This was a really fun project - mostly because I wasn't sure that what I wanted to do was possible.
My vision was to create a mission style banquette for my dining room. My 2 youngest sons LOVE restaurants and HATE sitting still. Banquette seating in the dining room would feel like a booth to them with is very restaurant-y. Trapping them in a restaurant booth at home will (hopefully) keep butts glued to seats until the meal is complete.
This piece was my inspiration:
Here was my process:
Step #1- Find the old crib in the cluttered attic.
|Old crib - disassembled|
|4 Post crib - before|
Step #3 - I removed the posts
|I sawed off all 4 posts|
|2x4's attached to the crib head and foot board|
Step #5 - Seating. I used 3/4" plywood for the seat. This made the project VERY heavy! But it also made for a sturdy seat.
|3/4" plywood seat|
Step #6 - Standing and finishing. The plywood was pretty rough so I sanded the dickens out of it. Now it's smooth like butter! I made sure to sand all of the edges so that nobody gets a splinter!
|Power sand everything!|
Step #7 - Fill and stain. I filled the screw holes and stained the bench.
Step #8 - Cushions. I'll be honest, i'm not in love with the cushions I chose for this project. I wanted to make a tufted seat, but I also need something that is machine washable. I had a couple of old couch cushions that I cut to size.
|Cut couch cushions to size|
|An electric knife cuts dense foam easily!|
Step #9 - I made slip covers from fabric that I found on sale and her you go!
|Banquette with cushions|
Step #10 - All done!
This project took me 2 days to complete. A lot of that time was waiting for the stain to dry (even though I had fast dry stain).
Whenever I see projects like this I always want to know how much they cost. This project cost me
I already had: The crib, tools, screws, drop cloth and the cushions
1 - sheet 3/4" plywood (I still have the left overs) $29.00
2- 2x4's $3.29/each
1 - qt stain $7.95
1 - stain paint brush $3.49
1 - 2 pack of mending plates $3.15
1 - pack sand paper $3.25
2.5 yards of panne fabric (on sale) $9.95