Toy Box Dining Room Built-In Bench
Sharing this home DIY project is a first, but hopefully not a last. Being in the home decor space has inspired me to take on a few DIY projects to make my home a bit more custom to our family. I'm not a handy person, but I am interested in learning more tricks of the trade. I purchased my first nail gun and circular saw to get started.
This project was my jumping-off point, and I knew I needed to make it easy on myself. I saw a few tutorials on making a built-in dining bench with Ikea bookshelves, but they weren't deep enough for me. I knew I wanted at least a 19" seat, so I could really hang out and get comfy in the space.
I was shopping for something else on Wayfair when I came across these toy boxes and instantly knew they would be perfect for this project. They were deep enough, and they had storage. WIN, WIN!
Okay, I have to be honest. I didn't do this by myself. My husband, who isn't into home projects AT ALL and has ZERO interest in them, attempted to help me. It didn't go well, so I called my father-in-law to help me.
STEP ONE / ASSEMBLE TOY BOXES
I could handle this part by myself, haha! They were really easy to put together. You may need an extra set of hands to assemble the tops, but other than that, these were super easy and straight-forward to put together.
STEP TWO / ATTACH BOXES TOGETHER AND ADD SUPPORT
My father-in-law suggested we add supports between the toy boxes so they wouldn't slide back and forth when someone sat down. We used leftover trim and cut it down to wedge between the toy boxes on both the top at the bottom.
STEP THREE / ADD PLYWOOD PANEL TO FRONT AND SIDE
We trimmed down the paneling to fit the front and the one visible side. We didn't use glue, though we probably could have. We decided to use a nail gun and call it good.
STEP FOUR / ADD BASE BOARD TRIM TO FONT AND SIDE
The toy box's bottom wasn't flush to the floor, and I knew I didn't want to see any gaps. After we wrapped it with the plywood, we then used some leftover trim to frame it out. That way, it looks like a continuous piece of furniture.
STEP FIVE / PAINT WHITE
I'm a huge fan of Clare paint and already had a gallon of their Fresh Kicks white which I was planning to use for another project. This paint worked great on the plywood and feels like I'll still be able to scrub it should it get dirty.
I used a smooth roller to make sure I didn't have any brush strokes.
STEP SIX / PILLOWS AND A CUSHION
Pillows and more pillows! I love pillows! I purchased all of these pillows from One Affirmation. The bench cushions were customized and ordered from NC Patio Cushions on Etsy. I went with three 33" cushions so I would still be able to open the toy chest without having to take off the entire cushion. We store our son's puzzles and games in the first chest so we open it a lot.
Now I just wait on my new light fixture and for the electrician to center it to the table!