Sunday, July 10, 2011

Salvaged Door into a Dining Room Banquette


I had been thinking about maybe building a kitchen banquette.  Then I went to the Habitat re-store and found inspiration.  Big time.  The kind that hits you and you must fulfill it or you will burst....  I went it a creative frenzy.  I had to get out of the store as soon as possible before everyone else that was there decided they had to have them too.  Do you ever feel like that when you find something that you consider a treasure?  Wait you don't have to answer that I know you do.  I was sooo excited, I did a little dance when I got them safely home.   



I know right.

Ok so they are just doors, but not for long.  I started with the white one, the brown one I will get to later.


(re-enacted for photo op)

I started by cutting two of the panels off.  I clamped a piece of wood to the door so that I had something for the skill saw to follow.  Just drawing a line does not work for me.  This way I don't have to get down close to the saw to try and follow a pencil line.

 

I used my Kreg Jig Jr and glue to attach a piece of 2X6 to the cut end so that the panel was centered.  I had to rip the 2x6 down on the table saw to get the right width and take the curved edge off.

I filled the seam with wood filler.  Once I sanded and painted it you cant even see the seam. I made two panels this way. 

Fast forward to how I put it all together.



I re-used some 2 X 4's from the shed we tore down to build the support for the backs.  I then screwed it the wall.  I didn't have enough door to make a panel on this end so I used a piece of plywood. (disregard the three different whites on the wall)


  

You can see the right side is made up of the two panels I had to modify. 


I mitered this corner with my table saw. I used glue and nails to attach the corner and wood putty filled the holes.



Here it is with the bottom 1x4 trim and a new paint job.  I am still not sure about this white, it's so white I may still change it.  It's growing on me.

For the top I had intended to use plywood that would overhang about an inch.  I cut the piece but once I set it on top it looked awful.  The proportions weren't right because of the panels and since I disobeyed the rule of bench height it made it to tall.  So I had to change the plan and cut the plywood to fit flush inside. 





To support the top I screwed 1 x 2's inside along the front and sides.  This looks much better and the cushions will cover it all. For the hinges I used basic 2" utility hinges

edited to add: Since I had built the middle support so that it was flush with the front and back I had to remove it and cut it down by 3/4" so that the new top would sit rest on it and be supported by it.

Here's a picture of it with a cushion I had.  This is temporary.  I wasn't going to post about this until I had an after picture with a finished cushion and new pillows.  Then I discovered Alicia at her fabulous blog Sweet Ava Kate and we started chatting about her new banquette (go here and check it out) and I decided why wait.   



The fabric choice for the cushion and pillows is what has been holding me up.  I plan on making two cushions with piping. I also want to try a woven wood blind on the window to warm things up.  Once I find fabrics I like I will pull an accent color from them to paint the Ikea wood drawer organizer and an oar I want to hang above the photo gallery.  I think.




I am very happy with the banquette but the one thing I wish I had done differently is the height.  It's 20 inches high.  The door came that way but I should have ripped a couple inches off.  It would be fine except with a cushion it's a little high.  Oh well, I like to sit on it all comfy curled up in the corner.  The perfect place to blog while my husband cooks me dinner......

Thanks for stopping by.  So any guesses on what I am planning to use the brown door for?





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42 comments:

  1. Beautiful! This sooo gives me ideas!

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  2. Wow, This is amazing!I have no idea what you are going to do with the other door. Are you going to make a table?
    Connie

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  3. Oh my gosh WONDERFUL! I love love love it! I've been looking for a table similar to that for my dining room. You are extremely creative!

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  4. This looks so cool! I need to do this too. I have been wondering how it will look with a round table, so glad to have found this.

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  5. Wow Mimi, I love it! Making it out of doors? Genius! Now I am curious as to what you'll do with the brown one! Thank you so much for the shout out! Now you need to do a tutorial on the cushions! :)
    As I said before, I'm so glad we crossed paths through blogging! The hubs and I got a lot of the trim work done on the banquette... almost ready to paint! Will be posting updates before the weekend!

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  6. You did a fantastic job. I am impressed with women who can use power tools and build like my husband. He does our projects around here. I just paint them. Thanks so much for joining the party.

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  7. So clever, coming from Kims party, I also love that chair...just looks so charming, great job

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  8. Gorgeous! What a creative way to use an old door. I have wanted to build a banquet in my kitchen forever, so happy I found this post, great inspiration.

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  9. This is so wonderful;) I love everything about it!!

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  10. You are so talented. Gorgeous. I'd love to feature it on My Dear Trash. com

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous! You did an incredibly fantastic job creating a custom piece and you should be so proud of yourselves! :-)
    Vanessa

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  12. I think it is wonderful! I'm getting ready to build one for my breakfast room, but I need the front open to display/organize all the cookbooks. But, I absolutely love this idea. Great job.

