Y’all, my breakfast room is FINISHED! Oh, sweet mercy, it is finished. And I have a ton of pictures to show you not only of the finished room, but also of how this room started out, as well as a few reminders of the long journey I took to get here.
I am thrilled with how this room turned out. Just the fact that it’s finished is exciting to me, but I love spending time in this room and being surrounded by so much color. I also really like that the room is colorful and yet not chaotic, at least to me. It still feels calm, warm, and inviting to me.
My favorite things in the room are the sconces and paintings. Not that I think I’m some great artist, but those paintings added just the right amount of color to the pantry door wall, and the sconces add such beautiful light.
In fact, I added LED lights to the sconces, and I keep them on 24 hours a day. During the day, I love how the light washing down over the paintings makes the colors even brighter. And in the evenings, the 40-watt-equivalent warm LED lights are the perfect amount of soft light in the room. I really like not having to walk into a completely dark room during the night.
Do keep in mind that my kitchen isn’t completely finished yet. I still have some trim to paint, trim to install, cabinet doors to install, and some decorating and accessorizing to do. It’s looking a bit bare right now, but I hope to get it finished in the next few days.
But today is about the breakfast room, and now that you’ve seen how it looks now, let me remind you where it started.
On the day we bought the house, this is what this room looked like standing at the back and looking towards the front of the room. For reference, the door leading to the garage is in the same exact spot now that it was then.
Do you remember that dark, cave-like room? I certainly do. And it scared the heck out of me, but I was determined to tackle it. It had old green carpet, old wood windows that were incredibly hard to open, and a dark stained plywood ceiling that was attached to 2 x 4s that had been dropped down about 7 inches below the actual ceiling joists. There was also a wall between this room and the kitchen. That wall sat right where the kitchen peninsula sits today.
As I started removing all of the various layers from this room, I thought I’d never get down to the studs. The 1/4″ plywood on the walls was so old it just splintered into a thousand pieces as I tried to remove it, and underneath that was shiplap (including the original shiplap siding on the garage side of the room) that was also incredibly difficult to remove. The concrete floor underneath the green carpet was unlevel, cracked, and covered in asbestos tile in two colors forming a huge treble clef design
I hired some guys to level the floor with a new layer of concrete…
And then I got to work ripping down all of the plywood and shiplap. Somewhere along the way, we had our attic insulated with spray foam insulation, which I love!
And then my brother and I put down a new subfloor so that I could use the same nail-down red oak hardwood floor in here that is in the rest of the house.
He and I also completely rebuilt the front wall of the room.
We reframed it, adding a lot more support than what was originally there, and installed new windows.
Then I installed the hardwood floor…
I hired out the drywall, taping, and mudding…
And then I did all of the trim work (except for the crown moulding, which I also hired out)…
…stained and polyurethaned the floor, and got the room ready to decorate.
So that view of the room went from here…
…to this today…
Now looking back the opposite direction, from the front of the room looking back towards the back yard, this was the original view…
That’s where the room had that awkward curved ceiling towards the back of the room. It also had the same green carpet, the same 1/4″ plywood over various types of shiplap, the same dropped ceiling, and the same cave-like feel to it.
Here’s how it looked after I removed the carpet and most of the plywood from the walls…
Of course, this side of the room went through the same process — back wall removed and reframed, new subfloor, new hardwood floor, new drywall, etc. But I also built a new wall to create a big walk-in pantry at the back of the room. For reference, from this view, the kitchen is on the left and the door to the garage is on the right…
So this view went from this…
…to this today, with my pantry (a future project that I hope to tackle very soon) just beyond those French doors…
Here’s the original back left corner of the room with the door that led to the sunroom…
And now that area looks like this. And again for reference, the walkway from this room into the kitchen is still in the same place, so you can get an idea of where the new wall is that separates what was once a very long room into two room so that I can have a walk-in pantry…
And here’s what the back right corner of the room originally looked like…
…which looks like this today. For reference, the door to the garage is in the very same place it was originally…
The garage door used to sit right in the middle of the long wall shared with the garage, which looked very awkward to me…
And now that view looks like this…
And finally, the front right corner of the breakfast room used to have two doors leading into the kitchen with a wall in between.
Today that wall is gone, and has been replaced with a kitchen peninsula…
Phew! It’s been a long road to get here! So now that you hopefully have your bearings in this room, here are a few more “after” photos without the commentary.
- Wall color: Classic Gray, Benjamin Moore
- Trim color: Polar Bear, Behr
- Door color: Kendall Charcoal, Benjamin Moore
- Hardwood floors: 3/4″ unfinished red oak from Home Depot
- Area rug: Overstock
- Dining table: Craigslist (refinished here)
- Buffet: gift from my bonus sister Cathi (painted here)
- Buffet paint color: Behr Voodoo
- Dining chairs: World Market
- Dining chair fabric: Joann Fabric
- Dining chair paint color: On The Rocks, Sherwin Williams
- Dining chair Greek key pillows: DIY project (click here for instructions)
- Succulent centerpiece: concrete bowl, Magnolia; faux succulents, JoAnn Fabric and Hobby Lobby; wood and glass hurricane, Michael’s
- TV frame: DIY project (click here for instructions)
- Lanterns: Hobby Lobby
- Lantern hangers: Lowe’s
- Remote controlled candles: Amazon (I LOVE these things!! I highly recommend them.)
- Chandelier: Wayfair
- Sage bush in concrete pot: Magnolia
- Gold parrot on perch: Target
- Plates: Marshall’s, World Market (here and here), Target
- Curtains: IKEA, DIY project (click here for instructions on customization)
- Drapery hardware (rod, brackets, rings, and finials): Lowe’s
- Green fabric and pom pom trim on curtains: JoAnn Fabric
- Woven window shades: Blindsgalore
- Upholstered benches: DIY project (click here for instructions); fabric, JoAnn Fabric; paint color, On The Rocks, Sherwin Williams
- Throw pillows: Pier 1 (here, here, and here), Tuesday Morning
- Artwork and frames: DIY project (click here for frame instructions)
- Sconces: Ebay
- Remote controlled outlets for sconces: Amazon
- Pantry doors: Home Depot
- Pantry door pulls: Build.com
And I think that’s it! If you missed any of the DIY projects that went into this room, you can find them here: