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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Familyroom/Kitchen/Breakfast Room - Met Monday




When we moved into our home a couple years ago, it was new but really builder bland. The kitchen, breakfast area and familyroom are all open to each other and while we spend most of our time here, it has been the most ignored area. I wanted all new furniture and the kitchen was so bland with white walls, light maple cabinets and beige formica. I tackled part of the kitchen with a mini-remodel first while I shopped for furniture and worked on the rest of the house. As time has passed, and our money tree shrunk I have been reminded of what is a want and what is a need. Watching tv and seeing all the people loosing their homes and everything they have has given me reason to be thankful for what I have and to see what I could do to make it a more welcoming space. Some of these pictures you've seen before in previous posts, but I have included them here again as this is really all one area.





The first thing we did was paint the walls a dark yummy chocolate brown. This at least made the cabinets look better.




Next I polished the cabinets with dark paste wax, added hardware and replaced the island top with a gorgeous granite remnant (this was a fabulous gift), added a new sink and faucet. Major improvement.





We extended the counter with the granite, added the corbels and now it is a great place for someone to sit and visit while I'm cooking or to have a snack.





The breakfast area is directly across from the kitchen. The furniture was moved in and nothing was done. I was still shopping and trying to decide what I wanted. Just click on any of the pictures to enlarge.





Well when I decided to get my act together I started with yards and yards of $3 fabric for drapes and a lot of wonderful GW finds. All of the dishes came from GW and I have had so much fun with them. I love the hunt and get so excited when I find a treasure.





This picture is taken standing beside the island looking into the breakfast and familyroom area.




This is the familyroom area with all the furniture that I thought was way too big and I was so tired of it and wanted to replace.




Well a few drapes that I made and more accessories from around the house and the GW and I really like the room now. It looks so much more inviting.




This shows how the familyroom and breakfast area are one room.




The entertainment center sits on the wall next to the kitchen and across from the sofa and is also filled with more GW treasures.



I am thankful for what the Lord has provided and I am reminded daily to pray for all that have lost their jobs and their homes. Such a valuable lesson to look around and be thankful for all of my blessings and to make the most of what has been given to me.




Thank you for stopping by, I always appreciate and look forward to your visits. God Bless

64 comments:

  1. Marty, this is incredible what those changes did for these rooms. I love the way you have hung plates around the mirror and between the drapery openings. So clever, and it looks so pretty. laurie

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  2. Everything looks great! You did a fabulous job. I am going to check out GW a little more often. Thanks for sharing! Have a great day!

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  3. I still can't over the difference in your home with a few simple and not terribly expensive changes. And you're such a talented seamstress that you really saved a bundle! This really is lovely, and what a sweet reminder to be thankful for what we do have! Hugs, Kat

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  4. it is so true isnt Marty, how we need to be more thrifty these days and be thankful for what we have, sometimes i have to remind myself of that too and obviously it works as you have a perfect example right here with how absolutely beautiful your rooms have turned out. The curtains just warmed up the space and all the lovely accessories look just beautiful.
    hugs
    janet

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  5. Beautiful job Marty.....you have giving me some ideas...thank you!

    Susan

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  6. Incredible job Marty! Love the round mirror in the breakfast area! I Left you an award on my blog www.lovestocreate.com so if you would like to stop by to take it and play along great! If you're too busy to play I totally understand. Hugs from Conroe, TX!

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  7. Marty,
    You did all the right things, this is great! The darker wall color really makes your cabinets pop. The new granite gives it a high end look. The drapery hung high gives the room a posh look, and pulls everything together. Two thumbs up from me...Cathy

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  8. Marty, you did a fabulous job. You have such a great eye for detail and making the accessories work. Really love all the things you did. Linda

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  9. I love it all, you really have made a lovely home! Deb

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  10. Your "after" home has so much more warmth -- great job!

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  11. Everything looks great! You've created such a lovely home, all the while working with what you have. Love it all! What you said at the end is so true, we are feeling thankful over here as well and appreciating what we have. :)
    ~Michelle

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  12. Beautiful. I love the granite top and the new sink. Amazing how it changes a room!

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  13. Hi Marty, :)
    Your kitchen is just fabulous with the gorgeous granite island!
    It has always been one of my favorites and now I see the before photos as well. ~Gorgeous~
    You have the perfect room layout for entertaining.
    Your new drapes and accessories are very pretty too.

