Kitchen Breakfast Bar

It’s been a crazy week here and we were out of town this weekend so we weren’t able to do too much around the house. So I’m posting about the breakfast bar in my kitchen that we renovated a few months ago. The kitchen is my favorite project to date and I just realized I haven’t posted about it very much! So get ready for kitchen overload coming up.

The kitchen was originally closed off and separated from the living room by a wall. We wanted to open up the main floor so we knocked it down. I thought the wall was going to be load bearing and we would be stuck with it but Jack was convinced it wasn’t and thankfully he was right. Just this once 🙂 Here is the “before” wall with cabinets that we took down:

Kitchen breakfast bar

And after the wall take down:

Kitchen breakfast bar

To still give some separation between the dining and living area and the kitchen, we decided to put a raised breakfast bar where the wall was originally. Making the kitchen open to the living area made all the difference!

Kitchen breakfast bar

We kept the oven in the same place and since we didn’t want to have the stovetop in the way while sitting at the breakfast bar, we thought it would be best to raise it. And it also hides anything sitting on the counter when you are looking at it from the living room.

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We went with a curved edge for the granite countertop. I really can’t tell you why we did it that way but we just kind of went with it.

Kitchen breakfast bar

Kitchen breakfast bar

I picked out the corbels from Menards and there were so many choices it was crazy. I liked these ones because they were open in the middle so they gave a more “airy” look. They also looked more updated than the ones with carved details on them. They came unfinished so I spray painted them white before installing them.

Kitchen breakfast bar

For the base of the breakfast bar, we added wainscoting just like we did in our sunken living room. It gives it more detail and doesn’t look like a plain wall behind the bar stools. We had to keep the return air vents in the half wall because to move them would have been a big pain and expensive. They don’t look the best but the bar stools hide them for the most part.

Kitchen breakfast bar

Kitchen breakfast bar

We definitely use the island more than the bar top to eat at right now but it is nice to have the different options when people are over. I think the wainscoting and corbels are small pieces that make it look like we didn’t totally do it ourselves in a day. Knocking the wall down made such a huge difference for this kitchen and it’s my favorite room to be in!

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