The kitchen at our last house was Tuscan themed with copper accents. When we moved into our new house with white painted cupboards and stainless appliances we realized the copper would not work. The counters had black tops and chrome edges and it reminded me of 50's decor. So we decided to roll with it and make it into a Diner. We call it our Soda Shop.
I searched for months to find a used booth in the classifieds and finally found the smaller set the kids use as a snack and craft table. They eat at it when we have guests over. We have a menu on the wall with quick snacks the kids can order. They practice good restaurant manners and take each other's orders. Friends love to come over and play restaurant.
Our family loves M&Ms so I found this dispenser on ebay to leave out for the kids. We got the napkin dispenser at an antique shop and the straw holder at our local grocer.
The Diner now seats 16. Our new Grown-up booth can hold 8. We eat dinner each night at the Diner. We normally eat breakfast at the bar. I made the checkered curtains and strung them up with a wire from IKEA. I have the fabric and plans to make an awning to hang above the window. Hopefully that will get done in the next few months.
We listen to CDs on the "Juice Box" (Juke box) as the kids call it. I scored that for $20 in the classifieds too.
I found the checkered clock at a Checkers Auto store nearby on clearance.
I am always in search of metal signs (most are reproduced).