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Let's talk kitchen nooks. Specifically, my kitchen nook. You've seen it before, at Christmas:
Here's my problem: As much as I love the look of that table and chairs, it's completely impractical for my family because:
- it doesn't get any bigger
- I only have those four chairs which are not very comfy or sturdy 'cause they're vintage wood folding chairs, and there are currently 6 people living here with 4 more who come for holiday/free meals
- the sideboard is now my master bedroom dresser
- I have to open that danged sliding door several times a day to let a certain big, black creature get his squirrel fix.
My plan is to move this set to the dining room and find a new set for in here.
Other than that, I have no plan. Which is pretty typical for me.
Let me show you some other incarnations of this room as I've bought and sold many tables trying to reinvent this space.
Previous owner's stuff: Round table centered in the room. Just a wee bit of oak.
Here we'd just moved in and I hadn't painted a thing. I liked this table, but it wouldn't get any smaller and pretty much overwhelmed the space, even when I shoved one end against the wall.
So I sold it and the chairs and got this off craigslist, thinking perhaps a trestle might work if I turned it sideways and moved it toward the BIG EMPTY WALL.
Took about, oh I don't know, 3 days to decide it was too big, and not really my style. Sold it and got this from a consignment shop (and painted the walls...this would be the 3rd and current color, though it will be painted again soon):
This wasn't doing it for me either. It wasn't very sturdy, only 6 chairs, and one of them was a captains chair that wouldn't push in all the way. Drove me batty. Stuff like that just irritates me to no end. Can you guess what happened next? Here, I'll help you. I sold that set and bought the current set at the same consignment.
This is what the room looks like as of this morning. Side dresser is gone, turned the table longways in the room.
I took some more shots and a video so you could see the how the room is viewed from the different angles.
From the family room (as far as I know the pole is support and cannot be removed):
From the kitchen side:
Looking into the family room from the kitchen penninsula:
From the opposite corner at the hutch.
Honestly of all the ways I've had this room, I like it best like this....lots of room to move around the table and get to the sliding door. But we need a bigger table for my family with more chairs. All the big tables we've tried just overwhelm the space. It's only a 10x12 space. Then there's the big wall....would LOVE to cut a gigantic window out and put in a window seat, but I don't want to go to the expense unless I knew we were staying her for a very long time. Thought about building a bench and making a banquette-type seating area, but based on the above pictures, I didn't like the room 'shifted' to one side.
Here are some inspiration pictures. Note that I haven't started heavily into my 'decorating exercises' full force yet.
Like this look, but would obviously need something exponentially bigger....(source ?)
Really like this, but the way my room is, I don't think it would work. If I put a banquette against the peninsula or the back BIG wall, it would never feel airy and open like this kitchen eating area. I do love the white with the wood look though. (BHG)
Here's what I wish I could do. Cut a big 'ole window and seat into that wall, even bump it out like this. It would be perfect with a dark wood table and those black chairs. This is the 'look' I'd like. (BHG)
This is very similar to what I had previously when we moved in, but the table was too large. If I go with something like this again, I don't know that I could fit any more furniture in there without it feeling cramped. I love this look though. Very farmhouse-y.
This is Jennifer's kitchen from The Old Painted Cottage....I'm actually using the same wall color (RL Canvas Natural), love the long narrow farmhouse table, and the way she did her BIG blank wall. This prolly my favorite look, neutral but easy to add pops of color, a bit shabby, a bit cottage-y, a bit farmhouse-y. Definitely all my loves, and would work with my layout. Don't be surprised if my finished space looks an awful lot like this. I won't be using artichokes on my pre-set table. They'd become baseballs for my little guys. The chairs might be a bit too 'shabby chic' too, based on my changing tastes.
Here is Autum from Creative Little Daisy's dining room. LOVE her vintage table and bench. Think she'd give it to me?
This room is gorgeousness..
Perfect in form and function. I had these same window treatments in my last house. LOVE.
Here's Chris's Just Beachy's dining room. Why do you thing I love this? Wicker, ladderbacks, deep stained farm table, slipcovers. Delicious. Prolly not practical for everyday use, but still....
So....what say you? Should I try to make a banquette? A pedestal round table? A farm table? What about that big 'ole wall? It's 10 feet across. A scary amount of drywall to decorate.
Here's a tour, finessed with Bogart barking at me to let him in, shots of my messy kitchen with baskets o'homeschool crap, half decorated family room, and reflections of moi in my infamous pj's. Have mercy.