Our breakfast nook is one of the spaces I really, really, really love in our new home. Granted, most of the time we share our beautiful new table with a couple loads of laundry, but I love having a place to sit down together in the kitchen.
Here is what we were working with originally…
The breakfast nook came with a minor challenge — the side door (which we use often) opens up almost to the middle of the eating area, so we knew our options for dining tables would be limited. We also got two contractor opinions and both informed us that the door couldn’t be flipped to the other side and it also couldn’t be changed to swing outward given the existing framing. Down the road we would love to change the side door to two french doors that swing out but that is definitely wayyyyyy down the wish list. One day!
So the changes to the nook/kitchen included refinishing the hardwoods, painting the walls, removing the old blinds, replacing the rusted return vents and buying a new dining table! We originally had planned to replace the light fixture but after everything else was put together we didn’t hate it as much. So it will be the last fixture to replace…because woah, you should see the others throughout the house.
After searching high and low I fell in love with the French Urn Pedestal Dining Table from Restoration Hardware but LOL’d at the price and found this incredible dupe (on sale and used a 20% off coupon). And we were able to recycle our old dining chairs. We get SO many compliments on this table. SO MANY. And I’ve already comfortably seated 6 girls around this table for lunch too. It’s perfect.
The chandelier is one of my favorite details in this entire room. It makes such a statement and is affordable!
Our laundry room is right off our kitchen so since we’re already here I thought I’d share the improvements to this space too…
This room had the loveliest wine wallpaper border that pained me to remove. But too many people thought it looked like tractors so we sighed and ripped it off and painted the walls Sea Salt. We also purchased a new washer/dryer. We loved our washer/dryer set in our old home so much that we ended up purchasing the exact same set again for our new laundry room.
Oops – real life laundry chores in progress! And finally, a real life picture of family dinner with toddlers in our breakfast nook…
Breakfast Nook Sources
Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace // Floor Stain: 50% Dark Walnut + 50% Provincial // Dining Table // Wood Side Chairs in brown oak drifted (Cheaper Similar Chair)
Laundry Room Sources
Wall Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt // Washer + Dryer
Sarah C. says
You need to include the wine on the source list! 😉 I recently found your blog and really enjoy it! It's so great when you can find the furniture you love at an affordable price. When we got married my mom said she would buy us a dining room set for our new house…I found a set I LOVED at Pottery Barn and then my mom told me our price limit…HAHA. I found an almost identical set at World Market!
Looks beautiful, Christina! The nook looks great sans window treatments. It keeps it looking bright and open 🙂
Samantha Jo says
I love the "real" picture (insert laughing crying emoji) haha Especially the glass of wine because heck yes, mama. Thats me at the end of a day too
Gorgeous!!! I think the breakfast nook looks great without window treatments – so much beautiful light streaming in!!
Looks awesome! Love that table!
Erin Ressler says
So many memories are going to be made in that little area! So pretty. And if you care for opinions, I vote no shades 🙂
Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! says
It's GORGEOUS!!! #dreamhome
Beautifully Candid says
Your nook turned out gorgeous! I love the table you went with and I love all of the natural light. Haha looks like dinner at my house too and usually I have no clue why they are crying. Beautifully Candid
Lindsay Bononno says
Everything is turning out so gorgeous! I love breakfast nooks. My in-laws use theirs almost 100% of the time and it is so cozy and just feels like family!https://hotmesscoolday.wordpress.com
Wow!! Yall are doing such an awesome job with the house! I love seeing everything come together!! Looks beautiful!
Laura Darling says
I'm sure shades would look very pretty but I love the look of it with just the windows! So nice and bright! Love it!
Sara Elizabeth Miller says
I love the table you found MORE than the RH one!! I'm so with you on the light – that's my struggle with our house and window treatments, too!
Caley-Jade Rosenberg says
Haha, I love the wine in the real life pic – too hilarious!! Such a gorgeous space that will hold so many memories x
Owen Davis @ Davis Duo says
Absolutely love that table!! And laundry room!
I didn't even think about trying to have the doors open outward! We have doors like that in our dining room and a big table. It would be great to have them open out or even replace them with a really nice sliding door at one point if we can't change the direction. I love your breakfast nook!