I like the idea for kitchen counter. (AW) DIY wood plank kitchen table picture step by step ~ would also be really really awesome for kitchen counters! Stained black with high gloss protectant over them.
Make a bench without hammers, nails or a drill! DIY Outdoor Bench - in less than an hour using cinder blocks and boards. Get cushions from a used furniture shop or an old couch being thrown away and cover with sheets (which you can just pin together).