Adding stone to the breakfast bar!

Are you ready for the next step in my Breakfast Bar build? So far, I showed you how I sawed off part of the island and framed a wall, then made my own corbels!

Adding a breakfast bar to an existing kitchen island! {Sawdust and Embryos}

A lot of you have been asking me what color I’m going to paint the actual island. I’m guessing there are a handful of people that are worried that I was going to leave it as plywood since I recently wrote this post. But… YOU’RE ALL WRONG! I actually first considered beadboard to add some texture. But that’s a little trendy for me, and I don’t really care for the ‘country’ vibe it gives off. It just ain’t me.

So! Ever since I saw this awesome stone accent wall (by my friend Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely), I’ve been secretly looking for a place to use this product in my own home. And after standing back and looking at my plywood with decorative corbels, it hit me like a ton of bricks AirStone.

LOVE AirStone! {Sawdust and Embryos}

This stuff looks and feels exactly like natural stone… but it’s 75% lighter. And 100% easier to install.

Adding AirStone to breakfast bar {Sawdust and Embryos}

This stone is made out of recycled material, and is poured into molds that are cast from actual rock. We just used the pre-mixed bucket o’adhesive, slapped a layer on the back of each ‘stone’ with a putty knife, and pressed into place.


Each ‘stone’ is 2” or 4” in height, with lengths of 4”, 6”, 8”, 10” and 12”, so things fit together really easily. The hardest part is trying to be ‘purposefully random’.

Adding a stone veneer (AirStone) to my DIY Breakfast Bar! {Sawdust and Embryos}

The corner pieces are my favorite… it’s like they thought of everything!

AirStone {Sawdust and Embryos}

There is some cutting involved, especially if you have to go around things (like my corbels), but you don’t even need to use a power tool! You can just use a simple hack saw. To keep the ‘dust’ to a minimum, Nick went out to the garage to use the band saw or grinder each time I needed one cut. He’s a dear, because getting up from sitting on the floor is no small task these days.

Adding Air Stone to a breakfast bar kitchen island {Sawdust and Embryos}

What do you think?! SO FANCY!

Add a breakfast bar to your exsisting island! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Me thinks I’m going to need to give the rest of the kitchen some TLC so it will all flow… cause right now everything but the island looks a little homeless. The backsplash definitely isn’t working anymore. And I have plans to extend the cabinets up to the ceiling… among other things. Muahaha!

Next week, I’ll be back to show you what I used as the countertop! Till then, have an amahhhzing weekend!


Disclaimer! We reached out to AirStone and they were delighted to partner with us on this project. While we were provided with free product, we were not compensated monetarily. We just genuinely love their product!!

Sometimes they snuggle.


The girls shared a crib for the first 2 years of their life, and separating them pert’near ripped out my delicate mommy-heart. But it had to be done because they were picking on each other and keeping each other awake. One slept in the crib and the other slept in a pack-and-play a few feet away (and we alternated every night)… far enough that they couldn’t touch each other, but close enough that they could throw objects at each other (which they totally did). This arrangement went on for … [Read More...]

DIY Corbels for a Breakfast Bar


You guys were so sweet last week when I told you about my reckless abandon and tackling the breakfast bar project on my own last week! I’ve been having A BLAST. This is where I left you. It’s almost done! And today, I’m going to show you how to make your own corbels! But first, let me back up and share how I came upon this design. I knew I wanted something chunky and detailed, but I’m not very good at just coming up with these things out of my head. So, naturally, I turned to Pinterest. I … [Read More...]

Boy? Girl?


We had another ultrasound. This time we brought the girls. The clinic spoiled us this time by using equipment that was manufactured this century. The ultrasound went on and on while the tech measured tiny perfect body parts and showed us bitty little feet, etc. And finally I said… ‘you already know the gender DON’T YOU!’ And she said yes. Then she was silent again for what felt like forever. WHAT IS SHE WAITING FOR! I think she just wanted make us explode with … [Read More...]

Adding a Breakfast Bar to the Island


My sister Anna talked my into taking this personality test (16Personalities), and I was somewhat devastated at the results. There were some things that were right on…for example, I don’t (and dislike when people do) beat around the bush… JUST SAY IT! But the majority of the results discussed how I come up with ideas, but want other people to execute them. WHAT?! But then I got to thinking how true this really IS! I have so many lofty plans and ideas for our home… but I often let myself feel … [Read More...]

Recovering Chair Cushions with a Fluffy Rug!


The last couple days, I’ve had inexplicable energy. I’ve been baking, building, cleaning, and upholstering. I feel like I could run a marathon! So I’m in the middle of a ton of projects at the moment, but today I’m going to share one with you that’s actually done. Remember this cozy corner in our dining room? So those cushions on that chair used to be black canvas that showed every hair and little nasty. The actual cushions were in good shape though. They just needed to be recovered ASAP. … [Read More...]

Our Weekend Getaway

franklin co weekend

This past weekend, we were invited to spend a weekend with a handful of other bloggers to experience the life in historical Franklin County Iowa. We love being from Iowa and are proud of our heritage… but what made this weekend extra special was that we were encouraged to bring our whole family! The girls are finally at an age where we can drag them places with us (for the most part) and actually have fun and learn right along side us! We stayed in the fabulous Country Heritage Bed and … [Read More...]

Indian Corn Cake Stand


I did a little something out of character yesterday. I’m not really one to decorate seasonally… with the exception of Christmas. I like to blame it on my lack-of-fireplace. Cause all the bloggers be like ‘look at my Easter MANTEL!’ or ‘look at my 4th of July MANTEL’. NO. Oh you may think I sound jealous of their fireplace… and you’d be right. But only because I want to HAVE A FIRE in my fireplace and snuggle up with a red flannel blanket and a cup of cocoa. But it wasn’t in the cards … [Read More...]

A little garage organization happening!


Gooooooooooood MORNING! Nick’s been gone all week on business, and he’s finally home today! So we’re all in great spirits. And the weekend is before us! SUCH a great feeling. Today, I’m going to show you a little organization that’s been happening in our garage. And let me tell you… it was in DESPERATE NEED. There are a LOT of things that need to be done organization-wise in our garage, but I needed to start with a little corner that would have my stain, paint, sandpaper, and all … [Read More...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread {Cupcakes with Sprinkles}

It’s Meghan back from Cupcakes with Sprinkles! I always love to be here at Sawdust and Embryos to share some of my favorite recipes with you! I'm obsessed with pumpkin and this is a staple in our house as soon as it becomes fall. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread. People. Seriously. Its so soft and the pumpkin flavor is is enhanced with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and my favorite addition, the chocolate chips! So let get our stuff and get baking! Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour … [Read More...]