Our kitchen banquette

It’s dangerous when I’m left to my own devices. I come up with crazy ideas, and then expect Trevor to carry them through (he really is the most understanding husband). I help as much as my DIY abilities would allow, but Trevor is a much handier person than me. This kitchen banquette is his best project in our house to date! 

Over Christmas break, it started with just repainting the kitchen, deep cleaning the space and sorting the pantry. Then it ballooned to all of that plus adding banquette seating the corner. The table that we had never really worked with the space and was either too small or too cumbersome (when the leaves were all out). Also, the banquette would give us some much needed storage. So I got to planning. 

I really wanted the kitchen to be this really neutral space with a few pops of color. I love the coolness of the gray walls and seating, mixed with the rustic farmhouse table. 

I’ll include some of the details of what colors I used and items I bought, but leave a comment down below if you want Trevor to do a full tutorial (hint, hint) so you can learn how to recreate the actual carpentry project on your own. I have another pillow or two to add, and I have a few more finishing touches to add (I want to do an arrangement of our Instagram photos on the blank wall), but for the most part its done. 

Read on for the details and more before and after photos!

First, a scary before picture (darker walls with our taller, counter height table):

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Finished product: 

Our kitchen banquette

Wall color: Benjamin Moore Smoke Embers 

Banquette color: Sherwin Williams Perpetual Gray 

Kitchen table: Table legs are from Lowe’s and the top is pine stained with Minwax Dark Walnut; the bottom and legs were painted with a white semi-gloss

Kitchen chairs: Threshold Carey Dining Chairs from Target (sold in a set of 2) 

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Pillows: All three pictured are from Kohl’s and I have another coming from Etsy. 

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The glass vase with tulip bulbs is from Trader Joe’s, but they also had them at our local Whole Foods. 

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