i should be mopping the floor: Our 1970's Breakfast Room Makeover

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Our 1970's Breakfast Room Makeover

 A big thank you to ATG Stores for bringing us today's post.
ATG Stores have provided our lighting and more for our breakfast room and kitchen makeover.
All opinions are my own.

We gave our 1970's breakfast room a big makeover with a lot of paint, new lighting, floors, and lots of fun vintage touches. Come check the before and after pics and all of the details below.
Our 1970's Breakfast Room Makeover | See how we did a budget-friendly makeover on our 1972 breakfast area.
We knew right away that this whole space was the first to get made over. If we didn't do it prior to moving in, it just wouldn't get done. We've been in here for about a month now, but are finishing up all the loose ends. I'm really happy that this breakfast area is so done! It's one of the main places we hang out now...talking, eating, and just enjoying this new place.


Our 1970's Breakfast Room Makeover | See how we did a budget-friendly makeover on our 1972 breakfast area.
I've been saying this a lot through the makeover of this house...we learned quickly when to DIY in this place and when to hire out. Before we closed, we had a bid for the removal of the wet bar in the living room (stay tuned for that fun!) and the removal of the overhead cabinet above the bar area in here. Those two things, along with the flooring, were our main hire-outs. We ended up adding on the farmhouse sink install, too...along with a few electrical odds and ends that needed to go into the foundation (because um, yeah). We saved so much doing the majority of work ourselves and hiring out those items. If we had hired out the entire kitchen and breakfast area, we would have spent a fortune. I'm doing an entire kitchen reveal next week, so be sure to pop by for that. 


Our 1970's Breakfast Room Makeover | See how we did a budget-friendly makeover on our 1972 breakfast area.
I'm really happy with how this area came together. This table has a lot of sentimental value to it, so I've never refinished it...but I may one day. It still has fork scrapes from when my boys were little and just learning to use silverware...kind of pulls at my heart. This was also the first piece of "real" furniture that my husband and I bought ourselves. It was from a wholesale store in Lubbock, Texas from about a year after we got married. 


Our 1970's Breakfast Room Makeover | See how we did a budget-friendly makeover on our 1972 breakfast area.
The light we used over the table is quite possibly my favorite light in the whole house now. It's a vintage schoolhouse light that we picked out from ATG Stores. It's from Sea Gull Lighting and it's the Academy Extra Large Pendant in Chrome finish. The fan that was originally here was literally falling out of the ceiling. I had a fan over my table in our old home, but I always think they make the food get cold too quickly when it's on the table so I went fan-free in here this time. Gosh, maybe I just eat too slow, y'all. 


Our 1970's Breakfast Room Makeover | See how we did a budget-friendly makeover on our 1972 breakfast area.
I bought some inexpensive bar stools in cream...they only came in cream and royal blue. I keep going back and forth over whether or not to spray paint them white. My mother-in-law suggested keeping them as is...to have a variety of whites in the kitchen area. I still can't decide. I'm usually not one to mix shades of white, but I may keep them this way. Feel free to weigh in in the comments area below.


Our 1970's Breakfast Room Makeover | See how we did a budget-friendly makeover on our 1972 breakfast area.
My thrift store fruit basket made its way into this kitchen, too. It's such a great size! 


Our 1970's Breakfast Room Makeover | See how we did a budget-friendly makeover on our 1972 breakfast area.
The two pendant lights we chose for over the breakfast bar are a part of the Emery Collection at ATG Stores from Quoizel. These are the Emery Rod Hung Mini Pendant. We went along with the same finish that we used on our other kitchen lights and fixtures...a fun and shiny chrome/silver.
I'll go ahead and address the elephant in the room. We did keep the popcorn ceiling. I'm pretty sure that's everybody's first question. Now that it's coming together, it's not as glaringly obvious as when we first looked at this house. We kept it for logistical reasons...this home is quite large and we just knew that once we started scraping, we'd have to do every inch of it. And, my husband didn't want to DIY that job. We were under a tight deadline and tight budget and it was one of the things that came off the list early on. Maybe one day...but not right now.  


Our 1970's Breakfast Room Makeover | See how we did a budget-friendly makeover on our 1972 breakfast area.
Aren't the lights lovely when lit over the bar area? My kids eat their breakfast here every morning and work on homework every afternoon in this spot. I've noticed this is starting to be my main prep spot, too. It's great to look out over the breakfast area and into the sunroom and patio from here.  

Our 1970's Breakfast Room Makeover | See how we did a budget-friendly makeover on our 1972 breakfast area.
I was at the end of my DIY rope and ordered these window panels for the sliding door in here from a lovely artist on Etsy. They coordinate with the farmhouse sink curtain from this post. She did a really great job and worked with my measurements and everything. 


