February has been a busy month – between being in the middle of various house projects, having guests stay with us (yay!), and getting the flu (not yay). I have definitely fallen behind on blogging, but this post will wrap up a few different projects I’ve had going on.
We have a small breakfast area in the kitchen, between the peninsula of the main U-shaped kitchen, the laundry nook (hidden by the ugly bi-fold doors in the photo below), and the atrium. It’s too big of a space to leave completely empty, but would also be overwhelmed by a large table. I ended up buying a bar-height table from CB2 that I have had my eye on for a long time. Here’s the table when it arrived in all its glory…
A while back I found the perfect sized pendant lamp at Lowe’s to hang above the kitchen table. It wasn’t the right color, but it was so much cheaper than the pendant lamps I had seen anywhere else that I decided to buy it and do some spray painting.
I applied two coats of metal primer first.
And then two coats of a glossy black. The underside was already white, which happened to be the color I wanted.
Knowing I wanted a bar-height table in the kitchen, I looked for barstools for a long time. Unfortunately, I learned they can be very expensive! My favorite barstools from CB2 were $120 each, which is crazy to me. I eventually picked up some reasonably priced Bosse barstools from Ikea.
I knew they would need paint, because the yellow-y birch would clash (in my opinion) with the butcher block counters we are putting in, which are beech and more of an orange hue. And here’s the table after we figured out how to put it together!
I tried out Zinsser’s oil-based primer that supposedly makes anything paintable, even laminate furniture. I barely sanded the barstools at all before priming, so if this paint job holds up over time I will be sold on Zinsser.
After two coats of primer, the barstools got two coats of Behr’s “Kiwi Squeeze” in semi-gloss.
And I finally had a small area to decorate! Of course, we still need baseboards and crown molding in this room, the garage door in the background needs paint and door trim, and the bi-fold doors to the laundry area need painting as well. I’m also thinking of adding a rug beneath the table.
I love the storage in this table! The upper shelves currently store napkins, placemats, coasters and magazines.
There are also shelves on the other side of the table; the laundry area makes it hard to get a good picture of them. I used one of the shelves for my small amount of cookbooks/food-related books.
We are also just about done installing new countertops in the kitchen — I’m excited to post about it soon :).