Fix-It Fall: Banquet Seating
After completing my 300+ page dissertation about 6 years ago (wow…seems like yesterday) I turned completely away from writing anything longer than a thank-you note. Go figure, right? I also allowed the anxiety modeling of perfect grammar and punctuation (former school teacher here with a little OCD) to take away the fun of putting pen to paper. Well, I’m slowly getting over trying to be perfect and I’m starting to enjoy writing (or at least typing) once again. So here’s my latest…
Brian and I are ready to move. We love living in our little subdivision but Brian would like a little more land (for all those outdoor manly things) and I’d like a little more house. We’ve walked through dozens of homes and I usually spend my morning coffee time pouring over the latest listings on Zillow. After nearly 8 months we’ve had no luck. And that’s okay. We’ll move when the right thing comes along. However, I’m one who has to constantly update and refresh our living space, whether we’re moving or not. Don’t you ever get tired of the same old stuff? It drives B (Brian) crazy but he loves me and tolerates it well. Now that Lilly and B (he’s a teacher) are both back in school I’ve started tackling a room at a time. I’m cleaning everything top to bottom, purging and donating items to our local FISH, and redecorating using ideas from fellow bloggers and Pinterest. And I’ve named it “Fix-It Fall”! I get quite a few questions on Instagram and Facebook about how I did this or that or where I purchased what so I thought I’d share everything here.
I started in the kitchen back in January. As we were taking down our Christmas decorations I commented that I would love banquet seating to store all of our extra kitchen and seasonal “stuff.” That’s all it took. Brian is very spontaneous and loves a good project (one of the things I dearly love about him). Before I knew it he was off to Home Depot. By the next day I had banquet seating, a new wall color, and paneling in the kitchen. Here’s some before and after pics:
That was completed in January. It took me until June to decide on how I was going to add fabric to the space. Yes, I said June. It took me forever to decide if I wanted seat cushions or not. Custom made ones were going to cost me close to $500. I also imagined spills and crumbs. Then I thought about how I wanted easy access to my items in storage inside each seat. So I opted for just pillows and curtains and I scored a deal on everything at TJ Maxx (my favorite store of all time)! I got curtains for $29 and the pillows for $19. each. My mom helped me hem the curtain panels from 96″ so they would puddle slightly on the bench. We hung the curtains higher and wider than the window frame to create the illusion of a larger window. Then she used the leftover fabric to make me a small valance for the door. I’m very pleased with the overall outcome! Below is a listing of the products I purchased. Feel free to ask any questions.
Curtains + Pillows: TJ Maxx
Curtain Rod: Target
Picture Frames: Michaels
State of Georgia Print: Eviva on Etsy
Custom Family Print: Ink Lane Design on Etsy
Gratitude, You Can Never Have Too Much Happy, + This Is the Life Prints: DIY Gallery Art Quotes Collection
Wall Color: Martha Stewart Living Driftwood Gray