After finishing the bench (mostly), we wanted to add some type of beadboard element. We picked up two large sheets of paneling from Lowe’s and decided to have them run horizontal as opposed to traditional vertical beadboard. I guess, this is more of a “plank” look. Reagan cute the pieces down to size…
And we used liquid nails and a few actual nails to put them in place. Since the planking ran into the molding on the door on the left side but not on the other side (closest to the kitchen), we decided to add one vertical board to act as a border. We added a small ledge on top (much like our board and batten wall) as well to complete the look. Here it is in progress -
As I kept on painting, Reagan got started on moving the light fixture! You can see in the picture below where the old huge chandelier used to hang. Not centered over anything. It was odd. So we mapped out where the light fixture would be centered over our new table and the hubby cut a hole…
…and then he had to crawl into the attic to move the wiring…in the steamy, hot, Southern Texas HEAT, in the small crawl space known as our attic…
…he came out dripping wet. Eek! Looks like fun, right?!
I found this Brushed Nickel Warehouse Pendant light fixture at Home Depot -
It was $30! What?! I snagged it up as soon as I saw that beautiful price tag.
Hanging up the light may have caused a wee bit of stress in our house that day as somehow it became the most frustrating thing to hang. But we did it, ha! Here is a glimpse at the beadboard, first -
Under the bench on the righthand side, we left an opening for some storage. I am STILL looking for the perfect basket(s) to put in there. These are ok but don’t fit perfectly. (PS – sorry there is hardly any natural light in this area so I’m doing what I can with the pictures, ok?! Bare with me!)
You can see in this pic, we already added the frames back and I was testing out some pillows!
And here is our pretty new light!
This weekend Reagan started patching the ceiling where the old light fixture was. He used this…
…to patch it up. Now we just have to color match the ceiling paint and paint over it.
And the best news yet?! When my mom was here she just whipped up a couple bench seat covers (she is crazy amazing) and I am sewing a couple pillows today. That means I can hopefully share the FINAL PHOTOS of our banquette! Ayayay, I bet you are really ready to get this thing over with, eh?