Have you ever had a space in your home that JUST DOESN’T WORK? I did — my breakfast area. This space in my home is so small that it was impossible to find a table that works there. In addition to that, there was a small desk in the area that, if you put a breakfast table in the actual breakfast area, you would not be able to use the desk. I’m sure a Chick did not design this house. (I’m sorry, Dudes. Just sayin’.)
I had been thinking about what I could do in this area to make it more usable. I have always loved the look of a breakfast nook with benches, and had been thinking about having benches built in around a table, but put if off, trying to figure out how to work around the oddly shaped bay window and what to do with the desk. If I took it out and put a bench there, I would require a very strangely shaped table.
However, sometimes other eyes need to be involved to help you plan. Those eyes were Glee’s. She suggested I that I DID put a breakfast nook in that area and we discussed how it might work. And that’s all it took.
So, we measured and “figured” what it would take. As I said, I didn’t want to completely remove the desk, because then the side bench would sit back too far away from the others. It would be weird. So, I decided to keep the desk, the open cabinet above it, and the granite countertop and just “work with it.”
I would bring in a table I had in storage that in the past did not fit well into that area. I would have to refinish the table, since it was really ratty. I would change out the legs (since the original ones are “flared”) and use “decking posts” because regular legs would be too spindly and measly for the size of this table. I would stain the table and the legs with Mahogony wood stain with polyurethane to give it a fancy “sheen.” I would lightly sand it with very fine sand paper between each coat of stain and I would use three coats.
We would hire our handman guy to build and paint the storage benches. I would also have him make my desk into a butler’s pantry, and connect the shelves above it with other shelves to put my 85 Starbucks mugs, a wine rack and a place for my telephone.
I would also have the drawers of the desk moved to the side so that I can store my placemats, and another drawer to be used as a filed drawer for the massive amounts of paper that comes into this house, including tax stuff:
The final touch would be the zebra print cushions. Ohhhhh yeahhhhhh…..
Can I say, “LOVE IT?!” Yes, I can. And I do everyday!