The Evolution Of A Farmhouse Breakfast Area

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I am sharing the evolution of my farmhouse breakfast area, with all the decor details and decisions I made!

The Evolution Of A Farmhouse Breakfast Area || Worthing CourtPin

Once we completed the major remodeling projects in our new-to-us, twenty year old home, it took me a full year to get my breakfast area looking just the way that I wanted it to.  I had several starts and stops and several fails along the way, but I can honestly say it was one of the most fun makeovers that I’ve ever completed.  So – for this week’s “Best of Worthing Court”, I’d like to take a look back at that dining room space and just how far it has come.  This room includes several easy and affordable DIY projects that you can copy and incorporate into your own home!

I shared when I came up with a kitchen and table linens storage solution, when I added a large printable above the bench (you can download a 9×11 copy of the printable HERE), when I made some changes to the gallery wall for fall, when I replaced the gallery wall with diy rustic industrial shelves and most recently was when I shared my Farmhouse Christmas Kitchen with you.  But I wanted to come back today to take a closer look with all of the Christmas decorations removed and with the whole area pretty much back to normal.

And BTW – you can read all about the fun DIY projects that I did for this space and get the tutorials HERE.

Breakfast Area Makeover Reveal with a wooden hutch and open wooden shelves.Pin

The first new addition to the farmhouse breakfast area is an amazing new light fixture.  Have you ever added something to a room and then realized that it was just what the space needed?  That was the case for me when this rustic/industrial beauty of a light that was installed.  Oh, how I love it!

Dining room table in solid wood with neutral fabric chairs.Pin

I admit that I was a little afraid when I pushed the button to order this  light fixture.  It sounded so much larger than the dinky one that was previously in this space.  Even though I felt that the size of it was exactly what this area called for, I was relieved when it was hung and looked just right.  Just look at all that rope and nailhead goodness.

Rustic Industrial light fixture for a farmhouse style breakfast area and kitchen.Pin

I definitely think that a DIY installation of a light fixture this size is a two person job.  Pookie installed it along with some help from my daughter’s fella.  It isn’t that the fixture was hard to install – the connections are just like any other – but this was a bit too heavy for me to help him with.  I would say that the hardest part of the whole installation was getting the plate that goes against the ceiling perfectly lined up so that it was straight.

Here’s a closeup of the fixture.  Did I mention all of the rope goodness that’s going on?  What you can’t see in this photo is that rope is also wrapped around each of the lamp arms.  Swoon.  And the nailheads?  I die.

Up close shot of the square light fixture over the dining room table.Pin

I’ve mentioned before, that our breakfast area sits in one of two turrets that are on the back of our house (the other is in our master bedroom).  I love, love, love the panoramic view that it provides of our back yard, but it was a bit of a challenge to come up with window treatments that were a) affordable, b) easy to install and c) didn’t block any of the view.  I always thought that I would go with diy faux roman shades on each of the windows, but decided that they wouldn’t be quite right in this space.  My solution was an affordable, no-sew, drapery option.  You can see how I put the whole window treatment together HERE.  BTW, that’s the granite on the corner of the kitchen island that you see in the lower left corner in the photo.

Bay windows in the dining room.Pin

I almost always think that window treatments give most any room the finishing final touch that it needs.  In this case, they help to enhance the view instead of blocking it or detracting from it.  My windows aren’t that dirty – it’s just the glare from the sun!

There is a small bench to the side with throw pillows on it.Pin

Plus, the grays, whites and browns in the pretty drapery fabric tie in perfectly with the rest of the room.

Open wooden shelves with topiaries on them.Pin

Over on the sideboard, I replaced a few things after I removed the Christmas touches that I had added. I filled my vintage looking toolbox with an assortment of black, white and gray dishes.  How cute are the black and white striped pitchers?  I found them in the dollar spot at Target last week.  Did you spy the wood block that I used to raise the pitcher in the toolbox higher?  Shhhh…don’t tell.

A vintage looking wood toolbox filled with white, gray and black plates looks right at home on the sideboard of a farmhouse style breakfast area and rustic shelf vignette.Pin

I added a little touch of holiday winter with a few sweet deer Christmas ornaments and neutral bottle brush trees under a cloche.

A little winter vignette using deer Christmas ornaments and neutral colored bottle brush treesPin

I allowed Mr. Wilbur to keep his position of authority, but removed the small silver Christmas ornaments that I had tucked into the wreath.  I replaced the ginormous Christmas pinecones with a lantern holding an artichoke stacked on a couple of gray plates and stole the black and white canisters from my laundry room.

DIY rustic farmhouse kitchen shelves display with cups and saucers.Pin

The addition of a faux boxwood orb, a white platter and a faux tobacco basket behind the toolbox completes the look that I’ll keep through the winter.

There are plates with napkins and napkin rings on the table.Pin

Oh – I promised a you a before, didn’t I?  Here is what the breakfast area looked like on the day that we first looked at the house.

Breakfast Area Before The Makeover with white flooring and a small glass table.Pin

And here she is AFTER.  Other than decorating the space, we replaced the vinyl flooring with hardwoods and painted the walls with Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige.  Oh, and we replaced all five of the windows in the turret too.

A wooden table, wooden hutch and large windows with window coverings on it.Pin

Nowadays, this is my view from my spot on the couch, which I admit, I kind of like.

There is a small basket on the floor by the entrance to the dining room.Pin

And btw – our breakfast area and kitchen are one long room.  The kitchen was a total gut job.  Here she is all decked out for Christmas.  Click HERE to take the full kitchen tour.

Farmhouse Christmas Kitchen decorated for the holidays.Pin

Thank you for stopping by to check out my farmhouse breakfast area makeover today!



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  1. Absolutely stunning transformation!! And I love the drapes!!

  2. This has to be one of my very favorite rooms! I love everything you’ve done and boy has it come a long way!

  3. That light fixture is amazing!

  4. Just beautiful. Your open shelving was part of the inspiration for my own open shelves! I love mine, too!

  5. I just love all that you have done to make your home warm with the farmhouse style. Thanks for sharing your home.

  6. Can you tell us about the curtain rods for the windows in the breakfast nook ? Maybe a tutorial ?
    The before and after in this room is really amazing Good job.

  7. Linda Manuel says:

    THE most gorgeous breakfast room on the net!! Yummy.

  8. Kelley Woerther says:

    Love the whole look. Very pretty.

  9. Kelly Smith says:

    The difference from before to after is amazing. Your amazing touches, completely change the feel of the room.

  10. Wowza, the fact that you can see beyond what the previous owners had done is proof you should be blogging. I think I’d heard only 15% of people can see beyond paint, furniture placement, clutter, etc. Everything is amazing!

  11. Would you share where you purchased your farmhouse table? It’s beautiful!

    1. Thank you! It came from World Market, but I don’t believe it’s available any longer. 🙁

  12. Hi, what a beautiful space! Can you tell me what is the spacing between your shelves, please?

    1. Thank you! The shelves are spaced 16″ apart.

  13. Just a lovely room…and I would only change one thing…the bench…and only because I spied a really beautiful old carved church pew