Sunday, November 15, 2009

Metamophosis Monday…New Look for the Nook

I almost never get to “play” on Met Monday when Susan at Between Naps on the Porch hosts her party, but I’ve been working on a project for a while now….and it’s time I invited you in to see! If you visit my tablescapes, you’ve seen this table and this view frequently.

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I bought this table several years ago at an estate sale—just a pedestal table. I’m not sure of its age, but the size was right. Our farm table from our previous home did not fit the new space comfortably. This table had lots of “character” from it’s previous owners. I loved that it was well worn and obviously had its own stories to tell, but I was never really happy with it. The window treatments were in the house when we bought it. Again, I appreciated having them, but they nagged at me after a couple of years. I find some of my best inspiration in catalogs. I love browsing through Ballard Designs. I saw this table and an idea was born.

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You talented bloggers have introduced me to the wonders of furniture rehabilitation! I’ve always been a spray painter, but have never ventured far out of my comfort zone of small items and deck furniture. But you gave me courage to try! SOooo…I waited until Beloved went out of town; I went to the hardware store; I showed the man a leaf from the table and asked his advice on painting it. “You gonna ruin this antique?” was his reply. After I recovered, I answered, “Yep, so you might as well help me do it”. What is it with men and wood? :) I painted the table and six chairs in two days….just in the nick of time before Beloved got home.

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The Windsor chairs were a previous purchase and needed an update too!

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I think it looks like the Ballard table. I can take out two leaves to make it round, but the larger size suits us most of the time. Hershey in the background is not impressed :) Next, it was time to get rid of the window treatments. The metamorphosis stalled in the pupa stage! But while I was catalog browsing, I saw these curtains in the Country Curtains catalog.

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The photo makes it hard to tell, but they are a small tan and black check….love the fabric. The style is just a little much for the breakfast area….but the wheels started turning again. Five fabric stores later, I had a coupon, a seamstress, and a plan.

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I picked them up on Friday and Beloved and I hung them on Saturday. I must tell you that this is a miracle in itself for several reasons: 1) Beloved did it . 2) He did not use words that make sailors blush. 3) We are still married.

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I like the way the table and the window treatments complement the colors in this picture. I had to replace some decorative plates to go with the new color scheme. I found these at Hobby Lobby. They will do for now, but I’m still looking.

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The back entryway need a little sprucing up too. The door has the same window treatment. I bought this rug on clearance at a local rug store and another one at Big Lots for beneath the sink. CIMG0626

I had always thought the little breakfast alcove needed a rug to define and warm up the area. I had a black and tan sisal rug in mind, but completely reversed directions when I found one on clearance at the same rug store. I think it added the color and texture this area needed.

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Now, I never told you what Beloved said when I painted the table, or changed the window treatments, or added the rugs. Beloved is a man of few words. He took one look all around and at the rug in the kitchen and said,CIMG0603

“Why do we have a New Orleans Saints rug?”. I love that man :)

Click on the MM butterfly on the sidebar for more transformations at Susan’s.

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Don’t forget the Deck the Halls party will begin on December l. For details click here! Hope to see you there!

60 comments:

  1. I think it looks great. My husband cringes at the thought of painting the antiques. I haven't forced the issue yet...but that day will come.

    Sue

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  2. Wow, what a gorgeous kitchen. I love the rooster print. May I ask where you got it? I love how French Country it is!

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  3. You have made everything so beautiful. I love the table & chairs! I've seen the curtains in the catalog and I love the small print and the rug under the table is just perfect! Thanks for sharing and I'm glad you are still married!!!

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  4. You did a great job on the table and chairs. The window treatments are perfect for fall. Nice job.

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  5. Beautiful redo's, love the curtains, too. Have a lovely week. TTFN ~Marydon

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  6. Hi Susan
    I love it all! I really like the table and chairs in black. Don't know why, but you are right - most men cringe at painting real wood. I need to get motivated and get some things done around here. Today was NOT very productive. :(
    Have a great week!
    Glenda

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  7. It looks great! I love all the French accents…even your New Orleans Saints rung. That too funny! We had a friend over a few weeks ago (he is a guy) and he said the same thing about our décor. It gave me a good laugh.
    Oh and I forgot to say that I love the table arrangement as well!!
    http://domesticprincessintraining.blogspot.com

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  8. The dining area is stunning. I absolutely love the table and chairs painted black and the rug and curtains are just wonderful. The thing that totally stole my heart is the wonderful Chicken picture. It is just magnificent. Hugs, Marty

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  9. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your table and chairs. I want to do that to mine too. SO that's the trick wait till Prince Charming goes out of town, then deal with him being grumpy till he decides about 10 minutes later that he likes it.

    cheri

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  10. Your beloved is pretty funny! I think my hubby would have said the same thing!!! Nice job

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  11. The table and chairs came out perfect!! I loe those kind of chairs painted black, makes them look so much more charming. :)

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  12. My husband travels a lot. Think of all the things I could get painted if I wasn't such a chicken.
    What did you use to paint the table? Surely not spray paint.
    The changes look fabulous. Very classy and country too.