    You have a wonderfully decorated and welcoming home.

    Happy MM!
    ~Melissa ;)

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  14. Marty,those drapes...oh you are such a good seamstress,you did such a good job,they look so elegant.I will never get over the difference that was and granite on your island made in your kitchen.
    Cyndi

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  15. Good job. I really think the addition of the granite on the island made the biggest difference in the kitchen. The addition of the drapes made the biggest difference in the family room.

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  16. Marty, everything you did to all of these rooms is fantastic! They all look so inviting, soft and warm now...Christine

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  17. Marty,
    Simply fabulous. Everything turned out spectacular. Thanks for the peek
    Maryrose

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  18. awesome job marty!, love the new curtains,it looks really cozy and the new treasures are just wonderful...xx. silvia.

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  19. Beautiful post Marty...we all need to step back and look around at how blessed we really are in this day & time. It is amazing what that new counter top did for the whole kitchen...glorious! Loved all the changes and the family room was amazing with those drapes....what a difference just that simple change made in the feel of the whole room...everything is beautiful girl! I hope you have a great week my friend!

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  20. I love your changes, but I am more touched by your gratitude and sensitivity... a good reminder to all of us. Thanks!

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  21. It’s a fabulous space. Chocolate brown is a yummy color. My master bedroom is painted mocha and the ceiling latte-little lighter than chocolate-but I love the browns! I’d love to do granite in my kitchen, but my Corian is still serviceable and don’t have the money to upgrade just yet. I found some marble remnants at my favorite antique mall I want to use as a fireplace surround. I bought these long strips almost 4” long for $10.00 each. It’s a project I hope to finish this year. Your cabinets are a lovely, warm color-paste wax is a really cool product. I have used it ever since I bought a few English stripped-pine pieces back in the mid 1980’s. Love the plates around the round mirror.

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  22. Wow Mary! It's nice to see the final product! Everything is just gorgeous! You really have a knack for making a big difference without spending big bucks! Your drapes are lovely! Great job! Have a great week...hugs...Debbie

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  23. Very very nice! It looks lovely. One of these days I am going to get around to doing something about my kitchen---love your changes! Maybe this is the week I will start shopping for that new kitchen faucet I really need! Thanks for the inspiration. Love, Paula

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  24. Marty,
    Lovely post and oh so true. Just to be thank-ful for what we have with so many losing so much. You have such great decorating skills and you do it on a small budget which to me, is the most talented kind of decorater. Cindy

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  25. I've always thought your kitchen transformation was great - a little paint and a new counter on your island and voila! This is the first time I've seen how the kitchen opens up to your family room... the space is great! I really love open concept spaces and wish that I had that in our home. Well... sometimes! I love our bungalow just the way it is!
    Victoria @ DesignTies

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  26. Marty, great job! Very cool redos! I love roosters, too, in fact we share the same one you have on the counter! I call mine, "Red"!

    Happy Monday!

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  27. What a difference window treatments make. It all came together so well. Love your new kitchen counter top. You're right we have so much to be thankful for.

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  28. Your home is beautiful, Marty! I love the metamorphosis!

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  29. Everything just looks WONDERFUL! It's amazing what a little paint, inexpensive fabric, and GW finds can do! Everything looks so warm and loving! FANTASTIC JOB!!

    {{{{{HUGS}}}}}}

    Robin :o)

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  30. Wonderful! I agree -- and am also focusing on being thankful for what we have and praying for those in crisis. I think a lot of people have switched their thinking, and are moving away from quickly replacing things, to deciding to re-use and make do.

    I think this is a healthy choice, although sometimes I worry about the people who would have other wise been hired to "replace!"

    $3 a yard fabric? You are a soul mate. Gorgeous draperies, lovely makeovers. Thanks for sharing!

    Cass

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  31. What a difference you made in these rooms. The drapes are gorgeous and they really bring an inviting atmosphere here.

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  32. I think I'm most impressed with how you used the yards and yards of fabric ....

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  33. I love everything! You have done such a great job with your home both inside and out.

    Have a great week and sharing!