Our 1970's Breakfast Room Makeover | See how we did a budget-friendly makeover on our 1972 breakfast area.
Believe it or not, we didn't DIY the rod either. Found it at a store up the street. It does have a middle rod to keep it from bowing...which kind of defeats the purpose of drapes on a sliding glass doors (technically they should open one way on a slider...away from the door that opens...these split in half). So far, it's not too big of a deal. But having them both slide one way would be nice. But then we'd have bowing issues, y'all. 


Our 1970's Breakfast Room Makeover | See how we did a budget-friendly makeover on our 1972 breakfast area.
Kept the old radio. How could we not? It makes us happy. 
And works about once a month. 


Our 1970's Breakfast Room Makeover | See how we did a budget-friendly makeover on our 1972 breakfast area.


Our 1970's Breakfast Room Makeover | See how we did a budget-friendly makeover on our 1972 breakfast area.

Our 1970's Breakfast Room Makeover | See how we did a budget-friendly makeover on our 1972 breakfast area.
 These are my vintage Fire King Jadeite and white Pyrex dishes...so happy to have a spot to display them in. The built-in was a definite selling feature, y'all. I loved it from the moment I saw it. The BAKERY sign was from a cute little shop in Waco that I love to visit. 


Our 1970's Breakfast Room Makeover | See how we did a budget-friendly makeover on our 1972 breakfast area.
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30 comments:

  1. Where did you get the curtain rod from? Amazing transformation!

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    1. Hey Jessica! Thank you so much!! It's from Tar-Jay. ;)

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  2. I could look at this breakfast room all day. The Jadeite is so beautiful and so perfect for this space. Just shared & pinned. So happy for you, Kristi! XO

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet friend. I really appreciate you!! xoxo

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  3. Beautiful! LOVE seeing the transformation! Great job!

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    1. Thank you so much, Shel!! I still hope to host that Bible study one day...this place would be great for it. Would love for you to join us, when I finally get furniture in the rest of the house...LOL! ;)

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  4. Love it all! You are amazingly talented my friend!!

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    1. Girl, I miss our fun Muleshoe days so much...shopping and decorating with you was always a BLAST!! Thank you so much for your sweet words! Miss you. xoxo

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  5. Love it all! You are amazingly talented my friend!!

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  6. I just love this! You do such a great job of mixing the colors and textures so everything looks good together but it's not too matchy-matchy.

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    1. Awww, thank you so much, Becky!! I appreciate those words because I never really know if that conveys...but, that's exactly what I'm going for! ;) xoxo

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  7. Where are yall located? We are in Cedar Park, Tx, just outside of Austin. We go to Waco frequently (sic 'em Bears!)...and Fort Worth. I love your "new" kitchen. You have a great eye!

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    1. Hey Lisa! We're in Harker Heights. But, I'm from Austin, so I know right where you are! ;) Thank you so much for your sweet words!

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  8. Paint the stools to match your jadeite! Looks beautiful!

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    1. Gosh, I never thought of that...that would be so fun!! Thanks so much!

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  9. LOVE the bar stools....and the Jadite. :-) Great makeover!

    Julie
    LiveFromJuliesHouse.com

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  10. What a beautiful transformation! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  11. Love it!! What a beautiful and enjoyable place! Love the bar stools!!

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  12. What a transformation! I want to take out an overhead cabinet over our bar also. What made you decide to hire that done instead of DIY?
    I love it all.
    :)
    http://gwingal.blogspot.com/

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    1. So, honestly, it came down to cost. The contractor we used was already removing our wet bar (it had plumbing and we knew we may have had to pull a permit for it, so we definitely needed him on that). He went ahead and quoted us for this, too...since he had a lot more experience than we did in this area, it worked out well. He also had all of the texturing machines and all of that...that we would have had to rent. It also involved new wiring, too...which in a 44 year old home isn't always the easiest. It was a lot more cost effective to have him do this, since it was already in rip out mode. ;) Thanks so much!!

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  13. I love your new room...my fav part? Those curtains! So simple but perfect in the space! Kristin @ Postbox Designs

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    1. Thank you so much, Kristin!! I really appreciate that.

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  15. I noticed someone else said what I was thinking-paint the stools to match the Jadite, or the stripe in the curtains. Either would pull it all together. Very nice!

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    1. Oh, the red would be so fun!! May go that route! Thanks, Cathie!

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  16. What type of floors are these? They are beautiful?

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    1. Hi Tiffany! Thank you so much. They are from the Asterik brand of flooring and they are actually vinyl planks...we fell in love with them in our old home and had them put in here, too. They're great in kitchens and bathrooms with moisture.

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