Thursday, November 19, 2015

One Of A Kind Window Seats From A Planked Wood Walkway

Who doesn't love a room full of windows, sunlight and WINDOW SEATS?!!!  Oh man, I've always wanted window seats, but never had a good place to put them. Until this house.  Until we gutted the nasty, scary, yucky old sunroom and replaced all the broken old windows.  Then I needed window seats.  

But of course, you should know by now that I'm not going to let "the men" go to town to buy some new lumber.  No, no.  We got plenty of that.  Reclaimed wood, folks.  Reclaimed is all the rage, but it's also easier on the pocket book AND hello.... check out this old corncrib about to fall down!  FREE, AWESOME, WEATHERED, RUGGED wood!

So last time Dad was visiting from Iowa, we grabbed our creative imaginations and set out for the corncrib to see what we could dream up.

We talked about the hard time I was having getting those old boards on the side off and whether we should use those for the window seats or just build the storage boxes for underneath with them.  And then.....  then we had a moment.   I'm pretty sure we both looked up at the same time and noticed THIS and the exact same thought hit us upside the head:

Well oh my goodness gracious, THE TOP OF THE WINDOW SEAT!  I took off as fast as my short legs would carry me to get a measuring tape.  Seriously. The length of the one wall where the bench was to go was fourteen feet.  You guessed it - this dirty old white planked walkway up in the rafters was just over fourteen feet!!!  And completely filled to the top (it was upside down) with pine cones!  Better than coon poop, which is what I was totally expecting.

So we need to build legs...  I told my Dad I had 2x4s in the garage. "Ohhhh no" he said, "this whole project is going to be supplied from things we find in the corncrib.  This.  Is a corn crib project."  Okay whatever, make your job more difficult if you must.  Man, I love my Dad. :)

We decided it wouldn't be quite deep enough, since I was sure to load the back with pillows, so we added an extra board to the back and then Dad put the legs on.  Dad thought it was time to paint it and I couldn't believe it didn't have a bottom. No, no, no... it can't just sit on the floor like that!  Don't you remember all the pictures I showed you on Pinterest, Dad???  

Being the wonderful, daughter-loving man that he is.... he cut each leg down shorter to compensate for the bottom piece that was to be added on.  Oh man, sorry Dad.  I thought we were on the same page with this project!!!  I think it, you do it.  We just gotta make good n' sure all of my "think" gets transferred to his "thinker"!

We did end up buying some new lumber to replicate this look for the perpendicular wall.  Too bad we didn't find a second walkway.  Just kidding.  I'm thankful to have found one!

It was beastly heavy and not the easiest to get in to place since it sits snug against each wall.  But the folks and hubby managed while I snapped pictures and  gave them good job pats.

It was frigid and windy that day, so we decided to finish painting them in place.  Probably not the easiest, but warmth and comfort trumped easily that day!

It provides seating on two sides of my extra dining room table now and the kids love to sit there and do puzzles, play games, and color.

A close up of the top. All we had to do was clean it and give it some fresh paint! We used semi gloss so it would be easy to wipe off.  
The boxes underneath are a whole 'nother story for a whole 'nother blog post.
So be patient and you'll hear about those soon. :)

Same with the story on the awesome barn door - future blog post! :)

Since I'm showing you all this loveliness... who wants to see what this room looked like early this summer?  These are some doozy "before" shots:

 You can read the funny story about the radiator and what we did with it HERE.

There really are just two things left that I need to do in this room.

1. Buy a big rug (suggestions??)
2. Clean all the filthy old shutters, paint them white, and rehang them!


Are you ready for this?!!!

About $25

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  1. I love it! Give your dad another high 5 for us!

  2. I enjoyed reading how this window seat came to be. It's beautiful and spacious and I'm incredibly envious, I dream of having a window seat someday. Your dad and you did a great job working as a team. Love the finished result!! Can't wait to read about the boxes under the window seat! :)

  3. I enjoyed reading how this window seat came to be. It's beautiful and spacious and I'm incredibly envious, I dream of having a window seat someday. Your dad and you did a great job working as a team. Love the finished result!! Can't wait to read about the boxes under the window seat! :)

  4. I just bought an amazing area rug on Safavieh brand with a matching runner for a great price. Everyone who enters the room comments on the rug first!

  5. Try for s rug. Make sure you get 50% off & buy a pad. Great quality for the price. Love your room!

  6. Thank you for making me exceedingly jealous. j/k (well, kind of. :) I love it!

  7. WOW, that is AWESOME...what a great find, always best to look UP, eh, lol!! You and your Dad sound the same and my Dad & I, lol... ;)

  8. First, your Dad is so cool! And Second, this is just awesome!! Kammy I love reading your blog and seeing all your wonderful and amazing projects for your home!! It looks so beautiful! Good luck with the rug, I am no help, I need them in my home and have terrible luck!

  9. Love, love, love your benches and what a fantastic price!! I love the transformation!

  10. I love your blog and your whole home looks gorgeous! The window seats are like a dream come true! Enjoy your new room and make sure you give Dad lots of hugs too.

  11. These are amazing!! What a great project- and such a difference to the space!!

  12. Beautiful! I would love to know about the pillows! :)

  13. Love, your bench seating and I am so jealous of your falling down barn. Without a barn of my own I just have to keep on using pallet wood.

  14. Thank looks excellent Kammy!


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