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My Tiny Condo Breakfast Room Makeover – Before and After

My breakfast room is finally finished. And…well…it’s bright and colorful! Nobody ever accused me of being afraid of color, that’s for sure!! 🙂

It has taken me forever to get to this room finished, so let me remind you how this room looked when we bought our condo. And let me also remind you that as soon as we were handed the keys, I walked in and started snapping pictures. I didn’t even take a few minutes to clear away the junk left by the previous occupants, and I was way to anxious to wait for the electricity to be turned on. So this is a truly authentic “before” picture.

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You can see that it was basically a big white box. A blank canvas, so to speak. And I knew almost as soon as I walked in that I wanted to fill the space with built-ins to utilize the vertical space.

Quite a difference, huh?

Hover your mouse pointer over the picture below to get a quick view of the before and after.

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And, of course, the breakfast room is right next to the tiny kitchen. It’s basically an eat-in kitchen. Here’s another look at the before…

Yep…just a blank wall. In a blank room. Next to an ugly apartment-grade kitchen. There was literally nothing to see here.

And now…


And here are about 50 more pictures of the room…one for each month I’ve been working on it. Ha! Just kidding. It hasn’t been quite that long. Almost. But not quite. 😀

Okay, I think I’ll spare you the other 45 pictures. You’re welcome. 🙂

If you’re looking for any projects that I did for this room, you’ll probably find them here. Some of these items may no longer be in the room.

If you have any questions about the room, I’ll try my best to answer! But because I took soooooo long to get it finished, I didn’t really keep great records on how much stuff cost me. But I do have paint colors and stuff like that that I’ll try to add to this post very soon.



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    debbiedoos
    December 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Oh my gosh Krisit…this needs to be in a magazine. Talk about a makeover,and utilizing every bit of space. You done fantastic, and I love the color scheme. You like color, like I do:)

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    Mel
    December 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Stunning! The colours are fantastic, the way you have utilized the space is brilliant. You have a great knack for making all of your project impeccable.

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    Jennifer
    December 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Wonderful space! I think my favorite thing is the built-in surrounding the banquette seating, but I do love your pet station. Congrats on completing your makeover! : ) Jennifer

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    Diane Pierce
    December 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    My goodness Kristi, you took a spot that looked so tiny and made it look HUGE. Super job! Simply amazing.

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    stephanie
    December 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I am majorly loving this!! You are so talented.

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    Christine at First Home Love Life
    December 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Holy moly!!! It’s fabulous!!! Live the built in sette and how it’s tufted! Beautiful work!

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    Christine at First Home Love Life
    December 11, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Holy moly!!! It’s fabulous!!! Live the built in settee and how it’s tufted! Beautiful work!

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    Deb Donner
    December 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! The transformation is amazing!! You must be so proud of yourself!!

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    Michelle Lubbers
    December 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    WOW!!! You are truly gifted. Your vision really made this room!! I love everything about it.

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    Bekah
    December 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    AWESOME!! We are currently in talks about moving (ugh – I want to move so bad – but I HATE moving), and the house we are looking at has a teeny eat-in that I would like to do something like this to! I LOVE the way yours turned out – way to go! All your hard work paid off!

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    Linda
    December 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Wow! What a transformation! It is absolutely gorgeous! And the space looks soooo much bigger!

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    [email protected]
    December 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Kristi, you are such a rock star. This is absolutely incredible. Do you mind if I feature it? 🙂

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    Allison @ House of Hepworths
    December 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Holy cow what I makeover! You are so talented. I love love love it.

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    Morgane @ Bear, Dolly and Moi
    December 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    this is a great transformation, the colors are so inviting.
    Any great project needs its time, and here there are some many here!
    Enjoy your hard work.

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    Jacque
    December 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    What a beautiful room, talk about maximizing your space. I so wish I had see something like this when I was still in our condo! Bravo!!! Off to pin this!

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    Christine
    December 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Beautiful job! I would have to do the kitchen cabinets next so they’d match.

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    Jean
    December 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Well, Kristi, it was certainly worth the wait. You are brilliant! And I would say that even if you weren’t my daughter. 🙂 I love it!!!

