Breakfast Nook Built-in

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The first project of the year is underway! If you’re a regular viewer of my Instagram stories, you already know all about it. And if you’re not, that’s where you’ll find all the sneak peeks before it hits the blog. This week we have contractors over at the house working on a breakfast nook built-in. The crazy thing about this project was that it wasn’t my idea. It was all my husband.

Mike had been wanting a this fancy espresso machine. The problem was that we weren’t sure where to place it. We had ran out of counter space, and even if we had it, the machine was too tall to place under the upper kitchen cabinets. He suggested extending the kitchen into the breakfast nook so the espresso machine would have a home and we could gain additional kitchen storage. I immediately bit off on it. And so the hunt for inspiration images began. Here’s what inspired me.


at home espresso station

| Room for Tuesday |

Perfect set up right here from Sarah at Room for Tuesday. Floating shelves above the espresso machine at a height that doesn’t interfere, and easy access to mugs and coffee accessories.

built-ins and floating shelves

| Studio McGee |

I like the symmetry of two tall cabinets on either side of the shelves. Tile runs up the full height of the wall. Love, love, that the cabinets sit directly on the counter top, and how there is a drawer at the bottom of the cabinets sitting on the counter. More on that later.

counter top kitchen cabinets

| Park and Oak |

More counter top cabinets, but this time with glass fronts. Definitely want that look in the breakfast nook.

charging drawer

| House Beautiful |

I mentioned that I wanted a drawer integrated into the bottom of the cabinets that sit on the counter like the Studio McGee photo. That drawer will have an outlet at the back so we can get all of our devices off of the kitchen counters and into a drawer for charging. Hidden charging and storage. No more cords taking up every outlet on the kitchen counter. I am THE MOST excited about this part.

Built-in Progress

kitchen builtin preparation
kitchen nook builtins

Here’s where we are with the breakfast nook built-in. Electrical has all been reworked and the main parts of the built-in are all installed. As I’m typing this they’re working on drawer fronts and cabinet doors. The piece and shelves will all be painted Sherwin-Williams Snowbound to match the kitchen cabinets. The same Silestone Lyra countertop will be installed, and the same white subway tile will go from counter to ceiling behind the shelves. We will have two sconces above that top shelf as well. You can click here to see the rest of our kitchen and layout.

It has been amazing watching these guys build this piece from scratch. And they do it so quickly! The above photo is after two days work. I had contemplated building this myself, but there is no way I could have built it as nicely, and it would have taken me ages.

I am sharing updates and more progress photos on my Instagram. Be sure to checkout my saved KITCHEN NOOK highlights for all the details.


  1. Pamela Avatar

    This added cabinetry is just what you needed for the extras in your kitchen. You will wonder why you never did this before. Thank you espresso machine❣ 😄☕

    1. Shelley Avatar

      I don’t think I could ever regret extra storage space. And I can finally have the open kitchen shelves I’ve always loved!

  2. Cassie Bustamante Avatar

    OHMAHGAWD. I love it already.

    1. Shelley Avatar

      I just stand and stare it now 😀

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