Breakfast Nook & Nutella Hot Chocolate {DIY Home Improvement}

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.

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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)

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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!

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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?

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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!



  1. Katrina
    November 11, 2011 / 3:45 pm

    Wow! What a transformation. The nook is gorgeous.

  2. QueenBee3200
    November 11, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    Monica…HOLY COW!!!! What a difference. I love the color you used on the wall too. It's beautiful!! I al really like the fold down table idea as well.

  3. Kassi @ Truly Lovely
    November 11, 2011 / 9:01 pm

    Oh my! 100% better! Love that color!!! Um… in all the pictures I guess. 🙂 We don't have a breakfast nook… But I love the idea of have a little fold down table for two! Too fun!

  4. Vanessa
    November 11, 2011 / 9:48 pm

    Hi, MonicaI love your kitchen nook. The color is lovely! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your kinds words. Have a great weekend. I'm a new follower. Hugs, Vanessa

  5. MySkinConcierge Ava
    November 13, 2011 / 12:26 am

    Love it. What a difference getting rid of wall paper can make (especially some you did not pick out yourself!0!Also I just adore the hot pink; it is a color I love to wear but until did not think I could have it in my home too.The splash of color is perfect!Gonna look for you on Pinterest!Chat soon! Visit me http://www.MySkinConciergeBlog.comAva Roxanne

  6. LobotoME
    November 13, 2011 / 2:42 pm

    I love this color!! This post makes me want to repaint my entire house and redo my sad breakfast nook. I also desperately need curtains. However, all this must wait till my 3 year-old twins stop destroying everything they touch. So… 10 years?? For now, can I just use your blog for holiday decorating inspiration? PS I can't believe you got me to buy a jar of nutella…

  7. Delena
    November 14, 2011 / 5:02 pm

    Apparently it was the thing to do in the early 80s, my mother in law still has her fruit basket wall paper and dark wood cabinets that have a flair of Facts of Life Chic with a dash of Cosby Show. I can't believe you scrapped it off, kudos KUDOS…it looks great!

  8. Dariela
    November 15, 2011 / 6:52 am

    You are probably so relieved that you don't have that wall paper anymore! It's looking great. The colors are very relaxing and I loved what you did with the curtains, the bold touch of the b'w stripes are genius!PS: I'm gonna have to try the Nutella hot chocolate one of these days!

  9. Migdalia - @MsLatina
    November 17, 2011 / 4:53 pm

    OH. MY. GOSH. Love it and those chairs are to die for! Who knows maybe Santa will buy them for you 🙂

  10. November 19, 2011 / 4:24 am

    You know the one word that keeps coming into my head with each room re-do you do? Calm.It is like I see the old colors and think yak. Then I see the new look and I can breath again. Luv that!

  11. Mommy This and That
    November 28, 2011 / 4:00 am

    When we bought our house, there was wallpaper in all our bathrooms! Talk about yuck. And anytime we look for houses (planning on moving) and we see wallpaper anywhere we cringe! Yes, it is a total 80's thing. It's making a comeback but the stuff they have now? Much better, or so it seems.I love the wall color for your nook. Makes me want to re-do our kitchen! I remember the first time I saw that table at ikea…I wanted a small spot just to buy it!

  12. mONICa and eLAINe @ Decorating Insanity
    December 8, 2011 / 2:43 am

    Maybe some stools or ottomans, if you want less visual space. Looks cute. I too have a breakfast nook, but opted for the banquette since we are using our formal dining space for other purposed. Looks cute and good luck finding chairs.Monica

  13. Thomas Watson
    December 2, 2014 / 1:55 pm

    I want a breakfast nook in my home now. Thanks for sharing this idea.