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    Julie S
    December 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    This is fantastic! Blue and green are my favorite colors [right now] for my in-progress dining room which is a bit bigger than your space but by no means full sized. I’m linking to it so you can see what we’ve got. I really love those pillows, and I was just saying to my husband that we could make a banquette for one side of our dining table.

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    Deb C
    December 11, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I love it!!! From the bench seating to all the builtins, the colors and what a cute pet station. You did such a great job

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    Diane Kaul
    December 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Wow! Seriously wonderful job! Nice scaling to the room size too!

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    Jayni
    December 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I really cannot find words to describe what a fabulous job you did on this. I love, love, love the overall room, but that “fishscale” art has just captured my heart. You are SO talented!

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    Stacy Norman
    December 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Great job! What a transformation!

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    Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage
    December 11, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Kristi!
    WOW – it’s stunning! Worth the 50 month wait!!!

    Love the colors the built in seating, the open cubbies, the baskets, the ceiling …
    everything!

    You knocked this baby out of the park!
    Kelly

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    Lauren @ Mom Home Guide
    December 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Wow! Amazing transformation! Your room looks beautiful. How did you do the wainscoting on the walls?

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    Jordan
    December 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    This is gorgeous! What a great use of space, I love the built in bench!

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    jayne
    December 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Absolutely amazing, I would never think it was the same room! And your photos are fantastic 🙂

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    Sherrie
    December 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Beautiful! I love your talent.

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    Deb @Lake Girl Paints
    December 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    What a beautiful space and with great storage too! Looks so warm and homey.
    I can get lots of inspiration here!
    Thanks,
    [email protected]

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    Diane | An Extraordinary Day
    December 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    WooHoo!! What a lovely space you have created!! Color is always good!! And I love how the table top is a take-off from the countertops now. I bet you are totally enjoying it.

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    Laurie
    December 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    This is so gorgeous! I would have happily looked at all 50 pictures! 🙂
    It really is amazing to see what you can do! Keep up the great posts and ideas!

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    Eileen
    December 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Glorious is about all I can say about this transformation. Such style and class!! Absolutely beautiful.

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    Jerri C. TN
    December 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!!! YOU OUTDID YOURSELF!!!!

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    Susan Kirby
    December 11, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    CRAZY AMAZING!

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    Gloria Daly
    December 11, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Wow! This is so beautiful. I really enjoyed the back and forth option of rolling the cursor over the before and after photos. I was so amazed that I just kept looking at it. Great job. Love it!

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    Sophie
    December 12, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Wow! Fantastic! I love it, well done! It feels so much more “home-y” now. I love the colour you chose for the cabinets, the chandelier is awesome and so are the wooden benchtops! Go girl!

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    laurie @ little blue chairs
    December 12, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Looks fabulous! I am sure it is a relief to have it finally completed

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    Kelly Palmer
    December 12, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Beautiful Kristi! I especially love the two little furry models 🙂

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    Sue
    December 12, 2012 at 8:27 am

    You are an amazing talent! Your kitchen and eat-in nook are perfect compliments to each other and a huge asset to your whole condo. The colors are perfect. Thanks for sharing – I loved the before/after photos.

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    Jean
    December 12, 2012 at 8:33 am

    All that color in anyone else’s hands would have been a hot mess. You really make it work. I am a person who hates wasted space and clearly you do, too. You’ve really given this little room an amazing new life and function. Anyone looking for a condo is going to be blown away by yours! Happy selling when the time is right!

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    Tricia
    December 12, 2012 at 8:45 am

    You are amazing! I always look forward to seeing what you have done. You are gifted, girl!!! Keep it coming – I love it!!!

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    Tina
    December 12, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Absolutely love the redesign of the room and all of your color choices! It is an amazing job and you are very talented!

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    Donna Allgaier-Lamberti
    December 12, 2012 at 9:37 am

    You are definitely a “pro.” Love the blue and yellow (with a hint of green) VERY fresh and SO very pretty. How will you ever sell you condo now? Most of us who have had houses all our long lives now long for condo’s – less work, less maintenance!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna
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    Pam @ Frippery
    December 12, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Kristi you are just amazing!

