A nook for my family…

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This built-in was a blast to design and build! My family needed seating for our teeny tiny kitchen so creating a board and batten banquette was at the top of my to-do list. Clocking in at two weeks (worked on it intermittently while watching my adorable toddlers) & costing $150 bucks (would’ve been higher had it not been for an electrician friend that ran an outlet into it, which I built the little door for). This project was well worth the time and money spent + my family loves it which makes me over-the-moon happy!

Here’s a quick photographic step-by-step in case this project is also on your to-do list!

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I built the bench frame just as you would a freestanding wall… over-killing it a tad since I wanted it to be super sturdy for my little guys. I used #8 wood screws, wood glue, and 2 x 4’s from pallets. The top of the bench is 3/4 oak plywood (oak is stronger than pine), covered with two coats of Behr latex paint in Polar Bear. I implemented a board and batten style on the exterior of the frame… battens built from 1 x 3’s & 1 x 4’s & boards are 1/4″ hardboard with finish trim on the top and bottom, all caulked then painted with two coats of semi-gloss latex. I added a small door on the end in order to plug our electronics into the outlet inside the banquette. The simple H hinges, bling knob, and pop of chartreuse paint accent the bench beautifully & I hope to have an aqua-colored cushion made for my family’s nook soon!
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Nothing turns a house into a home quite like built-ins! I am ecstatic about how it turned out & you will not regret tackling a project like this yourself! Happy DIY’ing to you!!

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… better ‘After” photo & dining room table refinish coming soon!

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3 months later photo shown above with my sweet little guy enjoying it… read about my future plans for my family’s nook here! :)))

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27 thoughts on “A nook for my family…

    1. sawdustonmyboot

      Hi there, Vashti! Thanks so much for the kind words! This project was a lot of work, but my family loves it so it was worth every splinter! Hope you have a great weekend! :D

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      1. sawdustonmyboot

        I can empathize about needing more time… forgot to mention in the post that I only get 6 hours of sleep if I’m lucky & drink buckets of coffee in order to get these projects done! I need a nap, lol! ;D

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    1. sawdustonmyboot

      Hi, Jessica! Hehe, thanks so much! My family is really enjoying the nook, which makes me ecstatic! A HUGE Thank YOU for the blog hop! Hope you’re having a wonderful evening! :D

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  1. Tamara

    I just realized you started a blog – it looks great, Toni! I love this little seat. You did an amazing job! Totally jealous of your DIY skills!

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    1. sawdustonmyboot

      Tamara!! Thanks so much, sweetie! Not yet as well put together as your beautiful blog, but it’s gettin’ there, slowly but surely! Hope you have an amazing weekend, my friend! :D

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    1. sawdustonmyboot

      Hehe, thank you for the kind words, Ila! You can do it!! Just takes a little planning, wood, glue, and screws! If you plan on tackling it and have any questions, give me a holler! :)

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    1. SawdustOnMyBoot Post author

      Thanks, Linda! Yeah, more storage space would’ve been nice, but it wouldn’t have been as sturdy + my son with autism is a tad obsessed with hinges, opening and shutting doors frequently… I did decide to put a tiny door on the end so we can plug electronics into the custom outlet inside… perfect for my family! :D

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    1. SawdustOnMyBoot Post author

      Hi there, Ruby! I found that beauty on Craig’s List for 30 bucks… restoring the top to it’s former glory is on my to-do list! Thanks for stoppin’ by! Hope you’re able to find a similar pedestal table!! :D

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    1. SawdustOnMyBoot Post author

      Hi there, Briana! Thanks so much! The dimensions of my bench are a very deep 18 1/2″, much more than needed… just wanted my little guys to be able to sit down Indian style or lay down to read & do homework. The wall side is 70 1/2″ long and the free-standing side juts out 42″ from the wall. Hope that helps! Have a lovely evening & thanks for stoppin’ by! :D

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