We’re off to Pensacola to visit my mom this week, but we’ll be back to work on the banquette when we get home. I’m so happy with how it’s coming together!
We used four ($56) unfinished cabinets from Lowes as the seats:
To keep costs as low as possible, Brian the Carpenter suggested using left over lumber along the back and in the corner to attach the seat to.
The seat itself is made of 1×6 and 1×4 primed boards from Home Depot:
The bottom and sides will be clad with 1/4″ luan plywood, and then we’ll attach shoe molding and prime & paint the whole thing…something. Not sure what color yet. 🙂
I’ll be sure to post more photos of the final result when we’re finished. I’m going to ask a friend if she’ll help us with cushions and cushion covers. I may have to have two sets made because I don’t know if I can narrow it down to just one fabric! 😀
Until then, we’re excited to bring Steevenson to the beach for the first time this week. He was born on an island in the Caribbean, but he has never seen the ocean, so it’s going to be a very special trip!
Looks like Stevenson has been working so hard on the loveseat that he needs a vacation! Enjoy.
Steevenson! Stupid autocorrect.
Stevenson is growing so! What a wonderful experience for him to see all the construction going on and being part of the family project has been such a great bonding for him. It such a GOD thing that this time building at your home, but also building his confidence that he is part of it all. He can say when older how he was part of building his home. Your doing a greatjob of making him part of itI I was a first grade teacher over thirty years and know how important this time is, also, you are building a love for his grandparents that is probably the most important thing. Grandparents give a love that parents can’t give!! They don’t have to discipline, just advice him.Let that blossom, cause when he’s a teen their love will get you through some tough times! He will listen to them when he can’t listen to you….believe me on this one!!!!
Is it just me or is Steevenson growing? He looks adorable in his tool belt!
That is one handsome and happy boy! Can’t wait to hear about his first trip to the beach!
It sure will be special!!!! I am so at peace at the ocean…..enjoy🙅🙅🙅
P.S. That bench seating is looking amazing!!!
Oh, what a handsome young child! He has God’s Blessing just oozing out of every pore!
Love your posts! You and your sweet family are prayed for!
I agree, Angie W, Steevenson is growing like a weed!! So tall – and a hard worker, too.
Can’t wait to see banquette colors.
Steevenson is getting tall! I just love his smile and his adorable tools. Enjoy the beach. I hope y’all have a wonderful time. The bench looks great too!
What a great tip to use cupboards and all the storage they provide! Can’t wait to see colors and fabrics you chose! steevenson sure takes his work seriously, I LOVE the saw cutting photo! That might need to be framed in that room so he remembers how he helped! Love it!
Wow is that boy GROWING!!!! He is such a handsome little guy. Being a parent is tough under the best of circumstances. So hang in there. I KNOW that God brought this little boy to you. You have changed his life tremendously, and He will bless yours. Enjoy your time at the beach with your sweet mama. Anxious to see the Bungalow Barn progress. Blessings from Missouri!
Carla from Kansas
Please post pictures and a tutorial when you make the cushions. Thanks!
Have a great trip … we’re going to Pensacola too this week 😊
What a brilliant idea to use the cabinets for the base of the seating. I am going to remember this one. And, Stevenson is so adorable!
You are so clever! Your banquette will be great. Have fun at the ocean with your little guy. 🙂
Greetings from Pensacola. If you get a chance, try to check out Miles Antique Mall. It’s antiques and lots more. I’m vendor #87. Have a great time at the beach.
How about reversible cushions? That way you won’t have to store the extra set. I love anything that saves storage space in my house. I’m watching how you are making the banquettes, as I want to make a window seat on our landing. We enjoyed Fort Morgan, Alabama 2 years ago with our family. Quiet and a beautiful beach. Even went to Pensacola. Now this makes me want to go back.
Looks like you have yourself the perfect helper! This is coming along so well and will be such an added perk to your home decor. I love decorating with decorative throw pillows, this space will be great for it. Your choice to make it from cabinets will provide a great place for extra storage. How are you planning on organizing it? I know in my house they would become “junk drawers.”
A friend of mine had custom cushions with two different fabrics on the top and bottom with matching edges. She just turns them over as the the seasons change.
Why not make the cushions reversible. You could use two coordinating fabrics for the cushions and a third for the cording and throw pillows – cheaper and have two looks. ( That sweet boy is growing like a weed!)
Eva Contreras @ Café Design
I love the idea of turning cabinets into window seats! Lovely progress, can’t wait to see your fabric selections for the space. Have a great trip!
He really should be wearing safety goggles.
I am wondering if the banquette is in your home or the barn? Fun to watch all the progress~ Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the beach. Steevenson will love it!
Marianne in Mo.
That boy is all LEGS! Man, he has grown! Smart thinking to use cabinets pre-made, so much easier! What about staining the cabinets and painting the rest same as the walls? I like Catherine B’s idea about making each side of the cushion a different fabric. FLIP – new look! Steevenson is a hard worker, but I can tell he loves his “job”!!!
Have a great time at the beach!
P.S. Loving his hair these days too!
I’m carefully watching the building of your banquette because I plan to add one to my dining room. I considered using cabinets as you’re doing but wondered about accessing the cabinets. I have also considered having them built with hinged seats so I could get to my stored items easily but my budget is limited. Have fun at the beach!
The cabinets look beautiful but I love seeing Stevenson!!he is so engaged in your project!! Precious xoxo
Maryjane from MB, Canada
That first photo of your two boys – that is too cute for words!! looks like you guys have been a family right from the start.