’m not looking for perfection, so I don’t mind too much. here is the finished article!

The finished bench.

If the weather is good this Sunday (50/50 at the moment) then I am going to get some wood for the tyre wall to be finished off with a wall plate. I might then have a chance to get this bench finished as I’ve had some ideas with how I can really make a feature out of it. I’ll post an update when I can get the time to finish it!