DIY and easy breakfast counter for your kitchen
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With all the remodeling we've done in this house, this little spot is BY FAR my favorite!
When we were doing the layout of the room we wanted to add a window to this side of the house, but with all the cabinets we wanted this was the only spot to put it - after the last cabinet. Of course it just looked "odd" so I had to come up with something. We live in an area with a lot of wildlife so this window was the perfect place to sit - so we made a little breakfast counter where we could relax, watch the wildlife and enjoy our morning coffee all at once. It's perfect!
What you'll need:
wood (I used a 1"x8"x10' pine board)
2 brackets (you need these heavy duty ones, not the ones for shelving!)
Classic Gray wood stain
a wood sealer
3" screws and 3/4" screws
MISC: screwdriver, studfinder, level and a pencil
Take your board and cut it to length. My window was 32", my trim was 2" wide and I wanted the board to go past the window 5" on each side so I ended up cutting my board to about 46" long. Once I had the board cut to size I sanded it down really well. I sanded the edges as well to give it a more rounded edge instead of the square.
Once I had the boarded completely sanded I stained it. I used this gray wood stain for my wood and I absolutely love it! I ended up applying about 3 coats of stain, letting it dry about 2 hours in between each coat. It was a beautiful summer day so it dried pretty fast. Once the last coat had completely dried (I waited about 12 hours ) then I applied this wood sealer to help protect the wood and the new stain and let it dry for 24 hours.
Now you need to locate and mark the studs in your wall so you can
attach your brackets. I chose gray brackets because they blended in
perfectly. Make sure for a project like this you use the sturdier
brackets, usually located in the lumber department of your hardware
store and not the brackets that are by the shelving - they are not
strong enough to support the weight.
Now here is where you may need another person for help. Decide where
exactly you want your counter to go and make little marks on your wall
if you need to. Make sure you have your level handy to make sure your
counter is level and straight with your window. I attached my
breakfast counter so that the top of the counter was about 1" below my
Mark out the holes from your bracket onto the wall and then predrill
those holes. Once you have your holes predrilled, attach your brackets
to the wall with long screws. We used 3" screws to attach ours.
When you have your brackets attached, attach your counter top to your
bracket. Make sure these screws are shorter so that you don't drill
through the top of your counter.
Then add some plants, stools and start up your coffee pot and enjoy your new little kitchen spot.