How to Build a Cute Breakfast Nook With an Easy DIY Bench

by Flippedbyfaith_

In this tutorial, I'm excited to walk you through the process of creating a cute breakfast nook with a built-in bench, complete with a black velvet backing. The backing will be made from pool noodles and fabric, similar to the pool noodle headboards I've seen on Pinterest and elsewhere.

We'll also give a stylish update to the light fixture and add some personal flair with a gallery wall. Let's get started!

Tools and materials

  • 2x4 boards
  • 3-inch wood screws
  • Speed square
  • Pocket hole jig (Kreg jig)
  • 2.5-inch Kreg jig screws
  • Spackle or wood filler
  • Trim pieces
  • Wood glue
  • Nails
  • Paint and paintbrush
  • Pool noodles
  • Bread knife
  • Thin wood piece
  • Loctite spray adhesive
  • Fabric (black velvet)
  • Staple gun
  • Ruler
  • Hanging light fixture
  • Ceiling hook
  • 1-inch foam cushion
  • Batting
  • Iron-on hem tape
  • Frames
  • Art prints
Breakfast nook inspiration

Here’s the inspiration for my breakfast nook and a mockup I made in Photoshop.

Dry fitting the 2x4s for the bench base

1. Cut and fit 2x4s

Begin by cutting your 2x4s to the desired lengths for the bench. Dry fit them to ensure precise measurements and a snug fit.

Making the base for the bench

2. Glue and screw

Apply wood glue to the joints and use 3-inch wood screws to secure the 2x4s. Use a speed square to maintain 90-degree angles. Repeat the process for the top of the bench.

Adding the support pieces

3. Add the support pieces

Create pocket holes in the support pieces using a Kreg jig, then attach them using 2.5-inch Kreg jig screws for added stability.

Applying spackle to the cracks and holes

4. Apply spackle or wood filler

Fill in any cracks and nail holes with spackle, ensuring a smooth surface for painting.

Adding trim to the bench

5. Add trim

Cut trim pieces to size and shape them at angles to form rectangles. Attach them to the bench using wood glue and nails.

Painting the DIY bench

6. Prime and paint

Use a paintbrush to coat the bench with primer and paint, paying attention to the crevices where the trim is located.

7. Make the pool noodle backing

Measure and cut pool noodles to size using a bread knife, then cut them in half lengthwise. Attach the pool noodles to a piece of thin wood using Loctite spray adhesive. Once tacky, press the pool noodles down.

Flip the piece over and staple fabric to the back, smoothing it between the noodle cracks.

Adding a new light fixture

8. Replace the light fixture

Swap out the old light fixture for a new matte black one that complements the black backing. Install a ceiling hook to ensure proper positioning.

Making the bench cushion

9. Make the bench cushions

Layer a 1-inch foam cushion with three layers of batting. Staple the batting together and trim the excess. Cover the cushion with black velvet fabric using iron-on hem tape. Fold the fabric like a present, iron the tape, and secure the fabric to the cushion.

Creating a gallery wall

10. Create a gallery wall

Collect frames, clean them, and insert art prints. Experiment with the arrangement by laying them out on the floor before hanging them on the wall.

DIY breakfast nook with a handmade bench

DIY breakfast nook with a bench

There you have it, a fantastic DIY breakfast nook transformation! From the cozy built-in bench and stylish black velvet backing to the upgraded light fixture and personalized gallery wall, your space is now a cozy and inviting haven. Enjoy your new breakfast nook and the satisfaction of creating something beautiful with your own hands.

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  • Kassi Kassi on Aug 19, 2023
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