Today I am sharing how I DIY’ed my own built-in bench in the eat-in section of our kitchen; that we have formally dubbed “The breakfast nook”. Last week I shared how faux board and batten really cozied up this little nook and added some visual interest to the space, so feel free to hop over to that post and see how much progress we have made in this little corner of our home!
This might be the only DIY in history where I’ve taken adequate before pictures….
Clearly it’s just an open space on one end of our kitchen. When we first took a tour of the home it was staged with a table and chairs in the space but it just didn’t seem to fit. My brain was immediately screaming “built-in bench, built-in bench”!
The first thing I needed to do was to frame up the bench for support, making sure I had a clear path in the middle, along the floor for our air vent.
I fitted the ducts in place after taking off the wall register and connected the two ducts with flex duct. Then I cut a hole for the duct/register in my MDF board and attached it to the 2×4 frame using screws.
Next I attached the top MDF piece and used pre-primed MDF trim to finish off the edges and give the bench some dimension.
I added quarter round along the bottom of the bench, caulked all seams and painted the bench with Valspar Ultra Pure White.
We love how the bench looks and functions in our breakfast nook. There is so much seating available just from the bench alone (we do have chairs that sit at the table as well, they are just not pictured).
All in, the project cost was under $100 and took me a total of six hours to complete start to finish. This was one of my “deployment projects” that I completed while Alex was gone so I worked on the bench at night after Grayson was asleep.
So what do you think, are you brave enough to build yourself a built-in bench?