It’s done, folks. The window seat and built-ins are built, painted, filled, drawered, cushioned, pillowed, and ready for me to lounge on whilst eating bonbons and perusing books all day without a care in the world.
This project has been about a year and a half in the making (that was terrifying to type). But with good reason. I started this project and then decided that if I was going to do this we might as well install all of our new hardwoods first in case a future homeowner was fool enough to tear out our window seat. Of course that decision led to the entire main floor remodel, and mostly our kitchen remodel. Eating takes precedence over lounging, which is why the window seat kept getting pushed to the back burner. But no more. Let the lounging commence!
I’ll give the “how to build” in a separate post, but the basic premise is pretty simple: build cabinet boxes for your drawers and side cabinets, add shelf units on top, put on a seat cushion, and then go crazy with pillows, hardware, sconces, and whatever you can find to fill your bookcases. Lest you think I know how to style things, I don’t. I just threw a bunch of stuff up on the shelves in a way to make it look lived in rather than stark and cold. That’s the best I can do.
Two things I expect will change down the road. One, I’ll need more room for lounging so I expect a lot of these pillows will be on the floor or the nearby couch more than on the window seat. Two, that side table may move to make way for kids’ lego creations. As it is, three out of the four baskets are already filled with kid stuff – cars, airplanes, blocks, and the old school game Guess Who. And don’t even get me started on how much stuff we can fit in those huge, super functional drawers.
Yes, I went for brass again just like in our kitchen. We added brass drawer pulls and these amazing brass sconces I’ve always wanted to find the perfect spot for in our house. And I think I did.
Also, you can see I went with the gray seat fabric (after this debate). I just thought it was a little classier and more of a neutral base to allow future pillow changes.
And now for the fun part. Because if you are reading this you obviously are a person who loves befores and afters. Here is what the space looked like after we moved in (and after we started tearing out some of the old, weird built-ins off to the right):
While the old window seat is totally what sold me on the house, it was pretty unimpressive. It was too low, didn’t highlight the windows, and had no storage. So it had to go. We tore out the old window seat and built-ins, which left us with an ugly yet blank slate:
Then after we installed our new hardwood floors, I started building up the new window seat:
To where we are now.
UPDATE: To see a shot of the space at night, click here.
For those interested in sources, they are:
- Cushion Fabric – Warehouse Fabrics Inc.
- Throw – Crate and Barrel (out of stock)
- Pillows – Etsy, HomeGoods, Ikea, DIY Painted
- Sconces – Cedar and Moss
- Drawer Pulls – Schoolhouse Electric
- Baskets – Pottery Barn
- Pink Planter – CB2
- Turquoise Buddha – CB2
- Gray Boxes- Ikea (similar)
- Bamboo Shades – Overstock
- Marble table – Overstock
If I didn’t include one of the sources you want to know about, just ask in the comments. I’ll try to tear myself away from window seat lounging long enough to respond.
I’ll be back to share the “how to” on all this soon. And you thought this was a long post…
Linked: Thrifty Decor Chick.