Monday, October 1, 2012

Diy Window Bench



One of the things in the long list my daughter wanted to have in her new room design was a window seat or window bench.

It isn't a big room, but with two windows, it was something I really wanted to incorporate.


After getting rid of the pink on the walls, the curtains, valances, and the window sills,


these next illustrations will show you how the bench was created.







The windows are not centered on that wall.   












The dresser had to stay.















Pieces of 1x2 were attached to the wall, as shown, to help support the bench top. 












5 Vertical supports were then screwed to the floor.






The vertical supports are pieces of 3/4" plywood, surrounded by mitered pieces of 1x2.  Leaving open spaces where the 1x2 boards on the wall and the baseboard can run freely.

 Once ready they were screwed to the floor on both sides as shown.


 The bench top had to follow the contour of the wall.  Both of my bench tops had a protruding entrance that works as a window sill.  I also had to cut an opening on each top, because there were electrical outlets that I didn't want to relocate.


Two extra pieces of plywood were attached underneath the top board to give it extra strength, and decorative moulding pieces finished the front edge.


Once everything was sanded, caulked, and painted this is how it looks.  The openings for the electrical outlets worked out really nicely.  She sits there to listen to her music without worrying about running out of battery or cables on the front.



 The dresser was updated with the same paint color as the benches, and new hardware.


 The benches are not attached to the dresser.  If I want the dresser out, it goes out.



 New cushions, curtains, pillows,



 and the customized wicker baskets make this, her favorite spot in her room.



She got rid of the pink room, but she will never be ready to let go of her favorite doll, Samantha Parkington, the doll will always be by her side :)


Check how the wooden cornice was made HERE.
For the bedroom full reveal, click HERE.



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54 comments:

Brandi said...

Cristina, you are so talented. Love the window seat. Your daughter's room looks so nice. I bet she loves her new room.

Suzy said...

I love window benches. You did a great job adding them to your daughter's room! Love the colors that you're using in there.

Maria Elena said...

Oh, Christina, the benches are gorgeous! You are so very talented! I love the colors you used in her room. The cushions are just beautiful! Great, great job on this project!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

What a beautiful project, Cristina! I love the cushions and the colors are just perfect for this room. Megan

Margo said...

Gorgeous!

Fine House said...

This is fantastic, what a great project!!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

you are just a building machine my friend!!! Love how you did the built-ins

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, you are so talented! Thanks for the directions and inspiration!

Jenny @ BirdsAndSoap said...

This looks great! The built-in look just takes this room up to eleven. I love the window treatments and cornice board too. Well done!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

This is an amazing transformation! I love the window seats! I remember wanting them when I was young too. Her room looks great! I love the new colors and the baskets are great storage and so cute!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Wow! Great window benches!

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

Totally, totally awesome! Great work!
--Katie

mrswhitetwigandtea.com said...

Wonderful tutorial on building window seating! Love, love, love it! Visiting from Coastal Charm, Angela

Beth said...

A amazing! I love your graphic tutorials...what program do you use if you don't mind me asking?

thistlewoodfarm said...

Christina,

Will you write all my tutorials for me? Please. You are the best and this project is amazing.
I totally pinned it!

blessings,
karianne

Finding Home said...

Such a beautifully done project - you are quite a talented lady. And what a great use of that space as well!

the cape on the corner said...

that is amazing! i want that in MY room!

Adrienne said...

This is incredible! I am soooo impressed. I am eyeing that bench seat and hoping you'll have a tutorial because I tried to make one a few months ago and failed miserably.

Cristina Garay said...

Thanks Girls!
to Beth, the graphs are done in Photoshop. I love that program, there are other programs that I think are better for me to do that, but I need to learn them first!

Cindy Ritchie said...

Wow! It all looks so custom and built in! It looks fabulous!

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

This is a beautiful window seat, Christina, and I love the striped green and blue fabric you used for the cushion and curtain detail--very pretty!

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

You certainly know what you are doing - it looks perfect!

Michele said...

The room looks amazing. You did a wonderful job to make the window seat work with the existing wall space and furniture.

Kathy Mormino said...

What a cozy space! Beautiful work!

Hello, new follower here! I would love to have you link up with my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!
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I hope to see you there!
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Stacia Liechty said...

I have always wanted a window seat in my room, What a lucky little girl! And I still have my American Girl too, I'll never let Samantha go!
Stacia@ http://feathersandsunshine.blogspot.com

Larissa Richardson said...

I love the window seat. Your cushion looks amazing! Great choice of colors, too!

Britney {Jesses Girl} said...

Amazing! I Love it!

Sarah Clark said...

Bench topsThat's amazing,looking so beautiful,really i love this,i also want to like this,thanks for sharing.

Dirty Hands-Beautiful Life said...

Always good to visit! Clever use of space

- Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl said...

Cristina, I love the bench. Nice job and great tutorial!

House on the Way said...

Awesome! Thanks for the great tutorial too! Looks beautiful!
Leslie
House on the Way

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a wonderful spot you've created for your daughter - sweet and functional too!

Wedding dresses said...

This blog is very well written and I appreciate your efforts.. Keep up the good work.

Heidi@OneCreativeMommy.com said...

Beautiful job and great tutorial! If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll visit "One Creative Weekend" on OneCreativeMommy.com (open every Fri-Wed) and link up this idea and anything else you’d like to share. There are two categories—one for Halloween and one for everything else.

teenah said...

Wow! This turned out awesome! Great job.

melissa@joyineveryseason said...

absolutely fabulous! love how you kept the dresser in but left the option to take it out. not surprised at all it's the favorite spot in her room!

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

This is a fabulous tutorial! I love your blog Cristina! I am pinning for future reference! Thanks for the sweet comment on my desk!

Rhonda said...

We love what you have done. Please come share it with us at http://obsessiveandcreative.blogspot.com Craft Frenzy Friday! The party starts Thursday to 7pm cst. I won't be a party without you!

Abby said...

This looks likes like such a nice cozy spot for a girl to hang out. You really did a fabulous job!

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