I love to look at pictures of before and afters, I also love to see how a room has changed or evolved as time passes.
So, with my latest project all done ("new" kitchen table and chairs), and shining in their place, I went looking for pictures of how this room used to look.
Well, this is not exactly a room, that's kind of a formal way to call this small space or passageway between the kitchen and family room.
The picture below shows the white canvas we encountered as we moved into our new home.
The empty space beside the kitchen island would soon hold the table.
First thing I did was to paint those walls.
Ha, the 90's called for strong colors, and yeah,
I tackled them. :)
Lots of green, terracotta and red accents to celebrate Valentine.
I gave my husband the task of finding a breakfast set and he sure did. He found this brand new set, oval table and four chairs, its price around $220 sounded really good to me.
The chunky seat cushion my toddler used to be comfortable at dinner time, was not needed any longer.
The tabletop cracked, and the chairs were falling apart after fixing them many times with glue.
Ten years of good use were evident, and not only on the breakfast set, but on the whole space. :(
That's when I decided to change the kitchen and Oh boy,
it was scary.
That's when I found out blogs existed.
And I got good ideas out of them.
It was not easy, it almost took me a year to complete the whole makeover, but it was done!
The breakfast area got brand new chairs, a new light fixture, and the only table I could find at a decent price ($50), on Craiglist.
After living with this set for a year or so, I thought the backs were too high, they blocked the view from the kitchen to the family room and vice-versa. I began thinking on trimming their backs.
You're right. That was not a good idea.
So, instead of trimming their backs I search high and low for good cheap chairs.
Four old, small and in fairly good condition chairs came home to be transformed with spray paint.
Another Craiglist find for only $5 a piece.
I loved the chairs, the color, the size...
But then, somehow the table didn't fit quite right.
I covered it with pretty tablecloths.
But behind close doors, I began looking for a new table.
And you know, that takes time.
One year and a half after beginning my search, the ad I was waiting for, appeared.
Four free chairs and a table.
Yes, you know... Craiglist again.
After giving them a needed makeover.
This is how the new breakfast room looks.
I think is about time to give the kitchen island a brighter color. Blue? Green? Red? What color comes to your mind?
You can check the new color I gave the kitchen Island right HERE.