Alrighty, this banquette is totally done and even finished up with some hand-painted pillows and fresh paint on the walls.
It only took a few days to build and finish the banquette (more on the building here and the finishing here) but instead of leaving this project half done like I tend to do, I decided to force myself to finish up the space…well, as much finishing up as I am doing in this phase of the redo. First up, the paint. I took our “latte” colored walls and did the same Benjamin Moore London Fog paint I’ve been using for our other common areas (like our entry, upstairs hallway, guest bedroom, etc.).
And then because I skipped a bench cushion in favor of a contrasting wood bench seat and, truthfully, in favor of functionality, we needed some pillows to soften up the space.
I took Caroline’s advice and looked for outdoor pillows on sale, which would be great for warding off spills from two kiddos eating at the table. But I didn’t find any I liked online. So I turned to my second choice, Etsy, and found tons of great pillows. And then I read the fine print: “spot clean only” – not really workable for our eating area. So I opted to paint some plain white pillow covers and add a few other pillows to finish the banquette (more on painting the pillows here).
Now that this space is done, it has been getting tons of use – I even sit on the banquette now that it is a normal seat height. And the clean-up is great! No goobers on the pillows yet, but if and when that happens, they are machine washable, so I’m good to go.
But I’m secretly fretting over one thing: the wall paint – is it too light??? I do love light and bright spaces, but with all these windows in this eating nook I’m worried that it is maybe a little too bland and some higher contrast/darker paint will look better? See, these final decisions are why I do better at building the banquette than decorating around it.
We’ve still got a few things left to do in this space, like a new light fixture, new table/chairs, and new floors. But none of those are happening until we figure out the adjoining kitchen. Sure hope that plan gets here soon…