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  34. Hi Marty,
    I can see a theme going on here in your rooms round table round or oval plates and mirror.....you like circles don't you? I do too! No hard edges! I love the birdcage and the swan above the entertainment center and the curtains are gorgeous as usual! It really doesn't take a fortune to recreate a beautiful look and your home is wonderful proof of that! Have a great day!

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  35. Hi Marty...I always wanted a chocolate room and what better place than a kitchen...it does look rich! and that granite was some kind of gift...wonderful Met Monday... ;-) Bo

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  36. Chocolate color is just beautiful. All of the changes you made are great! Good Job Girl!

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  37. Marty, thank you for stopping by my tea party. I love the mirror with the plates around it! I have been wanting to do that! It looks GREAT! Your makeover is wonderful. Don't we wonder why we wait so long after we finish a project that we are pleased with? Have a great week.

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  38. MArty, thanks for stopping by! I am almost positive that you will love it, I have not met anyone who hasnt, including the hubs who is super picky! LEt me know. Sue

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  39. Marty, First I love the way you keep things in perspective and have such a heart for God,family and friends.Because of where your heart is your home reflects the same warmth. I am amazed at wonderfully the drapes turned out and they truly transform you room. Kudos to you for using your talent and budget savvy tricks. Hugs Kathysue

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  40. What a nice tour of your lovely home!! Tell me are you one of the old "RMS" gals, if so hello..I was SEACLIFF, your name sounds familar, all the best, Chrissy

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  41. Marty,
    Would you be willing to tell me what color chocolate you used in your kitchen. I thinking about repainting above my cabinets and computer desk? My cabinets are maple stained a light medium cherry so I'm not sure that it will work or not....might be too much brown? Thanks and have a good evening!

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  42. Hi Marty...

    Just wanted to stop by to say thank you for visiting and taking a peek at my apothecary jar! Girl, you're just the sweetest with all of your kind compliments...thank you!!!

    Well my friend, I too am so very thankful for what the Lord has blessed me with...and my heart and prayers go out to those who are really struggling right now due to economic hardships!!! With that thought in mind, it really puts "our wants and needs" into proper perspective, doesn't it!

    Well my friend, you have such a beautiful home! I just loved seeing the "before" and "after" transformation photos! Ohhh...I love your kitchen! Love your cabinets against the warm chocolate colored walls and that granite countertop on your island...WOW!!! It all really made such a beautiful difference! I love the open floor plan of your kitchen, dining room, and family room...and those drapes just made a huge difference! They're gorgeous!!! And...what a difference it made to those rooms adding the pretty plates to the wall...that turned out fabulous, my friend! I think you have some really beautiful furniture pieces...your family room is beautiful...so warm, cozy, and inviting! Yes...we are blessed!!!

    Thank you for sharing your awesome transformations with us...and reminding us that we have and should be thankful for what the Lord has blessed us with!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  43. Everything looks so warm and pulled together. It just says "come and stay awhile." You have done a wonderful job.

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  44. I love the chocolate paint, anything chocolate really. L.O.L. The new countertop on the kitchen island is another favorite.

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  45. Your home is lovely - amazing what a big change a little tweeking can do! And what a great countertop - love the roosters I see peeking out here and there -- thanks for your visit! (and sweetness with commenting!)

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  46. Thank you Marty, I'll investigate that color! (Hugs)

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  47. Lovely transformation. I love the chocolate brown in the kitchen!

    Peace and Grace,

    amy@maisonbelle

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  48. Thanks for stopping by to visit today. I loved your kitchen. Its so large. My little kitchen only hold one person at a time. Your home looks very beautiful and inviting.
    Glad you liked my wisteria, and come back soon.
    Smiles,
    Pat

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  49. You are a real sweetheart. Thanks so much.

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  50. Marty I love your home...what a wonderful job you did with it...and girl I am so glad that my home is paid for and don't have to worry like so many of my friends and family do..In today times I feel so blessed Marty..
    I just love the kitchen color...and girl I painted my kitchen coco brown in 1970 and peeps thought I was on drugs..who would have known it would be a great color for kitchens years later..and I was hanging plates on my walls 5o years ago with ribbons glued on the back to hang them with...way before plate holder..Marty I use to wall paper my rooms with sheets and starch also...one double size sheet is 8 ft long so it was great to cover a big wall with..and then I could make curtains or drapes to match at very little money..Design on a Dime for sure...May uou have a great week dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  51. What a beautiful job you've done! That chocolate paint and granite island made a HUGE impact. Just love that you go treasure hunting at Goodwill like I do ...it's the best!

