Our Finished Window Seat


I am so happy with the way that our window seat turned out. It looks just as I imagined, and I can hardly wait to get some pillows on it and put it to use.

We started a few weeks ago with our trip to the local Home Depot. The plan was to start the project that weekend, but we realized the next day that we had the wrong screws.

With a few minor setbacks, we were able to make some major progress each weekend. I think total was maybe 3 weekends which included some days of not doing any work at all.
In the beginning the kids were fascinated with all the tools in the house and couldn't wait to get their hands on helping out!


Framed and read for a front, and more supports.

Here you can see we added the floor, as well as a bypass for the heater vent.



My kids thought it was fun to climb in the box.
 PLEASE ignore the debris everywhere else in the picture. This half of my house looked like this for a while... I know, bad....sigh


I think we ran out of caulking a few times which slowed the progress slightly.


Awe, a lid at last!

Here it is today!


























Before & After














So there you have it! Our completed project. I have to give my husband a lot of credit for this. I basically told him what I wanted and he built it. We didn't have plans to go off, just some images of window seats we loved. I kept on telling him that it was just a box.... he kept assuring me that it was so much more. :-)

I know our window doesn't have the classic bay window where you see most window seats, but it works well for the space we have. I am so ready to frame out the window and update the rest of the molding in the house now too. The new freshly painted window seat sure makes that honey oak look seem dated.

 I will be linking this up with Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature Friday
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55 comments:

erin said...

Gorgeous! I wish we had a spot for one! How do you plan on using it? Will you put a table in front of it?

Miss Madison's Mommy said...

so worth the wait, it's totally freaking beautiful!!!

Kammy said...

It turned out so nice, you should be proud !
Kammy

Cindy said...

Gorgeous Shannon! You and your hubs did an excellent job. Would love to have you link to Make it for Monday sometime :)

Rocio @ Casa Haus said...

Wow, Shannon! Your husband did an amazing job! It looks so pretty!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

That turned out beautiful!!!

Kristin said...

That is just gorgeous. What a perfect place to daydream!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Nice work! You are going to love this seat. We have something similar and we all fight over who gets to sit there.

Sarah said...

Wow, incredible. You could even spray-paint those hinges white for even more blendiness. :)

Kathy said...

WOW!!! I am very very impressed!! Its beautiful and amazing and soo complicated!!

Happy Saturday SITS Shareday!

tammy said...

Looks wonderful and I am sure it will be a fave spot once you get pillows on it. I can see reading some magazines there and falling asleep.

tammy

Midday Escapades said...

Awesome job on that! I love window seats and that is a nice wide one. Enjoy.

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!! Here's my Sharefest link to my Follow Me post: http://bit.ly/5hre0m

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

I adore window seats! Yours turned out beautiful! Great job!

Amber Page Writes said...

That's beautiful! I've always wanted a window seat, but I don't have the right room for one here. Someday...

Triplets Plus Two Momma said...

Georgeous!

Somewhere In Between said...

Wow, this looks amazing!! I adore window seats - my family had one built when I was younger and lived at home, and it was always my favorite nook to curl up to and read a good book :)

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Mayya @ Sew Chic and Unique said...

Dropping over from Midday Escapades Follow me post and while i am at it Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest! :D

I love what you created and so glad i found your blog very inspirational!


PS I am follower :)

JaelCustomDesigns said...

What a great project and the end result is gorgeous! Popping in from Midday Escapades Follow Me Link Up!

Now following you...
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Jen J. said...

Oh wow, very very beautiful! Wonderful job!! Thanks for stopping by World of Dennifer. :o)

The Redhead Riter said...

stopping by from SITS

I love the window seat! It looks so organized and clean. Great job!

Diane said...

I love the window seat. My dad helped me build one in my kitchen and I made a cushion and pillows for it. It is my favortie spot in the house.
I just love the photo you posted of your children playing in it before it was complete. I can remember my own two doing the same thing.
My best- Diane

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Wow! Gorgeous job. I love how the entire family was involved and, boy, it looks great. What a terrific use of space and the moulding really makes it. Thanks for linking up!

kirstin & jordan said...

goodness- I love this! I love it so much that you have all of that extra storage now... wonderful! :)

heidi @ wonder woman wannabe said...

