You might remember this post, where I mulled over different options to extend counter space. There were plenty of options and I think I changed my mind a million times. I had really tried to resist having anything covering the window in the corner until I saw this photo on Pinterest. A few days later, I noticed the below at one of my favorite Berkeley breakfast spots:
My girls had just left on a trip with their grandparents, and so I felt the fates had aligned.
Building a breakfast bar suddenly seemed to be the only solution -- and I had time on my hands to do it. Not only would I gain more counter space, I'd also have a bit of in-kitchen dining, and a place for guests to sit while I cook. (Because as we all know, guests like to hang out in the kitchen.)
So here is the area before I got to work:
|Shelves are 1x12 common boards trimmed with 1x2s nailed to the front to give the illusion of thickness. The breakfast bar rests on stainless steel brackets while the shelves in the nook rest on 1x1s screwed into the sides and back of the nook.|
Here is the freshly built and primed (but not yet painted) breakfast bar which extends over the window and wraps around the corner. I also built-in shelves behind the curtain to store my twins' art supplies and the stuff I had previously stored on the metal shelf next to the fridge.
|Forgot to take the packaging off the feet!|
I'm feeling pretty proud of myself, despite the fact that the guy at the local home improvement center was dubious I could build anything like this without the help of a man! But that's a story for another day.
I'm thrilled to have gained an additional 10 linear feet of counter space AND have a spot for friends to sit AND have a place for my girls to do homework while I cook -- they start kindergarten next week and I'm not feeling very excited about losing both my babies at once. But that too is a story for another day.