May 14, 2013

Repurposed Wall Unit

Broyhill wall unit painted Rustoleum Antique White repurposed as kitchen storage with upper cabinets to create eating nook via www.goldenboysandme.com


Broyhill wall unit painted Rustoleum Antique White repurposed as kitchen storage with upper cabinets to create eating nook via www.goldenboysandme.com

Today I am writing about a project we completed last summer.  Do you remember the Broyhill Fontana wall units that were so popular in the 1990s?   After we bought our first house, this was one of our first purchases and I just loved it.  Fast forward ten years and I was stuck with this HUGE furniture that so many other people also had.  It felt like every other house I walked into had a piece from the Fontana collection.  We moved it into our family room when we first moved into our current house.  When we renovated the family room, we gave away the tv armoire.  I thought there had to be something I could do with the side pieces because despite the orange-y hued pine, they were very solid pieces.  Enter Pinterest.  I kept seeing pins of eating nooks people were creating and I really loved the look of them.  I also loved the look of open shelving in kitchens and I desperately needed some more storage.  Thus, my plan to use the bookcases from the wall unit was hatched.  Here is what the original wall unit looked like.  :


We bought 2 30"upper cabinets from Home Depot and used them to create the bench. Next we sanded, primed, and painted everything outside using Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint.  Then we added a piece of pine for the seat and secured it.  Some new hardware and we added a ton of storage to our kitchen utilizing mostly things we already had.  I still plan to add a cushion, but it is nice to be able to wipe down the bench when needed (3 boys...need I say more?).

Broyhill wall unit painted Rustoleum Antique White repurposed as kitchen storage with upper cabinets to create eating nook via www.goldenboysandme.com


Upper cabinets used as kitchen seating bench for a built in banquette via www.goldenboysandme.com

Finally, here's a shot of our bench at Christmas time.  It's been fun changing the pillows with the seasons.  We also repurposed that round pedestal table using some stain and more heirloom white spray paint (love that stuff!).   I liked to play musical furniture so that table isn't currently in that spot ;)  I will be posting more pictures of the kitchen in the next few days so that will show where we are at (for now anyway).

Kitchen eating nook via www.goldenboysandme.com

Kitchen eating nook via www.goldenboysandme.com



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15 comments:

  1. I love what you did with this piece and the way you used an outdated piece and made it modern and functional. Love the white too, so crisp and clean looking!

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    1. Hi Terri, It always amazes me to see what painting a piece can do. And it added some much needed storage. Thanks for the comment!

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  2. That's fantastic!!! What a great idea!!! I wish I had wall space in my kitchen to do something like that. I DO need to get creative and figure out some better storage in my kitchen though. I have a small wall I can do something with but hadn't come up with any ideas yet! Great job!

    Zannie @ mymixingspoon.com

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    1. Hi Zannie, I think we all need more storage in our kitchen, no matter how much we already have. I'm sure you will come up with something for your wall and you will be so glad you did.

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  3. Here from the facebook blog hop and just wanted to let you know I liked your page! Hope you'll get a chance to visit me ;o) Have a great night!


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    1. Hi there,
      I had already liked your page :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. This is such a great idea! I'm very impressed. Glad to have discovered your blog. (pinned this post!)
    ~Kim @ Sand & Sisal

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    1. Thanks, Kim, for commenting and pinning. I so appreciate it. So nice to meet you :)

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  5. Just gorgeous!!! What a brilliant idea you had :)
    Visiting from Better After
    XOXO

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  6. what a GREAT idea!!! this looks wonderful.

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  7. Hopping over from Better After - absolutely love what you did! It looks fantastic!

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  8. Absolutely beautiful! Very creative and well-crafted reuse!

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  9. i love your house. it's been everything i've been dreaming of. i have pinned a bunch of ideas from your blog for future references.

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  10. Hi Courtney, I love what you did with the bookcases and seating unit! Did you buy or make the seating unit? Also, what did you do with the armoire that was part of the set? I am buying a used pair to paint white and love how your bookcases turn out. I would love to know how you updated the armoire, please let me know or send me a picture of it. Thank you!!

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    1. Hi Michele,

      Thanks! The middle seating area is an upper cabinet from Lowes. We purchased it unfinished, painted it, and added a thick piece of wood to the top to make the bench seat. We gave the armoire away to a friend.

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