Breakfast Nook Progress

I’m back today to share some updates that have been going on in our breakfast nook. We’ve made a decent amount of progress since we last shared what was going on in the room and things have really changed from the time that we moved in.

Breakfast Nook Dining Progress

Below, you can see how the space looked before we touched it. The paint colors were very bright and the room just needed some general updates. We added a couple coats of paint (Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter), as well as finding a new to us dining table, but there was still a lot to be desired.

Breakfast Nook 2 Breakfast Nook 1

One thing that made a big impact was to change the lighting in the room. We added this black chandelier, which we love for it’s simple style. I’m not crazy about the light bulbs that are currently in place, but once we find something we like, that will be an easy fix.

Chandlier Windows Dining

We also painted all of our trim and doors white and hit the old hardware up with some of Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.

White Door Hardware Dining

For decor, I added two plain old windows to the wall. One was from my grandmother’s home and the other was given to me by my lovely sister. I love that both of these windows have a bit of sentimental meaning, even though they don’t match each other perfectly. Plus, we can add seasonal wreaths or family photos if we decide we want to dress them up a bit.

Dining Windows Gray Wall

I always enjoy adding a little freshness with flowers, especially when they are as beautiful as these hydrangeas!

Breakfast Nook Dining Flowers

Here’s my little staging/photography helper.

Dining Helper Flowers

Our breakfast nook is really coming along and we are so happy with how it is turning out, even though the progress may be a bit slow.

Neutral Dining DIY

There are a few more items on our to-do list, like redoing the flooring and replacing the chairs. (We decided to go with the Henriksdal from Ikea, but have yet to make the two hour drive to get them. Thanks to everyone who weighed in, both in the comments and on Facebook.)

14 thoughts on “Breakfast Nook Progress

    1. Erin Post author

      Hi, Karen! It is actually a dish towel with kitchen measurements on it that I purchased from West Elm and framed. I stole the idea from Jones Design Company!

  1. Jo

    I just found your site and I’m very excited to be reading it. I’m working my way backwards and came upon the entry where you redid your breakfast nook. I have two questions/comments about your painted door knobs. First of all, how are they holding up? Second, I have, over time, purchased 3 cans of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze paint (it has a little trigger vs. just pushing the little white sprayer). Every time the thing stops working about 1/3 of the way down. Nothing will come out and I wind up throwing the whole thing away. Have you had problems with that? I live in an old farmhouse and my knobs are creepy but the paint would really help. I’m really curious to know how well these are holding up. Thanks and I really look forward to my reading and learning!

    1. Erin Post author

      Hi, Jo!

      Thanks for stopping by. Our knobs seem to be holding up pretty well, but it has only been a little over a month. I’m not sure how they will hold up over a longer period of time, but we are actually planning on spraying them with a clear gloss top coat to help protect them a bit more.

      As far as the sprayer, we haven’t yet run into any problems with them not working and we’ve gone through quite a few. Hope that helps and best of luck!


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