WOW. What a summer it’s been here in Vancouver. Possibly one of the best ever - we had so much sun, sun, sun! I wish it could continue a few more months, but already it’s starting to feel a little cooler…. SIGH. Anyway, I have been a little absent from the blogging world trying to take advantage of the great outdoors with my family, and it’s been a blast. Now it’s getting back into the regular routine! I did get a few projects accomplished around the house this summer, and one of them is a new seating bench for our small kitchen. Here’s the BEFORE and AFTER:
It can be challenging to find a workable (and aesthetically pleasing!) solution for small spaces. Several months ago, I had swapped out our original oval table and chairs for an oak pedestal table that I found on Craigslist and had painted in old white.
I really liked this table and chairs, but after using them for awhile, my family and I realized that it was just too big for this small space. A friend of mine suggested that we get a bench (she’s European and they are very common there) and I thought that might just be the way to go, so I started consulting Pinterest for ideas.That’s when I noticed “custom” benches made out of Ikea Expedit bookshelves… AND it just so happens that the length of the Expedit EXACTLY fit with the space I had to fill. SOLD! I picked up a white one and also purchased a piece of foam (1.5″) from Joann’s to fit.
I upholstered the foam with Home Decor fabric from Joann’s, by purchasing a thin piece of MDF from Home Depot (the same measurements as the foam and bookshelf), and stapling the fabric to this.
I’m loving the new bench and the storage is fantastic. Before, we had all of my daughter’s art supplies on top of the fridge where she couldn’t access them. I also bought a new kitchen table at Ikea. This one folds up to almost nothing, with 2 drop leaves, yet has 3 storage drawers on each side in the centre. Perfect for this small space!
We also decided to go with stools on the other side of the table instead of chairs, as they are easy to tuck away. Here’s what this area now looks like most of the time, with one leaf up and one down. I also lucked out and found these green outdoor pillows on clearance for $3 each!Here’s the table with both leafs up. The bench is great for kids, because now we can easily fit three back there!I also couldn’t resist the aqua vintage clock.
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