when we were looking at houses before we bought ours, i always loved the idea of a kitchen nook. they are so cozy to me...a fun little space to sit with the family, share a meal, and tell each other of the day's happenings. when we looked at our house, i didn't love it at all. in fact, i wrote it off for many reasons. i didn't even notice the kitchen nook, to be honest, because it was covered in puffy wallpaper, had no built-in seating, and was rather plain.
luckily we couldn't find any houses we loved (we had to have a two story...that was our deal breaker) (they are fairly rare in our neighborhood), our realtor suggested that maybe we look at this house again. so we did, and am i ever happy, because now it's ours, and now i love it. and now, thanks to chris, we have built-in seating in our kitchen nook.
however, winters being the winters they are in minnesota, we were blessed with an ice damn on our roof, which resulted in a horrible leak in our roof in january. right over our nook. so, we needed to replace the ceiling and wall....all of which chris could do.
so, while he was at it, i came up with a few ideas for a "new" kitchen nook.
here it is before. still cute, but also a bit plain.
the story behind how chris did this is funny (now) (but not at all at the time). we were hosting our monthly neighborhood party at our house on february 21, which was chris' deadline to finish the nook area. by february 19, nothing was done. on february 20, he took the day off to finish it (keep in mind he has months to do this, and in typical chris fashion waited until the actual last minute) (also keep in mind that few things stress me out, timelines are one of them), and when i got home from work, i was so excited to see the progress. except....no. he had forgotten that i wanted the walls painted white and the tops of the benches painted turquoise. and the house was still a disaster because all of the stuff from the kitchen was now placed all over the rest of the house.
i was not happy. i helped paint a bit, but i was so mad that i really didn't even want to be in the room with chris. all was forgiven though the next morning when i woke up to find it done. he stayed up until 3am just to finish it for me.
and here it is, in all it's glory.