My window seat is done…and I am so excited to share it with all of you loveies! So…as most of you know I am knee deep in a kitchen remodel.
Step One: The removal of the ugly, hideous no one would ever plan anything in this space planning desk.
Step Two: The building of Heather’s Dream Window Seat That Has Added 8 Feet of Storage to Her Kitchen
For several years now I have envisioned a window seat in the bay window in my kitchen. We have a beautiful 2 acre backyard, and I imagined sitting up in a window seat drinking coffee and looking out over the farm land and woods behind my house.
I could see in my mind The Girl sitting on the seat in the warm afternoon sun reading a book curled up with Bear Bryant (her dog…not the football coach. That would be weird. And yes we are U of Alabama fans. big time.)
begged and pleaded convinced Bama Boy to finally take on remodeling the kitchen, my second demand request after tearing out the non functioning planning desk was building my window seat.
He in turn
begged convinced our neighbor, Will “The Tool Man” Taylor, who I introduced to you in my board and batten bath remodel, to help him build it.
Which, translated means: Will built it and Bama Boy “assisted.”
But, regardless of who actually built the window seat, I now have one…and I am one happy gal!
Several of you asked if I would be sharing details on how we built it. Since, I was not actually involved in the step by step building, I will show you lots of pictures. Hopefully they will give you a good idea on how this was built.
First step was framing out the actual seat.
The bay is about 8ish feet long. We used 2X4’s to make the frame. I think it took about six.
It didn’t take long to imagine what the window seat was going to look like!
Now we were dealing with two issues with the location of the window seat. Can you guess what they are? I’m sure you see them. Yep, a vent and an outlet. Here’s what we did. First, we left the outlet in tact but put the back support above it. That way I can still access it if I need it. The vent required some thought.
So, here’s how we solved the dilemma. We constructed a box out of plywood that directed the airflow to the front of the window seat. The sides and top were glued and nailed, for a tight fit and then caulked. This would prevent any loss of heat or air from the vent into the window seat, and would keep a nice flow out the front into the room. A perfect solution! So, if you have nixed the idea of a window seat because of a vent in the location, this solution should remove any hesitancy!
Now a window seat is a wonderful luxury, but storage is a necessity. I did not want a window seat if I could not take advantage of the space underneath for storage. Enter the window seat door.
We used a nice piece of birch to construct the window seat. We measured the space between the 2X4 braces and the boys cut a door out of the plywood. Then we attached the longest piano hinge we could find. You can purchase these at Lowes or Home Depot. This hinge was the perfect length, but if you find it’s a little long for your window seat door it can be cut to fit.
Attaching the hinge properly takes a little bit of effort and will take more than one person. It will also be a little “tight” for awhile, which is why there is a gap between the door and the sides, but will loosen up over time (and with bottoms sitting on it. grin)
Next you will need to decide what you want to “face” the front with. You can choose a nice piece of plywood and built boxes along the front. I’ve seen these online. But since we are trying to achieve a french farmhouse look, we used beadboard. You will need to cut the sheets to fit and then apply construction adhesive to the support braces.
You will want to make sure that you cut a hole in your beadboard paneling to allow the vent cover to fit in snugly but still be removable to vacuum out the vent box as needed. The left panel fit right to the edge of where the cover would be, but we did jigsaw out the right side panel to accommodate the other side of the vent cover.
Don’t worry about seams. Caulk is your friend!
After your window seat is constructed. You will need to add baseboard to run along the front of your window seat as well as nice trim to finish off all of the edges.
We chose a beaded trim that is used for screen doors. It was nice and flat and the perfect size to run along the front of the actual seat as well as along the back of the seat by the wall which covered up any gaps and imperfections due to the walls not being perfectly straight..imagine that!
Here is the trim painted, but still not caulked along the back. Make sure that you caulk all visible gaps as a final step to building your window seat. This will give it a nice finished professional look. And the moment I know you all have been waiting for. You have been waiting haven’t you? Or did you scroll down already? grin
I just love it! I can’t wait to get all of the pillows on it. We are going to leave the seat uncovered for now, since we realized that our dogs would be up here quite often….the muddy footprints on it already were a good indication of this. So for now, it won’t have a seat cushion but I will have lots of pillows to snuggle up with and to rest against while eating. I can’t wait to share more pictures of it with you when the kitchen is complete.
Now, we’re onto Stage Three..painting the cabinets!