What’s Old is New

I had the brilliant idea last summer to actually put a table and chairs in our kitchen breakfast nook. It seems like everyone I know has eschewed the dining room for the kitchen but we actually eat at our dining room table.

In the nearly nine years we’ve owned our home, our “breakfast nook” has housed a computer and desk more than anything else. When our oldest headed off to college 2.5 years ago, we moved the computer into his old bedroom and put Miss L’s art table in the kitchen.

For some reason, I had this idea that Honey and I could turn the space into a cozy breakfast nook for two. As in the two of us. He suggested finding a counter-height table and bar stools, so I began scouring the online for sale postings in search of just the right pieces. And struck out. Everything was too big, too expensive or too 1980s.

I finally asked my folks if they had anything that might work and soon we were the proud owners of two chairs. They weren’t exactly what I had in mind but spray paint and elbow grease turned them into the perfect additions to our kitchen.



The fabric is a laminated cotton by Amanda Herring of The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake. Our kitchen is aqua with white cabinets and counters and splashes of pink and red, so I wanted something that would work with those colors. I also did not want a linear fabric since my reupholstery skills leave something to be desired and there’s nothing like a striped fabric to show that off. Spray paint is a miracle of modern science and provided a needed freshening for the chairs.

The table is an Ikea desk. I actually swiped the legs from my sewing table (they take up too much leg room) and bought a new top, then raised it to the appropriate height. All told, I think the re-do cost me $20 in paint and primer, $12 in fabric and $20 for the tabletop. Not too shabby, eh?