Wednesday, January 11, 2017

OUR LAST DIY OF 2016 & THE FIRST OF 2017

Hello everyone. I hope your week is going well.
I have been on a little blogging break trying to get our home back to normal after the holidays.

Don't let my tittle fool you, today I am not sharing two projects with you, just a very long one. :)
You see, being the "different kind of people" we are, we decided to start a new home project two days 
before Christmas. Are we the only ones? 
I think I already know the answer to that. LOL
And of course, it was 2017 before our project was finished. :)

Well, my husband had the week off for the holidays and we didn't have any company coming, so what better 
time to start a new project.


If you all remember the layout of our home, we have this opening between the stairwell and coat closet.



Soon after we moved into the house, we added chair rail and molding and painted everything in Latte by SW, which is in the same color family as the Kilim Beige which is the color of our walls all through out the house.


A couple of years ago, and also before Christmas, I decided to give the stairwell a brighter look and repainted everything in white.


Since then I have been saving this picture I printed from Pinterest. I always, always wanted a built it bench 
for that small space.


Sooo, I showed it my husband, we talked about it for a bit, left for the grocery store and when I got back, 
he was already busy at work. :)




And by the end of the first day, it was starting to take shape.


The next few days were spent building new homemade moldings, adding the top of the bench, 
installing everything and painting.
And that is exactly where the New Year found us. :)



And then came the fun part, making the bench cushion.
We purchased a 3 inch medium density piece of foam in an upholstery store in our city. 
They cut it for us exactly to the dimensions we needed.

To make the seat cushion, we used a beautiful fabric my daughter had gifted me a while back and we followed 
a very easy tutorial by Traci at Beneath My Heart
The fabric is P. Kaufmann Buffalo Check Linen Fabric and you can find it here.



And just like in the Pinterest picture, we painted the wall behind the bench white and added some trim molding.



And then I ventured myself to make a roll/bolster pillow.
Wow, that was hard! I followed a really good video tutorial on YouTube, but even them, it was one of those 
"easier said than done" kind of projects. 
You can find that video here.




To finish it off, I added two pillows I already had. They came from Kirklands a few years ago.




We are still not finished with this small space. 
We want to add a wall lantern over the bench or may be something else, not sure yet.
I will keep you posted on what we decide, but, for now, this is our new stairwell built in bench.



And that is all I got for today.
I am working on a little pantry update right now, so I will share with you as soon as I finish.
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the rest of your week.
See you soon!



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45 comments:

  1. I'm always impressed with what you can do! I love the built in bench and it's very functional too. And you made that bolster pillow? Wow! Now THAT'S impressive! It all looks so good and I can't wait for your pantry update. Mine could use some help. :)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! It was not very hard to do, just time consuming. Building all the moldings again was what took us longer. And making that bolster pillow. It took me 4 hours! LOL Do you know it is a cover that can be removed to wash? I am so proud of myself. LOL Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Hi Maria! Oh, this little built in bench looks so pretty! You're so fortunate that your hubby can do things like this! I just love it and the fabric for your seat cover is so nice and love your pillows. Don't sell yourself short - your bolster pillow looks great! Happy New Year, my friend!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Hi Shelia! Thank you. Yes, he is very talented with his woodworking. He takes after his Dad. Thank you for your visit!

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  3. Your new bench turned out beautifully!

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  4. Wow you two always impress me with your projects! You did a wonderful job on this. Love the idea and how well it's turned out. Your cushion is perfect as well as the pillows!

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    1. Thank you, Liz. It was not a very hard project and fun to put together. I always wanted a little bench for that space but could never find one with the right dimensions. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. Love it! Great idea and perfectly executed! What a terrific hubby you have - mention something in home improvement and he's on it! Your a lucky woman!

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    1. Thank you, Lori. Yes, all he has to do is look at a picture, take some measurements and start building it. Have a great weekend!

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  6. Very Nice! How great that you as well as your husband are very creative and crafty!

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    1. Thank you, Veronica! We really enjoy doing these projects together. Thank you for your visit!

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  7. Wow.The bench looks amazing.It added even more charm to your beautiful home. You did a great job.

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  8. Lovely and a clever use of space. You would never know it wasn't originally part of the design. Great job!

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    1. Thank you! That is exactly what I wanted, to make it look like it was built with the house. It was wasted space for a while, but no more. :) Thank you for your visit!

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  9. Wow! That looks terrific! What a nice job you two did on that project. I bet it will soon become the spot you can't imagine not having. It would also be a fun spot for your grandson and you to sit...maybe reading a book???

    Sandy

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    1. Thank you so much! I know as soon as our grandson comes over, the first thing he will do is to climb on it. LOL Enjoy your weekend!

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  10. I love, love,love this. What a fabulous idea and it is so pretty too.

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    1. Thank you so much, Marty! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  11. Wow you and your husband are the dynamic duo, you can do anything together. Love the bench. Did you make it a functional storage bench?

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    1. Thank you so much, Dee! :) No, we didn't make it a storage bench on purpose. My husband wanted to, but I could just see everyone trying to put their shoes in there or anything else. The truth is that if we change our minds, it would be an easy fix, but not for now. Thank you so much for your visit!

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  12. I'm so impressed! I adore that little bench and the fabric you chose for it. I think that's the perfect thing for that little niche. You and your husband did a great job!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kelly! I am so happy with the the way it turned out. I am still not used to it being there, so every time I walk by it, it makes me smile. I love it! LOL Enjoy your weekend!

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  13. Wow...you guys make an awesome team! Isn't it great to have someone who can make your design dreams come true while you are out at the store?? Ha!! Beautiful...enjoy it! I bet that is a nook that your grandson and soon to be granddaughter are going to love when they are a bit older!

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    1. Thank you, Kim! Literally it starting happening while I was at the grocery store. LOL I can already see our little grandson laying on that bench as soon as they come over. He will notice the changes right away and if it is something he can climb on, even better. :) Thank you for your visit!

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  14. I really love how this turned out. You did a great job! Very nice.

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    1. Thank you so much, Betsy! We are very happy with the final result.

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  15. I love this project. It's super cute and useful!

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    1. Thank you, Laurel! I am so glad we were able to build this bench and put that wasted space to good use. Have a great weekend!

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  16. I love how this turned out!!! What a clever use for that space!

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  17. Hi,Tracey. Thank you. It really was wasted space for a long time and now, in person, the stairwell looks more finished, like the bench was always supposed to be there. Have a great Sunday!

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  18. I would lose track of time in this cozy little nook!

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    1. :) Thank you so much for your visit, Sandra Lee!

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  19. Hi Maria, your link caught my eye at the Share Your Cup party. I can see why you wanted a built-in seat there, it's the perfect spot. It looks fabulous, like it's always been there and the fabric you used on the cushion is so pretty. Pinning to share.

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    1. Nice to meet you, Marie and thank you for your wonderful comment. I am really enjoying our new little bench.

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  20. Turned out beautifully; I love it!!! The fabric choices too...it's perfect!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  21. WHat a terrific job you both did, and great use of the space! Yours looks even better than your inspiration photo! Caught your feature on Cindy's blog - congrats, and well deserved!
    Rita C at Panoply

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    1. Nice to meet you, Rita. And thank you for your visit!

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  22. It turned out absolutely gorgeous Maria Elena! Looks like it's always been there. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you, Jann! Iam loving my new bench. :) Take care.

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  23. What a perfect bench for that spot. Love the fabric and the pillows too. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

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  24. Hi Maria Elena, just hopping back to let you know that you will be featured at SYC this week.
    hugs,
    Jann

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