Today I am excited to reveal a room makeover in our open concept kitchen dining area! My goal for this space was to create a modern traditional look that is both cozy and functional. I chose a round gray dining table, natural wishbone chairs, and brass pendant with opal glass. Keep reading to compare the before and after! This modern breakfast table and chairs completely transformed our space.

Side note: I wish there were a name for this area of an open concept home! It is not a breakfast nook or a dining room, just a small area between our kitchen and living room. A little research showed that some people call it a “diner kitchen” or “eat-in kitchen.” What would you call it? Let me know in the comments below!

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Kitchen Before and Design Thoughts

Kitchen table before

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Our previous table was a white drop-leaf table with matching chairs. It no longer fit my style, and looked pretty worn. Since our home is open concept, and the breakfast table sits in a small space between the living room and kitchen, I wanted to stick with a round table. It creates a clear walkway all around, and as a mom I’m always a fan of furniture without corners!

Next, I planned to update the light fixture to something more clean and modern. I hoped to find one with aged brass accents that would coordinate with the chandelier in our dining room.

Finally, I had my heart set on wishbone chairs! Rather than matching the table, I wanted to use two different wood tones for a more collected look. And since we have white walls, cabinets, and other furniture, I planned to add some contrast with natural wood.

Round Gray Dining Table with Wishbone Chairs in a Kitchen

Round Gray Dining Table with Wishbone Chairs in a Kitchen, round breakfast table, poly and bark natural wishbone chairs with woven seats, brass pendant light, faux greenery
Round Gray Dining Table with Wishbone Chairs in a Kitchen, round breakfast table, poly and bark natural wishbone chairs with woven seats, brass pendant light, faux greenery
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Here is the new look! I could not be happier with how this space came together. Let me walk you through all of the details.

1. Natural Wishbone Chairs for a Kitchen

Poly and Bark Weave Chair, wishbone chair
Poly and Bark Weave Chair, wishbone chair

These beautiful Poly and Bark Weave Chairs in natural have been on my wishlist for years, and were an easy choice! The wishbone chair woven seat is comfortable and adds great texture, and I love the cozy look contrasted with the more modern elements of the space. They are sold in a set of two, and come in a variety of colors. Check them out in black!

2. Round Gray Dining Table for a Breakfast Nook

Round Gray Dining Table with Wishbone Chairs in a Kitchen, round breakfast table, poly and bark natural wishbone chairs with woven seats, brass pendant light, faux greenery
Poly and Bark Weave Chair, wishbone chair

Secondly, to complement the chairs I chose the Hudson Round Dining Table. It is just a bit smaller than our previous table, which is better for the space. This round gray dining table has an X-shaped base for a modern look. At the same time, the brushed gray wood look keeps the design casual and a little bit rustic. It is a perfect designer dupe for high end tables!

3. Brass Eldridge Pendant with White Opal Glass

Hudson Valley Lighting Eldridge aged brass pendant
Hudson Valley Lighting Eldridge aged brass pendant

Remember how I mentioned coordinating the fixture with the dining room chandelier? I chose a kitchen pendant by the same lighting group, so the aged brass tones match perfectly! This is the Eldridge 1-light Aged Brass Pendant. The “opal” glass creates a warm glow when the light is on, and softens the overall look. You could also use two or three pendants over an island.

4. Centerpiece for a Gray Dining Table

Round Gray Dining Table with Wishbone Chairs in a Kitchen, round breakfast table, poly and bark natural wishbone chairs with woven seats, brass pendant light, faux greenery
faux greenery, frosted green willow foliage spray

Finally, the greenery! These Frosted Green Willow Stems are easy to style and look realistic. They complement the round gray breakfast table by adding a natural element.

Always be sure to bend the branches and stems of artificial greenery so they do not look too perfect. And here’s a tip: if you don’t love bright greens, or simply want variety, look for products with “frosted” in the name! The color is more muted.

breakfast table, pendant light, bamboo shades
Round Gray Dining Table with Wishbone Chairs in a Kitchen, round breakfast table, poly and bark natural wishbone chairs with woven seats, brass pendant light, faux greenery
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In conclusion, I think the round gray dining table and wishbone chairs have helped create a designer look on a budget. And this refresh has inspired me to continue working on our kitchen! For example, I started painting the interior doors! Home takes time and I’m not rushing, but it is fun to make this builder basic home fit our family’s needs and style.

What space are you daydreaming about?

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6 Comments

  1. Hi Caitlin! Following you from up in Canada & I love your style! You mentioned starting to paint your interior doors and the pantry looks beautiful. Do you mind telling me what paint colour you used on the trim and the walls?
    Thanks so much,
    Sara

    1. Hello Sara! Thank you so much, that means a lot! I’m glad you like the pantry color. Our walls are Polar Bear by Behr in eggshell. I’m not sure about the trim as it was painted by the builder–I think it is more of a pure white. I would love to paint the trim Polar Bear in satin but not feeling motivated, lol!

      1. Hi Caitlin,
        Thank you for your reply. I can totally relate to a lack of motivation when it comes to painting. So. Much. Work.
        Lol.
        I’m sorry for the misunderstanding. I’m looking for the colour you used for the contrasting trim and doors showing behind your table in the first picture on this page. Maybe it’s a closet door? It looks like a light beige-grey.
        I appreciate your taking the time to respond!
        Sara

        1. Hi Sara! So sorry, I should have just mentioned that color too! The pantry is Revere Pewter by Ben Moore. I had it color matched by Home Depot in their Marquee line which is my favorite! I’m working on a blog post about painting interior doors right now, so stay tuned if you are looking for more info there 🙂 Hope that helps!

  2. Hi-
    Where are you kitchen blind from and what style/color are they? They are perfect in your space!

    1. Hi Katrina, thank you so much! Here are the blinds. The color is “capri maple.”

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