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Built-In Seats in the Living Room

It’s been an exciting day over here because we finally did the built-in cabinets in our living room!! This has been on my wish list since we moved in last summer and I can’t believe it’s finally done. My husband just finished this project earlier today and I couldn’t wait to take a few photos and share it with you tonight. I’m absolutely smitten with it! Let’s start with a before photo of this room:

And here’s how it looks now:

Aren’t these little cabinets so cute?! I went back and forth a ton on what to do with those empty alcoves. I wasn’t sure if we should do a full size cabinet with shelves on the wall or a shorter cabinet that could be used as a bench/reading nook. The original plan was to do the cabinet and shelves, but I just didn’t think that would look right with the window. I’m so glad I went this route instead. I feel like it fits this space perfectly. And now we have storage for all the TV components!!

Another before photo:

We actually used kitchen wall cabinets for these benches–my husband cut out the back so all the cords could go thru–and then he built on the top and bottom sections to give it more height. I really wanted a wood top, so we went with butcher block. I LOVE how the black, white and wood all flow together.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I’d love to hear what you think of our little reading nooks. xo

 

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The Comments

  • Maya Armijo
    April 20, 2021

    So curious about the cost! You mentioned in your IG stories that custom cabinets would have cost $3-4k! Wowza!

    • Sarah
      > Maya Armijo
      April 20, 2021

      Total came out to about $500!

    • Lorrie S
      > Maya Armijo
      April 20, 2021

      I think it turned out great!

      • Heather
        > Lorrie S
        April 21, 2021

        It looks amazing! 😍

    • Carolyn
      > Maya Armijo
      April 21, 2021

      Love the cabinets!!!!!

      • Sarah
        > Carolyn
        April 26, 2021

        thank you!!!

    • Jessica
      > Maya Armijo
      April 22, 2021

      What paint colors do you hae

      • Sarah
        > Jessica
        April 25, 2021

        Alabaster by Sherwin Williams!

  • Jodie Felten
    April 20, 2021

    Sarah, as always, it is Perfection! I think it was the BEST choice for the area. It was a tricky spot, but you nailed it! Love it!

    • Sarah
      > Jodie Felten
      April 26, 2021

      ah thank you SO much, Jodie! I really went back and forth a ton on what to do with those spots. So glad we went this route!

  • Gina Mathis
    April 20, 2021

    Love it. Great use of space and storage is always a plus.

  • Marcia
    April 20, 2021

    Beautiful!

    • LORRI
      > Marcia
      April 22, 2021

      It was just meant to be..😍You have the best of both worlds..more seating and storage. I’m thinking if u had put cabinets, it would have been to much visual weight in yr room. You really have made your home comfortable and lovely. Alot of thought and planning has been done.. ❤

  • Sharon
    April 20, 2021

    They look fantastic! I love them!

    • Sarah
      > Sharon
      April 26, 2021

      thank you Sharon!

  • Kim Shields
    April 20, 2021

    Oh my goodness 😍 love, love, live how they came out. Great job.

    • Sarah
      > Kim Shields
      April 26, 2021

      really appreciate that, thank you!!

  • Marie
    April 20, 2021

    Absolutely everything about your home is amazingly beautiful! You truly have a gift for design and decor!!
    What a lovely home💖

    • Sarah
      > Marie
      April 26, 2021

      oh you are too sweet, thank you Marie!

  • Melanie
    April 20, 2021

    So cute! Your husband did a good job. That was smart to use cabinets so you would have storage.

    • Sarah
      > Melanie
      April 26, 2021

      Yes! We really needed that storage in this room.

  • Tanya
    April 20, 2021

    I love how this room turned out! I find myself noticing that we have similar tastes but the house my husband and I just bought a year ago had renovations done in the previous years. We’re deciding on whether to love it or change it. Plus we have a baby on the way, due in July of this year so budget might not allow it yet but I can definitely dream through you for now!

    • Sarah
      > Tanya
      April 26, 2021

      Oh that’s so exciting!! Congrats on your sweet baby!!

  • Jill Olesh
    April 21, 2021

    Those benches make such a difference! Love them!

    • Sarah
      > Jill Olesh
      April 26, 2021

      Yesssss! Such a huge difference.

  • Andrea
    April 21, 2021

    LOVE!!! This choice doesn’t compete with the windows…did I say I LOVE IT!!!

    • Sarah
      > Andrea
      April 26, 2021

      YES!! I really didn’t want to distract or make it too busy with those windows.

  • Martha B.
    April 21, 2021

    Hi, Sarah. I love the benches. They are the perfect complement to the fireplace without overshadowing it and I also love how beautiful and cozy you and your husband have made your home. Always look forward to your next blog.

    • Sarah
      > Martha B.
      April 26, 2021

      Thank you Martha!! So appreciate that. xo

  • Martha
    April 21, 2021

    Wow! Great choice !

  • Sharon N
    April 21, 2021

    Very cute!! And so practical for extra storage!!
    I love your house and decor! <3

    • Sarah
      > Sharon N
      April 26, 2021

      thanks so much Sharon!

  • LORRI
    April 22, 2021

    It was just meant to be..😍You have the best of both worlds..more seating and storage. I’m thinking if u had put cabinets, it would have been to much visual weight in yr room. You really have made your home comfortable and lovely. Alot of thought and planning has been done.. ❤

    • Sarah
      > LORRI
      April 26, 2021

      Yes I totally agree–taller cabinets and shelves would have been way too busy!

  • Mary
    April 23, 2021

    It looks so good! Like it was meant to be!

    • Sarah
      > Mary
      April 26, 2021

      thank you so much Mary!!

  • Amber
    July 13, 2021

    What did you use for the bench tops? And where did you source it?

  • Annette Larsen
    August 2, 2021

    Hi Sarah, I have been following you for a few years and have gotten so many ideas and recommendations from you. Can you tell me what paint color you have throughout your main area of your home? And our your kitchen cabinets white?

  • Michelle Allegra
    August 18, 2021

    Hello – love all the changes you have made to your new home! I love the ottoman that you have in one of the pictures in your basement. Where did you get it?