almost done & sharing banquette pics
Dh and I are on the "who knows when" plan for redoing the kitchen. Rather than putting up with a lot of things for several years, we've been puttering about, changing things as we go. If it is just a temporary change, I try to do it inexpensively as possible. If I can translate it to the new kitchen down the road, I'm willing to spend a bit more effort and money.
Anyway, one change that we've been working on since the end of December is a banquette and new table. Our dining space in the kitchen was not large enough to fit our table for 6.
We took down a half wall and rebuilt it, angling it 2 ft into our family room area. Then dh built a banquette - it's not a straight bench, but it's not quite a full "L" either - we decided to respect the french door we have and not build in front of it. ;-)
He still needs to make the drawer that will go under the long side of the banquette.
I made the upholstered cushions for the banquette. I got the foam online (much better quality than Joann's and MUCH less $$), glued it to luan, wrapped it in batting and used curtain material from ikea. The cushions are held in place with velcro. Jury is still out on that.
The table is one of those wide ikea numerar countertops. We cut it to size (63 x 39) and angled a few corners for ease of use and design. Dh also routed the edges. Then I stained and waterloxed it. It sits on 2 cast iron pedestals. (when we eventually redo the cabinets/counters, I might switch out the top for the counter surface)
Without further ado, here are a few pictures of the progress. We love it, the kids are fully enjoying it and my kitchen looks like it at least 2 times the size with the space saved by the banquette (plus the stealing of the square footage from the family room).
We also switched out and moved over the kitchen light - for the first time since we moved here, the light is centered over a table ;-)