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Mother’s Kitchen Makeover

November 3, 2014


I know it seems like I have abandoned my little blog this week…. I feel like I’ve been in a whirlwind, lately. Two weeks ago my 80 year old mother, who just had her cast removed from her broken wrist, told me she really wanted to refinish her table and chairs in her breakfast nook. My mother is like me…or rather I am like her…when I want something done it gets done, like, now.  I told her to wait for me, that I would come see her and we could decide what to do in her kitchen. It hasn’t been updated in almost 30 years. Boy, does time fly or what?

Her kitchen still has her 1980’s tiny floral print wallpaper with country decor. I’m in no mood to scrap wallpaper off of walls….so I decided to do a tissue paper faux technique to cover the paper and paint. Saturday, two weeks ago, I drove to my hometown and Mama and I went shopping for fabric to make curtains and from there we bought paint for the room. I thought I could get it all done in a day, but as it turned out, I only was able to finish the tissue paper and paint. So, I brought the table and chairs home with me to refinish.

I finished painting and staining everything last Friday but had not recovered the cushioned seats. (That’s when I was surprised by a surprise birthday party!) And it’s a good thing. Because the next day I found the coordinating  fabric that goes with the curtain fabric we bought. I had to buy it. It was too perfect not to. And besides, she wanted blue and this was a very pretty blue.

So the first of this week,  I moved to Plan B. I repainted everything, chairs and table legs to go with new fabric.

mamas kitchen before

This is before…you can’t see the tiny little flowers….they are there…trust me.

She has had this table, since I was in elementary school.

mama's table before

And this is after… The tissue paper doesn’t show up in this photo, but it will when I glaze it this weekend…

mamas kithen painted after

Isn’t it amazing what a little paint can do?  What I really can’t believe is that my daddy approves. That makes me happy!

I ended up taking the table home with me to refinish. I sanded the finish off of the top and stained it. We love how it turned out.

mamas table and chairs redo

I had  painted the chairs and legs a medium blue but was able to find the coordinating fabric so I repainted them cream and glazed them lightly.  This fabric is so pretty with the cream chairs.

fabric for chairs

This printed floral fabric is for the curtains. We haven’t finished them yet.

mamas fabric

This is the finished…well..almost…Breakfast nook. We still have work to do on the curtains. I love it!

mamas kitchen

I found a soup tureen with blue and brown floral design on it at the antique mall that works perfectly on the table.

Mamas centerpeice

Don’t you love the rich walnut stain?

walnut stained table top

mamas table top

I painted this blue rooster on canvas and matched colors from fabrics. The stenciled design on the left is done using modeling paste to add texture and dimension to the painting.  He’s so fine.

mamas rooster painting

HIS Mercies are new every morning….Lamentations 3:23

mamas sconce

I found the sconce at an estate sale and picked it up for $5.00 and painted it to match, too.

mamas kitchen side2

When your parents get older there’s not much they really need, materially. But what they can use is a little sprucing up around the house. I remember when I was a child that my daddy and uncles would buy wallpaper every year and wallpaper my grandmother’s living room. It was always an old fashioned victorian style print…lot’s of roses and florals and ribbony stripes.That room must have had dozens of layers of wallpaper!!!! It impressed me that they would do something so sweet for my grandmother, that she couldn’t do for herself. A true labor of love. And after all she had done for them, she deserved it.  And what a role model they were to us grandchildren. Honoring their father and mother.

l loved doing this for my mother.  It was a pleasure. And the fact my daddy approves is icing on the cake.

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  • Agatha Crabb

    You amaze me with all your talents and how fast you can work!!

    November 3, 2014 at 10:52 pm Reply
    • admin

      Oh, thank you! I’m afraid I’m very slow these days since my thyroid decided to act up! I really thought I could do this whole thing in a day….not anymore. It turned out for the best, tho, because I found the fabric I loved a week later!

      November 5, 2014 at 3:29 pm Reply
  • Audrey Zumwalt

    Turned out lovely. Love the rooster plaque. That blue rooster is darling. Would love to know more about the tissue paper faux finish. Did you do a tutorial on it. I have a wall I don’t want to remove the paper so looking for solutions.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures
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    November 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm Reply
    • admin

      Hi Audrey, I haven’t done a tissue paper tutorial, but I plan to do one soon. It’s a very nice way to cover old wallpaper and leaves a nice texture on the walls. Thanks for the compliments….

      November 6, 2014 at 10:44 am Reply
  • Vashti Quiroz-Vega

    Hello Renee! What a sweet idea this is. I loved the makeover. My favorite color is blue. What a difference a new fresh coat of paint makes. And I love the fabric for the seats and window treatment. Bravo! Great job! I’m sure your mom was pleased.
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    November 6, 2014 at 12:06 pm Reply
  • Kay

    I love the way the table,chairs and all turned out. The blue was pretty on the table legs, but the cream is better. You brought it all together so beautifully!!

    November 6, 2014 at 6:54 pm Reply
    • admin

      Thanks, Kay! I like the cream better, too, with the blue fabric..but I did so love the chairs blue, too….thanks….

      November 6, 2014 at 8:51 pm Reply
  • Chris Thompson

    Simply Beautiful!!Please come join the link up party at I would love for you to share as many of your great posts as you’d like. I host a new link up party each Wednesday, but the link ups last a whole week, so you can link up at any time. God bless.

    November 9, 2014 at 10:43 pm Reply
    • admin

      Thank you so much, Chris! I will!!!

      November 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm Reply
  • Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse

    Oh, it’s so lovely! Beautiful job!! Thanks for sharing. You are one of the features at The Round-Up from the Before & After Wednesday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. Hope to see you a little later on for Before & After Wednesday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    November 19, 2014 at 7:54 am Reply
    • admin

      Oh how nice!!! I love how the room turned out…..I’m glad you do too!!! Thanks so much for featuring me!!! love

      November 19, 2014 at 8:59 am Reply
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