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  13. Looks wonderful, you did an amazing job and love your Hubbies football sense of humor, Kathysue

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  14. You've been busy! It all looks lovely. You did an amazing job. That's no small project to paint a table and chairs.

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  15. hahahaha..love it, that is so something my husband would say! It looks beautiful..you did a fabtabulous job!

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  16. You did a great job, and it looks wonderful!
    Yes, what is it with men and wood..???
    Dh is always going to sand and poly our breakfast area table..never does..So when ever he leaves, I give it a quick sand and a few coats...so much for me ruining it...
    Now what did you do with those gorgeous curtains, plaid I spy in the first pic??

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  17. I LOVE IT ALL! I am so tempted to do that to my maple set that is 50 yrs old & was my grandmother's. She gave it to us when we married. DH thinks that if you have something that works, why get something new.

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  18. You did a fabulous job!!! It all works beautifully together. Your paint job looks flawless!

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  19. Oh I love it in black! I have the same table and hubby painted it cottage white this summer and chairs too! Your right about men and wood though, they always balk at painting over it! I love your new curtains, the whole room just is a Wow! Great and fabulous job! Cindy

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  20. Great job. I love the painted table!

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  21. You did a great job, Susan. The dining set looks really nice. You beloved is so funn!....Christine

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  22. Just delicious!! :)
    I love what you 've done. I also wanted to thank you for coming by my blog tonight and leaving such a nice comment! Come by again...there's a giveaway!

    Suzanne

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  23. Love the kitchen....your blog is amazing...I have had so little time to do any blog reading and I have missed it...stop by my Christmas blog and leave a comment. The giveaway is a great Christmas CD to add to your collection.
    http://grammyababychangeseverything.blogspot.com

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  24. It looks lovely! you did a great job!

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  25. Great makeover, everything looks wonderful. The breakfast area looks so warm and inviting.
    Thanks for sharing and for visiting. Hope we talk soon.
    Sandy

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  26. Ha,ha,ha...tooo funny! New Orleans Saints rug? Sounds just like some people living in this house. The table, chairs and color of the room are just perfection together and the fabulous cafe curtains are the finishing touch. It is such a comfy and elegant room now. Great job!
    Susan

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  27. Your table and chairs look great! I love your breakfast alcove. It looks so warm and cozy! :-)

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  28. Your table and chairs look wonderful! I have an old Thomasville maple set with Windsor Chairs I'm trying to talk my youngest daughter into taking. Also a pine hutch by Thomasville. I need to show her the pictures of them painted. I wouldn't mind her painting them at all. Do you have a post on what kind of paint you used, etc? I need to bookmark this and come back later.

    Thank you for your sweet comment also.
    Allison

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  29. I am so loving your beautiful redo! Do you have a pot of coffee on? I'll bring a coffee cake!

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  30. Thanks for coming by for a visit...your table and chairs look outstanding! I'm glad that you didn't listen to the man in the store...way to go girl! I had a table like yours...sold it to my sister years ago and now her son and daughter-in-law have it...I wonder if they have painted it...I sure hope so! Your kitchen turned out great and I hope that you are enjoying it.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  31. What a beautiful tablescape! It's hard to pick a favorite...I love the bountiful basket, the black furniture and window treatments!

    Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving kind words. I't's great to meet you too!

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  32. Spray paint is a wonderful thing! And fabric is even better and you combined them both in this project. Looks great!

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  33. It looks so beautiful!! I love the table painted black. You did an awesome job! I love how your list of three things! Hubby and I once had such an argument over him installing a fence, I thought we were through! But we can bring it up now and laugh over it, although we still disagree!!! Love your husband's comment on the rug. Men. Great job!!!

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  34. Your room looks very pretty. I like the black in the color scheme; it pulls it all together. Your antique table looks like an oak one from around 1900. You probably did "de-value" it as an antique but after all, it is yours so enjoy it!

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  35. Wow! Stunning and gorgeous. You decorate very well! So glad you shared.

    You asked me about the cake stencil. Unfortunately I got it in a scrapbook Fall kit several years ago. But I think you can find something similar at craft stores.

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  36. I'd love more info on how the table was painted and with what products/steps. Couldn't find more info on your blog. TIA. Allison allison@atticmag.com

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  37. My husband just rolls his eyes and chuckles every time I drag another piece of furniture out to the garage for a rehab. Well done! I love the new window treatments :)

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  38. Oh it looks really nice. I love the black I think it makes it look great!

