Stock cabinets to built-in storage bench

April 23, 2022

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I have tossed around the idea of adding bench seating to the breakfast nook since we built this house 3 years ago. I knew that once I started, it would start a trickle effect of “if you give a mouse a cookie.” Would I need a new table? New cushions? A rug? After going back and forth over some different design ideas for the bench and not being fully committed to the idea of giving up my traditional chairs yet. or wanting to start that trickle effect, I decided I would try something very easy. Something I could return if i decided I hated them, but would look like nice built-ins if i decided I liked them.

These are 30″x18″ preassembled, unfinished wall cabinets! I just unboxed them and sat them into place. It can’t get any easier than that! I will add some wood to the tops to give them a finished look. And likely a pretty tufted cushion and some throw pillows. My Dad and I have already given them the sit test and they feel very sturdy. Once we secure them in place and add the wooden bench tops, they will be even more sturdy.

I already love how much cozier it looks in here. This was the only photo I snagged of the space before it got dark on me. Extra points if you can find what doesn’t belong in this photo. I can’t believe I didn’t catch that!

I’ll be back with an update soon! I think its going to be so good!



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  1. Jessica says:

    Love it!!! Love the extra clothing left on the chair.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Love it and the bra is definitely making a new home🤣

  3. Annette says:

    Bra 🤣

  4. Gaela says:

    I hope you “measured” this space well before you put the cabinets in. 😉 I can’t wait to see the finished project!

  5. Haley says:

    I spy a tape measure and possibly a bra or something in the chair!
    It looks so good though! I love a good cozy nook, even better when food can be involved! 😂
    I can’t wait to see the end result.

  6. Gisele says:

    Salt and pepper?
    Or is that a bra on the chair?

  7. Angie says:

    Looks amazing! Even the “hidden bra”! 😂😂

  8. Lauren Elayne says:

    This is so clever! Can’t wait to see the finished project 🖤

  9. Jenny says:

    Looks so good!

    • Brittany Smith says:

      Thank you! I can’t wait to wrap this project up. I think it will be extra cozy with the new seating and cushions.

  10. Michelle says:

    Oh great idea!! Can’t wait to see it.

  11. Kelli Bray says:

    Is that your bra in the pic?!!! 🤪🤣🤣🤣🤣

  12. Jan says:

    That’s too funny…photo blooper! Bench sitting will be awesome plus the extra storage even more awesome!

  13. Tiffany says:

    It’s looking so good! The bra being out just signifies home 😉

  14. Shelley says:

    Ruler, I can’t wait to see it all put together!! It’s going to be beautiful!

  15. Beth Wood says:

    This will be great. Throw pillows, even a couple, will add little pops of color and depth. Excited to see this. !

  16. Earnest says:

    Hey there! I’ve been reading your web sikte for skme time
    now and finally got thee bravery to ggo ahead annd give yoou a shout out from Lubbock Texas!
    Just waanted to say keep up the fantastic job!

  17. Susan says:

    Will there be a space behind them because of baseboards?

    • Brittany Smith says:

      There is a dead space behind them. The bench is not as deep as it appears. We added the top and side panel to hide any dead space behind.