Window seats are one of the most charming things you can find in a house, right? And with built-ins around them? Even better. So in a effort to charm-up this old house, I’ve been busy building a new window seat with built-in bookcases on either side.
Clearly, nothing’s done (update: finished result is here!), but it is a long way from where we started. One of the reasons we bought our house was because of its window seat. Yes, there was already a window seat in this same spot, but it wasn’t charming. At all. So a year ago we tore out the old window seat and cabinet situation to open up this end of the living room. I shared some progress along with window seat inspiration here, but here’s a short photo recap:
The plan was to create a window seat with drawers and then bookcases on either side to frame our window at the far end of our long and narrow living room. After I cut and built the drawer boxes last year, we ultimately decided that we should probably install our new floors first. That way, any future homeowner could tear out the new window seat and not have a surprise of old, mismatched floors underneath. So the project stalled for months. Okay, a year. Then a couple weekends ago I just wanted to make it happen (or avoid working on finishing the kitchen), so I got my lumber and tools and went to work.
I used really basic construction, with butt-joints, wood glue, wood screws, and my trusty pneumatic nailer. The hardest part was measuring everything out in advance and then adjusting as I went along due to our really crooked walls and ceiling. I also am face-framing everything, which will help keep it sturdy and, I think, looking much more professional, or at least more finished.
So that’s the progress for now. Next up is to finish all the face-framing and trim work, caulk, paint, build the drawers, add sconces, and then decorate with a cushion and pillows. Sometimes I hate writing out a list like that – sounds so long! But it will get done eventually. 🙂
Feel free to follow along on Instagram to see updates in real time like this (as opposed to my very slow-paced blog time).
Oh, and I’m on the fence about whether to give a more detailed tutorial and how I am building all of this, so if that interests you, let me know…
P.S. You can see the finished result here!