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  39. You did a great job with the table. The whole room is lovely...
    Blessings!
    Gwen

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  40. Hi Susan,

    Your new look to the room is wonderful.
    What a transformation and love the dinning table and chairs and drapes.
    I chuckled when your husband said about the New Orleans Saints rug, that is lovely.

    Have a happy week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  41. Susan, this looks a magazine! (Ballard's maybe-nope better). I love the painted table and chairs (did you spray paint them), and the little curtains are perfect. I want to know where you found those great rugs (especially the N.O. Saints rug!!)

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  42. Speaking as chief curtain hanger at our place: We really do like hanging curtains if we get tiniest bit of appreciation and we don't have to spend too long in the fabric store. Oops, forgot the most important one: not getting asked more that once if we like it. Of course we do, honey.
    (Thanks for visiting my place.)

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  43. I really like what you have done. AND I was wondering what your hubby would say!! (I don't know about you, but when my hubby goes away on a trip he always knows I will be up to something...I don't ask permission because he could say no, Ha!! Glad your marriage lasted ...what did he think of the table?

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  44. All I can say is your other half must be related to my other half! LOL! Like your re-do & all of your accessories!

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  45. Wow! I am so impressed with this stunning room. I love those chairs too. I love everything! You 2 made a very good team-will have to show this to my husband!
    Best wishes, Natasha.

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  46. Hi Susan...

    Just had to come over to say thank you for coming by and taking a peek at my faux fireplace project...and thank you for that sweet, sweet comment!!!

    Well my friend, you have been a busy little bee! Hehe! Girl, your dining room is gorgeous!!! Ohhh...I love the colors that you are using! Love the pretty black and tans together...so classy!!! Wow...your table and chairs turned out sooo beautiful! You did a great job transforming them, my friend! Did you use spray paint on the chairs as well? I always use a brush and I'm seeing more and more on the blogs that everyone is using spray paint! I'm thinking it would be much easier and not as time consuming! Anyway...they look fabulous, Susan!!! Ohhh...and I love your new valances! I love that black and tan check...gorgeous!!! I have the style of drapes that you showed in the photo in my little frenchy studio! It is a very formal style but perfect for that room! They are Waverly's La Ferme drapes...a beautiful black and tan toile! The checked fabric valances that you chose...coordinates with them! Girl, I love, love, LOVE that rooster painting...the frame is just breathtaking!!! So perfect with all of your dining room changes too!!! I'm so happy for you, my dear!!! Thanks for sharing your creativity and talents with us...what a treat!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  47. Fabulous!!! Love how the table & chairs turned out. Love everything about the room. And I love your New Orlean Saints rug. Too funny!!! And glad to hear you are still married.

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  48. Hi Susan, what a beautiful transformation. Don't you love finding an inspiration picture and taking it and making it on your own. I've always loved Windsor chairs. They scream history, warmth and home to me. I love your New Orleans Saints Rug... your hubby is just too cute for words... hugs ~lynne~

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  49. O, I have so many stories about me painting wood and Mr. Sweet nearly dying....:O)
    I think your breakfast area looks really nice.
    I love the furniture painted black. Would you tell me what color you used and is it just spray can paint? I am going to paint some of my chairs in my dining room.....I think!
    You did a fabulous job. And so glad to hear you are still married....:O)

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  50. You have been a busy busy girl. I am just amazed, your table looks brand new. I love all of your new touches; everything looks so beautiful. I need to get busy again and move some furniture around or something. Thanks for being such a wonderful friend. I will never forget it.

    XOSue

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  51. Love the large and small acorns! And the beaded napkin rings are so perfect with your tablescape!!

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  52. I love the cutains. You said you have a seamstress. I wish I had one as I would love to copy the flow of those curtains for my kitchen. I can believe all your husband noticed was the rug. Men!
    Joyce

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  53. LOL! It took 20 years to get the buffet painted white. That came out so well, he finally agreed to paint the new oak fireplace surround white. Now I am hiding furniture to be painted under things and in corners and saying, I hate to hide/put this here, but you won't let me paint it! It's working. I have permission on one item, antique and all.

    Your redo is just wonderful. Thank you for sharing it...a Saints rug, of course! (My college son works the Saints games at the Dome!)

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  54. Hi Honey! I've been de-stressing from travel and looking through your blog... I've missed a lot! I love your breakfast room!!! And the Saints rug ;-) Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

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  56. Hi Susan: Saw your breakfast table transformation last Nov. Just found it again and I just as breathless now as then. I have convinced hubby that my oak table and 6 chairs have to be painted black. Mind sharing your technique? We are novices at painting furn. but you obviously are a professional. I have black granite counters and creamy glazed cabinets. Please help! grannamc@yahoo.com

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