Last week I told you all about our window seats in the corner of our dining room. Well, they were long overdue for an update. Even though we are only about 80% done, I took a few photos to show you what we have accomplished so far.
A while back I realized that people were always bringing chairs over to this corner to sit when we entertained, and we really could use some seating there. Then came the light bulb moment, that maybe we could build seating and accomplish our never-ending goal of creating more storage, too. We threw these together pretty quickly, using what we had on hand and could afford to do at the time. They have provided so much extra space to store trays and dishes, and the kids have piled up here every time they are over. Here's the before, when the window seats were just primed, and sort of worn from the kids and pets always sitting here. (They were previously red, to match our former dining room walls, but I forgot to take a photo.)
I know. Bad, right?
Here's how we made these simple seats. To start, we had the hardware store cut 3/4 inch MDF to size, to make two large bottomless boxes. Why bottomless? Less MDF to buy, and fewer pieces to fit together. For the tops, we cut a 2 inch strip to fit across the back of the "boxes", and secured that to the back of the box. The second top piece was cut to fit and fitted with inexpensive but sturdy hinges. These will never show, as they are topped with the cushion.
But I had never made the cushions! These window seats always seemed to be piled with pillows and quilts, with kids eating and drinking, so it didn't really make sense at the time. Now that we have the empty nest, I don't have to worry about that :)
In these photos we haven't caulked yet, and the whole thing needs another coat of paint. We need to buy some more trim pieces too, to fill in the gaps between the boxes and along the edges. As you can see from the before photo, caulking our 80-plus year old windows made a big difference too.
I feel a little more ready for holiday entertaining!
I'll be working on another poject in this corner too, and hope to show you in a few days :)
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