It's certainly no secret that I love old houses and all the charm of them! When we started looking for another house the only ones I would look at were the old ones.
While house hunting, there were a few things on my list that I really wanted; like a house in the country, a sunroom and a big front porch. We looked for a long time before we finally found the one that met all the requirements and also offered more. One of the extra features was a sunny little breakfast room just off the kitchen. It was perfect for our meals and meant we didn't have to use the dining room everyday. It had a cute little built in cabinet with lots of storage, space for a table and chairs and a few other pieces of furniture. Over the years that we have been here, I have changed it around a few times but I finally have it just like I want it!
A few years ago I found a pedestal table with four chairs at a thrift store. I really liked it but I knew it would need to be painted and distressed a little to really bring out it's full potential. I got to work on it and when I was done I loved the results! It was absolutely the country look I was going for in that room! I have the cement bowl from an old birdbath as the centerpiece on the table now and I have filled it with flowers and greenery and I think it is perfect! I knew the next step was to paint a china cabinet I had in there. Painting it was not an easy thing for me to do. When I was first married we had bought it to display our wedding china in and I had a lot of sentimental feelings about it, but I knew I would be happy with it once it was finished. Now it is filled with old, white dishes and an awesome old set of nesting boxes on top. I found the nesting boxes at a Georgia flea market and the minute I saw them I knew they were going home with me. I am very happy with how it all turned out and I'm glad now that I painted the china cabinet!
There are a few other pieces in there that I don't plan to paint. There is a small marble top chest and an old glass front display cabinet. I looked at the display cabinet a long time before I finally decided to buy it, but now that it is full of white china and old ironstone I'm really glad that I did buy it!
The built-in cabinet is filled with the Autumn Leaf and Bittersweet patterns of vintage china and serving pieces. I received a few pieces of each of these sets from my grandmother and through the years I have continued to add to them. Also in the cabinet there are a few quilts I have collected. I love they way they look folded and stacked in the cabinet with the old china.
It has taken several years for the breakfast room to become the way it is now and I have to say I really am pleased with it! Sometimes when I walk by I just stop to look at it because I do like it so much. I guess that’s the best compliment I could give my breakfast room!!