Monday, February 11, 2013

The Kitchen

I have begun to realize that this house redo is going to take a lot longer than I thought-lol.

Though all of the painting is finished (yeah!), over the next several months I will be making curtains, nesting and fluffing.  So, today I am going to show you the kitchen, as it is so far.  Then I am going back to normal blogging.  When anything new happens here at The Comforts of Home, I will let you all know.

So remember this post here,  where I mentioned that we really don't use a breakfast area as a place to eat normally?  I wanted to create a "lounge" type area, that friends could sit at, while I was cooking and they could sip a class of wine and nibble on appetizers.  Here is the way mine turned out.

Here is my room before...the day we look at the house.  Notice the old light fixture?  Everything was kind of 1990's in this house.


Here are some inspiration photos, I found on Houzz.com.

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Here is my kitchen lounge area so far.



See the table?  Let me show you how it started out.

I bought this old sewing table base, with a cheap plywood top for $45 last year.


I went to Lowe's and bought this spruce raw wood table top.  Sanded it, beat it up a little, stained it and used a wipe on poly to protect the top.

The look I was going for was an old French bakers table or wine tasting table.  Here are some of my inspiration pictures.




I like the way it turned out....

Next post, I will show you more of the kitchen and give some details.

Linking with:


Savvy Southern Style - WOW
Coastal Charm
No Minimalist Here ~ Open House Party

46 comments:

Salmagundi said...

I like the idea of a kitchen lounge! Yours is so inviting. Sally

Stacey said...

Oh I love that Penny! I have a couple of friends who used their eating area in a similar way. It's cozy and makes more sense for some families. The furniture pieces you have are great. The table is wonderful.

bobbie said...

Looks good to me ~ I'll have a Pinot Noir, please!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks like a very comfortable lounging area, Penny! I could just see some friends sitting there enjoying some wine while you are cooking and being able to chat with them at the same time.

debi said...

Giant love as to how the table turned out!!!! Really!!

Hugs!

Adrienne said...

Oh, I wish I could sit in your kitchen lounge and chat with you! I love the way it turned out - and I LOVE your table. I can't wait to see more!
~Adrienne~

Penny said...

I love it Penny. Looking forward to sitting there when we get back in the spring. You are doing a great job.

Kathleen Grace said...

Lol, doesn't it always take longer than we think it will? It looks so cozy and comfy and I would so love a space like that in my kitchen!

Lorrie said...

Your kitchen lounge is a great idea. I love the way you repurposed the old sewing machine - it makes a wonderful table base. What a cozy place for drinks and conversation.

Kelly said...

I love how cozy and charming that area looks! Since you don't have children living at home, you really don't need a practical table and chairs set-up. This will probably be more comfortable for you and your husband anyway.

Vee said...

Completely charming! I'll be interested to know if it functions as you hope it will. My grandparents had a huge farmhouse kitchen with a daybed in one corner. Kitchens function in more ways than just for cooking. I like that!

Marissa said...

Wow.i need to hop in my car and run to Lowes! I love the table top! And your inspiration pictures are inspiring me...

Eileen said...

I really like your little kitchen lounge area! It looks perfect. It gives me ideas for our little breakfast nook. I absolutely love how you created your little table. It looks beautiful.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I LOVE the way it turned out Penny!! Love your pretty valances too!

Pamela said...

Love your little eating area Penny and that table turned out great!

see you there! said...

The wrought iron base for the table is a great idea. The seating area looks inviting. It may see like settling in is taking a long time to you but to me it is amazing how much you have accomplished.

Darla

Pat said...

This is just such a great idea. Your lounge area is wonderful!

Sharing Shadymont said...

Penny,

This is just beautiful! Love the way the table looks. Inviting!!

Catherine Holman said...

I love it Penny! It looks so cozy. Wish I had room in my kitchen for something like this.

April said...

Penny...I'm convinced that you could make a dog house look good!

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Penny, that table is lovely. I used to have an antique sewing machine base on a drawing board I had made for me. I gave it away when we moved. I think that your kitchen sitting area is wonderful. I love all the photos that you shared. So much inspiration.

Karen

Donnamae said...

I love your lounge, Penny. It makes so much sense, and looks great! ;)

BailiwickStudio said...

Love it! I've been looking for a sewing machine base for the longest time, but the ones I've seen are extremely pricey. You got a great deal! ::Jill

dgmills said...

I love the kitchen lounge area. How great to be able to cook and prepare a great meal while your guests enjoy visiting with you.
I love the idea you used for your lounge table. The house is looking wonderful.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

That's a great loounge area you've created!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Penny,
The area looks outstanding and you DIY table turned out really good. Thank you for sharing it at my party.

Blessings,
Linda

Jeanne said...

Hi Penny, My cousin left on Sunday and I am trying to catch up with my friends. I love the table with the sewing machine base so much. You nailed it for your plan to have a sitting area while you are cooking up a fabulous meal. It is perfectly charming.

xo, Jeanne

Art and Sand said...

I love your little lounge area. I have an old treadle sewing machine base that I use for a side table in the living room. I never thought of it as a base for a larger table. I must store that idea in my head for the future.

Mimi Sue said...

Great idea! When we had our kids at home we used our breakfast nook every single day. Since we are empty nesters we don't need it anymore. Love that table. Mimi

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

It looks magazine-worthy. And I like that beautiful picture on the wall.

Warmly,
Meredith

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

I love your lounge area! Love how you made the table and all your inspiration pictures!

Beverly said...

Ooh, yes. I am so loving this look, Penny. The sewing table is perfect.♥

Mary said...

Penny, it's looking really good and I just know you will use this comfy area often. Now, if only I could get a certain guy's Mac and files off my kitchen table, I might be able to use it again for food, or turn it into something like you have!!!!!

Happy decorating dear............do you still have your booth?

Love, Mary

Wild Oak Designs said...

I enjoy seeing what you have come up with so far. Great job on the table! I love all of your inspiration photos....Thanks!
Nancy
http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

WendyBee said...

That little corner is so cozy and inviting. I'd like to have my coffee there in the morning.

Sarah said...

Penny, it's all looking great. I know you are having fun with the process. We have a sitting area off our kitchen too. I call it our "morning room". '-)

White Weathered Hutch, said...

What an inviting space!
Thanks for sharing your progress!
I have the same sewing machine base and I topped mine with glass for our sun porch. But I love this idea as well>

Pondside said...

I really like what you've done here. We don't eat in our kitchen, yet have a table and four chairs in it. Mostly the table is used for reading the paper in the morning - or when my parents are visiting my dad spends the morning with coffee and papers there. I love the idea of a lounge area, but see that the window behind is common in most of your inspiration rooms - we have a solid corner in our kitchen. I'll have to give this some thought....thanks for the inspiration!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I would love to have a lounge area in my kitchen. I'm always in there by myself! All I have is an island with 2 stools. Not very sociable. :o) Looking forward to seeing how it all ends up!

Melanie said...

That lounge area is so inviting and gorgeous. I would love to sit there and have a glass of wine! Goes to show how creative your thinking is with buying that table and completely redoing the top. I didn't even know they sell raw wood table tops!

Rooms by Ann said...

I love the lounge area, that's a great idea.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love that wood top added to the base. Didn't know Lowes carried those. May have to look into that.

nannykim said...

Wow, nicely done! Great idea on the table too!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

WOW is right! I love this! You really have a wonderful imagination, Penny, and the creativity to follow through on it.

Debbiedoo's said...

Penny these are some awesome inspiration pictures.

Barbara said...

Fun to use the sewing machine trestle.