“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!
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.
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:
This is where we started, on closing day:
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 😉
[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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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