Sooo…our breakfast nook is almost done. And when I say almost, I mean almost. I was going to hold off on doing a reveal post until it was totally done, but I couldn’t resist. Plus, I feel it’s changed enough to warrant a blog post.
Here’s a look down memory lane of what the nook looked like when it was on the market (previous owners décor):
Very grandma-ish. VERY.
Then we moved in, and we replaced the light fixture & windows immediately.
Isn’t that wallpaper awful? It’s baskets of peaches and apples or something. Who puts that in their kitchen??
People from the 80’s, that’s who. (No offense if you have this wallpaper in your home, I’m sure it’s lovely…no it’s not, take it down!)
Using a non-fancy mixture of water + 1 oz. of Downy in a squirt bottle, I removed the wallpaper. There’s lots of tools for removing wallpaper, but they’re mostly useless. The ONE thing I did buy to remove wallpaper was this nifty tool:
Via Amazon, $5.91
But other than that, nothing fancy. Spray enough of the Downy + water mixture to get it moist (HATE THAT WORD) and then scrape. Repeat a billion times until the paper is off.
Then we had to prime + buy a can of spray on texture + paint. The paint color is Dusty Aqua by Valspar. (I know it looks totally different in like every pic- it’s a beautiful blue/teal + gray color in person)
And finally we replaced the chair rail and baseboards (which are technically still not done, but oh well!) One day while at Marshall’s I found some gorgeous curtains and curtain rods (with lovely glass ball finials) for super cheap. The curtains were $15 a pair and the rods were $15 each. Add to all of that our small, chic and oh-so-functional Norbo table from IKEA and we have ourselves a gorgeous breakfast nook for 2. Oh and my curtain tie backs are made from a spool of $3 ribbon from Walmart and held in place with removable Glue Dots. Genius, I know.
My DIY West Elm knock-off vase adorns our little table. The table can be folded down if needed, but I like that it’ll serve as a great place to put extra food/drinks at parties, and it also is great for taking pictures of my recipe creations using the awesome natural light.
If you notice there are chairs missing, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. We don’t have any. We want to keep the vibe of the nook very chic, breezy and light, so finding chairs has been a tall order. I am in LOVE with this set of chairs from Overstock, oh gosh I love them. I don’t want wooden chairs, I want these chairs. <---- virtual temper tantrum
But a pair is $262. For 2 chairs. And I do have 1 fear about these chairs…what if my fat ass breaks the chair?! Omg. I’d die y’all. For reals. DIE.
Sigh. Ghost chairs, I want thee.
Until we find chairs, I have to use an ugly one the owner left behind. The nook is the perfect spot to watch Pee Wee romp around in the backyard.
Or drink some Nutella hot chocolate & browse Pinterest from my iPad:
And due to popular demand, here’s my quick 4-minute recipe for Nutella Hot Chocolate:
-1 packet of sugar free hot chocolate mix (you can use regular mix, I wanted to save on calories)
-1 tbsp of Nutella
-6 oz. of water or fill a mug about 2/3 of the way.
Directions: Microwave water for 2 minutes. Once it’s done let it sit for 30-45 seconds, dump in packet of hot chocolate and then use a spoon to scoop up Nutella and mix it all together until Nutella is fully incorporated into the drink. It has a tendency of melting and settling down at the bottom so mix, mix, mix!
It is so good! With my 50 calorie sugar free mix + 1 tbsp of Nutella it’s about 150 calories of PURE HEAVEN.
I truly do love our little breakfast nook even though we kept it cheap and simple. It’s not a space that will get a ton of use, hence not wanting to plunk down $262 on chairs, but it is a useful, cheery space for our home. I do need to touch up some paint boo-boos/caulk the mouldings, add wall décor and do something with that soffit (I’m thinking a stencil of some sort). Does the work ever end?
Do you have a breakfast nook in your home? Does it get a lot of use? Any ideas for chairs?
I’ll be back soon with 2 Glue Dots projects, another look for less knock off and other general crafty nonsense or gorgeous inspiration photos. Have a good weekend!