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    Runt
    December 12, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Ah!! When I read your blog title in my email browser I got all exacted! I love reveal time! I loooove the way your room turned out. Honestly, I love everything. The planked ceiling, the stained table, the fun chairs, the dry sink furniture thing turned cat living area, I love the built ins to the ceiling. Very nice!! You did a great job!!!

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    Lara
    December 12, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Wow, Kristin! You are one Gifted woman – what an amazing space!

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    Gina
    December 12, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I just adore the colors- they just take me to a happy place.

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    Linda
    December 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Kristi – absolutely amazing transformation!!! Totally gorgeous! Love, love, love the chandelier!

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    Teresa T
    December 12, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Love it! Love EVERYTHING about it!!! I think you did an awesome job and everything you did just totally helped make it a very unique and awesome space!! I would say hope you enjoy spending many more days in here, except I hope more that you get your house soon!!! 😉 Great job!!!

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    Khadija
    December 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    What an adorable Kitty Kabinet!! How cool is that. I love the use of a lot of color in a tight space. 😀

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    Jen
    December 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Wow! What a transformation. Kudos to you for having the vision.

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    Margo
    December 13, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Fantastic job. I love every single detail. You are so talented. I’ve really enjoyed viewing your kitchen / breakfast area and hope to build a storage seating bench similar to yours. Merry Christmas and Have a Blessed New Year.

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    Kathy, Petticoat Junktion
    December 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Wow, that’s just gorgeous. It looks really big after the redo.

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    Kim
    December 15, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Wow, Kristi, what a transformation. I love the kitty hangout.

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    Rachel M
    December 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    LOVE it! and love that you have a random gorgeous tassel hanging off a know. SO right up my alley:)

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    Lindsey
    December 20, 2012 at 9:46 am

    WOW! What a transformation! The room looks so much larger than the before picture! I love everything about this space: the colored cabinets, the molding on the walls, the color palette… I especially love how you did a pet station!!!

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    Bethany
    December 20, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Wow!!! What an inspiration!!! I love it! 😀

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    [email protected]
    December 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    You are awesome & this is an amazing transformation… I love all the small details… WOW! This belongs in Better Homes & Gardens 🙂

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    Kim
    December 22, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I just discovered you blog a few minutes ago and love it! Your redo looks wonderful. I love how you integrated a special place for the kitties. Being owned by 6 of them myself I see this as being completely GENIUS.

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    Leslie
    December 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I’m going to do it. I’m going to go ahead and call this a shocking transformation- holy. smokes. what a change! Bravo!!

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    home blogger
    December 27, 2012 at 5:02 am

    So impressed with this, what a transformation! I love to see empty spaces made such good use of…well done!

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    Renee - the Creative Orchard
    December 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    The whole makeover looks fantastic! I especially like the seating for the table.

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    Tara
    January 1, 2013 at 12:01 am

    To say I am blown away is a complete understatement! I am so shocked & in awe 🙂 I have lived in ugly white box rental condos for so long & I am in LOVE with your space!

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      Kristi Linauer
      January 1, 2013 at 1:42 am

      Thanks so much, Tara! We actually own our condo, so we had a bit more freedom to design the room the way we wanted it. But in all honesty, even when I lived in rentals, I still took liberties with painting and that type of thing. 😀 I’m just not good at living in white rooms. LOL

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        Tara
        January 1, 2013 at 1:49 am

        We have been here for about 5 years & they are totally ok with us painting, I just have never painted a wall before & I do not know where to start. All my DIY blogging friends keep telling me just to do it but I’m lucky to finish the small DIY projects I have going right now 🙂

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    suzanne
    January 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I am SO impressed — and I am seldom impressed. You are a rare talent!
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    Michelle
    January 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Woah! What a transformation! I surfed here looking for “bath fixture painting” tips (thanks for the info), and clicked on this photo just for fun. Can’t BELIEVE it’s the same room (I know, I know, so cliché to say that), but seriously, what a beautiful transformation from a boring builder basic apartment grade dining area to beautiful, designer, “I could live in this room” style. Please don’t invite your neighbors over, they will never be satisfied with their own unit after seeing yours. Amazing work!

