Breakfast nook built-in bench

April 28, 2022

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It worked!!

I am so thrilled with how this project turned out. If you missed my previous post, I was attempting to create a cozy eating corner with stock cabinetry. Well friends, I did it! And I love how it turned out! It was a fairly simple project aside from a few tricky cuts we had to make, but thank goodness I have the help of my Dad.

Eventually, I will get custom cushions made for the tops

I had to style it with pillows I had on hand for the time being, but eventually I will add a cushion and some other pillows dedicated just for this space. The kids love how it turned out and now we can fit a lot more booties around that table when we host parties. I am just so happy with how this came together.

I decided to angle the corner

By angling the corner, we created more usable seating space with our round table. I may eventually pick up a larger table, but for the meantime this works well. A straight L shaped bench would have left an awkward space that wasn’t as functional for us.

Paint color

Can we just take a moment to look at those side cuts Dad had to make. I’ve got a lot of learning to do to catch up with him. I did end up painting it Techno Gray by Sherwin Williams. It was a toss up between that or Snowbound (my wall color), but I thought this would tie in nicely with our kitchen island since it is also Techno Gray. The stain is a mixture of three different stains that I created in my barn from leftover sample stains. I love to use what I have on hand to avoid going to the store… I can’t be the only one. haha.

Did you catch that peeper?

Oh my gosh. Can you see Daisy telling me it’s time for breakfast?

Alright friends, I’ll be back with a detailed post on everything else I used, but I just couldn’t wait to share this project with you any longer.



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  1. Wendy says:

    Looks amazing. I love your home so very much. I would love to have one just like it on the water. I’ve always wanted to live on the lake or a beach 😁. Guess I would have to leave these beautiful Great Smoky Mountains to do that though l😂. Another job well done girl.👏👏

  2. Lisa N says:

    I did not vote for bench seating but I love it!!

  3. Brittney says:

    How beautiful and functional!! You do an amazing job! I would love to try this in my home. Your dad is so skilled at carpentry! We need a dad video on making angled cuts.

  4. Lisa❤️ says:

    This looks amazing even without the cushions💕💕💕💕

  5. Michelle says:

    It’s absolutely beautiful! Great job!!

  6. Maria Vouga says:

    I love how they turned out! I love that you angled it too! ♥️

  7. Gloria Pflager says:

    it turned out great. I was wondering how you were going to handle that void in the corner. good job.

    like you new blog. my comments in this box are covered by the left line as I type, fyi. also the font you are using in your paragraphs is quite small — to me anyway 🙂 just thought you would like to know #feedback 🙂

  8. Molly E says:

    This is beyond gorgeous!!! My dream has always been to have bench seating like this! We are about to move and I think we will be able to do this in the new place! So so excited!
    Love the color and stain and all! Looks like it was always this way. 😍😍

  9. That turned out beautiful! Your dad is so talented.

  10. It looks so good!!

  11. Susan says:

    I watch your stories every single day!
    I love your house😍

  12. Samantha says:

    It looks so good!!

  13. Barb says:

    Love it!! Love watching and listening.. Blessed my friend

  14. Susan says:

    Wow!!! It is absolutely beautiful and what a great idea for that space!! I LOVE it!

  15. Melanie says:

    Well done Brittany!! The bench fits in so perfectly and the colors you chose blend so well! I love all of it.

  16. Janet says:

    Looks great! I like the throw pillows without cushions all across the top. You and your daddy do great work together!!

  17. Kelsey says:

    Love it! I love the paint and stain colors you went with.

  18. Cate says:

    I love, love, love how fantastic your bench seating turned out under those gorgeous windows!!! You and your daddy did an amazing job! 😍

  19. Kristin C says:

    It looks so good! Love the way it turned out!! 💛

  20. April says:

    It turned out so beautiful!! It looks so comfy and inviting!

  21. Heather Bland says:

    It turned out gorgeous!!😍 Great job!

  22. Shannon says:

    It looks perfect! Looking forward to seeing the cushions and the fabric you choose.

  23. Robin says:

    That came out soooo good! I love it!! Perfect space for it & so cozy. Looks like it’s been there the whole time, because it goes so perfectly in that little nook.

  24. Toni says:

    Beautiful! Your dad is a master craftsman! And you always have the vision. ❤️

  25. Cari Finkbeiner says:

    Beautiful job Brittany!! The color and the stain look awesome!!

  26. Tina says:

    It looks fantastic Brittany! You make a project look easy just with your adventurous spirit. Gives some of us courage who are lacking in confidence! Thank you! Tina

  27. Andrea says:

    I look forward to your post. Such a beautiful dream home! You are always coming up with new ideas and making every space count! ❤️

  28. Nina says:

    Looks so good!!

