budget remodel during remodel bright breakfast room
Photo: Deme Crinion
During: Tearing out the wallpaper modernized the kitchen, but bulky furniture still made seating a hassle.
What They Did
First, James removed three layers of 1970s- and 1980s-era wallpaper and hired a contractor friend to help replaster the walls. For a unique look that wouldn't overwhelm, Deme painted the corner nook in tonal light- to medium-gray stripes. The couple scoured Craigslist for seating, settling on an L-shaped bench with hinged seats for art-supply storage and painting it and the nook's existing table in easy-to-clean satin white. Deme sewed durable outdoor-fabric–covered cushions to make the bench more comfortable. The tall ladderback chairs overpowered the new arrangement, so James sawed off the top rails before Deme painted the chairs a punchy coral. Framed prints and a "gallery wall," where the kids can clip up their own projects, finish off the space. Now the nook fits everyone and provides a cozy crafting spot. "It was an awkward space, which forced us to be creative," Deme says. "But it's become such a cheerful corner."
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