I should title this wood beam breakfast nook version 6.0 as I think I have changed this space around a zillion times now. If you are keeping track, I’m on table number two (well technically it’s the same table, but I painted it) and chair situation number three now?
I’ve finally realized the issue is I bought too small of a table to begin with. I was so concerned about people getting in and out around the table and on the bench, that I failed to consider the people sliding around the table most would be my tiny 60 lb children who can maneuver just fine.
A little too fine.
Sharing this bench they were constantly bumping elbows, knocking over each other’s drinks, and generally driving me nuts. I decided enough was enough and it was time for a bigger table, so just one person sits at the bench instead of them both.
And yes, I realize they will still find something to fight about at dinner, but at least they won’t be knocking food over! Although I have to say only having one another these past few weeks, they are really getting along better than ever. I guess when there are no other options, your little brother is not so bad to hang with. Silver linings :)
At this point, you may be saying wait is that table new? Why no, it’s not. My new table is currently hanging out at Crate and Barrel at the closed down mall. They called me to tell me it arrived on the same day they were shutting the store down. So, I will pick it up at some point whenever Michigan opens up again.
It looks like this though. I went with a round table that has a leaf option to go to a bigger oval. That way I have the best of both worlds. I love that it’s a simple pedestal which is great when you have a window seat. It makes it so much easier to slide around. I’m not sure if I will go with the circle or the oval, so stay tuned for breakfast nook 7.0.
My new chairs did, however, arrive before the stay at home order, and I’m in love with them! I ordered new ones because the chairs I had here are only sold in pairs and I only needed 3. I sold the old pair and bought these beauties. I wanted something wood-toned to pick up the beams and I like the rustic yet modern vibe these have. They are comfortable on the back and the quality is great. They do have the option to buy seat pads as well but I like them as is.
Also, I realize in photos the table doesn’t really look too small with 3 chairs, but our knees are all banging against each other.
The details on these chairs are so pretty.
I’ve also been working on a cushion for the window seat over here now that my kids are a little older and spilling less. I bought foam and outdoor fabric (again before the stay at home order). My mother in law is going to help me sew it eventually. Since we are staying home and not visiting family, that plan is on hold for a bit. I did cut and pin the fabric on so we could use it for now. It will look a lot more finished when we add batting and the fabric is sewn tight.
I shopped my home for these throw pillows to finish off the space. I’ll try to link what I can below, but most are a few years old.
I wish I had done a cushion here sooner! This has become Charlie’s new fave spot to watch the neighborhood cats now that it is so comfy and cushy. My kids have also taken to snuggling up with books here while I’m cooking so it feels like we use this space so much more now too.
The new chairs play so nicely with the darker tone of the island (read that post here if you missed it), and overall it feels like a brand new kitchen! Which is great because we have basically been living in here with all the cooking we have been doing.
We actually did a fun family cooking challenge the other night – girls vs boys. Losers had to do the dishes! I hope you all are staying well, staying home and staying sane! :)
Island color – Blue Note by Benjamin Moore
Wall color – Extra White by Sherin Williams
Beams – They were in the basement of the old cottage that used to be here and we saved them to use here.
Stools – find them here
Step stool – find it here
Old table – find it here (I painted mine white)
New table – find it here
New Chairs – find them here
Wood floors – find them here
Light fixtures – find them here
Subway tile – Lowes
Pillows – old from Target
Bowls – Local store The Counting House
Cookbook – find it here