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Farmhouse-Fresh Breakfast Nook

Photo by David Brittain/IPC Images

It's a style that's comfortable and forgiving, where painted and rustic wood finishes only get better with wear. In this dining space, classic elements of the farmhouse look, such as a big, open-shelf hutch and a long communal-style table, invite a pile-up of pottery pieces—and plenty of friends and family to put them to use. Dishware that seems hand-thrown, textured linens, and fresh flowers hint at the rural life.

Keeping the lines clean and the color palette light give the look an updated feel. Bench seating is softened with striped toss-pillow cushions; a single French country armchair painted the same pale gray as the hutch adds a subtle bit of ornamentation. Whimsical farm-animal shapes—a judicious few—appear as accents.

Read on to learn how you can assemble your own casual, countrified breakfast spot with a little elbow grease and other thrifty alternatives to these antiques and one-of-a-kind finds.

Painted Hutch

Photo by Ted Morrison (hutch, chalk paint and brush), David Brittain/IPC Images

To give this handcrafted pine piece an instantly aged finish, brush it with gray paint in a chalky matte sheen.

Hutch, about $454; Sawdust City LLC

Paint, $39 per quart; Annie Sloan

Dairy Decanters

Photo by Ted Morrison (decanter), David Brittain/IPC Images

Before cartons, milk and cream were stored and served in glass or ceramic vessels.

Bottle, about $19; Farmhouse Wares

Cow creamer, about$10; Fishs Eddy

French-Country Dining Chair

Photo by Ted Morrison (chair), David Brittain/IPC Images

The homeowner's is vintage, but this new perch, with a scalloped back and a rush seat, has the same feel.

About $338; Wayfair

Pulley Pendant

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A funnel-shaped shade directs light over the table, and a counterweight system makes it height-adjustable.

About $230; Bellacor

Rustic Wood Beam

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Reclaimed barn wood gives this decorative box beam a weathered quality.

About $260; Faux Wood Beams

Toss Pillows

Photo by Ted Morrison (pillows), David Brittain/IPC Images

Add comfort with cushions in patterns, such as gingham checks and ticking-like stripes.

Gingham, about $25; SPR Home

Striped, about $44, (down insert sold separately); Dash & Albert

Sturdy Stoneware

Photo by Ted Morrison (stoneware), David Brittain/IPC Images

A pitcher of blooms and a nesting-hen dish liven up a harvest table.

Pitcher, about $20; Mast General Store

Hen, about $25; Bed Bath & Beyond

Robin's-Egg-Blue Dishware

Photo by Ted Morrison (dishware), David Brittain/IPC Images

These porcelain pieces look delicate, but they're dishwasher- and microwave-safe.

About $50 for a four-piece setting; Bed Bath & Beyond

Harvest Table and Bench

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Stain in a golden oak hue will warm up the look of this unfinished birch set.

Table, about $279,

and bench, about $70; IKEA