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Good morning! Grab a cup of coffee and meet me in the breakfast nook! I’m thrilled to share this completed space with you today, it’s truly the gathering place of our home. Since it’s right in the kitchen, we eat the vast majority of our meals here, complete homework, and do arts and crafts. Having this space be both beautiful and functional has been a priority. I love the way the sunlight filters into this room (even though it makes it a challenge to photograph), and it’s the perfect spot to sit and watch as the boys and Mack play baseball in the back yard.
A reminder of the before:
(The listing photo from when we bought the house, I never took a true before photo.)
The room had evolved a bit over the years, I almost immediately painted over the sponge paint treatment in the kitchen. We replaced all of the first floor windows in 2012 shortly after we moved in as well, and overhauled the heating system to air ducts.
This light & bright space is a perfect representation of our relaxed farmhouse style. It’s the ideal spot to gather as a family, read a book, or host a party with family and friends.
We began this project shortly before Christmas. I sketched out a design, and Mack built the planked storage bench into the bay window. I will have more details about building the bench later this week. We have taken advantage of the large storage space for our small appliances- now our blender, bread maker, popcorn popper, and various other specialty gadgets have a neatly hidden home.
I had a local upholsterer named Constance create a full length piped bench cushion out of outdoor fabric. Mack wanted me to attempt the project myself, but I cut my losses regarding sewing long ago! Constance did a wonderful job (ridiculously far better than I could do) it looks absolutely perfect, and has held up to two rowdy boys and a toddler climbing and spilling things all over it. I also use outdoor pillows from Target on the bench- they are so much easier to keep clean!
Early this year I was visiting our local Restoration Hardware outlet and I spotted two beautiful wooden x-back chairs I had already been looking at online. They were marked down 60%. Replacing the old chairs (inexpensive fiberboard IKEA chairs that were in rather rough shape after four years) wasn’t necessarily part of the original plan, but seeing the price on the set at the outlet convinced me. The tag said they had “excessive grain”, but I liked the interest it added. Unfortunately, after three months of waiting, visiting, and probably annoying the nice people working at the outlet- two more of the chairs never appeared.
Finally, I decided to order the chairs from the actual RH website. I paid a little more, but was able to piggyback a coupon onto a sale, so it wasn’t too bad! They arrived a few days ago, and they are very slightly different from the ones I bought at the outlet. The finish is softer and there’s a little less grain showing, as predicted- but you would never notice it unless you knew what to look for. (They are the Burnt Oak finish for those who may be looking at them).
The chairs are a different gray finish than the table we built last year, but they do perfectly match my chandelier from World Market. I love the way those two things tie together, and then match the cutting boards.
I debated whether or not to paint the plate shelf from IKEA. Ultimately, I decided I love the warmth of the raw wood, and that it ties in nicely with the blinds. Also, now I can say, “See, I don’t paint everything white!”. Ha!
So that’s it, our sweet little breakfast nook! I will be back to share more shots of the little breakfast I set up, and to get you that bench tutorial. Thank you so much for stopping by today to check out this space!
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