Before & After: From Breakfast Bar to Storage Space

published Aug 18, 2011
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Remember when every home we saw on HGTV was being renovated with a breakfast bar? They have their place for sure, but they don’t really lend much in the way of design as far as storage or even looks go. Many homes, rentals, and apartments have them, but did you know that overhang of countertop can be doing more for you? Want to see what this space looks like now? Should I keep asking silly questions?

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Our friends over at Homepodge tipped us off to this fun kitchen transformation over at May Days and although making big changes to your dining area might not be in the budget with all the back to school expenses, this one is well worth your time.

The space under their breakfast bar, which was previously occupied by barstools, has been filled in with stock hardware store cabinets (and their adorable chicken wire doors). A few trim pieces were added, a bit of paint and some faux feet really round out the look.

This adds a serious amount of storage to the space and is a great holding spot for many dishes or those extended pieces you busy out during the holidays. These could be installed in a rental with ease by attaching the cabinets with screws at the top and bottom. It would only be a few holes when you moved and would provide all sorts of storage in the mean time — especially if you eat somewhere other than this area (sofa we’re looking at you).

Check out the full details of the install to see how to get the look in your own home over at May Days.

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Image: May Days