The Breakfast Room Makeover

Hi everyone!  I started the breakfast room redo a few months ago (maybe more), and finally just finished it.  Hooray for several month long projects! ;)

Here is the before, of when I redid it the last time

I got tired of the Tobacco Road and repainted the kitchen (Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige) to go with the rest of the house, and here it is today.

Much cleaner, brighter, and more up to date with my always changing taste. :)

The biggest difference are windows.  Now let’s just talk about the windows for a sec.  When I took down the old blinds to paint, I then realized what huge dust magnets they are and didn’t want to put them back up.  And I hate cleaning them anyway, so I went to Home Depot and bought those roman bamboo shades for $10 a piece on clearance.  And this was a few months ago remember, so they aren’t there anymore. :(  But I love them!

And the pretty white new curtains are from…wait for it…Curtainworks of course!  The team at Curtainworks were too kind again and sent me these for our makeover.  They are just like the ones in our living room but in white.  You can find them here on their site, and like I’ve said before, I’m a huge fan.

I ordered the chandelier from Overstock and you can read about it here.  I love it so much though. And at night it illuminates beautifully.  No more boo* light!

Yes, we like things off-centered around here. :)

And let’s not forget the famous $17 rug

It looks pretty great in there huh?  Especially with my little grey table over there that got a makeover as well.  And yes, the chalkboard says “Fall is Almost Here.”  Yippeee!!

And I also added the crown molding to our back door and I can’t believe the difference it made.

And another pic just because.

So what do you think?  I love it, and of course there are some other things I’d like to do in here.  Haha, it never ends huh?

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  1. Fantastic makeover! It is now crisp and fresh. Love the lampshade and the crown molding over the door is perfect.

  2. I’m really loving your latest makeovers! Great job (as always)! I think you’ve inspired me to get my booty in gear and finish up our dining room :-)

  3. love it. So light and airy, love those curtains and the blinds! Another great re-do!

  4. LOVE it! The colors looks great together…crown moulding *swoon*…the curtains are GORGEOUS…everything’s perfect!!

  5. This is waaayyyy FAB!! It feels so clean and open with your new color and drapes. And the rug is awesome– and I’m not usually a fan of rugs under the kitchen table! Kudos. :)

  6. Amazing! I love the lamp! There’s nothing more classic and simply chic than a big drum shade… is that overdoing it? I think not. :-) Nice job!

  7. What a great makeover! I especially love the new light and curtains. They really make the whole space seem lighter.

  8. Oooh our breakfast area layout is very similar! I’ll have to use yours for inspiration! :)

  9. It looks great!! I’m still jealous about that rug, ha! And thanks for introducing me to Curtainworks!! Have a great week!

  10. I love the curtains and shades! It really brightens up the room!

  11. Soo pretty! The lighter paint and curtains definitely lightens up the area! I’m always a fan of drum shades. And the molding over the door is a fantastic idea!!! I’ll have to remember that. It really makes it seem like the ceilings are higher!

    p.s. I hate cleaning our blinds too! ;)

  12. It looks awesome Emily! I love matchstick blinds!! and that rug! still kicking myself for never running to Lowes to grab one. oh well…

  13. Really beautiful! I love how light it is. The bamboo shades and the pendant light are just the perfect touches!

  14. I love it! I am also loving your extra moulding above your door…making me think great things for my home as well. Great job and keep ideas coming…we LOVE it :)

  15. What color did you use for the kitchen? I love it!

  16. Emily, I love, love, love it! You are a so talented! I’m wondering if maybe you can come by our place and give us some ideas about how to decorate our dining room area!?! I just love your decor style.

  17. It looks awesome! I just added bamboo shades to my front room because I didn’t want to have to clean blinds! They still let in a little light but give us the privacy that we need. I’m off to check Curtainworks to add some softness to them. Thanks for all of the inspiration!

  18. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!! The curtains, the bamboo shades, the rug. All of it. Great job girl! :)

  19. Now, THIS is fabulous! I love it, big time Love it! You did an incredible job on this one kid! Enjoy it!

  20. Ok, I love everything about it! :) Oh, and we had the same boob chandelier and replaced it- whew, so much better!

  21. Ok this is an amazing redo. I love the white curtains, the rug, the moulding….alright I love everything about it. This makes me want to buy a rug for my breakfast table. What a difference that made! It also makes me want to hang my curtains higher AND it officially convinced me that I need to replace my brown curtains in my living room with cream ones. It makes it feel light and airy!

  22. Looks great, Emily! The curtains really made a HUGE difference. Beautiful. :)

  23. susy beaty says:

    i just love the bamboo and those white curtains really make it all pop. looks great. good job girl:) it all looks fantastic. give yourself a pat…

  24. I love it, Emily! I have been lighting things up with white curtains around here as well. Iove the bamboo texture with the white curtains. What a pretty spot to gather for meals.

  25. Great job! I love it all and thanks so much for adding the great links to all of your sources. You are very talented!!!

  26. Wow, Emily! It looks awesome. I love the fresh look. The white curtains and grass shades are amazing together.

  27. LOVE the light and the molding on the door. Methinks I may need to steal…I mean copy those ideas!

  28. Your room is amazing. So warm and inviting. The crown molding over your door is gorgeous.. your room looks like it just stepped off the pages of Pottery Barn… love it.. hugs ~lynne~

  29. The new light is a great improvement and I think the rug was an absolute steal. Good for you. This is my first visit to your blog.

  30. It looks vabulous. I loved the yellow color and the drapes, but this is very chic and calming. I love the blinds. Everything looks fabulous. Hugs, Marty

  31. Anonymous says:

    Great job! I love it that it looks neat, clear and so inviting! I love the shades and the chandy, it sure was worth the wait! Have a nice week.

  32. I love the transformation, the color is great !

  33. Oh, I love all you’ve done! You have wonderful windows and beautiful lighting! I know you’re enjoying it.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  34. What a lovely lovely makeover. I love the new colors and the new look, so very refreshing. xo marlis

  35. Really nice makeover

  36. What a great make-over. Love the new colour and the bamboo shades looks great!

  37. Love the makeover! Looks like a completely updated space. I might have to check out that color as well. I think my fave change is the moulding above the door. Wow wow wow what a difference for such a little bit of wood. Thx for sharing!

  38. It looks fantastic! I love how light everything is and those bamboo Roman shades are a great idea. :)

  39. Stunning decor!
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  40. Too good,.

  41. The crown molding looks great, it adds so much character to the room . Love how light and bright the room is.

  42. It looks beautiful!

  43. I really love that light fixture. Your breakfast nook looks incredible!

  44. Good job! I definitely love how it turned out. It’s nice that it’s brighter and cozier. Your chandelier is also beautiful. I would love to have breakfast in that room. Thanks for sharing!

  45. White curtains are so fresh! Well done.

  46. LOVE it! The wall color is fabulous. Nice and soothing. And the new window coverings look amazing. Love the bamboo shades–and what a deal! And that rug?!? I can’t believe you got it for so cheap! I really like the molding around the door as well.

  47. Very fresh, it looks brand new.

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  49. Hi, I absolutely love your blog! We just moved into our new home in the Houston area and our breakfast area is very similar. If you don’t mind please share where you bought your table and what brand makes it. It’s exactly what I’m looking for! This room looks amazing! Thank you :)

  50. Glad I came across this. Was just sitting here almost in tears (just had a baby and crazy hormones sometimes), HOWEVER I was regretting not deciding to paint Camoflauge by Benjamin Moore in my new house-I absolutely adore it but wanted to try something else. I decided to go with Balanced Biege-slightly altered to be a tad lighter-your post gave me renewed faith haha.


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