Oversize Window Seats, Painting Teen Bedrooms and You’re Sure This is Gray?

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We’ve been painting our youngest daughter’s bedroom and I’ve discovered I’m a bit out of practice.

In the 10 years we lived at our previous home I painted every room in the house 3 times. This bedroom is one of two rooms I’ve repainted in this house and the only room to see 3 colors. Pink, yellow and now gray.

Karianne was 8 when we moved in so pink was the perfect choice. Yellow came along in our early teen years and now, at almost 17, we’ve moving on to the more sophisticated gray.

Hot Pink Damask and Orange layere Curtain Panels

Before – Sherwin Williams Glad Yellow

Oversize Window Seat - Before

“You’re Sure This is Gray?”

If you ever paint gray over yellow you’ll be asked this question.
Or you’ll ask yourself this question.

Teen Bedroom makeover

I had to defend my choice with each family member who happened to see the new color before the yellow was completely covered up.

“Yes, I realize it looks purple but it’s not. It’s gray. I promise.”

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This color is Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray and can read a bit blue in certain light. But it’s a beautiful gray and everyone loves it…now.

Before we began moving things back in the room I took advantage of this time to take pics of Karianne’s window seat to show you the storage and details.

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When I first realized the window seat could be this big I knew it needed to utilized for storage.

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My trim carpenter designed this so the front portion of the window seat is open shelves with the center to the back opening up for hidden storage. It’s divided into two sections mainly as a way to include additional support with the center divider.

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Originally we stored stuffed animals on one side with costumes and dress up clothes on the other. This window seat has held cuddly friends we couldn’t part with but no longer played with, pom poms & feather boas, hula skirts & poodle skirts and enough costume paraphernalia to dress up as whatever young minds could imagine!

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The extra long hinges allow the lids to fold back flat.

Window Seat Storage (2) Window Seat Storage

The holes cut into the lids allow us to access the storage without having the bulkiness of a handle under the cushion.

Oversize Window Seat Storage

Window Seat – 68″ wide x 58″ deep x 18″ high
Open Shelves – 16″ deep x 13″ high
Storage Lids – 31.5″ x 16″ with 1.5″ diameter circle cutout

Oversize Window Seat

Window Seat Alcove Bed Details

Other things we’re working on for Karianne’s room is a new roman shade, new light and airy curtain panels to frame the window seat, pillows, bedding, artwork, lamps and lampshades, etc.
It’s definitely a work in process. But she’s loving the new look!

So stay tuned!

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3 Responses to Oversize Window Seats, Painting Teen Bedrooms and You’re Sure This is Gray?

  1. I love the color, even when it looked purple. ;) An extra deep window seat is a great idea for storage. The yellow room looks lovely, and I know the gray will look super, too. Can’t wait to see your wonderful creations.

  2. I had the same problem painting gray over the restrained gold in my bedroom. I had 10 swatches on the wall over the yellow. I think it made it harder to choose a color, too! Love the change and the smart window seat!

  3. Molly says:

    Love gray!!! Can’t wait to see more pics!