The Breakfast Room

LAST UPDATED: May 04, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Sep 29, 2016 | By: Julie Blanner

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Oh, the breakfast room. I have spent more time running in circles trying to finish this room than I have dining in it. Alright, that’s an exaggeration, but this room hasn’t come without a lot of challenges. You may recall that when we purchased our home, it appeared to have been used as a third family room or reading room. It felt undefined, became really hot in the summer and chilly in the winter. With a small eating area in the nearby kitchen, we decided to make it a bright and sunny breakfast room.


First, we purchased a table large enough to fill the space and seat 14 guests. And then this happened. Then we purchased yet another table and added a light fixture. Shortly after, we added wood floors throughout our home, replacing the laminate that was once in the breakfast room.

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Then we had a hail storm and our roof leaked. The wall warped. I panicked. Not to fear, we had the roof replace. Whew!

Until one morning it rained really hard and the new roof leaked. This time the damage was much more severe, warping the floors, crumbling the wall, oh my!

Then it was repaired.

Then it leaked again.

Then it was repaired once and for all.

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Ah, alas! I can finally design the room to my heart’s content! I bought a Meyer lemon tree, hung my platters, added a rug and selected a painting.

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We had insulation blown in to make it comfortable year round.

After searching for the perfect style of trim, I had our carpenter create shadow box trim and had the walls painted the same color as the mudroom.

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Oops. The paint was incorrectly tinted. Every day it looked more yellow to me and I just couldn’t take it.

So, I paid to have it painted yet again, along with the ceiling. Our painter thought I was crazy to paint the ceiling the same color, but when it was done, he said “now everyone is going to start asking me to do it, it looks good” with surprise in his voice.

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Finally, our breakfast room is done and I’m over the moon excited about it. I love sitting in the chairs in our living room watching the trees sway as I write staring into it. I love watching the girls work on art at the table. I enjoy hosting friends for dinner with the ability to add leaves and seat everyone, avoiding a separate kids’ table. Guess what? It was worth the effort.

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But all good things must come to an end, and so is that happy thought. Our patio door no longer opens and desperately needs to be replaced {with French doors, of course} and as we were dining on the screened in porch Monday evening, we noticed that the shingles are warping.

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It’s alright though, it was just a gentle reminder that a home is a work in progress that is always evolving and while it may not feel like it in the moment, it almost always turns out better than you’d hoped.

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In the meantime, I’m going to dream about those French doors to take my mind off of the never-ending roof issues.

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If you feel so inclined, you can shop our breakfast room here:

platters | cow painting | rug | brass table | table | chairs {collected} | paint color




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