This is an exciting blog post and is a little late coming but better late than never right! The first weekend of May my in-laws came for a visit. We had a wonderful time as it had been nearing a year since we had seen them (way too long). We were all excited for their arrival and perfect timing with the kids off school for two days on conferences.
Prior to their visit my husband and his Dad love to come up with a project to work on together while he is visiting. One year they built toddler size bunk beds, they were amazing and many a foster children slept in them, and this year we were having trouble deciding what the project would be. We considered a woodshed, a fire pit and some storage areas up near all the livestock. Then it hit me as we were sitting around our table one night. As we add to our family we would not be able to fit around the table we currently had. Our Dining space was fairly large and I had actually been on the search for an antique dresser or buffet that I could use as storage/shoe rack and to take up some of the openness. Then a brilliant (I say brilliant) idea came to me. Why not get a table that was more like a big restaurant booth to fit our every growing family. I ran to the computer and started searching booth style tables. They all seems so small and I was not sure where we could buy one. The space that I wanted to utilize was big. So I brought the idea up to K.C. unsure of what he would think. To my surprise he LOVED it! We started throwing ideas back and forth about the size etc and then got the idea that his Dad and him could build the benches, with storage underneath! BRILLIANT! We of course searched the internet for DIY storage benches for dining room tables and found some wonderful examples!! The excitement just built from there. We sent an email to K.C.'s dad and told him our plan along with some pictures and ideas. He was onboard and excited too!
The weekend came and the planning, shopping, measuring,, cutting, painting, building took place. Here are pictures to show a progression of all the hard work. These men worked hard! MIL and I, we painted all, so we worked hard too!