*This post was sponsored by The Home Depot. Product was supplied but the DIY plans and opinions are my own.
One day I will own a big historic home with built-ins and storage in every room! ( Insert sigh here) It will be one of those homes with so much character you don’t even need to add furniture…….but until then……. I will work with this rental of mine. I’m totally gonna “fake it till I make it” with little projects like this DIY window seat. I got all the supplies for it from our friends at The Home Depot. I’m telling you, if you have a free weekend and an obsession with pretty storage this is the project for you!
The Big Idea
I have this weird area in the living room. It’s the perfect place for our Christmas tree but totally useless the rest of the year. Too long and narrow for another piece of furniture and it has large windows that I didn’t want to block. This boring wall sat empty and awkward until the day I got one of my big ideas. I call them big ideas because I usually have no clue what I’m doing. OF course, what I lack in actual skills I more than make up for in determination. Usually just hearing
my husband someone tell me “That’s not gonna work” is all I need to figure out how to make it happen!
The big idea came after watching a video of how to attach a window seat frame to a wall. Obviously I couldn’t do that cause, you know, the whole “not my house” thing. Then I thought what if it was mobile?? What if it could stand without becoming a permanent fixture??
I went to The Home Depot and found the perfect cabinets to form my plan around (Click here for details) and sketched a rough draft on how to put everything together. The whole project didn’t take long at all. If you aren’t painting your cabinets you can have it done in a day! I wanted to paint mine to match the trim in the house so it created the illusion of a built in. The wheels came into play when I realized the only heat vent in that room was right where I wanted the seat to go. OF COURSE……..there’s always a hiccup when planning projects but you just have to get creative. You can see the step by step tutorial with photos on The Home Depot Blog by clicking here.
I now have oodles of storage for games and toys and candy bar wrappers or whatever else my son decides to stuff in there. 😉 I think the window seat fits the wall pretty well and gives us some extra seating too. I wanted to add a light in-between the windows but couldn’t hard wire one in place. No big deal. I found a corded sconce at The Home Depot. (click here to see details) I ran the cord down the wall inside a cord cover that I painted to match the wall.
Besides my fancy new storage you probably noticed all the hints of blue going on around the house. I got the area rug at The Home Depot also, you can find it here. The blue linen pillows were made by a friend and the biggest pop of blue is the freshly painted hutch! The color is a mix of a few different paints I had on hand but is a near match for Behr’s Midnight Show. You can see a swatch of the color here. I will share a post on how to paint furniture with latex paint soon!
You Can Do It!
If you’re inspired to give your room a bit more personality and storage then head over to The Home Depot Blog by clicking here . I made an easy step by step tutorial and included all the supplies for you on their site. Trust me I am NOT a carpenter by any means! If I can do it so can you!
If you try this project or have any other storage ideas for my rental, let me know!
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