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    Allison @ The Golden Sycamore
    January 4, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    This is seriously amazing! You have so many fun aspects of this room, it’s hard to decide what I like best! I really do love the built ins and the subway tile, though…those might be my favorites! 🙂
    Allison

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    Cynthia
    January 5, 2013 at 12:48 am

    What a mind boggling transformation! So many fabulous small details come together for a cohesive, gorgeous finish. I would never have imagined that tiny space could pack so much style. Well done!

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    January 5, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Oh MY!! It is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I have a small condo and dining area and have been thinking of doing some sort of built in AND then I see yours, and it’s drop dead gorgeous!!! I’m totally inspired! Thank you for sharing!! Glad to have found your blog!! Smiles & Hugs, T

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    Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek
    January 7, 2013 at 7:49 am

    This is truly amazing! I can’t believe what you did with a blank wall! And yes, it’s colorful, but it’s not over the top…the gorgeous blue cabinets really help ground it and make it cozy. love, love, love!

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    Becky
    January 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    It’s funny, it looks much bigger after adding the pieces you did! I love the overhead cabinets especially, with the baskets. It’s really beautiful. Good job!

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    christine kellogg
    January 26, 2013 at 10:18 am

    This rom looks fantastic!!!! Looks like a Candace Olsen design 🙂 I love the colors!

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    Traci @ Beneath My Heart
    January 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    How did I miss this?!!!
    A-MA-ZING!!!
    Oh my goodness, I love everything about it! Love it, Kristi!

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    Marla
    January 26, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I just discovered you blog from a Pinterest posting. This is the cutest room ever! I would love to know how you did the cubbies above the cabinetry…are they DIY’d? An amazing idea.

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    Alisa
    January 26, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Inspiring! Great job!

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    Elizabeth
    January 27, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    I just clicked over from pinterest. That is a fantabulous transformation!

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    KimS
    February 2, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Love your re-do! That cat sit/feed station is the coolest thing!! I’ve got to say it took 4 minutes for your page to load: oacentral.blogher and pier39 something really were hanging…If I hadn’t wanted to make sure I “pinned” from the source, I’d never have waited…just fyi.

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    Andrea
    February 3, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I’m kinda obsessed with your kitchen!! I am so inspired to redo my own kitchen thanks to your wonderful pics. Keep up the good work! You did an awesome job.

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    eva
    February 8, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Fabulous, awesome, wonderful!! Really amazing! I envy your designing skills..So lovely!

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    Tiffany
    February 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Hi, I love love love your condo!!! I am in the process of buying one that is very similar to yours. I can’t wait to make it my own. Your blog has been very inspirational. Especially since my condo is in move-in condition- I am a little afraid I might mess it up, but really want it to be homey like yours! Love it!!!

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    Lynne
    February 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    All I can say is WOW. Fantastic job. Thanks for posting.

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    lori
    February 12, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I take that back. If I could work a computer I would be able to keep my mouth shut… It looks great

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    Antoinette
    February 13, 2013 at 7:59 am

    What an inspiration!!! I am about to venture on a redo in my tiny place and really need that push! I am 60 now and in times past was always at it fixing up! But have become complacent!! But this redo really got the creation juices flowing!! Thank you!

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    Leena Lanteigne
    February 15, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Hi! I just saw a snippet of your wonderful kitchen on Debbie Reynold’s blog and had to come over and see more! It’s wonderful! Very clever use of space and I love the colors! I’m settling in to explore and read more! Hugs, Leena

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    Karen
    February 22, 2013 at 12:51 am

    I would love to know more about the way you put the cabinets together in the eating area. Are the shelves above the sette store bought or hand made? DO you have pics of that process? You may have guessed that I have an area in mind for just such a thing!
    You did such a beautiful job! Thank you for letting us all share and for your tips.

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    [email protected]
    February 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I absolutely love this Kristi!!!! Pinned to the BHG home project board 🙂

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    Lin
    March 12, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Amazing amount of built-ins & the room looks larger! Beautiful!

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    Christine
    March 12, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Kitchen and eat area looks great! love the color of the cabinets.

