My Husband’s “Coffee Shop”

I never would have thought that this little corner of our house would become so important to my husband.

My Husband's "Coffee Shop"

No, not the breakfast nook.  And not the DIY painted slipcovers on the chairs.  And not the leaded glass panels (even though we love those).  Look closer.

My Husband's "Coffee Shop"

Clooooooooser.  Now you’ve got it!

My Husband's "Coffee Shop"

My husband’s family gave him this gnarly espresso machine for his birthday in February and he has since become a man possessed.  It makes him swoon.  It can foam and steam and grind and do all sorts of crazy things and it has caused him to consume more caffeine in the past few weeks than I thought humanly possible.

Who would have thought that this ugly nook . . .

My Husband's "Coffee Shop"

. . . could eventually be turned into my husband’s favorite spot in the house?

My Husband's "Coffee Shop"

Our wine fridge recently died (sad!) so we replaced it with a beverage center instead – now it houses overflow soft drinks, wine (sniff, how I miss it!) and . . . you guessed it . . . more goodies for the espresso machine.

My Husband's "Coffee Shop"

Other than the fact that my husband is delighted, the sole reason I’m excited about his new coffee shop is the cute little mugs.  :)  We got them in my family’s Christmas gift exchange (thanks, Jessie & Charles!) and they’re just perfect for his endless cups of espresso.  Aren’t they cute?!?

My Husband's "Coffee Shop"

I’m thinking about making a little chalkboard menu for Jason’s coffee shop – something like this, maybe?  I’ll keep you posted.  :)  Is there a nook in your house that has randomly turned into an important spot for your family?

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The Saga of the Breakfast Room Chairs: Part I

It all started around Christmas.  Each year, we shove the breakfast room table and chairs into the garage to make room for our Christmas tree – this particular December I decided the table and chairs should never return.

Breakfast Nook

So then we lived without a table or chairs for weeks and weeks.  Our enormous chair sat in their place (we never got our rears in gear to move it out after we swapped it for the secretary in the den), and our house looked like crazy people lived there.

The Saga of the Breakfast Room Chairs: Part I

One fateful day, I received a $100 coupon to World Market – our luck had changed!  We earned this gift because we bought a ton of furniture from World Market to stage the flip.  And at World Market, our luck continued – our favorite solid-wood pedestal table had been marked down from $449.99 to $299.99, which made it under $200 with our coupon.  Yay!!!!

The Saga of the Breakfast Room Chairs: Part I

I assembled it with love and care, and our table woes were solved.  But what to do about those pesky chairs?  Our guests would surely object to eating dinner while doing squats around the table, wouldn’t they?

The Saga of the Breakfast Room Chairs: Part I

So the hunt for 4 affordable, attractive chairs was on.  During the hunt we started refining our criteria – the chairs needed some fabric to soften up the breakfast nook and break up all of that wood, the total price for all the chairs needed to be reasonable, it would be nice if the fabric could be washed, not too modern, not too traditional . . . it went on and on.

As the hunt wore on, I swore that I would not bring any more furniture from Ikea into my home – I was an adult, gosh darnit!  Surely there were other attractive, affordable chairs out there that met our needs.  Weren’t there?

As it turned out . . . nope.  These babies from Ikea turned out to be just the ticket.

Fabric Choices for the Breakfast Nook

Comfortable, slipcovered, classic lines, and the price was right.

But what to do about the slipcovers?  Basic white just wouldn’t cut it – after all, they were going into a breakfast nook where the only two colors currently going on in there were brown and white.  More white wouldn’t do.

So the idea of a Liz-made slipcover was born.  The idea took hold and I just couldn’t shake it – I would transform myself into a seamstress!!  The web abounds with tutorials for slipcovers, how hard could it be?  I decided to tackle the challenge.

Fabric was chosen with the help of my trusty readers, and just a few days later it arrived.

The Saga of the Breakfast Room Chairs: Part I

The fabric was gorgeous!

The Saga of the Breakfast Room Chairs: Part I

But it just wasn’t right.  At first I convinced myself that I could make it work, but no – the glorious fabric was simply too pink to play nicely with my boldly-hued great room.

I was crushed.  My dream of sewing slipcovers for the breakfast room chairs had died (although I’ll admit I had a few qualms about it) and now the deadline for having my chairs completed was rapidly approaching.  Yes, I have a secret deadline.  You see, I’m having a little backyard BBQ for my 30th birthday on Saturday and I hope to have the breakfast room looking somewhat presentable.

So what’s a girl to do?  To be continued . . .

P.S.  I forgot all about the “Finish this Sentence” blog party this Friday!  The topic is in the sidebar if you want to join in.

The Glass Fairy

Have I ever told you guys that my mom totally rocks?  And that she’s super talented?  And that she moonlights as a glass fairy?

Well, you don’t have to take my word for it – just take a look at how she transformed the simple hutch in our breakfast room from this:

The Glass Fairy

into this stunner of a showpiece:

The Glass Fairy

See?  I told you she was amazing!  She put away her glass tools about 25 years ago and decided to bust them out of hibernation to spiff up our hutch – and we knew the end result would be gorgeous, since her handiwork is all over my parents’ house, from the windows in the front of the house to the china cabinet to an awesome glass coffee table.

But back to our little hutch.  The first step in taking our glass panels from plain glass to snazzy leaded glass was to tape our pattern onto the panels like this:

The Glass Fairy

That way we could make sure that we liked the pattern and that everything would line up just so.  Then Mom whisked away the plain glass panels to her workshop (i.e., my sister’s old bedroom) and worked her leaded glass magic, which included things like cutting glass, stretching lead, and soldering everything together.

Pretty soon Mom had created 8 custom panels that looked like this:

The Glass Fairy

Love those diamond shaped bevels!!  If you look closely, you can see numbers and arrows drawn onto each of the individual pieces of glass – since there were four different sizes of panels for the hutch, Mom used this system to make sure that none of the pieces got switched around (which would have made the panels totally wonky):

The Glass Fairy

After Mom dry-fitted each one of the panels, she dabbed a little clear silicone into each of the corners and the middle of the panels and then tapped them into place:

The Glass Fairy

To keep the panels from getting frisky while the silicone was drying, she used tiny nails to hold them in place along with some serious clamps (that you can see in the picture above).

The Glass Fairy

So what do you guys think of the transformation?  Isn’t my mom the coolest??  And in addition to being cool, she’s also totally generous – now she’s working on a few pieces for my craft room!  Am I a lucky duck, or what??

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