Monday, October 31, 2011

Crossing the Finish Line: Benches Done!

We have done it.

The benches are done.

The frames are built. The cushions have piping and are sewn. The pillows are put together and fluffy! The extra storage space is used.  It is wonderful. I love my kitchen! It is now uncluttered and can seat more people. WINNING!

Lets start with the before.

And now today here are some picture showing off the amazing, DIY, kitchen benches.

The great this is the extra storage I gain. I can put my canning supplies, corningware, and cast iron all under there now! YAY!

Lets total the cost of the project:

Wood                  FREE (Shipping containers from local company)
Stain                   $ 2 (Habitat for Humanity ReStore)
Nails                   $ 3
Fabric                 $ 30
Pillows                 $ 5 (Scraps)
Rope (Pipping)  $ 5
Foam                    FREE (Thanks Mom- From her old benches!)
TOTAL                $ 45

What a great deal. Being on the lookout for Free stuff really does help!

I am so happy this project is done. I can now move on to other projects in the kitchen. Stay tuned, they are going to be awesome!

Where do you have extra storage in the kitchen? In a garage? Over the Fridge?

P.S. See the process in my previous posts Here, Here, and Here! (Yes it has taken awhile!)


  1. Mindy the benches look amazing!! It really brings together your whole kitchen. and I can't believe how cheaply you were able to make them - that's awesome!

  2. Visiting from Not Just a Housewife's best of 2011 contest... these benches are just what I've been asking my husband to build in my dining room. I'm going to show him yours. Thanks for the inspiration - I hadn't thought of making them open for storage!

  3. Where did you get the containers, what company? Or what KIND of company? So that I can look for the same thing in my area. Love to re-use!

  4. Thanks for visiting guys! I got the containers from the place my husband works which is a site that engineers tools to use in Nuclear power plants. I bet that a lot of manufacturing places and tooling places get containers like these. Call around. :-)

  5. Visiting from the DIY contest! These benches are PERFECTION!!!! Thanks for the inspiration! BTW...I would love it if you stop by and join in our "impossible challenge" tomorrow.


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