Growing up, there was the one night of the week that totally grossed me out.
Leftover night. I’d like to think I wasn’t much of a whiner (maybe my mom will correct me on that), but when it came to leftovers, I despised them.
15ish years later, I totally get it now. Now that I’m the cook in our house, leftover night ROCKS! And thankfully, Olivia isn’t old enough to gripe about it yet. Although, the kid mainly lives on chicken nuggets.
So maybe you remember that whole red switcharoo I had planned for our kitchen area. And I was determined to utilize as many leftovers as possible to create more cohesiveness throughout our house.
The red was fun but didn’t mesh well with our semi-open living room.
I still had a 3/4 full can of paint leftover from our coffee table makeover that I used to paint our kitchen chairs. I majorly struggled with the decision, but I’m so glad I did! They add so much personality!
I ended up selling my red curtains on my local buy/sell/trade Facebook group for the exact same price I paid for new white ones from Ikea. They’re the Ritva curtains in case you want to know, and I love the quality of them! I have a feeling I might end up getting more down the road for rooms upstairs that still have naked windows.
And the clock gallery wall was an easy change too, nothing paint couldn’t handle. It still provides that rustic industrial look I love.
I busted out our simple white china that I’ve decided was the smartest thing to put on our wedding registry four years ago. If you’re getting married soon, trust me on this. Get white china.
I wanted to make a wooden trough centerpiece but didn’t get around to it yet. Aren’t those little plants from Ikea so cute though?
I guess if you count the three plants for the centerpiece and a set of blue cloth napkins from Target, I spent $25 on the makeover. I think I can swing that.
As for the original thoughts of painting our back door black, I think I’m nixxing that. It’d be too much for me.
I know it’s not the sort of breakfast area that everyone would go for, but I’m so happy with it. And really my photos don’t do that pretty blue any justice. It’s much more subtle in person.
And now it makes sense with our living room! (Still dying to get my hands on our kitchen but I need to be patient.)
The chairs and the coffee table tie in well together without being too matchy for me since I lightened up the coffee table paint and I used a dark wax on it to make it a tad more greenish.
(Do you spy a sleepy Lola over there on the right?)
Between the bathroom makeover and this breakfast area, I haven’t even had time to decorate our mantel for spring. Decorating around that TV is always tricky.
At least our table looks a little springified. (Totally a word.)
We have a little touch of spring in our place settings that I’ll probably recreate on Easter.
I think even whiney little pre-teen me would be totally cool with eating leftovers if it meant sitting in a fun kitchen area like this one. Possibly. Adult me is content with it at least.