I built these sturdy pallet garden benches from 2" x 6" skids. I took the pallets apart and then I just kept building until they looked the way I wanted them.
I painted each bench a different color. The paints that I used were a premium-brand outdoor enamel that I found in Home Depot - marked down to $3 each due to incorrect color-matching. This was a pretty good deal as each quart is normally $22.