Project Diary #16 – Efficiency Apartment Dining Area & Coffee Bar


“Thyme” for another reveal! Squeezing in a dining area and coffee bar in an efficiency apartment can be a challenge! But a round counter heigh table, mix of bar stools and a coffee station/microwave cart fit perfectly tucked away in a corner of the room. 


Shaw Monterrey Grandview hardwood floors


apartment dining nook


old floor with fireplace


apartment dining nook


DIY craft studio // workshop - before room makeover @diyshowoff

After: A sneak peek of the kitchen too! See the full kitchen before and after reveal tomorrow!

apartment dining nook

I initially wanted a smaller table but kept coming back to this beauty. The size is a little bigger than I wanted but I was determined to make it work. 

And I originally thought I’d put the microwave and coffee maker on the kitchen counter but the gorgeous quartz kitchen counter was a splurge and once it was installed, there was no way I wanted to clutter it up. My Mr. DIY recommended a microwave cart and after a lot of online searching and shopping, I found one that fit perfectly behind the pantry closet door/short wall on the other side of the kitchen cabinets. Perfect solution!

coffee bar microwave stationapartment dining nook

And since the efficiency apartment sleeps 6, the addition of the pub/console bar behind the couch with barstools not only functions as a work station, but additional seating for dining as a breakfast bar. Perfect, right? 

breakfast bar console table with usb port

Looking from the bedroom doorway: 

apartment dining nook

Share your thoughts! 

What do you think? I mixed up the barstools that went with the breakfast bar with the seating I bought for the dining room table since the space is compact. I love the eclectic mix and how it all worked out. The leather barstools are my absolute favorite! That color and shape are perfect! 

Next up:

A gorgeous compact modern kitchen reveal! 

More about #helloredreno

The building has so much historical charm. It’s about one block from our town’s Main Street. The bus stop is literally steps away. There’s a gorgeous Butler, PA Bed & Biscotti across the street called Suite Retreat (how cute is that?!) and an antique shop nearby. There are breweries, the YMCA, shops, restaurants, salons, florists, candy/coffee shop, holiday parades and festivals within walking distance. So fun! If renovation from blah to ahhhhh is your thing, stay tuned!

So subscribe and be reminded of updates as the renovations progress! I’ll share before and after photos, projects underway and updates, plans and design boards, sources and links as they relate as well as fun events going on in and around the downtown area. I’ll be using a specific hashtag on social media to keep things all neat and tidy and organized.

#helloredreno and #suitethyme

I welcome your thoughts and ideas! And as always, thanks for your encouragement and support and for sharing in my joy and vision! 

The #helloredreno project diary:

Project Diary Entry #1 – Hello Red Reno!

Project Diary Entry #2 – Efficiency Apartment

Project Diary Entry #3 Color Passive Paint

Project Diary Entry #4 – Full Bathroom Demo Day

Project Diary Entry #5 – Sealing A Wood Plank / Shiplap Wall

Project Diary Entry #6: Bathroom Flooring

Project Diary Entry #7: Sealing Brick

Project Diary #8: Hardwood Floors

Project Diary #9: Carpeted Stairs

Project Diary #10 Vinyl Floor Tiles

Project Diary #11 – Living Room Before & After

Project Diary #12 – Christmas at the Studio

Project Diary #13 – Wallpaper Mural

Project Diary #14 – Entryway, Stairs & Landing Before & After

Project Diary #15 – Apartment Living Room Before & After Reveal

Project Diary #16 – Dining Nook & Coffee Bar


DIY Fall Festival – sharing festival fall ideas

DIY Fall Festival

Welcome back to the week DIY Fall Festival! You’re invited to share your fall craftiness and autumn decorating or browse the links to visit our festive blog friends already all decked out for fall! There were so many great links in last week’s Fall Festival! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful inspiring fall decorating!

fall decorating

This week, I took a little break from apartment renovation part 1249 to start to decorate for fall. I only decorate the dining room for fall. My DIY yarn pumpkins look so pretty on these candle pedestals. I love mixing a little aqua/teal with traditional autumn colors of golds, oranges, reds, browns…

yarn pumpkins

I’m still working on a fall centerpiece, but these accents I already had on hand {vintage tin, dried flowers, candles, oval wooden tray} do the trick for now…

autumn centerpiece

I’m not a fan of our current dining room light fixture, so you’ll often find me disguising it with wreaths, garland and candles. So festive and so pretty…

up close:

decorated chandelier

from a distance:

fall dining room

Come back Friday when I share my fall mantel. Here’s a sneak peek:

fall chandelier

Sharing my fall decorating/vignette with Kate this week:

I’ll be hosting the Countdown to fall party on Friday! Woo hoo! Hope to see you there….um, “here”! 🙂

Countdown to Fall linky party

Got something AUTUMN related to share? Time to show off!

DIY Show Off Fall Festival Party

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  • Link YOUR NEW FALL DO-IT-YOURSELF projects only please! If linking an old project, please reintroduce in a Fall 2012 post to share.
  • Please link back to this party in some way.
  • By linking up you give permission to be a favorite fall DIY feature {with a link back your site}.
  • I will share links to your post on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Pinterest. Feel free to do the same! Thanks!

Next week the DIY Fall Festival will be replaced with a special October party you won’t want to miss. I’m excited to be kicking off the event and joining these sweet blog friends…

DIY Showoff Get ready to celebrate everything fall!