Landing Becomes Living Space

Build windowseat and bookcase around window


The window seat is essentially an open-ended box built from plywood. Once it’s assembled, we nail it to the toe kick and the walls before we begin putting together the bookshelves that go on top of it.

To hide the raw edges of the plywood and stiffen up the whole unit, we’re attaching a 1 X 2 band to all of the front edges.

Install flooring


These vinyl planks require a gap along the edges for expansion. Shoe molding covers it at the walls, but we add colored caulk along the handrail base to hide the gap there, and still remain flexible.

Add base and shoe molding



Chelsea and Wyndy survey her daughter’s books, games and toys to determine exactly what size spaces we’ll need for the design of the new window seat and bookcase.


  1. What was the name of the stain you used to make the stair rail go from an oak color to a dark color?
    Thank you.
    Phyllis Reavis

  2. I really enjoy your show. It’s inspiring to see each step of the project and all the helpful hints. I was hoping you could provide more information on the stain that was used for the railing in “Landing Project”. I really liked how it had a great deep luster. Thank you for keeping me motivated as I work my way through all my home improvement projects.

  3. I live in a mid 50’s Cape Cod type home in the Pittsburgh, PA area, with a single car garage. Sometime in the past, a layer of concrete, approximately an inch thick, was added to the floor, apparently to level it. Where the car tires travel, the concrete has become pocked, and in some places, delaminating from the old floor. If I were to use a floor leveling concrete product, would it be strong enough to hold up to a car parking on it on a daily basis? Would water, and or salt from the winter roads, deteriorate it? Can it be sealed with a concrete sealer? What is the maximum thickness a concrete leveling product can be applied?
    Love the show which I DVR weekly. Very practical issues that can be completed by most DIYers.
    Ed Schmidt

  4. next time you have to install many spindals, use a stiff paper or cardboard strip with holes to keep spindals aligined. to make removal easier cut from hole to edge. just watched that program.

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