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Breakfast Nook Transformation

Updated: Jul 26, 2021

I’m so excited to finally share the transformation of our breakfast nook. I found this table at a consignment store called Johnson’s Furniture in Dunedin, FL. it was originally just beige rattan and I think I paid no more than $150 for it. I was very much looking for a “filler“ piece in this room.

Interestingly enough, this wasn’t even a project on my radar for our 80’s home. We still have so many important projects to do like our two other bathrooms that still have beige toilets and horrendous tile! (If you look closely you can see it in the background of the nook)

I thought we would mainly eat at the island and work from there as well. I quickly decided I didn‘t want a double monitor constantly sitting where I eat, and my husband works best from our office. So, I found myself working from this glass table constantly. If you’ve ever had a glass table, then you also know that I was constantly cleaning it as well.

It wasn’t until I decided to paint the beige rattan chairs blue that it dawned on me- I don’t even want this dining set! It wasn’t practical for me, let alone with two other kids. I then realized that with the space available and the window height, a breakfast nook could be the perfect addition to our home. I instantly envisioned all of the meals we could comfortably share here as a family, watching the kids do their homework someday while I cook dinner, I mean, ALL the feels!

I searched for average pricing online for such projects because let’s face it- I had already convinced myself this project was happening before I could even sell my husband on it! My handyman couldn’t do this project so I searched on a local Facebook group to see if anyone could recommend someone who does custom woodwork. A friend reached out and recommended Mike Brown with Brown and Son Custom Woodworks. Throughout the years we’ve worked with many contractors, handymen, sub-contractors, you name it. However working with Mike was the best experience I’ve had thus far tackling a project in our home. He really listened to my vision and made it come to life. I know we’ll be having Brown’s Customs back for more projects.

The next step was finding someone to do the upholster. I was quite shocked to find out that the upholstery cost nearly the same as the bench did by most vendors. I got numerous local quotes and ultimately turned to Etsy and shopped around in the app. I’m so glad I did because I found the perfect upholstery shop! Beni Services is the name of the shop And they are based out of Matthews, NC. Not only was the pricing a third of what I had been quoted, the turnaround time was much quicker as well. I found my fabric at Ballard Designs ans after sending Beni Services my measurements they told me how many yards I needed and had them shipped directly there.

Altogether, the project took approximately 6 weeks to complete- but I’m so glad this impromptu project has finally reached completion! It gives our home and kitchen a completely different feel and I can’t wait for all the memories we will create in this cozy, classic, breakfast nook!

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