Saturday, July 22, 2017

Mountain Cottage Kitchen Reno - Built In Banquette Seating

I'm so excited to have this project finished! 


Mr. DIY did a great job building it and he did everything  from building to finishing. The only thing I did was design and consult on the design of the banquette.



We've known from day one that we wanted a built in banquette in the kitchen at the mountain cottage. This is the only eating space in the house since there's no dining room. A banquette saves a lot of space and makes sense in a kitchen/dining room combination.
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After deciding how long and deep the seats were going to be, Mr. DIY taped it out on the floor just to be sure.
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I really felt there should be a toe kick, so the banquette was made with a toe kick that would accommodate the existing baseboard in the kitchen.

We decided that the banquette would be 21" deep and 17 1/2" high and each seat would be 60" wide.
Since the top would be 3/4" thick and have an overhang, the box is 20" deep and 16 3/4" high, with a 4 3/4" high x 4"deep toe kick cut out. The boxes are made out of plywood.
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Using his Kreg Jig, Mr. DIY covered up the toe kick space just so it would look cleaner and nothing would fall through.
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Then, he used 2 x 4s for the bracing. We reused these from another project.
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He had to cut around the outlets.
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He then cut the tops out of plywood. The front and side overhangs are 3/4".
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He then cut  the board lengthwise at 2". In retrospect, 2 1/2" would have been better so they will stay open better on the window sill side. He will be adding a support hinge/lid stay later so that the tops will stay open and not fall on someone.
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He covered the unfinished edge of the plywood with 3/4" x 1/4" strips cut from 1/4" x 2 1/2" pieces of wood.


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He attached the tops with piano hinges.
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I wanted the front and sides of the banquette to look like the Kraftmaid cabinet doors, so, after marking where the "doors" would go...
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he cut the 1/4" thick poplar boards down to 2 1/4" wide and attached them to the box. At the ends, the sides where it meets the corner were cut down to 2", so that when the side panel was put on (which is 1/4" thick,) they would still be 2 1/4"
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He wrapped baseboard and 3/4" base shoe all the way around the banquette.
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Here's how clean the inside looks once it was primed and painted.  The tops of the braces and the top edge of the box, as well as the top of seats were finished with a coat of clear poly to minimize sticking.
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All finished!
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Today, Mr. DIY installed our new fan. I really wanted a square wood X chandelier and he was willing to make it, but our little cottage really needs a fan in the kitchen. I found the fan on Amazon and it is the perfect size (at 44") for the space.
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My next project is to make the cushions and pillows for the banquette.
The fabric I wanted won't be in stock for another week, but I already have the foam for the cushions.

Can't wait to get it all finished. Now to find (or build) a table.

Hope you're having a good day!

Pam

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Our New Home- A Year Later


Has it been a year already? 

We moved into our house one year ago on July 15th. The house was 2 1/2 years old, but since it was the owners 2nd home, it was hardly lived in and no upgrades had been done.
Family Room, Great Room, cottage, Cottage Style, Farmhouse Style

Lets start at the beginning...Here's the MLS photo of our Carolina Cottage. I love how it looks small, unlike our last house, which was all brick and 3 floors!
Cottage, Cottage Style, Farmhouse Style
MLS photo

Friday, July 7, 2017

Farmhouse Sofa Table

Don't you just love it when you find something accidentally when you're not looking for it, when you've been looking for that item for along time?

Maybe it's just me.
We've needed a place to put our mail  in our Family Room since we moved in a year ago. Mr. DIY could have made one, but there are too many other things on the project list.
So, I looked for one online.

Oh, the decisions...