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Build It – Bench Seating for the Kitchen Nook

April 21, 2011
by tarafry

So…. project “build the bench” is officially underway and ALMOST complete! We started working on it 2 Sunday’s ago thinking it would take only a few hours to complete. Wishful thinking. More than a week later, we are finally finished with the “build” part and are on to the finishing touches. In the meantime, I thought I’d share my progress:

INSPIRATION: This is actually a picture I took of the television screen, so I apologize for the poor quality, but I was watching HGTV (as I always am on the weekend) and saw this on an episode of Bath Crashers. I really like the storage cubes underneath as opposed to the typical bench seat with piano henge top and storage inside:

FIRST : We gathered all the tools for the installation and outlined the general shape on the floor with tape :

THEN : We built the frame out of 2×4′s and secured them to the wall for support :

NEXT : We finished out the frame using sheets of plywood :

THEN : We added the support structures for the interior to help support the weight of the ‘sitters’ and create the cubbies for storage :

FINALLY : We finished the whole thing out with base board trim and a fresh coat of semi-gloss white paint:

One of these days, this lovely graphic fabric will be our cushions:

I am so happy with the way it’s turning out. We’ve already taken advantage of the additional seating and I can’t wait to go shopping for baskets/accessories for the cubbies! Stay tuned for when the cushions are completed and I get to do my favorite part – decorate!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. mrscummingsrx permalink
    April 21, 2011 11:48 am

    This is so AWESOME!!! We are moving into a new place this fall and I have to save this!! Thanks!

  2. Grandma permalink
    April 21, 2011 4:36 pm

    Fantastic. I expect there will be others doing this after seeing your work. Love the storage cubes and the fabric.


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