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Kitchen Bench Idea

Normally I like to post “progress” pictures on our house, but sadly, it hasn’t been that exciting in home reno land. So instead, I thought I would post insight into projects that may come to be, and my thought process. So, we’re revisiting the eat in kitchen. 🙂

The eat in kitchen has been bothering me for some time. I thought when I added these chairs, I would be loving it, but it immediately became evident that I needed colour in the room. So I thought about drapes.

Eames Eiffel Chairs in our Kitchen
(Reminder of what our eat in kitchen looks like right now)

But what I’ve been struggling with is that I would really, truly love, a bench. There is something comfy about sitting on one. I just adore them.

Last night I was telling my friend Erin (who lives across the street and has her own blog) about it, and this morning I woke up to find an e-mail with this inspirational picture from her.


She was right – it’s a perfect inspirational picture as it’s very much like our kitchen. (We have that big window, we have the round table).

So I was thinking, perhaps we’ll do it the easy route (to give Aubrey a break) and make a seating bench out of Ikea cabinets like this fabulous person did below.
(Image, Apartment Therapy)
I would likely modify it a bit such as add legs and then add a toe kick to make it look somewhat built in. And I would either go with white cabinets (like the inspirational picture, or dark wood to match our floors.

So, this is the latest inspiration over here, and I’m hoping it’s something we tackle. 🙂

(By the way, Erins laundry room was recently featured on Design Sponge …you should take a peek!)

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    November 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Oh I love benches too! Saturday morning with a cup of tea and the newspaper on a cozy bench … by your window. Perfect!

    They are also a sensible use of space … you don't have all that wasted space left for pulling chairs in and out.

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    November 13, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    i would love to do this in our kitchen too, but i might have to just have the bench and no table – the bathroom door is right next to the area that would work best for a bench.

    good idea on the cabinets, plus then you would have extra storage.

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    November 13, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    If you look in the current issue of Style at Home, there is an article with a white kitchen (don't have page number handy) where they used Ikea cabinets for a corner bench seat in the kitchen. I mentioned to Meredith just yesterday that I thought that was a GREAT idea.

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    November 13, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Oh wait – you're right! Samantha Pynn did that room (I'm recalling from memory, as I think the kitchen was also a recent episode) and she did use Ikea Cabinets. Thanks for the reminder!! I'm going to run upstairs now to see which ones she used! Thanks!

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