Thursday, October 24, 2013

Week 4 - Tween Boy Bedroom Update & Bench building and Furniture updates

We have been busy bees working on our son's room for the ORC!
I bet by now, all of you are pretty familiar with this awesome link party hosted by Linda from "Calling It Home".

We have been mostly doing a lot of  building and painting!

First, we got into building the bench for the Reading nook dormer...

Yup, we used Laundry cabinets!
We used laundry cabinets for the front since it was the perfect height for this space and it already came with 2 rows of shelves on the inside for books!

Building it in
 My handy-man a.k.a husband, worked his 'magic' and made it to look like this.

This is what it looks like from the top without the seat and how he attached it the walls.
It's pretty sturdy and he only used  one each of the 2' x 6' and 4"x 4" wood.
The Laundry cabinet cost us $89.99 + wood  put us about $110.
And here it is now with the foam seat we added!

Can't believe we built this thing!
We basically used a 3 inch foam, spray-glued batting and stapled this beautiful Navy & White striped Robert Allen Fabric onto the wooden seat! The wooden seat is made up of solid pine and very thick so no worries about staples cutting our boy's booty!

The best part was that all our materials for the foam seat were all 50% off at Joann's! So over all, this built-in bench cost us $178!!!!

I am also updating this...

Mid-century style dresser
It's a Salvation Army dresser I scored years ago for $5. It's in great shape except for a lot of deep scratches on the side and it was from "Marshall Fields" furniture line. For those not familiar with MF, it was a Chicago Store, bought out by Macy's in 2006(I think).

The dresser once 'lived' in my younger son's bedroom but he got a new white IKEA Malm dresser, so I thought it would make a great DIY furniture update project for me.


I am also hacking the IKEA Lack for one of the side tables...

Parsons-like LACK table from IKEA
I'll show you what it both  looks like next week and also the some of the other decorative updates I did for the space!


If you want to see the other posts about this space, click HERE,   HERE & HERE.
Now, let's go check on the others' progress!

Linking back to...

CHECK THE PARTY OUT HERE

44 comments:

  1. oooh, I LOVE the bench! That has me thinking about the built in seating I want to do in our kitchen/dining/nook/multipurpose space. I may have to borrow this idea =)

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  2. Gorgeous Vel! Isn't is awesome to have a husband who can take your design dreams and turn them into reality? Gotta love those boys! :)

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  3. Your bench turned out great, and I bet your son will spend many happy hours on it. I love the lighting you picked out. It's really coming together!

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  4. Vel, you did an amazing job with that reading nook. I love the stripes and the bench, but using the cabinets was brilliant!! So good.

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  5. I love the how your son's nook is coming along. Genius to use base cabinets as a bench.

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  6. It looks great! I love what you did to adjust for the non-standard sized opening! Can't wait to see the whole reveal!

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  7. The bench and reading nook looks great! Great idea to use the laundry cabinets. Also, love the $5 dresser score.

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  8. I love the window bench/reading nook! You guys did such a good job!!!

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  9. Boy, that bench looks GREAT! Looking forward to seeing how things come together.

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  10. I love the white and blue you used for the reading nook bench. Look at the storage you get with the cabinets. Good thinking!!!! ..... Candy

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  11. I would love to sit on that bench and read. What a great space!

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  12. The cabinets-turned-bench is a great idea! I love it.

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  13. Wow, love your custom built-in bench!!! Perfect for that small space.

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  14. Great idea to use the cabinets and turned it into a custom built-in bench! Love the fabrics you use for the seating. Excited to see everything come together!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  15. That window seat is absolutely gorgeous - all of it - loved how you used the cabinetry and incorporated the seat on top. Looking forward to seeing the completed space.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  16. Great built in bench Vel, and I love the striped walls:)

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  17. Wow, awesome idea for a built in bench! Lov'n the striped walls too. I found you over at the Pin Junkie party.
    Marie@InteriorFrugalista

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  18. I love the built in bench. It was brilliantly thought about. I love this for my living area which serves as a playing area of my kids. This is a great cabinet for storing my kids toys

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  19. The nook looks great! Loving the built-in bench and those sconces are fab there!!

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  20. Those sconces and stripes are a perfect pair!

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  21. That window bench loooooks GREAT! Looking forward to see how you update the dresser, I like its clean lines ;) Have a great weekend, Vel!

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  22. What a great use for the space (and I love the sconces!)

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  23. This is awesome and so easy! I wish I would have found it before we started renovating our mudroom!

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  24. What a great little space! Love the blue & white on the walls and the bench. The sconces are fab!

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  25. That bench is perfect there! Dormer spaces are hard, but that is a great use for that space and it gives you hidden storage. Great job!

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  26. Vel!!!! This area came out so great, I LOVE the built in bench!! How awesome!!!!! Great job to you and your husband!

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  27. OMG!!!! That built-in bench looks like a million bucks!!! Amazing! I better step it up this week! :)

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  28. So many gorgeous choices, Vel! Love the bench and the lighting and that bold stripe. Looking fab over there!!!

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  29. What a cozy spot - and love the grain sack inspired stripe!! I have a few attic nooks like this - great way to make it usable.
    Kelly

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  30. The blue and white striping looks stunning! Great idea to use laundry cabinets and you are so fortunate to have a handy husband.:)

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  31. Wow - this is looking good! That is great fabric and your husband's carpentry skills are amazing. Looking forward to the future installments!

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  32. Vel, Your son's room looks cute with the stripes and the bench turned out wonderful.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  33. If that awesome space doesn't make you want to curl up with a book! Such a great idea to use the cabinets! I love the striped seat with the stripe on the wall, too! Nice work!!

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  34. This is an absolutely perfect solution for such a space! The room is looking great!

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  35. What a great nook! I love how this room is turning out.

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  36. That little nook looks awesome! I love the whole thing!

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  37. Love how the space is coming together Vel! What a cozy little book - the bench looks great :)

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  38. The room is really coming together so well. I'm sure your son must be so excited!

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  39. What a great project, I am in love with your seating area! I could definately see myself curled up with a book :)

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  40. This looks amazing, Vel. I can't wait to see the rest of the projects finished.

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  41. That window seat is amazing. I love the little corner you've created!

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