The Morning Room

Good Morning!  When we had our house built 4 years ago, we had a room called the “morning room” added on to the backside of our house.  I don’t know why it is called a “morning room”, but I do get the cheery morning sun!  During the past four years, this room as had a variety of furniture – an extra couch and chair, then  a set of wicker furniture,  then back to a couch, then back to wicker, back to just an oversized chair…then for a few months this spring, it had nothing in it. Just a rug on the floor, milk chocolate colored walls, 5 windows, a half round window and a French door that opened to the backyard.  I just didn’t have a vision for this room… (And I apologize that  I don’t have any “before” pictures…I just wasn’t thinking! But you can hopefully get the idea.)

Then one day, while shopping at the local thrift store with my sister and my daughter, I came across a  wooden  couch and matching chair.  The set had outdated floral cushions, but the set was made in Conover NC and was structurally in great shape.  I thought it would be a perfect fit for the morning room.

I do have a before picture of the couch, as I sent it to my friend, Georgine, for advice!  (What can I do about that middle back cushion?!!)

I thought the floral cushions might even work, until my Most Wonderful Husband asked me what I had in mind for covering the cushions…. So I went shopping and  I fell in love with this  found this fabric at Joann Fabrics.  I love the red and yellow.

I covered the couch and chair cushions.

Then I made some pillows to grace the new cushions.

I used a strip of cushion fabric and and tacked on some buttons!

Candlewicking seriously needs to make a comeback. I made this pillow DECADES ago.
I had a piece of red silk and a piece of brown, I sewed them together and added white buttons around the edges.
The brown side..
A random plaid pillow but the colors are right!
This quilted applique pillow was made from instructions from this site

Next, we bought brown wooden roman shades  from the Home Depot. These are perfect for when that “cheery” summer sun is heating up the room!

We (my Most Wonderful Husband and I) hung butter yellow curtains on black rods in front of the shades.  I love the warm, rich feel of the result.

Here is a day time shot and I plan to take an evening one soon.  The problem with the day pictures is that you cannot see the blinds!

I finished the room with my grandmother’s antique  coffee table,  a marble top side table made by my late and dear Uncle Jim, and another small table.  The whimsical birds came from Dollar General!!  The beautiful glass stars were made by my very talented sister, Amy!

I needed to put curtains on my french doors, so I used what I had, magnetic curtain rods (I do plan on spraying them black one of these days…) I pulled them together with a tie back and a red button.

This is now one of my favorite places in my home to come to in the early morning.  With a mug of coffee (and maybe an oatmeal cookie or two) I begin my day with a quiet time with the Lord Jesus and my Bible and journal.  I am so blessed.

Okay, here is my cliff hanger…Amy is designing  a stained glass window for the half round window!!!  YAY!!! stay tuned…..


The Pantry

Welcome to my pantry makeover! Why make over a pantry? Well, I must confess that I have always considered it just a closet for food, (and I am blessed with a large walk-in pantry.)  BUT.  I was totally inspired to makeover my pantry by two people – the first is my niece, Sarah, who also made over her pantry, and it is as darling as she is! The second is a person I never met, but my new hero from the house of smiths, Shelley Smith.  She dares to put her home and her projects on line, and has given me my courage to do so. So here I go!…

I know, it seems innocent enough from the outside door.

But once the door is open…SURPRISE!!! Just like a closet that needs the door kept shut. I shudder to think how many times I have gone in and out of this pantry when I have had company!

The first thing to decide was what color to choose for the walls.  My inspiration came from my apron fabric! I originally decided to also paint little red/white flowers on the walls after I painted, but more on that later…. 

The color I chose was a Martha Stewart color called Sea Glass from the Home Depot.  In the House of Kirsch, Behr paint is considered the best.  Sea Glass is a color that has never been in my home’s color palette, …but I really like my apron!!!

The next thing was to empty my pantry, and to take down my shelves.

It is a good idea to take a picture to remember how things are to be put back together again.

Now with the pantry emptied out on my table, and the paint purchased, I am now committed to this project…

The best option for me at this point is to call on “The Most Wonderful Husband In The World”.  He can tape off a room, prep it, paint-cut the ceiling and have it painted before I find where is the end of the tape on the roll.  He is my hero.

My hero in action.

Painted shorts have the “I-have-been-worn=on-many-paint-jobs” look.

Within no time, “The Most Wonderful Husband” had my pantry painted.

The shiny places are a few touch up spots that aren’t dry.

Now comes the task of putting everything back – but I needed to make sure that it would not become what it once was so…. I took out all the small appliances and stored them in the kitchen island.   I just kept the serving dishes and pieces that I use most often,  – the others were banished to the basement storage shelf.  I thought about the little flowers on my apron, and to stencil or paint them on the wall, but I really like the crisp look of the Sea Glass walls and the white shelves.  I had also contemplated replacing the wire racks with wooden ones, but decided to keep this makeover a low budget one!

I put the racks back in place, thanks to my reminder pictures, and started organizing my food.

Like suggested by Shelley Smith, I took the cereals and boxed crackers out of their containers, pinched them shut and stored them in baskets. (Sarah uses clothes pins instead of clips, cute idea, especially for her pantry’s theme.  And it’s cheaper too.)

I stored my covenanted Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies in the freezer for that perfect hot July day…

I put a light brown shelf liner on my wire shelves, and I weeded out my cookbooks, and cooking magazines.  The canned goods I stored on a lower shelf for aesthetic reasons only.

The baking staples I stored in glass jars, (Walmart, $5. for the large one.) And I also used tall canning jars for chocolate chips, bread crumbs, nuts, etc. 

The top of my shelf needed a plate (I decorate everywhere with teacups and plates) and my favorite truth sign.

There we have it, all done in 3 days.  3 days is pretty good for me, I am the starter and my “Most Wonderful Husband” is the  finisher, but besides the painting,  I became the starter and finisher on the pantry makeover.  Just a few more things…my apron…my inspiration…is hung with the “Most Wonderful Husband’s” apron as well as my granddaughter’s on a long picture holder decorated with my life word “Joy”. I hung it just inside the pantry door.

So, A look back – before….
After….P.S.  Wine rack coming as soon as I can get to IKEA!!!
U pdate….My good friend, (and design consultant!), Georgine,  suggested that I change out my stool for a step stool, and on my recent trip to IKEA, I picked up this one. as well as…..
a few cute jars to hold spices….
and a wine rack.  I think I am good to go on the next project….
Thank you to everyone for your encouraging comments and suggestions!