With all this snow I thought you might enjoy a little inspiration for a summer project. I found this for outdoor summer seating and loved the idea via Simple Living! It's made using simple painted cinderblocks and 4x4 pieces of lumber bought at Lowes or the Home Depot. Here's another one below via Kayla's Basement. Get more photos and their how-tos in their posts!
PS. I think cinderblocks could be the new pallets;-P Via Apartment Therapy.
I think what makes this look so great is the black grout and teak wood. Source for this image is unknown.