DIY Built-in Bench {Breakfast Nook}

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?

Linking up at : Home Coming, Maison de Pax, The Blissful Bee, Just a Girl and Her Blog, Love Grows Wild, For the Love of Family and Home, Craft Dictator, Design, Dining + Diapers

12 thoughts on “DIY Built-in Bench {Breakfast Nook}

  1. I just love it! It is so bright and beautiful and the table is a gorgeous contrast! We are doing something similar in our laundry. Love it!!

  2. Hey there! I found your lovely blog on Inspire Me Please and I just love your built in bench!! Such a neat addition! Following you on Pinterest and Bloglovin 🙂

    1. Selene, thank you for following! So glad you stopped by my little blog!

  3. Great job, exactly what I was looking for. I have a big Kitchen eat in nook that I like to transform, and your tutorial just showed me that it’s not as hard as I thought it would be. Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is so beautiful! Nicely done, I really love how it turned out. I really like the wallpaper, it adds such a pretty element! I’m so not brave enough to tackle that myself, I’m impressed!! Visiting you from Inspire me Please 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  5. Woah! Massive change! This is amazing!!! I will definitely be following your blog to see more of this awesomeness. Thanks for linking up to Craft Frenzy Friday! This was one of my faves!

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