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    KG
    March 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    That’s absolutely gorgeous!! Love it….!
    Love the colors and the textures and patterns you used.

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    Paola
    March 17, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Amazing job!!!!!!!!!! Great taste!!!!!

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    Dani Mathews
    March 19, 2013 at 5:19 am

    This truley is quite an amazing transformation. I really love all the textures and patterns. I’m curious to know how you came about brainstorming this design?

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    David
    March 22, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Someone has a creative flair! Great job!

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    Living Room Makeover – The Awful (And Awfully Boring) Before
    March 25, 2013 at 9:28 am

    […] to the left is the breakfast room, which now looks like […]

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    Lisa Broussard Januska
    April 7, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    My goodness woman, you are a genius! I love your color pallet, your design of space ~ you made a (excuse me for saying) horrible room, absolutely gorgeous!! You deserve such praise. I enjoyed all your photos, you should be proud of what you have accomplished. I accidentally found you, and will follow you from now on. Thank you for posting this transformation. It is quite lovely, you are such a talented designer if I might add!

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    Kenya
    April 10, 2013 at 11:38 am

    WOW! Simply amazing. I am still trying to take in all that you did to that small place. You have some serious talent! I have seen many wonderful makeovers but this takes the cake! My kitchen is exactly the same layout as yours. I just had new tile laid and I want to redo the cabinets and counter-top. I do not want the same white cabinets color scheme that is so popular. I also feel that black would make the small window-less kitchen seem even smaller. You have definitely given me ideas.

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    Jenn
    May 2, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Hi there – I really love the finish you added to the wall beneath the window and extending to the door. Do you have a step by step or instructions on how you did that part? I think it really adds to the elegance of the room.

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    20-Day Small Bathroom Makeover – Before and After
    May 24, 2013 at 9:28 am

    […] and color.  The paint chip flower artwork is one of a set of four that I had originally made for my breakfast room, but I ended up replacing it with something else.  The blue/teal flower worked perfectly in the […]

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    Rachel
    June 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Oh my goodness! You are truly talented and that chandelier makes me want to jump up and down with excitement!!

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    Carolyn
    June 13, 2013 at 11:28 am

    On your breakfast nook makeover, what type of flooring did you use? I cannot tell for sure from the pics.

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      Kristi Linauer
      June 18, 2013 at 6:55 am

      Hi Carolyn~
      I used groutable peel-and-stick vinyl floor tile from Home Depot. The brand is Trafficmaster, and the color is called Shasta.

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        Carolyn
        June 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

        Was the Trafficmaster tile put down over the old flooring and is yours grouted? I really like the color.

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    Our Condo Floor Plan
    July 15, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    […] Breakfast Room […]

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    A Bold New Color Choice For Me
    July 18, 2013 at 9:32 am

    […] same white that I’ve used on all of the doors, trim, board and batten in the living room and breakfast room, and the built-ins in the living room.  It’s also the same white that I used on the cabinets […]

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    Pam
    July 21, 2013 at 6:29 am

    this is sooo amazing love everything about it

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    Ellie
    August 1, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Hi Kristi,
    I just found your blog. You had me with your kitchen make-over, but then I saw your breakfast nook and was just blown away. You are amazing and an inspiration to me (as I’m sure to all your readers). I love to decorate, but have no DIY talent or, perhaps more important, no patience, so I rely on ready-made. I’m soooo looking forward to reading all your posts.
    Ellie

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    Veronica Wylie
    August 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Kristi, Love Love Love the colors you chose! Came here to see the antiqued pet station (which I also love) and I’m so glad I saw the room make-over. I am def. saving this for when we re-model. Thank you!

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    Trevor
    August 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I really like the window treatments you’ve used here.

