Make a Window Seat With Toy Storage

Create a comfy spot to cuddle up with the kids, keeping toys and books organized and within easy reach.

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Mark and Cut Beadboard Planks

Use a measuring tape to determine the interior and exterior dimensions for the side and central base panels. Referring to these dimensions, cut 4" by 8' beadboard planks to size with chop saw, mitering the corners for a seamless look where side pieces meet the fascia (Image 1). Next, add wood glue to the back of each beadboard plank, then secure with a nail gun (Images 2 and 3). Repeat until frame panels are completely covered with beadboard.

Cut Plywood Base Inserts and Top

Referring to interior dimensions of the base, cut two pieces of plywood to size using table saw. Place each piece inside along the front and back strips of 2x2 poplar, then secure with nail gun. Next, cut a top piece of plywood to size using table saw, then attach along all four sides of frame using nail gun. Fill holes made by brads or nails with wood putty. Allow at least one hour for wood filler to dry.

Sand and Paint

Once wood filler has dried, use orbital sander to smooth all surfaces. Wipe away dust with damp cloth. Next, in a well-ventilated area, cover floor with drop cloth, then add two even coats of semigloss paint to all surfaces of the window seat using HVLP sprayer, moving back and forth in a slow, controlled manner. Allow one full day for paint to dry before adding cushions or pillows and baskets for storage.

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