WINDOW SEAT MAKEOVER

We have this one area in our house off our kitchen that basically had, well, a bump in the wall.

windwst-before

I assume it’s supposed to be a window seat because it’s too low for a ledge, but it was a kinda odd looking window seat in my opinion. I knew as soon as we moved in that this little “window seat” was going to need a makeover.

So after a little trim, paint and fun fabric it now looks like this:

wseat_done_far

Now that looks more like a window seat, don’t you think?

I did the construction of everything for this project myself and it was really quite simple.

molding

I knew I needed to start by adding some molding to the front face of the “bump” to give it some character. I decided to go with a simple picture frame molding design, even though it wasn’t my favorite pattern. I chose the traditional design anyway because I felt like this window seat should mirror three architectural columns we have on the other side of our kitchen. They look like this:

By reflecting the existing column design it makes the window seat “belong” in the house, as if it has been there since the the home was built, and it brings a visual cohesiveness to the overall space.

I replicated the long rectangular picture frame molding from the columns and rotated it 90 degrees to fit the shape of the window seat.

wseat_col_mould

wseat_overall_moulding_crop

I also added a piece of crown molding to the top edge of the front face of the window seat to mirror the crown molding at the top of the columns.

wseat_col_crwn

wseat_crown_on

So I started by adding the picture frame molding to the facade of the “bump”.

A key objective for me when applying molding like this is to try to make it proportionally even. So I figured out how far from the edges of the facade of the windowseat I wanted my rectangle of molding to be. I chose 2 inches because that’s about how far away from the edge the picture frame molding is on the columns.

wseat_col_dim1

So I drew a rectangle on the facade of the “bump” that was 2 inches away from each of the four edges. For the top edge I added the width of the crown molding to my 2 inches since I knew I would be adding the crown molding later.

wseat_drawrect1

I then measured the length of my four pencil lines. That gave me the length I needed to cut each of the four pieces of molding. Of course, the opposite sides were the same length.

wseat_drawrect2B

I made sure to cut each piece of trim at a 45 degree angle so the corners would be mitered. Then I simply attached each piece to the front face of the bump with finishing nails, making sure to line up the outside edge of my trim with the outside edge of the rectangle I had drawn.

Before I added the crown molding, I addressed the top of the seat. I knew it needed some substance and a more finished look. So I cut a piece of 3/4 inch MDF (leftover from a previous project) to size, making sure it had enough of an overhang to account for the depth of the crown molding that would sit underneath. I primed the MDF and then attached it to the top of the bump with screws that I countersunk.

To finish off the molding I cut a piece of crown mulding the length of the window seat. I attached it with finishing nails underneath the piece of MDF I had added to the seat and along the top of the window seat facade.

wseat_crown_on_txt

Then I added a little wood filler and caulk making everything look more finished.

I gave it all a couple coats of semi-gloss white paint I had leftover from painting trim around the house, using painters tape to keep my edges crisp.

And voila! It is now starting to look like an actual window seat!

wseat_overall_moulding

fabrics

With such a traditional design for the molding I knew I wanted to go all modern with the fabrics.

I decided to go with Premier Prints Chipper Twill fabric in storm for the cushion and Premier Prints Cameron Twill fabric in storm for the smaller pillow.

wseat_fab

I love Premier Prints fabric! It’s so fun and affordable. And I’m lucky enough to have a local store in the area which allows me to be able to go and see the colors before I buy anything.

Let me tell you right now, I’m very picky about colors. Not all colors are created equal. For instance, a simple gray can have so many hues and tones. It can be more bluish or greenish or warm taupey. And I just hate having a greenish gray mixed with a taupey gray in a project like this. I wanted my gray colors to be the same hue, and the best way to be sure of that was to see the fabric in person. So off to the store I went.

Upon seeing it, I knew the storm color was the perfect neutral shade of gray for my window seat space—not too greenish or bluish, a little bit warm in tone but not a taupe color. And at $9.99/yard the price was right too.

For the cushion, I purchased a piece of two inch thick foam from a local fabric store that specializes in home decor fabric, and they were able to cut it to size for me.

I then followed this tutorial from Centsational Girl on how to make a box cushion cover from my fabric. It’s a fairly simple removable cover so I can wash it if need be.

A little cutting and sewing later and I had myself a cushion:

wseat_cushn

I also made both of the pillows on the window seat and will post more about them soon.

I finished off the space with a framed photo my mom took. She’s a nature photographer and I always love adding her work to my home to bring a personal touch to the area.

wseat_frame

All totaled, this makeover cost me about $75.

wseat_done_str

So what do you think of my first project post? I know it’s nothing fancy, but it’s better than a bump in the wall.

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