  29. Sharon Reiff says:

    This looks so good! I love your home

  30. Lisa says:

    Love it!❤️

  31. Kerry says:

    Looks so beautiful.

  32. Margot says:

    I couldn’t quite visualize it at first, couldn’t see how you could reach the table if you were sitting there but now I get it. I would love to just sit there like if it was a window seat!

  33. Jacque Jones says:

    Wow! Turned out beautiful 😍

  34. KatyG says:

    I can’t wait to see how you did the top with the angled corner and everything!! I love this!!

  35. Ceecee says:

    You did a fantastic job !!! I really like
    the color !!!

  36. Heather says:

    I love seeing all your videos and post..I love your house and love seeing your family..

  37. Simona says:

    Beautiful work as usual!!

  38. Robin Drewes says:

    PERFECT!!!!!!So beautiful !!! It was always ment to be there …. Love it, good choice with the corner .

  39. Phyllis says:

    They look so amazing.

  40. Jeannie says:

    Love the bench, your home and style! You rock!

  41. Linda Glover says:

    It looks great…like it’s always been there!!👏

  42. Karen Katchuk says:

    I love the benches! I’m really a fan of the large corner area too as you can always leave pillows there or a basket with faux plants or a Christmas tree or…. The possibilities are endless! I am also a fan of them without cushions. I think it ties in beautifully with the island and as long as the kids are young, you won’t have to mess with them spilling or wiping their hands on them. You could also use them for plants, or whatever else you choose. I wouldn’t do anything more, they are fabulous!

  43. Cassie says:

    Super cute and I love the paint color. That whole nook is perfection. 💕💕

  44. Tracy says:

    This turned out beautiful 😻

  45. Mary Cote says:

    Nice job!

  46. Margaret Rosenberger says:

    Love this bench, you did an amazing job as usual! I love your account and look forward to seeing what you’re up to each day! ❤️

  47. Amber Jenkins says:

    Absolutely Beautiful, fits perfectly in your home! I love it!

  48. Your home is just that a home. So beautiful so warm! I see allot of farmhouse styles but dang it girl you such an eye for design! Out of all the ones I follow and see yours is my favorite.

  49. Nancy Memmolo says:

    What an awesome diy …. I get a lot of inspiration just watching things you do with dad or yourself or with your hubby ….. thanks for always being present and real .

  50. Claudette says:

    You did a beautiful job Brittany 🙌❤️❤️

  51. Robin Lester says:

    Love it!!!!

  52. Lisa P says:

    Perfect! It all fits so seamlessly together 😊

  53. Michelle says:

    FABULOUS! 🤍🤍🤍

  54. Tammi says:

    I have enjoyed this months copy of Country Sampler Farmhouse Style featuring you and your sweet family and home. This is an Absolutely beautiful transformation! And Daisy peeking in was just the icing on the cake! 🙂 Congrats for a beautiful job, well done!

  55. Lauren Elayne says:

    This turned out so good. I love how easy this ‘cheat’ was. I like the angle section too. It’s really beautiful.

  56. Rhonda says:

    It looks amazing!! So cozy and functional!!

  57. Rhonda says:

    It looks amazing!! So cozy and functional! 🤍

  58. Angela says:

    Love it!!! How did you get the end piece to match up with the modeling etc???

    • Brittany Smith says:

      Hi! I’m assuming you mean the existing molding? My dad just cut the board out so it would alide right up against it. I didn’t want to cut up my baseboards since I wasn’t sure this would be a permanent seating arrangement. If yours will be permanent, it’s a lot easier to take out the baseboard and shoe mold.

  59. Jamie Cram says:

    I love it! You did a great job and I do like the angled corner as well 🙂

  60. Robyn says:

    Very Beautiful… Nice work girlie 😍 love love love ❤️

  61. Stephanie Howard says:

    Love 💕 the seating!! So cozy! The sailboats are perfection! Love love love your house!!!

  62. Paula howington says:

    I love it the way it is girl

  63. Ginger Lowery says:

    Love me some bench seating! Another amazing job, my friend. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 And that color of the bench seat is bang on!!💗

  64. Lynn Smith says:

    This is awesome! Love everything about it!

  65. Patrice says:

    Turned out beautiful! Love it !

  66. Twicsy says:

    I love it when people come together and share thoughts.
    Great site, continue the good work!

  67. Stephanie S Stinson says:

    Where did you find the corner guards in your breakfast nook area? They’re so cute! My corners are ruined from laundry baskets and constant bumping into them.