Labor For Your Neighbor- Make A DIY Outdoor Bench to #Buildthanks (for under $50)

Labor day is coming up and we can’t believe that fall is already approaching! It’s been quite the year already with a global pandemic affecting millions of people. This Labor Day we want to pay it forward with something that means everything to us, community. We’re working with Lowes this Labor Day to,, #BuildThanks and we have a DIY project below to increase your houses curb appeal that you can DIY for under $50!! This outdoor bench is easy to build, will change any space, and an easy way to pay gratitude for a loving community member or neighbor that might deserve it – we can’t wait to share our labor of love with our neighbor, Karen.

We met Karen when we first moved to our block two years ago. After several stoop visits we instantly fell in love with Karen’s generosity, kindness, and willingness to make us part of her extended neighborhood family. Karen lives alone as her daughter is off to college. During these tough times we have been thinking of Karen quite a bit. She is an essential worker and has been going into her job on a daily basis, even when Brooklyn and New York were COVID hotspots. Karen works as an art psychotherapist at a mental health clinic in Brooklyn at a mental health clinic in the Bronx. The clinic requires Karen to be available on site for those patients that are in crisis and need face-to-face sessions. She has also been doing a lot of teletherapy to keep patients safe, but she still needs to be onsite. Karen also runs art psychotherapy groups for a program called Life is Precious for young Latina teens. We walk by Karen’s brownstone on a daily basis going to the grocery store and catching the subway pre-covid. While she has a beautiful home we always thought her front stoop deserves a little love. It’s been a tough past couple months and we are so fortunate to have an opportunity to create a little oasis for Karen to enjoy.

Head over to ,, for the step-by-step tutorial to create the bench.

We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day and we hope you will join us ,,#buildthanks for a loving neighbor of your own!