How to Make a Kitchen Banquette with Storage

By: Modhomeecteacher Jan 20, 2010
Upper Eastside Kitchen contemporary kitchen

Not long ago, banquettes were being torn out of kitchens to make room for lots of spindly legged chairs. Not anymore, my friend. The longing for practicality and all things retro has many homeowners rethinking the banquette. Modern or traditional, they add tons of storage, extra seating, cozy seating, texture, and a touch of the unusual in the kitchen. A DIY-er with basic carpentry skills should have no trouble with this project.
TIP: If you're adding a back to your banquette, angle it 6 degrees for a more comfortable seat. 

Here's all you need to get started:
  • measuring tape
  • birch veneer plywood
  • circular saw
  • jigsaw,
  • 2 x 4's
  • nails
  • hammer
  • portable drill with a phillips head screwdriver bit
  • screws
  • piano hinge

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Salt & Pepper Bots

By: Chrisjob Jan 18, 2010

"Hey, Chris, can you please pass the salt?"

"Why, of course. Just allow me to wind it up for you."

At least, that's what I WOULD say, if I snagged myself a pair of these Salt & Pepper Bots. "[These] condiments have come to life! They will waddle wherever you tell them to,so the next time someone wants the pepper, wind up the key, and pepper they shallhave! Mercilessly marching towards them like the terminator, more of a threat to dull

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Plan 59 - Retro Illustration Resource

By: Chrisjob Jan 18, 2010

Plan 59 is an online museum and gift shop of mid-century illustrations and art. Full of vintage advertising images, sales literature, and just plain old retro art, it's the kind of place in which you can get lost for hours. They even have a collection entitled "Decor" where you can resource and get inspiration for your own mid-century spaces.


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West Elm's New 2 x 2 Collection

By: Diy maven Jan 18, 2010

2 X 2 Dining Table

West Elm's new 2 x 2 Collection is clean, simple and completely affordable. The 2 x 2 dining table ($269), featured above, is as fresh as the first day of spring.Continue Reading

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A very mid-century modern Valentine.

By: Diy maven Jan 18, 2010

created at: 2010/01/18

Hearts. How very country, no? No. In fact, hearts were very big in the mid-century. Even Alexander Girard jumped on the peace train and took inspiration from the folksy heart and gave it a bold and playful mid-mod twist. You can add some Girard love to your space with the help of Urban Outfitters. The International Love Pillow (pictured above) features the word for 'love' in 19 different languages and measures a generous 17" square. Continue Reading

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How To Make a Diffuser for Mid Century Modern Bullet Lights

By: Modhomeecteacher Jan 14, 2010

created at: 2010/01/14

Photo Images: Zach Dobson Photography

Who wouldn't love these authentic Mid Century Modern Bullet Lights? They really MOD-ify a room, especially in orange. Big drawback -  they are uni-directional spotlights and may cause your partying house guests to either go blind or confess to a crime they didn't commit.  My friend Baz, MCM aficionado Continue Reading

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Retro-Styled Armchairs from Bo Concept

By: Chrisjob Jan 14, 2010

Amish-made gliding rocking chairs are super comfortable, will last years, and no matter how hard you try, will never match any contemporary decor.

But rocking is fun, even for modernists! For a softer version than the standard Eames Rocker, check out this one from Bo Concept:


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Mid-Century Modern Melamine

By: Diy maven Jan 13, 2010

classic serving trays

Eames, George Nelson, Alexander Girard. Three designers profiled in Curbly's Make It! Mid-Century Modern who are also celebrated with these designs from Vitra. Continue Reading

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Elvis's Mid-Mod Hideaway

By: Diy maven Jan 12, 2010


created at: 2010/01/12

Elvis's mid-mod digs is a far cry from Graceland. Located in Las Vegas, the home was actually owned by the International Hotel (later The Hilton Hotel). It was the rest stop for entertainers that frequented the strip. Entertainers like Dean Martin and, yes, Elvis. Because of the King's occupation, the house became known as 'The Elvis House'. A few years back, when the houseContinue Reading

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Becky's Mondrian/Partridge Family Afghan

By: Diy maven Jan 12, 2010

created at: 2010/01/12

WHAT, you might ask, does a mid-century artist of Mondrian's magnitude have to do with a 70's sit-com? Well, the Partridge family bus just happened to be painted in the unmistakeable Mondrian style. As far as this unlikely union producing an afghan offspring, that Becky's doing. She started with a pattern at Lion Brand, changed some colors and sizes, and then got busy crocheting. Done in the Tunisian stitch, the outcome is quite remarkable. Continue Reading

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The Very Mid-Century Flyer Saucer Bowl

By: Chrisjob Jan 08, 2010

After World War II, attentions turned to outer space, adding a fun and exploratory sense to mid-century decor. Thus, these flying saucer bowls from the incredibly named Museum of Robots add a beautiful and playful appeal to any modern decor.


"The iconic flying saucer shape lands on the tabletop in this multi-functional two-piece bowl set. It can be used as a covered bowl, or rest the top on its antennae-feet as a second bowl. Natural Acacia Wood bowls on jewelry-quality stainless steel Flying Saucer Base."

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Download FREE Retro Scrapbook Paper

By: Diy maven Jan 08, 2010

created at: 2010/01/08

I was at my local craft store the other day looking of retro scrapbook paper. They had one. ONE. A search of the internets, however, uncovered Apple Scrapbook, which has a dozen darling retro scrapbook papers you can download for free. Perfect for virtual scrap-booking, of course, but also great for craft projects.Continue Reading

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Behind the scenes with Mad Men's Adam Rowe

By: Diy maven Jan 08, 2010


Anne Ditmeyer over at design*sponge recently interviewed Mad Men's Adam Rowe, an art assistant on the show. As you can imagine, recreating the mid-century in such detail is a challenge, but from how Adam describes it, it's also a blast! Continue Reading

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Ikea does Mid-Century Modern

By: Diy maven Jan 07, 2010

created at: 2010/01/07



When we think of Ikea, we probably think modern, affordable, flat-packed furniture. Of course not everything Ikea sells is flatly packed and some of it evokes a modern of the mid-century variety. Here's a couple of cases in point. Pictured above is the Docksta Dining Table ($149) and below is Eero Saarinen's white laminate Tulip Table ($1,543.00).


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Very Modern Mailboxes

By: Diy maven Jan 07, 2010

created at: 2010/01/07

Most people don't think about their mailboxes much. And why should they? Mostly they're just repositories for unwarranted credit card applications and announcements for rug cleaning services. On the other hand, whether the box is the kind that hangs next to your front door or, like mine, it's on a post at the end of the drive, mailboxes are often the first thing that greets visitors to your home. If it's time to reassess your postbox presentation, you might want to start with some of these offerings, which have a very Palm Beach circa 1950's feel. (Each are made in New Zealand, but can be shipped anywhere in the world.)Continue Reading

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