I found this amazing dining area, pictured at Better Homes and Gardens. There are lots of things that appeal to me about this room: the natural lighting, the banquette seating, the simple drum shade, the cheerful fabrics, and the gallery-style artwork above the windows. It’s a great space. As I looked at it, though, I realized that there were a number of things in this room that, with a little guidance, I could DIY.
I challenged myself to find at least five tutorials for projects that might help me replicate the look of this room. Want to see what I found?
1. No Sew Banquette Cushion Cover
At In My Own Style, there’s an easy tutorial for covering cushions without sewing a single stitch! In this case, existing cushions were being covered, but I’m sure you could adapt this tutorial for new cushions, as well. There’s also a link from this tutorial to one about building the banquette seating pictured.
2. Pillow Covers from Napkins
I love the brightly colored pillows in my inspiration photo, but you don’t have to buy yards and yards of fabric to make your own. Follow Lauren Dahl‘s tutorial to make expensive looking pillows out of inexpensive cloth napkins.
3. DIY Drum Shade
Good lighting can be expensive, but it’s actually not too hard to make your own. There’s a great tutorial for making a drumshade (like the one hanging over the table in my inspiration photo) at The Keylor Family.
4. Making a Gallery from Children’s Art
There are a number of ways to frame children’s art, but I really like this idea from Sarah Jane Studios. It features framed shapes that are cut from children’s colorful finger painting projects. Genius!
5. Building Banquette Seating from Ikea Cabinets
Ikea cabinets and shelves are a relatively inexpensive way to achieve the look of built-ins. At The Little House, you can see how Ikea cabinets became banquette seating that looks like a custom built in.
Challenge met! What do you think? Do you know of any other tutorials for similar projects? What do you think of banquette seating?