And I haven't been the same since.
(See my ode to Lindsay's banquette here and my fun with IKEA here)
This past weekend, it all came together.
And as Lindsay's banquette post suggests, it's not a hard hack.
Here's how I put mine together:
I laid 2 primed and painted 2x6x8's like a railroad track on the floor.
|Frame the Vent|
Luckily, the floor vent is far enough away from the wall to lay the tracks around it. Which will allow for airflow under the banquette.
Then I laid the first cabinet on the tracks.
My total length is 8 feet, or 96 inches. So I used three "AKURUM top cabinet to refrigerator" frames, two at 30" wide and the middle one at 36" wide. All 24" deep and 15" high.
|Line 'Em Up|
With all three cabinets in place, it felt awfully deep.
But I knew the shallower cabinets were waaaay too shallow. So I put the temporary cushion on and kept the faith.
|Deck Chair Cushions|
I'm keeping it real here. That was our kitchen for a few days. I was cringing.
Then came the cushion.
(SFX: church choir singing "Hallelujah!")
|Fits Like a Glove|
I found an outdoor fabric called Spectrum Graphite by Sunbrella that almost perfectly matches the 'Grimmy's Grey' Dulux paint on the kitchen cabinets. I love the unity it brings to the room.
|View from the Back Door|
The foam itself is a firm 4" thick piece covered in batten to perfectly fit the length (96") and width (24") of the cabinets. To give it a polished look, I asked the upholsterer to add piping...and since I have kids, I asked for a zipper in case I need to remove and wash it.
|View from Below|
I gave it a test drive by hosting a coffee with 8 of my closest girlfriends today, and they loved it. Four lovely ladies fit comfortably on the banquette and stayed for a couple hours. Success.
So...how about some fun Before and After pics.
My view walking into the kitchen from the main hallway:
|Before - From the Fridge|
|After - From the Fridge|
And from the dining room:
|Before - Dining Room|
|After - Dining Room (pillows for placement only)|
My favorite view:
|Love the Grey|
If you haven't noticed, the highchair is gone. There's something about the gorgeousness that's keeping George's throne in the dining room. I roll it in for feed time and then roll it back when he's done. Highchairs are just not gorgeous.
But George is. And I managed to keep him out of every banquette shot.
Except for this one.
|Toy & IKEA Box Corner of the Dining Room|
I think he's happy to get his toy corner back.
** Thank you to Lindsay for her amazing inspiration found here **