When I first told Brian that I would love to have a bench built in to the kitchen wall, he asked me how I wanted it to look.
"How about one of those ones built right in without any legs or supports? That would be so great for sweeping and keeping the room feeling open…you can do that, right?"
He looked at me (again) like I was crazy. I'm very used to that look.
Apparently doing something like that is not quite as easy as I would like to think.
And the lack of any examples or photos or how-tos on the internet was proving him right.
But even after I relented and gave in to the need for some floor supports (multiple times, for the record), he still went ahead and figured out just how to float them.
(I knew he could.)
(I always do.)
We outgrew our kitchen table several years ago and our cheapy kitchen chairs were quite literally falling apart. The five and three year old were still sitting in makeshift high chairs. It was time.
Look at all that room! No chair legs! The ease of the sweeping! You know you'd be excited, too.
Anyone with multiple children learns quickly that a bench fits more bottoms and makes cleaning so much easier (both on and under). We can now probably double the amount of kids that can fit here which will make get togethers more manageable.
The boys have been oddly excited about it.
So there it is! The new bench which is one more thing to check off the before-baby list. Yay!
In case you happened to click on over here thinking about making one of your own (or you just like DIY pics and/or cute pictures of my children), below are a whole lot of pictures of the process. If you happen to have specific questions about measurements and supports and all the details, I can ask my builder and get back to you in the comments...
Wood delivery :)
The process was complicated a bit by the present (necessary) radiators.
Every worker needs a devoted assistant...
Two coats of primer than two of paint to match the rest of the woodwork.
Brian wanted to be sure to make it seamless to prevent crumbs and junk from getting lost forever between and behind boards. So he did an excellent job with seaming and added a piece of trim to the back.
Next up a kitchen table.
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