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  52. Hello Marty, I enjoyed your metamorphis, your kitchen looks so warm and inviting, the new counter top is beautiful and practical and the family/breakfast rooms are so pretty with the fabrics and plates and what a beautiful painting you have in your family room. Kathy.

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  53. Hi Marty, thanks for stopping by to let me know the dark chocolate might be too dark for my cabinets.....I was pretty sure it was too but I LOVE that color...maybe I can paint the bathroom downstairs with it....it has all beige tiles. I'm tired of the Bamboo color in there.
    How do you get so many comments? Guess you're just more interesting than me! LOL! I visit many blogs and leave comments but have hardly any traffic on mine.....maybe in time I will.

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  54. Thanks Marty,
    How do the host websites work.... Metamorphosis Monday & Foodie Friday? I have done Scenic Sunday and Watery Wednesday....are those some of them....photography? How do you find interesting hosts? I don't cook very much and I'm not much of a decorator that transforms all the time either so what other ones are out there? I do notice that the traffic does pick up when I post on those two. I do comment on everyone that leaves a comment on mine and then everyone I visit. I'm not a lurker like so many of them! LOL! I seem to always find something to say! LOL! How long have you been blogging? I thought maybe it just takes time but it's discouraging when there's few posting comments....I feel sorry for you sometimes being the only one! LOL! I do appreciate everyone that visits, especially you! I did notice that you follow quite a few blogs but I didn't know if you read each one everyday or just so many times a week? I usually follow a few everyday but I have taken some off that don't post hardly at all on their blogs.....I followed them, but they didn't follow mine. Thank you for being such a gem and so helpful all the time. Blessings to you!

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  56. Hi Marty,
    Thanks for the words of encouragement about RMS. It can get brutal to say the least; I had pretty good comments, but the occasional zinger. By the way I used to live in Tucson, but grew up in Colorado. I wanted to escape the snow and had friends there so made the move. I have been all over the place; hopefully I will make it back to the west sooner then later. Enjoy the nice weather for me.

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  57. Thanks Marty,
    I'll see what I can do.....kind of computer challenged! I just learned how to copy and paste not too long ago! LOL! You're so helpful and willing to explain things so well! Thanks again!

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  58. Marty, it did not allow me to do what you said when I right click on my title....there was no copy shortcut option....just send a link? I'm going to see if I can copy & paste the Watery Wednesday link so you can see it. I'm on there listed but I don't have the host linked from my page. They can get to me but not Watery Wednesday. I know this is probably confusing. Don't worry about it....I'll try to get it figured out! Thanks again for being so kind! (Hugs) Luanne

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  59. Very lovely transformation and inspiring for me to see as well!

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  60. Great job Marty! Your kitchen was one of my favorites on RMS. It's fun to see your other transformations too. Very nice!

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  61. Hey Sweet Marty! How are ya? I love your MET Monday makeover! The Lv. Rm. drapes are fabulous...what a super job! I also love the way you revamped the kitchen!I would have never thought of using a dark paste on the cabinets...and love the choc.brown on the walls. I once did my daughters bedroom when she was very little in chocolate brown with a white chair rail and white eyelet ruffled drapes in the room with white shutters. I loved the room, and she did too! The other thing I like that you did...sorry, LOVE that you did...was to add the granite on the center island with the corbels! That really dressed that up! Very decorative and just the "umph" you needed to bring the kitchen up to a modern date. LOVED IT! ;) ~CC Catherine (I also loved your thankfulness to the Lord at the end for what He's given you! Amen..and I will second that)

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  62. You have quite the eye for decorating,I must say! What a difference the dark brown paint,granite, and corbels made in your kitchen. The cabinets definately pop now! Those corbels are a great idea for me, hmmmm.....

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  63. Hi Marty!

    I love what you have done! I must agree with the economy as it is, it is so important to be very selective with your purchases! Goodwill is such a blessing! I love the granite island and the corbels! Also love the curtains you have made and the plates! I desperately need to make curtains...just finding the time! :)

    Thank you for all of the inspiration! :)
    God Bless!
    Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

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