Rustic Farmhouse Breakfast Area Reveal – Before And After

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We’ve lived here for a little over a year now and I’ve tweaked and tweaked my breakfast area until I finally have it looking just the way that I want it.  I’ve shared parts of the area several times – both here on the blog and on Instagram.  (Do you follow me on Instagram?  You totally should. winkwink)  

Here on the blog, 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 diy projects that I did for this space and get the tutorials HERE.

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

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I admit that I was a little afraid when I pushed the button to order this 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.

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I definitely think that a diy installation of a 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.

The light fixture is well made and sturdy.  I think it looks much more expensive than it actually sells for.  Two of the light shades were missing when it arrived, but all I had to do was to let the folks at Parrot Uncle know and they sent a whole new set of eight shades right away.

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.

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A huge, huge thank you to Parrot Uncle for providing me with the finishing touch for my breakfast area!  (See my full disclosure policy HERE.)  You can see their full line of pendant lighting HERE.  They carry all sorts of lighting for every style, including cool floor lamps, which you can check out HERE.

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.  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.

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I almost always think that window treatments give most any room the finishing 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!

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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  1. Wow, your dining room is so beautiful! I love everything about this space; from the amazing light fixture, the drapes, the shelves, and the bench with the large frame above. It is all so beautiful! Love your style and thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Hi MeMe. You’re too sweet – thank you so much!

  2. It’s stunning! You know I always love looking at your kitchen and this updated area makes it even more beautiful! What a huge difference from the original photo! I would be hanging out in there all day. Enjoy!

    1. Hi Shelley. I’m always amazed at the difference whenever I look back at the before photo of this whole space. I’m so glad that you like it – thank you!

  3. Just beautiful! I love the lightings no especially the drapes!!

    1. Hi Deborah. I’m so glad that you like the breakfast area! I don’t know whether I like the drapes or the light fixture better either! 😀

  4. This is perfection! When you share the drape info, could you also please instruct how you did the rods around the bay? I’ve never figured out how to make drapes go around a corner and look seamless.

  5. Wow what a transformation and I agree the right light fixture makes a huge impact…I am trying to decide what to hang over my kitchen island. I like the industrial look but my home has a lot of MCM so I am considering that style as well…I am not in a rush and think that when I see the one I want it will be call out to me 🙂
    Keep sending the styling posts…it helps me think of ways to reinvent my decor displays.

    1. Hi Kelly. So glad that you enjoyed this post! Good luck with your hunt for the right fixture. You’re smart to wait for the right one. I’m terrible about doing that. BTW – what is MCM?

      1. Hi Suzy, I just love the dresser in your dining area! I usually like to paint my thrift store finds, too, but this one is a beauty and I think you were wise to leave the natural wood. BTW, MCM is Mid Century Modern, but I’m sure you have figured that out by now.

  6. Susie, Your dining room is stunning and your transformation is beautiful! Love that handsome light fixture too!

    1. Hi Mary. I’m so glad that you like my breakfast room – thank you! Hope you’re doing well!

  7. Suzy what a transformation! Love all the touches. I need to take a trip to Target! Black and white stripes are right up my alley!! YOU did a great job in your new kitchen!!

    1. Thank you so much, Kathysue! I’ve been tempted to go grab some more of those little black and white pitchers myself!

  8. Nancy Carroll says:

    It’s beautiful GF!!! The shelving, chandelier and window treatments are perfect final touches!!!! I wouldn’t want anyone to sit at the table and mess it up LOL.

    1. Thank you, GF! I only allow Pookie to use one end of the table when he eats there. LOL

  9. You have the perfect sized room for that light fixture! Stunning! 😉

    1. Thank you, Donnamae! It looked so huge when it first came out of the box and then sat on my floor waiting to be installed. Lot’s of second guessing myself was going on.

  10. What a beautiful space you have created. So different from the before picture! And that light fixture is spot on perfect! Thanks for sharing, and hope you have a peaceful, happy New Year.

    1. Thank you Jae and Happy New Year to you as well!

  11. Love you dining area! I have the pig (Millie ) in my dining area also! The transformation of the before and after is beautiful of your dining space! I am in the process of adding the open shelves above my side bar.
    Thank you for sharing your home.

    1. So glad you like everything! Good luck with your shelves! They sure made a difference in my room.

  12. Where did you get the mounted pig (Mr. Wilbur)?

  13. J. McKeever says:

    Where are your upholstered chairs from?

    1. I ordered them from Walmart last year. I’m sorry, but I don’t have the direct link to them or know if they are available anymore. Target also had some.

  14. Ruth Kilchenman says:

    I love it so much! Everything is perfect! Forgive me if you’ve already answered this somewhere, but where did you get the dining room table?

    1. Thank you so much, Sherry!

  15. Absolutely beautiful! I love the light fixture you chose, and the curtains are my fave too!

    1. Aw – thank you so much, Nicki!

  16. OH my word Suzy…I am so in love (and envy) with your new light fixture!! It fits the breakfast area perfectly.
    Have a great day.

    1. Thank you, Tina! Hope you have a great day too!

  17. Amie White says:

    So beautiful!! Would you share where you purchased your shelves? I love them!

  18. Suzy,
    Absolutely stunning, dear one!!!
    I love that you decorate for Winter!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Pat!