Craigslist Breakfast Nook Table Re-Do

Hey all!   So I've been done with this project for quite some time, but I haven't taken the time (until now) to edit the photos, upload them and write about my new breakfast nook table.  Today, I'm finally getting around to showing you.


First off, let me explain what the problem has been in my lil' nook. Pretty much, to sum it up, It's flat out too little for my family.  Don't get me wrong, I am NOT complaining, it's just the back door is right off this nook and every.single.time my kiddo's go through the door (which is like a gazillion times a day) the door hits my chairs.  It's been a problem from day one.  I've tried just about every size/shape table there is.  The table has to be large enough to seat all 6 of us. 

So I've searched high and low for the "right table."  One that is big enough for all of us, cheap and one that the door doesn't hit.

I finally found one (back in June) for soooo super cheap on Craigslist.  But I had to re-do it.  The sellers had it sitting out in the rain (for who knows how long) and there literally was mold, mildew and spiders galore all over it.

 Check out the BEFORE photo's:
It doesn't look too bad, until I took the seat covers off...
 ... trust me it was nasty!

During the re-do process:

It was a BIG job!

and the AFTER:

I'm loving the new table!  But you know what I'm loving the MOST?  That back door can NO LONGER hit my chairs. 

Now I'm just waiting for my "decorator aunt" ;) to come stay with me next week so she can give me a little decor advice.  Like... what color bamboo roman shades to order and possibly a new table centerpiece and whether I should do a different rug or if I should re-do the chair covers, etc.

Now let me show you how much my breakfast nook has changed in the last few years:

Back in 2011
and then...
 trying a new table and chairs here - This one was definitely NOT happening!
so I changed it to this:
 This is before I painted the chairs (bought those chairs on Craigslist too.)
and then it looked like this:
I still LOVE that round table.  I'm storing it, because I may go back to the round one someday, or we may sell this house and I might have a dining room one day, so I can put the round table in there.

and today, it looks like this:
For now this is working well for our family and I do love having the long curtain panels in here. It just cozy's up the space.

In case you're curious, the window panels that I have in this room now came from JCPenney.  They are the MarthaWindow Chorus Back-Tab/Rod-Pocket Curtain Panels in Chinois Green.

The above rug came from overstock and can be found here

That's it for now.  Hope you all have a great day!  School starts tomorrow for my boys, so it's time for me to get off and get things done around here. 

May you be a little inspired!
Until next time,
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  1. Love the dark top. I have some chairs that I would love to redo the cushions in, and I would like to refinish the table we have, but it seems like such a scary amount of work, that I've never actually got up the courage to try.

  2. I love the table size, style, color combo!! It looks great! I also love to see the evolution of the room over the years. Could you post of picture of how the door was in the way of the tables? I can't picture where the door opens. You have a lot of tables:)

  3. The new table looks great! I am on the hunt for a table to makeover as well, I have been searching Craigslist for months but can't find the *perfect* one yet!


  4. I love it. I love how you stained the top and painted the rest. I also love the drapes. I wish I could hang mine higher, but I have a soffit above my patio door, with barely enough room for a rod as it is. It was neat seeing the evolution of your room. :)

  5. Your new table looks nice. I like the long drapes too; soft elements always make a house feel homey. I enjoy seeing pictures of your home because you always include those soft elements-some homes today seem too bare without the drapes. (Of course, I just bought a new home and I don't have drapes up yet but I have to wait until I can afford them!)Your home always looks so beautiful and elegant. I especially like it because you can tell a woman lives there with your love of pretty things.

    I am sure whatever you choose will turn out lovely. I think a patterned rug might work better under a table since they hide stains-solid color rugs can be challenging under a table of any kind. I'd like to see the chair recovered to add a little more color. The blinds will add another layer and be a nice addition. I'd probably choose bamboo shades closer to the wall color for a natural look-I think it would be too dark to match the top of the table. For a centerpiece, I'd just make sure it's large/tall enough since it's a larger table. A too small centerpiece gets lost.

    I'd like to see where the door opens. You were smart to swap out the table if the door hits-no one likes that. I too love round tables however if the door hits, you can use it.

  6. I love it! It turned out so nice, you would never know it was a moldy spider infested craigslist find! It looked like a lot of work, but it was so worth it. Beautiful job!

  7. Gorgeous! But you know what my fave part of your post was? Showing the transformation of your breakfast nook area through the years! LOVED that!


  8. Your table set is gorgeous! The top is my favorite part! The whole room looks fresh and bright. I really like the curtains too!

  9. Only a man would design a kitchen nook that way! You can install a door that opens to the outside instead of in. I know what you are thinking.....then the hinges will be outside and someone can just remove them and break in to your home. Not so. There are doors with special hinges that are made to open out, not in. My brother in Florida has one in his kitchen. I'm sure some woman designed it! he he!

    LOVE the table and chairs. Well done you!


    1. The area is actually large enough for a small table without the door hitting, BUT when you have a bigger family and need a larger table (like we have) with more seating is where you run into a problem with the door hitting, so in actuality the space and the door is not a poor design!

  10. I agree with you I love the round table too!! I keep hoping that I can have a place for a round dining table, so far i have square spaces.

  11. Love the table redo! You did a fantastic job and it turned out beautiful! I do love the round table. Glad you kept it.

  12. I love the table size, style, color combo!! It looks great! I also love to see the evolution of the room over the years. Could you post of picture of how the door was in the way of the tables?

  13. WOW.... I've lived in my home for 11 years and I still have no window treatments up in my breakfast nook. I have NO decorating eye... (obviously). I think they've all been lovely ideas... :) Very pretty.

  14. I stumbled upon your blog as I'm looking for a new Christmas tree for our new home...I'm starting early this year! I absolutely LOVE your style, and your house looks a lot like mine - especially the entryway and kitchen. So I'm excited to get even more inspired with your holiday decorations this year! Specifically - I'm looking for inspiration for a new tree. We get artificial (terrible allergies) and I'm really bad at decorating them. Any tips/tricks to decorating a beautiful tree?

  15. I love how it finally ended. Oh we keep changing our livingroom like you did your dining room. At some point you finally figureout the perfect set up.


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