Very pretty! Looks like it was meant to be there - well done!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Gorgeous! Love the molding! I have a window seat in our great room and we have storage through doors where you have your molding. I would definitely do a window seat again.

Mandy said...

So pretty! What a great project!

happy mama said...

I love window seats! Unfortunately, I don't have any great windows for one :( Yours is beauiful ~ nicely done!

Angie @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Wow that looks great! What a transformation!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Wow! How lucky are you to have such a handy hubby? I love the molding on the front. What a great storage piece. :) I'm visiting from Kimba's party today. :) Hope you'll stop by. Here's my link:
http://serenitynow4amanda.blogspot.com/2009/12/seaweed-is-always-greener.html

Miss Mustard Seed said...

You were featured as one of my FFF favorites. Nice work!

Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst said...

Lovely! Looks like it has always been there. You guys did a great job. :-)

Kari @ Ucreate said...

SOOOOOO AmAzInG!!

Delightful Dwelling said...

It looks amazing! I have thought about adding one in our bay window, but the vent was right in the middle. Now I see how you were able to work with the same problem and it came out wonderful.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Wow! this looks awesome! And what great helpers too!

Blessings & Aloha!

Struggler said...

I'm so, so impressed you guys made this. I've always wanted a window seat and love what you achieved here.

All Things Creative said...

It's so lovely.

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

I'm new to your blog but I love this window seat! Great job! I'm followin you so I can see what you're up to in 2010!

Destination Seaborn said...

I love window seats...this looks great! Nice job

AnNicole@Our Suburban Cottage said...

Looks awesome! I'm planning on building a window seat in my bedroom...at some point. You kind of helped demystify the process. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

great job, both of you guys!!

Low Tide High Style said...

Wow that window seat is beautiful! So glad I found it via Better After! I've always wanted a window seat and with your detailed pictures I think we could actually do this!

Kat :)

Heather@ theherberfamily.blogspot.com said...

I love, love, love this, and want, want, want one of my own! I've been contemplating a bench of some sort for the dining room, because the room is way too big for a standard dining room (but the kitchen isn't big enough for our table), but never thought about doing a built in. I may have to start bugging my dad to come help me... Hmm...

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Brenda said...

That is Fabulous!

Cherish @ My Cup of Tea said...

That's beautiful and OH SO impressive!!

Frugal Home Design said...

Awesome! It looks great and your floor is beautiful. It looks like our kitchen/dining area might be a similar lay out. I have a window like yours and was wanting a window seat, but didn't know if it would take up too much room--yours shows me it won't and it will look amazing!

happyhome said...

Wow! Awesome job.

Blarney said...

Well done & Thank you for supporting your local HD! I have, scratch that, my kids have a window bench in each of their rooms. I had a hard time finding premade cushions for the window seats so I splurged and had them custom made. I am sure you are way crafty and can make your own if you are in the same situation. Off to do some reading up on other projects! Visiting from JAG. :)

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Wow, I love this project, I'm keeping it in my favorites. We have this project on our list, I think my hubby is putting it off :) I'm off to go browse your blog. Have a great sunday!

Kim said...

Sounds like you and your hubby have the same conversations we have at my house. He says I tend to simplify things. ha. We did a window seat and I love it. But I need a cushion and I don't sew. So now I'm in a pickle. Are you going to do a cushion for yours? Great job on the seat BTW. I love it.

Holly said...

That is awesome. We used to have a window seat...now we don't (different house), but now I want to make one.

Amanda L. said...

Great Job! I am thinking of doing the same thing. It is nice to see this.

recklessbliss said...

My goodness, I love it. My dream house would be littered with window seats, they're so homey and comforting. Great job building it, that's so impressive. Love your blog, stop by mine sometime for a chat!
Heidi@RecklessBliss
xoxo

The Design Confidential said...

this is fabulous! i love it! also i tried to comment on your bed skirt tutorial from today or yesterday, but it kept giving me error? anyhoo, i wanted to ask you where you got your duvet from? it's gorgeous!

* Taci * said...

Now it is so much more, isn't it?!!!
WOW!