How we created a unique eat-in kitchen

Posted in Blog, Room Sources, Tips, Projects & DIYs
on August 26, 2015
Building a breakfast nook for the kitchen

“Ohh, this is cool. What is it?”

We hear this a lot from friends when they come to our house for the first time. They’re referring to our breakfast bar. It’s warped and imperfect and just plain beautiful, if you ask me!

Building a breakfast bar for the kitchen

Our house doesn’t have a formal dining space (though we did create one out of a bedroom, temporarily) We didn’t see it as practical to add a two-seater table to this corner of the kitchen because it really is tiny.

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I saw this photo from a cafe and loved the whole concept. It didn’t take up much space, you could tuck stools beneath it, and it serves the same function as a table:

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This is where we started, on closing day:
Breakfast Nook | Indigo & Honey

I got my husband to agree to the idea of the breakfast bar and then we hit the ground running with my stepdad, Jeff. He’s the contractor/architect/woodworker/handyman/genius in my life and I knew he’d be excited for a project like this. (Score!)

Building history into our home

He already had the perfect piece to use. He salvaged an old window seat from a women’s shelter from the 1930’s. It was was going to be trashed from one of his job sites and I’m SO glad he saved it! It had 80 layers of paint on it… yes that’s an exact count 😉

Breakfast nook | Indigo & Honey

[Huge thank you to my mom who helped to painstakingly scrape these by hand! ]

It’s so nice sharing a passion for the old. He recognized the value in it. Two 2″ thick solid pieces of poplar. When he brought it home, he had no idea what it would be used for.

Install Day

Once the pieces of the bar were cut to size, the cleats were installed. Simple construction here, and so very effective. At this point, the bar had not been stained or sealed. Since they are not exactly square and perfect, we wanted to get them in to make sure they truly fit properly before polishing them off.

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Choosing a finish

There was a debate on color choice. We ruled out paint immediately because the wood was so beautiful! Our kitchen cabinets are stained cherry so we already had a lot of wood grain going on in this little room. We didn’t want the new bar to compete with the cabinets, we thought it best to have it melt into them instead. Keep it all in the family so it feels most intentional.

We decided to go with “Special Walnut” by Minwax. We topped it off with this food-safe sealant in a Satin finish.

Installing a Breakfast nook | Indigo & Honey

Breakfast nook | Indigo & Honey

I am so pleased with how it turned out. It adds a lot of character to our kitchen and looks like it’s been there for years. We’re so blessed to have Jeff!

Breakfast Nook | Indigo & Honey

Breakfast nook | Indigo & Honey


It’s such a treat to make our coffee in the morning now. I have my first cup of coffee overlooking the iris in the back yard and all the chipmunks on the rock wall. I love how making something out of this corner has created new experiences.

Breakfast Nook | Indigo & Honey

This room has the most work ahead of it. New appliances, floors, counters, hardware….. I could go on and on. BUT, I LOVE the counter and had to share with you guys!

UPDATE: Our kitchen has been given a facelift since this post! Check out the progress in these 2 posts:

Selecting finishes for our non-white kitchen   Indigo & Honey | Kitchen Progress

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Love, Brittany

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  • Jeff Fish

    Labor of love. Thanks for the kudos. Love you both.

    August 26, 2015 at 11:26 pm Reply
    • Brittany

      Love you too!!

      August 27, 2015 at 2:18 pm Reply
  • Jill Weber

    I am so touched by the love and respect that you have for the history of this piece. It has a story that is woven of pain and sacrifice. You saw its value, removed its scars and gave it a new life. It will wear well in the love of your home and with how you have honored it. Thats good karma!

    August 27, 2015 at 1:14 am Reply
    • Brittany

      Hi Jill! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 and for the kind words. Who doesn’t need good karma in their life? xo Looking forward to your visit

      August 27, 2015 at 2:34 pm Reply
  • Paige.Rose

    OMG, I loveeeee this you guys!! So cute , practical & stylish!! Great post friend!!


    August 27, 2015 at 3:58 am Reply
    • Brittany

      Thanks Paige! We love it too 🙂 🙂

      August 27, 2015 at 2:18 pm Reply

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