Built-in Breakfast Nook Bench with Storage

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Project by bunnie posted 06-18-2020 11:03 PM 1263 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always wanted a breakfast nook with storage and we finally bought a home that had the perfect space. This was my first time building something from scratch. I did the build all by myself with self scribbled plans – no help, except my dad and my husband hauled the plywood from the big box store and got it into the garage for me, because I’m only 5 feet tall and probably weigh a little more than a full sheet of MDF…a girl needs some help sometimes.

I used about 6 sheets of birch plywood for the base and a half sheet of MDF for the end caps. Re-routed 2 hvac ducts and an electrical outlet (got one of those fancy ones with USB plugs too). Sewed all the cushions which are attached but have zippers so they are removable for washing. Used 7 yards of upholstery velvet, 5 yards of non-slip utility fabric (underside), 11 yards of foam, and 20 yards of dacron. Used 5 pairs of Hafele Lid Stay bench hinges so we could open the storage without removing cushions.

table saw, miter saw, circular saw, multi-tool, kreg jig

Light fixture was from West Elm, table from Modway. Paint is Benjamin Moore Advance in Chantilly Lace.

None of the walls are plum or straight (like they ever are) and all the angles and wall measurements were different. I also got a puppy during this project.

-- Jack-of-all-trades, Master-of-none

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James E McIntyre

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#1 posted 06-19-2020 01:17 AM

Bunnie. That’s a great build. You used a few of your wonderful skills. Woodworking, painting and sowing.
Looks like a cool place for coffee, toast, and bacon and eggs.
The storage under the seats is a nice addition.

-- James E McIntyre

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#2 posted 06-19-2020 01:03 PM

That looks wonderful.

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#3 posted 06-19-2020 01:13 PM

Wait a second. This is your “first build from scratch”??

Wow! That’s impressive! Really nice look! ...And I really like the storage aspect, especially in that it comes from what would otherwise be unused space…an added bonus to the design.
FYI, I’m 5’11” and 205lbs…and my loading a sheet of MDF on to the Big Box store cart would make some chiropractor rich. A guy needs some help sometimes too…. ; )

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#4 posted 06-19-2020 02:49 PM

Thanks, everyone! It’s my favorite place in the house now. We can cuddle up with the puppy and a cup of coffee or bring out a board game from the storage bench and have a game night. Yes, this was my first true build from scratch. Prior to this, I had only done small home improvement things like, IKEA kitchen cabinets with my dad and painting pre-made custom doors, installing hardware or electrical outlet/switch swaps. My dad is very handy and I am definitely my father’s daughter!

-- Jack-of-all-trades, Master-of-none

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#5 posted 06-19-2020 03:33 PM

I gotta show this to my wife! Maybe she can make one like it. :-)

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#6 posted 06-19-2020 08:00 PM

That is a good size project, real nice result!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 06-21-2020 03:30 PM

Thanks! Totally doable project, just takes time and lots of measuring :-)

-- Jack-of-all-trades, Master-of-none

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#8 posted 06-21-2020 03:58 PM

a very nice cozy place to relax GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#9 posted 06-24-2020 01:18 PM

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