Banquette is Complete!

9:47 PM Katy 29 Comments

Ok, remember how I said I was going to use the hinges from the bifold doors to make the "hidden storage" for the bench?
 Ha ha! Tricked you!
 What? I couldn't get the door hinges to work, okay?? I should really test drive my ideas before throwing them out on this blog. I needed special bench seat hinges. They were still cheaper than a piano hinge (and less work). Whatevah.
 These are super awesome hinges, I love them. I don't know why my blackberry is suddenly putting lines through my pictures, that's a bit concerning, no?
Here's a shot of all the shims stacked on this side, on account of the sloping floor. This was my first time doing a built-in bench, I'm so glad that I was patient with myself. snort.

 A shot of the progress, before stain...
Here's the vent cover, after we re-routed the floor vent and cut a hole through the bifold door...

Here she is, getting ready for her coat of poly! Almost there....
Here's a before shot of this space when we started a couple weeks back:
 And here we are now:
 We took that table (in the before pic) and stained it to match the benches.
 So far I spent $30:
Ductwork for routing the floor vent under the bench = $15
Awesome hinges to make the seat lift up all snazzy-like = $15 (including shipping)

Everything else was free (from all my scavenging & dumpster diving). For background on who owns this kitchen and why I'm doing this project, read here.  Next up:

Paint, window treatment, lighting fix-up, finishing all the trimwork around the window, pantry door remake, and THEN.......

The CABINETS.  (we may have the new flooring installed beforehand, not sure yet.)
Linking up:
Transformation Thursday
Under $100 Party
MMS Furniture Friday
Catch as Catch Can
Remodelaholics Anonymous
Frugal Friday
Build[Hers] Club

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  1. Can I just be the first one to say...YOU are amazing! A total "can do" it!

  2. Fab.U.Lous. Seriously. I want to be you when I grow up.

  3. That is very impressive! Wish I could do that. til next time on the blog--bye for now~Tricia

  4. Oh my gosh are you sure this is the same space! This is fantastic!

    PS I have a $50 cash giveaway going on at my blog this week. Come by when you have a chance! :)

  5. So impressive! You're doing a very nice thing, donating your time and talent. Very inspirational.

  6. Your banquette...and YOU...are simply and utterly FABULOUS, engineer girl!!

  7. brilliant. i like the idea of using a drill. but not enough to actually learn how to use it!!

    looks wonderful.


  8. Well done! I can't even imagine doing this all by myself. Looks great:) Visiting from Remodelaholic.

  9. This is wonderful! What an awesome job.
    I love the step by step photos that you include.
    I found you through the sidebar over on inlinkz.
    If you have time, I would love it if you would share this post in my Frugal Friday linky.

  10. Wow Amazing! You have some mad skills. I'm your newest follower; and I'd love it if you'd stop by my blog and check out the giveaway I'm having for a Dremel Saw Max! I think you'd get some good use out of it. :)

  11. WHOA! So awesome! Great job girl? Those hinges are sa-weet!

  12. Wow! I'm impressed. It's beautiful. I'm a new follower. I'd love it if you shared this at my party
    Now to go check out the rest of your blog...

  13. Love the little breakfast nook area! Looks great. Awesome Job :)

  14. Looking good! Love the stain color and the new plate rack & trim on the wall. Can't wait to see it all finished.

  15. You are simply AMAZING! Each one of our projects impress me more. Love the banquette!

  16. Love this! We did one in out last place. So perfect for storage!! Thanks for your sweet comment about Landon's surgery. xo

  17. That is so gorgeous! Congrats on having the guts to get that done...I have been wanting a banquet for about a year and I still haven't convinced myself to go for it. Way to go!

  18. Fabulous transformation! Can't wait to see it all finished!

  19. Wow, that looks amazing! You did a great job. I wish I had the talent to be able to make great projects like you. :)

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  20. Another easy way to make a window seat or banquet, keep your eyes out for an old buffet/sideboard that you can reuse the doors and drawers from and hardwood flooring. My dad built a gorgeous corner window seat with that and my God that thing was sturdy, lol.

  21. Wow! What a great transformation. I want to see the final final product. I will wait. :)

  22. That is such an awesome before and after project. Amazing job Katy!

  23. I love the banquet idea and plate shelf. I'm also happy you decided to make the bench storage opening on the top. Much easier access this way and you can place long objects in there (don't have to negotiate the studs). When I saw your original idea the first thing I thought was it'll seldom if ever be used. Great job!

  24. Can you provide more step-by-step instructions asbout the construction of the kitchen nook? I'd really like to make one for our small kitche. Thanks.

  25. i wondered, how big is the gap between 'doors', i am thinking of doing something similar, wasn't too sure how much spacing gap should i allocate

  26. I am not sure quite what you mean? I did butt the doors up against each other as flush as they could go and then i caulked the small gaps...

  27. This is absolutely gorgeous!
    I am looking through some of my older blog posts and ran across this post that you had linked in to one of my Frugal Friday's. I don't know if I missed it then or not, but I sure missed out on reading something great!

  28. Did you use these hinges because they are hidden? I'm looking for some alternative to the more visible "piano" hinge. Does this hinge allow the back of the door to abut to another board?


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