Anyone who has been reading for awhile knows that the folks from whom we bought our house were less than wise in the updates they made.
Nowhere is this more apparent than the kitchen.
Of course I love the cottage/European/Jessica Fletcher vibe to this house---otherwise I would have refused to sign the offer. But this kitchen?
No way, Jose.
(I do not know how to put the accent egu on the “e” above, so it’s okay if you want to pronounce that “joe’s”.)
I wrote about our first attempt at doing what we could to this kitchen--removing a useless window seat, fixing wires that were dangling in mid-air, taking off four layers of wallpaper and giving the walls a coat of beige paint, and taking out a way-too-big island. Then I talked about a new fridge and paint color and bookcase styling and skirted sinks.
But now it’s time to talk about scary rugs and sunflowers.
The things I cannot change about this kitchen right now are cabinets and countertops. It’s not going to happen until the NC General Assembly decides I need a little more money. But that probably won’t happen anytime soon, because we can get anybody off the street to teach for $10/hour. (Sorry—that was bitter. Yeah.)
So I have to work with the nasty thermofoil cabinets. Do you know thermofoil? Well, it should be thermoFAIL. Wikipedia describes it as “For a budget kitchen remodel, a thermofoil cabinet door is an easy and economical alternative to white paint.” Then, they go on to say “The downside of thermofoil is its greater susceptibility to heat and moisture compared to other materials.” Perfect for a kitchen, right? So I am stuck with white cabinets that are falling apart and a weird black and rust countertop…I had to work with it.
So after the 2nd update in the kitchen, which was the new paint/sink skirt/new island phase, I continued with the updating in the sunroom that’s an extension of the kitchen. It started with the bookshelves, but then I looked at the crappy old rug (with Kool-Aid and push pop stains…with a healthy dose of hot chocolate thrown in) and decided, “I’m a grown-up, dammit! I’m buying a new rug!”
And I did.
Boy, did I.
You know I love my old lady vibe….and this was waaay out of my comfort zone. When it arrived (from Joss & Main, where it cost a lot less than my other choice at the rug store), I rolled it out.
And then looked at the window artwork, which is the sunflower in that top photo. And then remembered the sunflower painting in the basement, which came upstairs. (I also grabbed a bottle of wine while I was down there.) And it dawned on me that this rug WAS MEANT TO BE!!
I got rid of the beige chair (it matched the beige carpet and my beige life) and bought a very cute aqua chair to match my fabric and coffee table, which is ...
...right in front of the most comfortable make-out sofa in the world. Which is why I was not heartbroken that I couldn’t afford to replace it with something Pottery Barnesque. Instead, I just covered it with a white bedspread.
I took the miniblinds off all of the windows (not a fan of them), and left the sunroom windows naked. (I know, you’re shocked! Naked windows? What is she thinking?) I put a little pennant banner on the window where the table is,
which I think is a fun touch.
This is where we sit and eat, and
this is where we watch television. (And maybe make out.)
This is the door to the patio and my sewing machine (which I had to move from the loft room because that room doesn’t have climate control), and I like having it in here where I can watch the Real Housewives or Property Brothers or Downton Abbey, when it starts again. (If you need to read my re-cap, here’s one.) The cover for it is made in the fabric that I also used in the pillow in the top photo, one of the pennants in the window banner, and the little square on the kitchen table.
So…there you have it! A tour of the sunroom extension! With a wacky rug! And it’s not beige!