Sunday, July 19, 2009

~ Re-Painted Breakfast Nook ~

Hello friends! my last post I mentioned that we also re-painted our breakfast nook and I wanted to show you the before and afters, but first I gotta say that I know vertical blinds are a no-no and I am going to get a drapery panel. I've found the one I want at Country Curtains and it will hang from rings behind the valance and will be able to slide to the right just like the blinds. The only time the blinds are closed is overnight, the good thing about them is in the morning (that sliding glass door faces east) I can keep most of the hot sun out and just open them a wee bit for light, with the drapery it will be all or nothing, oh well! for the pics.

BEFORE: it was a dark taupe up top and sort of a candy apple red down below and it just never wowed me.

AFTER: so now it is Lenox Tan up top (same as the dining room) and Cottage Red (also Benjamin Moore historical) down below....the new red is a darker more country red, not sure if you can tell the difference in the picture or not but it looks way better to me in person!....I am standing at the kitchen sink taking this picture, that is bar countertop you are seeing in the foreground.
Here are a few more pictures of the breakfast nook:
My most primitive piece is this old stepback cupboard.
The drysink is really old too, probably 1800's.
I'd love to know the age of these chairs....I bought the table in one antique shop and the chairs in another....I found out that the table was common in the twenties and thirties but these chairs are so interesting to me and I know nothing about them, they seem really old.
I'm taking this next picture from the family room....the kitchen is painted taupe and I think it works nicely with the new tan, I just didn't want everything the exact same color....and the little hallway, as we call it, is the same sage green as the family room, there's two bedrooms and a bathroom on that side of the house.
Now here's a real hoot!....this is what the breakfast nook looked like when I was into cottage....quite a difference isn't it, ha!

Ah now this is much better:

Ok that's it for now....have a lovely Monday and a great week!


Anonymous said...

I love your breakfast nook!! Love all your prim/primitive decor!! Great paint colors...I them together!
I also have the no-no blinds right now that need to go, but we have french doors instead of the sliding glass doors.
Have a great week.
hugs, Cindy

Kris said...

I love your breakfast nook, Janet! What a change from the cottage look! Very nice.

Take care,

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Wow, what a transformation from cottage to the colors you chose they go so well with the sage green and the tan in the kitchen! Love the drysink and the stepback cupboard, you did a great job:)

Shan said...

I love the new look! The colors are great!

Farm Field Primitives said...

The breakfast nook looks great. I especially love that dry sink and how you have it decorated. Super job!! I would have to say the prim look is much calmer than the cottage look. Isn't is funny how we can make such a change in such a short time? Thanks for sharing your great photos.

~Judy~ said...

I like these colors so much better. Love your step-back cupboard and drysink. What a big difference from the "cottage days"!

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Oh YES Janet, just beautiful! Love the colors, the furniture, the accessories... It's all great! Thanks for sharing, Dawn

basketsnprims said...

Janet ~
I love how your breakfast nook looks. I've never been brave enough to paint a wall red but have some red accent pieces. Love your dry sink & stepback & how you have them decorated. Thanks for sharing ~ awesome job.


The nook looks great the kitchen is done in tan and pomegrante - so you know I love the combination. All your "accessories" look great too! Judy

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Love the colors!! Cottage red is what I used on my front door recently and of course I love the Lenox too!

What a huge difference from cottage - much better now!

My grandmother had chairs like those so I assume they are probably victorian as most of her things were.They go great with your table!!

The dry sink is eye candy!! LOVE it!!

Lisa said...

Love the new colors Janet!! I must say that it is my favorite so far especially over the cottage look (lol). Your prim decor is wonderful. I love your hutch and dry sink... WOW WOW WOW!!


big city prims said...

great job-- and I just love that dry sink!!

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

It looks WONDERFUL, Janet!
Love your colors! LOVE LOVE your drysink-well I love everything, but I just love drysinks-just something about 'em!
Boy-What a cahnge from the white cottage turned out great, girl!

Have a wonderful day!

Sherrie said...

Everything looks awesome....enjoy your blog. Colors are so neutral but make such a statement!!! I think your chairs date back to early 20's and are called tea-backs, they appear to be oak in the pic and looks like a leather insert bottom. They look nice with your table---good contrast.
Prim frien, Sherrie

Janet - underthewillow said...

Thank you Sherrie for the kind words and for the info about my chairs!! Janet

ctlogcabin said...

Janet all the pics you are sharing...can now picture you
in your home. We have all evolved from our early days of decorating, into this earlier time period and I for one just love it. You did a great job,your step-back and your dry sink
are prim perfect.
Have a great week-end ~~
hugs ~ Connie xox

margie said...

I just love your breakfast nook-you did a fantastic job,beautiful


Janet - underthewillow said...

Hi Margie!....Thank you so much for the kind words about my breakfast nook!....are you located in Prince George County?....I'm not too far from there! Janet

margie said...

Hi Janet,
No I'm not far from you at all.Yes I'm in Pr.George County and have ordered from you web site a few times.
So glad I found your blog


Janet - underthewillow said...

Hi Margie!....I'm glad you found my blog too! Janet

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Hi Janet, Thanks for the heads up but I don't know why just a few people are having trouble seeing it when we aren't at home and viewed it on 3 computers with 3 different browsers. My son is not having trouble either. I don't know what to do to change it orfix it other than delete the new background I installed. I am at a loss!! Any ideas?

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Thanks Janet. I am now not sure if it is the background or Live Writer! LOL Lotta good that experiment did me!

hugs, Linda

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Me again!!

I decided to start over and made sure I had the Minima template loaded first, and then reloaded the background it seems to have worked! YEAH!! I think the prior background messed with my HTML so that Minima wasn't totally loaded the same way.

Thanks for being patient with me!!

hugs, linda

Notes from the Homestead said...

Hello Janet!
Wow, what a transformation! You are a talented gal. Too bad you don't live near me, I have a shabby sheik bedroom that I need to prim up! :) It's funny how we change over time... take care and stay cool! It's been over 90 every day for a week here in Minnesota too!

kathy said...

Hi Janet....I'm late commenting, but I just had to tell you how I love your new paint colors, they look great! Of course, I love Cottage Red :-) Love your prim cupboard and the dry sink too!
blessings, kathy

Country Decor said...

What pattern are the valances in your nook? Are they on your site?