Sunday, September 1, 2013

Fixin' Up The Breakfast Nook

We're starting to make progress on the breakfast nook.
Someday we'll build in a bench on this wall,
but for now it holds a large mirror and
a cabinet with baskets.
The baskets are from Target.
The cabinet looks so much better with the baskets.

First we put the mirror on the wall.
I don't know what we did wrong with the measurements,
but the hangers show at the top.

We (and I really mean me) are planning to paint
the room, so we didn't bother to re-hang it for now 
since it will come back down real soon.

I had a really old floral hanging piece in the closet...
for now it's hiding the hangers that hold the mirror.

 When I say old, I'm not kidding. I bought it in '91.

I'm sure at least one of my three daughters
will email to let me know the 1990's called 
and want my decorations back!

My mother had the cabinet on her porch
trying to find it a home. 
It belonged to my youngest sister who died
on St Paddy's Day 2010.
I think it brought my mother sorrow 
when she looked at it.  
That's probably why it was on her porch.
She asked me several times to take it,
but my heart wasn't in it either.
Finally, when she said no one else in the family would
take it and she was going to donate it,
it came home with us.  

 The old "to paint or not to paint" debate
rages in my head.
At the least, it needs to be refinished and re-stained.
I'll  put that on my list as soon as my head
makes a decision.
Right now, my heart's not in to changing it...

Here's the window that needs drapes,
or maybe chunky trim with
a window treatment on the top.

I know you've seen these birds before.
 I love them.
Expect to see them again.

Seems the more we do, the more there is to do.
September is finally here. A time for renewal.
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I love what you've done with the cabinet, and it's o.k. if it reminds you of your sister. Although I'm sorry to hear of her passing. I have a hard time getting rid of things belonging to special people in my life, and I've never been able to adapt that "it's not them" attitude. I've always felt that that special someone liked this and liked them so if this is the one honor I can pay, I should. Have a good Sunday.

    1. Thanks for your kind words Irene. Seems I am the family repository for family items. I can't seem to say no. But, I love this cabinet and what who it reminds me of, even tho it was such a loss.

  2. Such a beautiful piece of furniture and the vignette on top is beautiful! I hope you don't paint it. If the finish needs a little refreshing, Restore-a-Finish is great for pieces needing a little attention. You can get it at Lowe's and possibly Home Depot...

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  4. It's beautiful and it's wonderful that you have it.

    I was doing some research and I came across something called hemp oil to restore wood that looks a little dry or worn, but I have not tried it.

  5. Louise
    I agree with Cindy . . . Restore-A-Finish does amazing things for an old piece of furniture . . . it is my favorite thing to use when I want to give new life to something that I do not want to paint.

  6. I'm torn..... I love it just as it is, but I also see a creamy white with a burnt umber glaze to settle into all of the detail, I think it would make a nice contrast with the hardware and the baskets. Eitherway, this piece is spectacular!