The house came with a lot of wallpaper and the kitchen had a lovely scallop trim to go with it.
Luckily we found original hardwood floors throughout most of the house except for the kitchen and family room which was an addition at some point. You can see a peek of the family room to the right of the kitchen.
We had a small window of time to work on the house before we moved in, school was starting and the new owners of our previous house wanted to move in. The goal was to get a lot of the messy stuff done, so we gutted the kitchen, and had hardwood floors installed in the kitchen and family room.
The old plaster walls needed a bit of work after the wallpaper was removed.
The banquette came about seven months after we moved in, but I knew this was the perfect spot for one the first time I saw the house. We are an eat in kitchen kind of family, and a banquette would be the most practical and attractive option for our tiny kitchen.
We used plywood ripped down at Home Depot and nickles for spacing to get a planked shiplap look.
One coat of primer and two coats of my favorite advance paint by Benjamin Moore finish it off.