Kitchen & Breakfast Nook Makeover -One Room Challenge – Week 1

Spring 2023
One Room Challenge

Need Personality ASAP

I’m back! Back for another round of the One Room Challenge. I’ve got plenty of spaces in our new house that need some work but this time I am excited to be working on my kitchen and breakfast nook. I’m not getting all crazy this time just adding some much needed personality to the spaces. Plans and details are still getting worked out. Up until last week, I was convinced I was doing my hallway/foyer but switched gears…sorry hallway, I will get to you eventually!

Let’s take a look at the kitchen before picture and talk about what needs to be done.

(This was taken right before we moved in.)

kitchen before
Kitchen before

Other then the holes in the backsplash it pretty much looks the same. I even still have the blue tape on the cabinet. lol. The builders were suppose to change this door out months ago!!

Here’s what I’ll be working on in the kitchen over the next 8 weeks:

  • Tile Backsplash
  • Lights over island
  • Trim out and paint island
  • Hardware for cabinets
  • Barstools

I desperately want to rip out that corner pantry but I am going to contain my design brain and energy for other things I want to get done more.

Did I miss anything?

I knew when we moved into this house that the island was going to get an overhaul. I have been dreaming of doing powder blue cabinets for years now! So excited to finally make it happen!

Let’s look at some beautiful inspo to get this kitchen party started. Look at this beautiful color and kitchen!! Now mine will never look this good because…well I didn’t design it. Ha! I simply don’t have the beautiful symmetry like this one. Don’t worry…I’ll still make it as beautiful as it can be.

And now my breakfast nook.

breakfast Nook Before
Breakfast Nook Before- You may recognize my table and chairs from a previous ORC. Check that out here.

This is what it currently looks like….boring. 🙂

Here is what I will be working on in this space over the next 8 weeks.

  • Wall treatment – Either molding or wallpaper or both
  • Ceiling detail
  • Draperies
  • Rug (undecided)
  • New chandelier
  • Built-ins?
  • Smaller dining table?

The breakfast nook I am still working on a complete design plan. I should have this mostly figured out by next week. However, if I have learned anything from my past ORC’s, it is that plans change or evolve.

Some inspo for my breakfast nook. I’m digging the round table and I already have some pretty great green chairs!

Liz Cann
Designer Liz Caan Interiors

That’s it for now. Until next week friends.

I’ll be sharing my design ideas and plans as we continue on this journey. You can check out my IG for some behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, thoughts, probably bloopers and more.

There is always some great design inspiration happening over at One Room Challenge be sure to check it out!


Comments (2)
  • Deborah Main
    | 11 April 2023

    Hi Jana. I was so excited to see your name on the ORC website and that you’ll be doing your kitchen and breakfast nook!! I’ve missed your ORC’s and knew that you’d be jumping in soon with your new home. I love powder blue and green chairs for a breakfast nook sound fab too. Will definitely be following along! Wishing you all the best!! Go Jana!!! 🤗

    • Jana Donohoe
      | 16 April 2023

      Thank you so much Deborah! Yes it was only a matter of time for this new house to get the ORC makeover. So glad you joined me and looking forward to seeing what you think along the way.

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