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Dining in Style

By: Cork&Canvas

Created: Oct 25, 2013

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My hubby and I just completed our dining area DIY built-in project ... I can't really call it a dining room, as it is part of the open kitchen-dining-living room concept).

I somehow neglected to take a picture of the original dingy-white wall ... trust me, it is for the better. So, the first image is what we started with, a giant empty wall, just begging to be loved. For ultimate space saving and additional storage, we decided to add two cabinets and nestle a dining bench in between. Easier said than done! The cabinets had to be slim and tall to fit our space and still leave us with enough room to access the slider to the back yard. Turns out, nobody else has the use for such cabinets, so they do not exist! We decided to use bookshelves, after all, 11.5" width is plenty for storing plates. We outfitted the top shelves with glass doors, for displaying my 'pretties'.

Of course the thermostat had to be in the way, but my hubby rolled up his sleeves and figured out a way to relocate it himself. Next came building the bench, from scratch, or should I say, from scraps! Well actually, in our case, both. The humble beginnings of every bench start in a garage, at least ours did. Several hours of sanding and painting and the birch bookshelves became crisp white towers. If you ever decide to embark on a similar project, please keep in mind, dry fitting your finished pieces is essential. As we found out, neither the ceiling, nor the floor in our house are leveled! Crown molding and baseboards hide many of the imperfections. I went with a bold graphic print to compliment the rest of the interior and enlisted my mother-in-law and Brady to help with the upholstery. I mean how can you go wrong with extra help, right?!

And there you have it, the paint has dried, the cabinets are filled to the 'T', the dinner table is set ... and I am dreaming up our next DIY. Shhhhh don't tell my husband quite yet!

Resources:

Shelves - http://www.daniafurniture.com/office/bookcases/tivoli-wide-high-bookcase-3/2748

Paint - http://www.homedepot.com/p/BEHR-Premium-Plus-Ultra-8-oz-560F-6-Windsor-Haze-Interior-Exterior-Paint-Sample-560F-6U/202181670#.UldoLxCkiM8

Upholstery Fabric - http://www.fabricguru.com

Cabinet Handles - http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40138835/

Mirror - http://www.homegoods.com

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