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  13. Anything that involves repurposing a door is right up my alley. I love your banquette and how it looks with the round table and slipcovered chair. So pretty!
    Know what you mean about height, I always seem to goof on that, I made a window seat from cabinet doors similar to yours, thinking the dogs would want to sleep on it..but it's way too high for them to get up! Oh well, someday I plan to go back and re-do it.
    I stopped by from the catch as catch can linky party at My Repurposed Life.

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  14. Mimi! it's great! I'm loving the look of it AND the storage! super job, girl! I'll be catching this next week for sure! Love a good repurpose!
    the brown door? I'm guessing headboard. :)
    gail

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  15. That is awesome! You did a fantastic job!!

    Nancy

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  16. That is so amazing!! It looks fabulous and I like it white. I love your chair slip as well with the ruffles. Gorgeous!
    Jenn :)

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  17. Great job! You made it look for do-able. Thanks

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  18. Mimi, what color are your walls? My house is 130 yrs. old. In 1950 the kitchen was added on and a banquette built in. Mine is longer on the right side but other than, identical. Love the storage, it's my extra pantry. You did a great job!

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  19. It turned out beautiful! Can I ask what color your wall is painted? I'm looking for a nice blue, and the one on your wall is perfect!

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  20. I've got the same question as the last 2 girls - wall color please!!!!!

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  21. Such a beautiful banquette! I am so impressed! I have an area in my sun room that would be perfect for one, and you just inspired me!

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  22. This is so pretty, I'm amazed. I'm moving into my first home (yippee), but the actual Eat-In area is a little tight on space. This would be a wonderfully beautiful, and functional solution!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Hi Mimi! I love the banquette..beautiful job! The ruffled chair slip, bead board and paint color are fabulous.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  24. What a charming banquette. All of the elements around it make it look so homey. You did a fantastic job.

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  25. Thanks for sharing! I have measured and measured and planned. But, I keep hesitating on making a banquette for my kitchen. Yours turned out beautiful. Maybe, just maybe, I will try!

    Glad you were featured on Gina's blog! Can't wait to look around.....

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  26. Gorgeous, daaahhling! I LOVE that you used old doors!! It turned out super!

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  27. OH SUH-WEET! I am in the process of building a window seat in my dining room and I hope mine turns out half as beautiful. I am adding storage so I need to make doors and everything. I demo'd me dining room hutch for the pieces. LOL You should be so proud of yourself and your door inspiration was AWESOME! . Your bench turned out beautiful but add it ot the setting and your room is exquisite!

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  28. Where did you get the pillows? I love them!

    Actually, I love the whole thing. :)

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  29. Mimi, Hello I found you over at Kim's your bench turned out amazing love the color on the wall's too. I am your newest follower... Have a great rest of the day

    Pattie

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  30. WOW WOW WOW!
    This is fabulous, I'm in love!
    Found you at Kim's so glad I did!
    XO
    Kristin

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  31. This looks awesome!! One question though, the support bar you put in the middle looks flush with the 2x4's, but on the 3rd pic from the bottom, it looks set in... did something change?
    Just wondering (and hoping you can answer soon) because I'm using your idea to built my banquette this weekend!

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  32. Marissa, You are right, at first I made the middle support flush with the front and back. Once I changed my mind about how to make the top I decided to take it out and I cut it down by 3/4" so that the top rests on it and is flush. Good luck with your project!

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  33. love this! I need to find some doors to make two window seats in my studio. You are a great inspiration for girls with power tools!
    patti

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  34. Well done, that bench is beautiful. I'm so glad I found your blog since reading how you used the 2x4's to support the bench helped me solve my own bench building project. So far it's turning out great, thanks for the inspiration!

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  35. WOW! I love this project. What a beautiful piece. ~Megan

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  36. Thanks for your article. What I want to say is that while searching for a good site!
    Regards,
    Jac

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  37. Love this! Great job and thanks for the tip about using a board to guide your circular saw. I just got one and made a project turning an old door (like your brown one) into a headboard. I could have used the "guide" idea because I was very nervous to get close to the saw!
    Thanks for the tip.
    Susan
    Homeroad.net

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  38. woot woot! Just notice this post when I was looking at your Xmas mantel. I have 2 24" 5 panel doors. Now I have to figure out where I can put a banquette!!!!!

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  39. ps where did you get that box/drawer thingy on the wall behind it?? I need one!

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  40. just found this and LOVE it!! what a great job!! the entire space looks amazing! I too would love to know the wall color? Hoping it will be posted!!

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