kitchen & bench project

we seem to be taking our time slowly painting and furnishing each room in our home juuust the way we want it.  so far with our newly completed main floor, we are so happy with our color choices and purchases! gosh these things can be expensive.

so here's how it started out, mess and everything!

 

we were thinking of painting it orange (same color as our initial living room choice)...


...but just how we didn't end up choosing it for the living room, we also didn't choose it for our kitchen. looked too much like halloween with our black cabinets. ...we ended up choosing this light and cheerful sesame color by benjamin moore (it looks way nicer as paint than on their sample website). 


voila! our sesame colored kitchen!


....now onto the bench!

when we were looking for a home to settle in (over a year), we saw in some show homes this floating bench idea that we fell in love with.  so victor decided to take on the project of building one on his own, and i committed myself to sewing the cushions for it. go team work!

he ripped out some dry wall to get the brackets in place and as sturdy as possible...


after about a day and a half of his hard work he got it done!


...we painted it white after it was all in place. (we ran out of enough painting tape to go around the entire border of the bench and all the stores were closed at that time cause we tend to do many of our home renos late at night haha! so we improvised by taping paper to the wall so we wouldn't get paint everywhere....did it work? by all means no ...the paint was sticking to the paper, soaking through, moving around...hahaha dumb move, shoulda thought before we did it - but like i said...it was late.)


we eventually got it done. painted the wood and the brackets underneath.
i sewed the cushions in 2 nights, which turned out to be way more complicated and tedious than sewing your average pillow. but i got her done & tadaaaaa our team work project was complete!
i still really want to sew more pillows to fill up the bench with colourful comfiness, 
but i'll wait till i have more spare time and feel like sewing again!


till then, and till we get some art on our walls... we love our new kitchen!





7 comments:

  1. I love the floating bench! When Victor removed the drywall to install the presumably triangle shaped wall brackets, did he just remove small rectangles of drywall over the studs or did he do something else? Also, a year later, how do you like the bench? Any issues or anything you'd do different?

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    1. Thanks!! Ya, he did exactly as you said - he removed the small rectangles of drywall over the studs! We wouldn't change a thing! Still loving it. I made sure when I made the cushions I bought a really thick, dense foam so it'd stay firm for a long time - so that has really helped!

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    2. We ended up doing this project and it turned out great. The only issue was that our baseboards were quite high so the brackets had to be placed higher resulting in a taller seat. I love the taller seat, but the table needs to be raised an inch or two. Overall, I love it! Thanks for the inspiration :) I tried to send you a picture, but I couldn't find any way to do it.

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    3. Wow, that's awesome!! Thanks for sharing. I'd love to see a picture! If you have a picture on instagram or any social media - send me a link or tag me in the comments on instagram (@kristenmaynard) - i'd love to see :)

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  2. Beautiful job! I have a corner in my tiny kitchen that's been screaming for an L shaped breakfast nook. It would be a total space saver & I just know would look perfect there. I decided I definitely wanted that floating look that you achieved so beautifully too. As much as i could use extra storage space, I think floating would make the space look more airy. I bought everything I'd need to complete the project 2 yrs ago. The wood, foam, fabric & the power tools necessary. I even bought a brand new sewing machine! BUT Ive been at a complete stand still due to 1 BIG problem. Which is the support brackets. I cant seem to find any that are guaranteed to be strong enough, if installed correctly of course, to support people sitting on it safely. Ive searched the net & asked every home improvement store around & I always get the same response "These SHOULD give that kind of support". Im looking for a definite "will" answer for obvious reasons. So my question is "What exact brackets & screws did you use on this project & where can I find them?" An answer &/or link would be so GREATLY appreciated. My husband is frustrated with me because I refuse to give up my vision & buy a ready made kitchen set. We've been eating off of tv trays all this time until I can figure it all out. So a speedy response from anyone out there who knows the answer to my question would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!

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  3. Beautiful job! I have a corner in my tiny kitchen that's been screaming for an L shaped breakfast nook. It would be a total space saver & I just know would look perfect there. I decided I definitely wanted that floating look that you achieved so beautifully too. As much as i could use extra storage space, I think floating would make the space look more airy. I bought everything I'd need to complete the project 2 yrs ago. The wood, foam, fabric & the power tools necessary. I even bought a brand new sewing machine! BUT Ive been at a complete stand still due to 1 BIG problem. Which is the support brackets. I cant seem to find any that are guaranteed to be strong enough, if installed correctly of course, to support people sitting on it safely. Ive searched the net & asked every home improvement store around & I always get the same response "These SHOULD give that kind of support". Im looking for a definite "will" answer for obvious reasons. So my question is "What exact brackets & screws did you use on this project & where can I find them?" An answer &/or link would be so GREATLY appreciated. My husband is frustrated with me because I refuse to give up my vision & buy a ready made kitchen set. We've been eating off of tv trays all this time until I can figure it all out. So a speedy response from anyone out there who knows the answer to my question would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!

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    1. Hey, thanks so much! I'd love to help how I can. We bought the brackets from Home Depot. Here's the link to the brackets we bought:

      http://www.homedepot.ca/product/ph-black-16-inch-industrial-bracket/969225

      The brackets hold up to 1,000 pounds per pair - so with the 6 brackets, we were playing it safe ;). We also bought lag bolts to screw the brackets in (also from Home Depot). Can't remember the exact size, but if you're in the store, just test it out and see which ones fit - ours were no longer than 3 inches...they'll look something like this:

      http://www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SearchView?catalogId=10051&storeId=10051&langId=-15&N=0&Ntt=lag+bolts&Nty=1&D=lag+bolts&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&s=true

      Let me know if you have other questions. All the best in your project! (would love to see some pics when you're all done)

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