It’s week 3 of the ORC, and our master bedroom renovation is in full swing! My husband and I are officially moved out of the room until it’s completed, which means my home is in utter chaos. My 3 year old came downstairs to see the overflow of furniture currently being stored in our living room and screamed “What is going on with this house? This is crazy, it’s a mess!” Ain’t that the truth. Renovation is messy, and things have to get worse before they can get better!
We have about 10 different projects going on in the room right now, but the main focus I want to talk about this week is seating. Two seating projects were tackled this week, and I couldn’t be happier!
I mentioned back in week 1 that we have a large room, but that there’s a lot of dead space. Our alcove has remained empty, and while I wanted to make it a sitting area, we have a few challenges because of radiator placement, and a bad patch job of the hardwood floors from many years ago. I had to get creative and I think I came up with the perfect solution.
Before I can go into detail about the project, we need to rewind a little... or a lot, back to the year 1991. I was 7, and I was obsessed with a little known TV show called The Torklesons. My sister and I may have been the only two viewers because it got canceled after about a year. My reason for bringing up this obscure 90’s nostalgia, is because the main character on the show had a beautiful window seat in her room that was a main focal point for much of the show. I was utterly jealous, and I desperately wanted one too. Well, it may have taken me 27 years, but I finally have a window seat of my own!
I enlisted the help of a talented local carpenter, Peter, from Greene Carpentry to build the window seat. He helped to think outside the box to give me the look I wanted, while still maintaining functionality. The radiant heat can rise from vents in the top, and the seat itself fills in the perfect amount of space. The seat is complete and while it still needs paint, cushions, pillows etc, I’m already in love with it! I picture us using it for story time as a family, or relaxing with a cup of coffee, or watching the sunset over our backyard with a glass of wine. Those all might be wishful thinking, but hey, a girl can dream!
The other “seating” I had to deal with is for the end of our bed. Up until now we’ve had a vintage Goyard trunk at the foot of our bed. Let me start by saying I LOVE this trunk. To date, it’s my all time favorite antique purchase, and it reminds me of one of my husband's and my favorite weekend getaway spots where we got it from. It’s the right scale for our bed, and from a purely aesthetic standpoint it’s perfect. After reading all of that you might be thinking, “Well, what’s the problem?” Here it is; the trunk is old, fragile, and valuable. Since I still have little kids, I feel like I’m setting us all up for failure by having a piece like this at the foot of our bed where they climb in and out of. I need something that they won’t ruin, and that won’t hurt them. My solution: add an upholstered bench, and move the trunk to a low traffic area.
The upside of an upholstered bench is that it gives me another opportunity to bring in my favorite Zanzibar linen print from our bedding. The downside is, it’s another cost that we didn't initially plan for. So far on this renovation I’ve been pushing the budget (fast forward to next week’s topic: grasscloth for a 29’ long bedroom!), so I need to reign it in a bit. That being said, I decided to buy a simple wooden bench, and upholster it myself! I am far from a DIY blogger, and definitely not the one you want to turn to for sewing lessons, but a simple upholstery project on a bench is just my speed.
This is a super easy DIY. All you need is fabric, batting, foam, adhesive, a staple gun and some trim. Presto whamo, you've got yourself an upholstered bench! I love the finished result, and I love that I made it with my own two hands.
That’s all I’m sharing this week. Check back next week for more fun details, and make sure to follow along with all of the other One Room Challenge guest participants here.