DIY Built in Banquette Shelving

by thehousehouse

I had these 2 old shelves that I was about to get rid of but then thought maybe I could upcycle them into a built in Banquette area.  Here is how I did it.

Step 1: Sanding…

I set up the garage as my ‘workshop’ to work on this project.  First I filled in any holes that needed filling and then I sanded the entire piece down just a bit concentrating on areas that needed it most.  Once done with sanding, I made sure to clean them up as best as I could using a damp rag.

Banquet Shelves Before
Banquet Shelves Before
Banquet Shelves Sanded
Banquet Shelves Sanded

Step 2: Painting…

Luckily, I had some leftover white paint in the garage and I was able to use that.  I used a small roller brush and a regular paint brush and painted at least 3 coats.  Once I was happy with how the paint looked, I moved on to step 3.


Step 3 – Polyuerthane..

I also had left over polyuerthane in the garage. Score! This kind by MinWax is the best in my opinion.  It dries super fast and goes on clear.  Other types I’ve used go on sort of yellowish or turn yellow over time. This one does not and stays clear which is especially good for white paint.

Step 4 – Style them…

Once they were ready, my husband and I brought them in the house and then the fun part began.  Decorating!  I love styling shelves.  Can you believe I already had all these items to style them with?  I did spend a few dollars on the plants and baskets, and now I want to have a light fixture hung above the table.  I’ve been wanting to do that forever actually.

Banquet Shelves Frontview
Banquet Shelves Sideview
Banquet Shelves Сloseview
A friend made me this adorable tray. “This is our happy place”

What do you think?  I hope you like it.

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