A Perfect Space Saving Kitchen Window Seat

by Tim Layton on November 8, 2009 Google+

in Cabinet Painting,Do It Yourself,Kitchens,Trim and Moldings

This one is a perfect 10 if you ask me. I found the picture at one of my favorite haunts Houzz.com, and the kitchen is by Valerie Pedersen who works in the SF Bay Area.

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Wow! I love, love, love it! I was searching for window seats and I came across this shot. I really love the built-in seating (storage inside would be cool). And while we’re talking seating… I love that bench seat too! The whole thing just works for me.

A Closer Look

ImageI see much more than just the seating here though. One great thing about this kitchen is that it’s timeless. not much here is going to be outdated in five years. The white cabinets and black granite look awesome with that white subway tile wall splash.

(trivial info: traditionally, the “backsplash” was only a few inches above the counter. When the whole wall between the upper and lower cabinet was done it was referred to as a “wall splash”… not so much nowadays)

I also love the farm sink in this kitchen. To me, the whole kitchen almost has to be designed around a farm sink for it to look right. This one looks great! Great faucet too.

Great Trimwork Too

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One of the other things that make this room look great is the use of “normal” but beautiful trimwork.

  • Standard 5.25″ Crown
  • Simple window casing
  • Upgraded, but simple, baseboards
  • Small Crown on upper cabinets

Some Great DIY Ideas Here

When I look at this picture, I see a list of individual projects that most beginners can handle.

  • Painting – the biggest thing in this picture almost gets missed. That is a great contrast between wall color and cabinet and trim color. You can do that right now in your house!
  • Light Fixture – the next step-up the DIY difficulty ladder is installing a cool light fixture. Installing a fixture is something you can learn to do with a Google Video search. It makes a huge difference (just don’t skip the “turn off the breaker” step)
  • Cabinet Hardware – Maybe easier than the light fixture is to change out your pulls, knobs, and hinges. Heck, once all that is off, maybe you want to spray paint your cabinets!
  • Run that trim! You can so do this! Start with the easiest thing, probably the window casing; maybe the baseboard. When you want to try crown molding, do that little crown on the cabinets first so you can figure out how to hold it upright in your saw for easy angle cuts.
  • Build A Window Seat! – Once you get your skills to the point where you can run that crown, you can tackle the window seat. Then you’ll be in high-style!

Have fun!

Article by Tim Layton

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1 Cara November 9, 2009 at 12:40 am

I love that window seat (and kitchen!) too! The built in seat and bench are fabulous! I’d love to do something like that in my kitchen. Also, the window casings really do make a huge difference! Definitely a project I’m adding to our (very long) to do list around here.

2 Franki Parde November 9, 2009 at 9:46 am

Amazing! I was on HOUZZ looking at kitchens last evening and selected this very one!! Like the paint color, too.

3 Abbie November 10, 2009 at 10:50 pm

I LOVE it!! I’m trying to think if there’s a way to do that in my kitchen, or heck, how about the dining room where there’s already a bay window? Ooh! We just got a bench for our kitchen table (an early Christmas present made by my dad!!) that is perfect for the kids and their friends. It’s not fancy, but it is PERFECT for our kitchen and super-sturdy for years to come!

4 Sol April 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Love this in a new home for yr now and in desperate need of color help What is the color used email me pls…

5 Cameron November 17, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I would also like to know what color this is on the walls and who the paint is by. I love this color green and I have white cabinets – so it would be beautiful. Thank you.

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