Our kitchen was completely gutted two years ago (will post soon), a complete and total makeover. Three months of
hell fun. Since we're glutton's for punishment, we undertook another smaller kitchen remodel last November.
Here's the breakfast nook before the remodel. Hang on to your seats, this isn't pretty.
You were warned (sorry about picture quality). Back in the day I was really into the glazing look, remember Debbie Travis, this was a glaze formula from her book. Maybe my formula was off!
At the beginning of the demolition we removed both cabinets, shelves and window bench that we put together about 12 years ago.
The total gutting.. Everything was replaced.
We were exhausted after the remodel, just wanted to settle in, and let it be for a while. Really, it look over a year to get over the remodel. No interest in decorating, I needed a BREAK! Everything that could have gone wrong during the remodel, did! Reminds me of the deck project, uhmmmm! Is this a pattern?
The second phrase of the remodel came unknowingly, from our electrician. See how looooowwww the ceiling is? One day, his head was "up" in the ceiling when he said "hey did you know the ceiling is completely open"? OPEN you say?
Whoa, don't have to tell you as soon as I heard that I wanted to demo the ceiling right then and there. But alas, Mr. Charmer wouldn't hear of it. It took me just over a year to
work him over suggest before he agreed. Alas, my womanly charms ..tching worked!
The wall paint color is Benjamin Moore, Blue Dragon (810). I hooked up with the paint color at Calico Corners when looking for fabric. A rep recommended this blue for a French Country kitchen. I thank her.
It was so worth it!
The roman shades were made using Simplicity Pattern 4357 (slightly modified and the fabric Waverly Saison De Printemps Bordeaux - A French Country Rooster Fabric, on sale for $17 a yard.
I love the colorful roosters that are in the fabric. The shade material was the most difficult I've ever worked with. It tested my patience and sewing skills. The cost, about $450.00 (material, lining, metal bars and shade tape). On the bottom of the roman shades I used the blue ticking, that's on the banquette.
The Waverly curtain fabric has small roosters on a mustard yellow background. This fabric is no longer available. Didn't use a pattern, just free handed, $16.00 yard the drapes cost $275.00.
The tiebacks were made using burlap "ribbon"? from the shop Whimsy, Morris, IL, that I purchased last year. The ribbon is 7" wide and I cut then 42" long.
Just tied around the drapes then attached to wall using Hobby Lobby Fleur-de-Lis Rings with clip, $4.99 on sale.
Liked how the tiebacks "tied" in with 2 burlap feed sack pillows (1 in corner). Once again I couldn't commit to cutting the feed sacks so just tucked 16" pillow forms inside. I found the feed sacks earlier this month at Kane County Flea Market, $2 bucks each. The vendor so wanted to get rid of them and I happily obliged.
The banquette/table is from Ballard's. A nice feature of the banquette, the seats lift up, and offers a great deal of extra storage for all my linens. The material is french blue ticking. To be honest, I am very unhappy with the fabric quality - very thin, and has not held up at all. The banquette is less than 2 years old, and material has worn through. My next project is to make slip covers. Not very good quality and NOT worth the money we paid. The set - just under $1,800.
Tweaking the table vignette - rooster tool box was a $3 garage sale find. The white rooster used to be green, and just spray painted white and glazed with burnt umber.
So what do you think?
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