• Jennifer Laura

Kitchen/Breakfast Nook Update

Updated: Apr 27

A few weeks ago I started on a mini-kitchen makeover and it has been very slowly coming together! First up was selecting a paint color for the kitchen, I tested out multiple colors- Farrow and Ball's Parma Gray, Benjamin Moore Water's Edge, Dusky Blue, and Blue Porcelain.

dusty blue paint swatches, farrow and ball parma gray, benjamin moore dusky blue, blue porcelain, water's edge

I love the Water's Edge color, I originally saw it here and fell in love with it, but it was way too dark for the kitchen. My issue with the kitchen it that it's almost two separate rooms- we have the breakfast nook that is going to get a considerable amount of color on all the walls surrounding the windows and trim.

before breakfast nook

But then in the actual kitchen the areas that will be painted are super small. Just this corner behind the sink and the wall by the pantry (to the far left in the photo below). Everything else is cabinetry and we aren't changing the color of the cabinetry.

white traditional kitchen

I finally landed on Farrow and Ball's Parma Gray- it's the color in the middle (below) and it's a beautiful muddy blue color with a lot of gray and depth in it!

dusty blue paint swatches, farrow and ball parma gray, benjamin moore dusky blue, blue porcelain, water's edge

Right before I started painting Kris removed the old light fixture in the breakfast nook- we have so many of those matching fixtures in our house and every one we replace feels like a victory!

before breakfast nook

They are so heavy and dark. This new brass fixture is so light and traditional, but with a modern feel.

brass 6 light chandelier with white shades

I didn't love the faux brass finish on it, but a quick coat of Rub N' Buff did the trick and the finish is making me much happier now. After the light was up, we knocked out painting the breakfast nook.

farrow and ball parma gray

We're still missing a few light bulbs, so I need to grab some more! The color is super pretty though and I can't wait to get the new breakfast nook chairs in here.

bamboo style white and blue breakfast chairs

I made over these chairs for the #StyleItNow challenge. We sanded, primed with Zinsser, and painted with Behr's Swiss Coffee in a matte finish. I used leftover curtain fabric to reupholster them in the prettiest dusty blue velvet color. I had been on the hunt for a new table to go with these chairs for the past few weeks and when this one popped up on Marketplace I decided it was the perfect one. I had originally been thinking a round white pedestal table, but the legs on this one were very pretty. I couldn't tell if we would need to paint it or not...

white round breakfast table

So Kris drove about an hour out of his way to pick up this beauty- we snagged it for $90.

white round breakfast table

Once we got it home I realized it definitely needed a paint job, the color was very cream and I definitely wanted a cleaner white color. Kris sanded, I primed, and then it rained all day so while I was hoping to get this guy painted yesterday- I'm now hoping to tackle it today if the weather holds up *fingers crossed*. I'm planning to paint it the same color as the chairs (Behr's Swiss Coffee) and give it a few coats of a high gloss topcoat to ensure it wipes up nicely. This is going to be one of the most used pieces of furniture in our home so I want to make sure it's something that cleans up nicely.


While we were sanding and priming the table I also pulled out the breakfast nook chairs and gave them a few coats of Scotchgard. Scotchgard is a fabric water shield that is supposed to act as a protectant for the fabric and guard against stains- I'll let you know how these seat cushions hold up!

scotchgard fabric protectant

We also tapped these floor pads into the bottoms of the chair legs, these came highly recommended by Young House Love and they should keep the chairs from scratching our wood floors.

protective chair nail in felt pads young house love

Things we still need to do for the breakfast nook/kitchen makeover:

- I'm waiting on the Roman shade fabric for the windows to come in from Zazzle. I waffled back and forth so many times on what to order (I really fell in love with this fabric from Schumacher, but it was quadruple the price). Once my fabric comes in I'll be making three faux Roman shades for the windows in the breakfast nook!

- We still need to change out the other two (actually three) light fixtures in the kitchen. The island lights are going to be swapped out to this secondhand brass fixture I found on Marketplace.

vintage brass double light fixture

It's a bit more of a process because we have to move the electrical to be centered over the island and then get the holes patched up. As for the light above the sink- I've found this one, but I'm not sure if I'm sold on it just yet, so I'm still looking. This will be the third fixture in the kitchen and I want to make sure everything looks cohesive. The island fixture will definitely be the stand-out and then the other two need to be quiet supporters, but still pretty on their own.

- We need to change out the hardware on all the cabinetry- this may be the thing I'm most excited about! The knobs and pulls I want from Rejuvenation are backordered and this is the one area in the kitchen I'm splurging on, so once they come in I can't wait to see how they look!

- And then it will be time to...paint the countertops! I think I'll be saving this task for last. Once we start painting the countertops they will be unusable for about a week while everything cures...so I'm kind of dreading this part (even though I know this project will probably make the biggest visual impact), I've wondered if trying to tackle this the week before our spring break trip might even be the way to go so they can cure while we're gone.


I'll leave you with this photo- if I squint I can almost see it coming together!


Want to see the full kitchen makeover?

Here are the before photos and the plan

Here is the pantry makeover

Breakfast Nook Reveal

Deciding to add Roman Shades in the breakfast nook

A new rug in the breakfast nook

Painting our countertops to look like marble

The final kitchen reveal