A big thank you to ATG Stores for bringing us today's post.
ATG Stores have provided our lighting and more for our breakfast room and kitchen makeover.
All opinions are my own.
We gave our 1970's breakfast room a big makeover with a lot of paint, new lighting, floors, and lots of fun vintage touches. Come check the before and after pics and all of the details below.
We knew right away that this whole space was the first to get made over. If we didn't do it prior to moving in, it just wouldn't get done. We've been in here for about a month now, but are finishing up all the loose ends. I'm really happy that this breakfast area is so done! It's one of the main places we hang out now...talking, eating, and just enjoying this new place.
I've been saying this a lot through the makeover of this house...we learned quickly when to DIY in this place and when to hire out. Before we closed, we had a bid for the removal of the wet bar in the living room (stay tuned for that fun!) and the removal of the overhead cabinet above the bar area in here. Those two things, along with the flooring, were our main hire-outs. We ended up adding on the farmhouse sink install, too...along with a few electrical odds and ends that needed to go into the foundation (because um, yeah). We saved so much doing the majority of work ourselves and hiring out those items. If we had hired out the entire kitchen and breakfast area, we would have spent a fortune. I'm doing an entire kitchen reveal next week, so be sure to pop by for that.
I'm really happy with how this area came together. This table has a lot of sentimental value to it, so I've never refinished it...but I may one day. It still has fork scrapes from when my boys were little and just learning to use silverware...kind of pulls at my heart. This was also the first piece of "real" furniture that my husband and I bought ourselves. It was from a wholesale store in Lubbock, Texas from about a year after we got married.
The light we used over the table is quite possibly my favorite light in the whole house now. It's a vintage schoolhouse light that we picked out from ATG Stores. It's from Sea Gull Lighting and it's the Academy Extra Large Pendant in Chrome finish. The fan that was originally here was literally falling out of the ceiling. I had a fan over my table in our old home, but I always think they make the food get cold too quickly when it's on the table so I went fan-free in here this time. Gosh, maybe I just eat too slow, y'all.
I bought some inexpensive bar stools in cream...they only came in cream and royal blue. I keep going back and forth over whether or not to spray paint them white. My mother-in-law suggested keeping them as is...to have a variety of whites in the kitchen area. I still can't decide. I'm usually not one to mix shades of white, but I may keep them this way. Feel free to weigh in in the comments area below.
My thrift store fruit basket made its way into this kitchen, too. It's such a great size!
The two pendant lights we chose for over the breakfast bar are a part of the Emery Collection at ATG Stores from Quoizel. These are the Emery Rod Hung Mini Pendant. We went along with the same finish that we used on our other kitchen lights and fixtures...a fun and shiny chrome/silver.
I'll go ahead and address the elephant in the room. We did keep the popcorn ceiling. I'm pretty sure that's everybody's first question. Now that it's coming together, it's not as glaringly obvious as when we first looked at this house. We kept it for logistical reasons...this home is quite large and we just knew that once we started scraping, we'd have to do every inch of it. And, my husband didn't want to DIY that job. We were under a tight deadline and tight budget and it was one of the things that came off the list early on. Maybe one day...but not right now.
Aren't the lights lovely when lit over the bar area? My kids eat their breakfast here every morning and work on homework every afternoon in this spot. I've noticed this is starting to be my main prep spot, too. It's great to look out over the breakfast area and into the sunroom and patio from here.
I was at the end of my DIY rope and ordered these window panels for the sliding door in here from a lovely artist on Etsy. They coordinate with the farmhouse sink curtain from this post. She did a really great job and worked with my measurements and everything.
Believe it or not, we didn't DIY the rod either. Found it at a store up the street. It does have a middle rod to keep it from bowing...which kind of defeats the purpose of drapes on a sliding glass doors (technically they should open one way on a slider...away from the door that opens...these split in half). So far, it's not too big of a deal. But having them both slide one way would be nice. But then we'd have bowing issues, y'all.
Kept the old radio. How could we not? It makes us happy.
And works about once a month.
These are my vintage Fire King Jadeite and white Pyrex dishes...so happy to have a spot to display them in. The built-in was a definite selling feature, y'all. I loved it from the moment I saw it. The BAKERY sign was from a cute little shop in Waco that I love to visit.
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