Built-In Banquette, Part One

March 24th, 2014

I was having coffee with our pastor’s wife a few months ago in their home, we were talking about all of of her plans for fixing up the house on a very limited budget. (Out of respect for their privacy I can’t share her name but let’s just call her “Carrie”.) She shared that the biggest dream of hers was to install a built in wrap around bench in their U shaped breakfast nook for their family of six and cozy it up with cushions and pillows. I wholeheartedly agreed that a banquette would be perfection!

We started scheming how to make it happen and a few weeks later she called me in excitement to tell me they were going to build it in a shop with a carpenter friend who’s also member of the congregation. He guided them from start to finish on the build. Six weeks passed as the bench slowly took shape over time and I’m so excited to share the first phase. Let’s call it a “before” and “during” because there are many more details to come … 

empty nook

 

built in bench in nook

 

The pieces for this built in banquette were constructed in this order: first the three boxes then the face frame, next the drawers, drawer fronts, and finally the top.

boxes and drawers in shop

   

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Weekend Reading

March 21st, 2014

Hello all, I’m back from our Spring Break trip! It’s amazing what a few days spent in the sunshine napping in lounge chairs can do for the soul, how nice it was to check out for a week!

While at my parents’ house I spent some time with my dad, I’m helping him write his memoirs, he will be 70 next year so he’s documenting all the funny things he’s experienced and what he’s learned in his lifetime. He’s written over 100 autobiographical short stories and anecdotes so we’re compiling them by chapters. What a treasure to pour over his experiences from his youth through adulthood and fatherhood. I must have thrown my head back in laughter two dozen times, tears streaming down my face as he recounted his experiences. I know most of the stories but how wonderful to hear them retold again in his voice.

And speaking of stories, I do so love a great renovation tale, especially one where the homeowners design a space to suit their tastes and lifestyle. I’m smitten with this renovation by Lauren of Pure Style Home, be sure to read about the process here.

Liess Home

 

And some favorite links I stumbled across while I browsed the internet on my week off:

Affordable versus cheap

12 design apps for remodelers

Dated kitchens refreshed without remodeling 

The neuroscience of color

A helpful guide to wood look ceramic tile

The power of the Kreg Jig – 15 fab DIY projects

Big congrats to John & Sherry for their product line now available at Target!

A 300 foot slipe ‘n slide in the middle of a city street – crazy fun

I so love the Curtain Lady 

 

Finally, I’m proud to be mentoring Tracy of Right Up My Alley in the Creating with the Stars challenge - she has several impressive DIY projects lined up, I’ll share them as they happen.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

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