One such 'never-ending' project is my kitchen. I realize the culprit of the situation. In my heart of hearts, I would like new counter tops, a subway tile back splash, new glass cabinet doors. Alas, it is not in the budget. So, I continue to pick unendingly at other things. But, I think I am finally happy with my most recent project.
Here is the breakfast nook, in its three phases:
First phase. Matt purchased this table and chairs for me right before we got married. The table had a white tile top, which I managed to crack and splinter in one way or another. Then, we lost one of the chairs to a 'forgotten and left out in the rain' accident. Mabel, in her puppy happiness, chewed one of the other chair legs down to the wood. But, like a good thrifty woman, I held onto these for six years. It was time for a change (plus, the curtains just didn't work).
Phase two. I found this table (with a huge leaf that has to be stored in the attic) and chairs at a local yard sale. I had big plans to paint the chairs and table white.
Phase three. I have a word of advice for all those that say, "Oh, just paint it, its easy." Make sure whatever your painting doesn't have spindles of any kind, because if it does, like these beloved chairs, it will NOT be easy. It took me two days, one can of oil based primer, seven spray paint cans of white primer, and a nose full of toxic fumes to finish these chairs.
In addition, I have decided to leave the table alone, for now. I haven't decided if I want to paint it, leave it alone, or perhaps stain it darker (I love dark walnut stain). Bare in mind, I will be painting the kitchen white soon. Why white? Don't get me started. I love the way white makes a room feel huge and sunny and cheerful. I love the way colorful pottery and painted furniture look against white walls. I think white gets a bad wrap as it is quite often the choice for people who think decorating involves futons and neon beer signs.
As a side note, the flowers are from my sweet hubby. After six years of hauling furniture off curbs for me, he still manages to remember that I love orange flowers. Anyway, for now, the breakfast nook is finished. At least for the next few months. :)