Recently I was looking through some old photos and realized that I had never shared the changes we’ve made in the breakfast room.
The centerpiece of the breakfast room is the heirloom farm table that once belonged to my grandparents. It’s approximately 150 years old and has quite a history.
When the table was passed to my parents in the early ’70’s, it was in pretty bad shape (literally falling apart), so Mom and Dad repaired it, sanded it down to the raw oak wood, and then sealed it in layers (and I mean layers) of varnish.
(This is what the breakfast room looked like before the changes.)
The table was passed on to me about twenty years ago, and I have always wanted to give it a lighter look, but I kept putting it off, dreading having to remove all of that old varnish. I could have just painted it white, but I really had my heart set on more of a raw, weathered wood look. And I knew if I could get the old varnish off, the oak wood grain would be perfect for liming or whitewashing.
A few months ago I had a moment of insanity and decided it was time to tackle this project.
Thankfully, hubby didn’t even blink when I told him that I wanted the table taken outside and completely sanded down to the raw wood.
(Here is the breakfast room as seen today.)
After the varnish was sanded off, I used Amy Howard Lime Wax and massaged it into the raw wood, giving it a weathered whitewash look.
I love the way the grain of the oak wood still shows through.
The set of flea market french chairs also got a little update.
I found this set of four french chairs at a local flea market for $15.00 ea…..a total steal!
I decided to leave the caning of the chairs in the original stain and just paint the frame of the chair with Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in the color Ironstone.
They turned out beautifully, naturally chipping and flaking in all the right places.
I placed the little french settee that we redid in grain sack scraps at the back side of the table, and we hung a new chandelier that is a little larger than the one that was originally there.
I just bought this antique french postal sack at auction and filled it with a king size bed pillow, placing it in the settee.
We also moved the Mora clock that was in the breakfast room into the foyer, and placed the new (afflink) Mora clock from Antique Farmhouse in it’s place. We propped our antique European bread paddle and large bread board against it.
I’m enjoying the new, lighter look, and I’m thinking that I want to make some little ruffled slips for the chairs, which means getting out the dreaded sewing machine…..ugh, it hates me.
On a personal note: We are still working on the study. I’m almost finished with a major element in there and it’s looking fabulous! Hubby is working on the formal living room while I’m finishing up in the study. He’s scraped the popcorn ceiling, and repaired a few places in the sheetrock, and now he’s prepping for paint. Working on two rooms at once is making the reno pace much quicker!