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    What You Can Expect With The “New” House…And On The Blog
    August 24, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    […] once to install a faucet (and that was because Blogher and Moen picked up the tab), once to cut out the sink hole in my butcherblock countertop for my undermount sink (which I quickly realized I could have easily done myself), and once to help […]

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    Julie Loves Home
    September 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    IT. IS. AMAZING. WOW. Thanks for sharing!
    Julie of JULIE LOVES HOME

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    Paige.Rose
    October 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I am a young new blogger. I love decorating & seeing the professionals in action! You are an inspiration to me & i’m sure many other young Home Bloggers just starting out. I LOVE your BLOG & designs!
    -Paige.Rose

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    My Living Room Phase 1 Plans
    November 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

    […] The two smaller windows will be covered in my absolute favorite Maple Providence bamboo Roman shades from Home Depot.  They’re the same ones that I used in the condo… […]

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    Window Treatment Indecision
    December 4, 2013 at 10:28 am

    […] out of the drapery fabric for the smaller two windows, similar to this one that I made for the condo breakfast room (instructions here if you’d like to make your […]

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    Mel
    December 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I love looking at how you redid your kitchen, I am moving into an apt with a similar layout and getting great ideas!

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    My Finished Credenza Makeover (Before & After)
    January 8, 2014 at 9:09 am

    […] boring.  But predictable?  After living in a condo for the last few years with this kitchen and this breakfast room, there’s no way I’d be satisfied with […]

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    Becky
    January 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    That is abslutely beautiful! Soo many clever ways to use the space. One thing that caught my eye – the wood on the ceiling. I have been wanting to do this in our master bedroom. I was thinking of laminate flooring. What do you think? What did you use in your project?

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      Kristi Linauer
      January 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      I think you could use laminate flooring, but it would probably cost more than you need to pay to get this look. I used 1/4-inch plywood for mine, cut into 4-inch strips.

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    ~Maria~
    January 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I’m new to your blog (brainstorming ideas for my own dining remodel) and LOVE what you’ve done to this space. I just want to know what influenced you, was it a picture, function, item, color scene, also did you have this planned in your head beforehand or did the space evolve over time? Please share your secrets for letting the creativity flow. I have ideas for my own remodel but don’t know how to execute or have the confidence to make risky decorating decisions.

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    A Completely New Direction For My Living Room Walls
    January 27, 2014 at 10:24 am

    […] Hush — This is the color I used on my kitchen cabinets and my breakfast room cabinets at the condo.  I absolutely LOVED it at the condo, but here I think it’s awful.  It looks […]

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    Q & A–What Foyer Paint Color Will Coordinate With This Living Room?
    February 8, 2014 at 10:56 am

    […] is called Rich Cream from Behr.  It’s the color that I used on the walls in the kitchen, breakfast room, and living room of our […]

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    Eo
    March 9, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Your breakfast room condo redo is professional and exciting.. I came across your blog searching for branch pulls and finding the article on the painting above your fireplace. Bluebonnets! I knew you or your mom lived in Texas. My mom lived in San Angelo. I have all her paintings and she did several bluebonnet ones. The frame story was delightful. I love Country Living magazine but their posts on facebook are usually awful. You should send them some pictures of your work. I am addicted to decorating too. Have three homes all done in different colors. One is a 1930s log cabin on a lake that I redid in colors from Turkish kilims. Am sure you are familiar with those. I used lots of copper.. copper sinks, copper light fixtures, copper pulls, etc. At 66 I need to be slowing down but can’t stop. That is a true addiction, eh? You have many years to explore and decorate. It has given me so much joy and with the internet it is so easy to find unusual items. Keep on, girl; you are off to a grand beginning! Get Mary Kay Andrews’ new book: Girls Night Out. You will love it. It’s about a gal who has a decorating blog!

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    BethNorrisDesigns
    June 16, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Kristi – what a great makeover you performed in this breakfast room. You took it from “blah” to simple elegance with the colors and pattern combinations. Your blue and greens blend really well. Your cat haven is a unique addition and obviously enjoyed as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Mary C
    September 3, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I red flash light just went on my head!
    I think I can do this ( not as good as you of course) in a tiny space in my kitchen I like to call “breakfast nook” I have no much room since the door to the pantry is on the way, but I could work around it. How big would you say that part of the room is?

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    Nancy Gouveia-Fentross
    June 29, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Love Love Love looking at all of your work; had one question though????? What type of wood did you use on your ceiling? I have a bedroom that has an ugly popcorn ceiling and wanted to try some type of wood or wallpaper

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