Carryin’ on in the Kitchen, Part 2

Well, kids, I believe it has been a week since I shared with you that I was ready to change out my breakfast room curtains. It was hard for me to make the decision to take them down because, as I mentioned, they were a labor of love.  If you remember, though, I fell out of love almost as soon as they were hung.  They look cheerier in this photo than in real life.

french country breakfast room

As you probably recall, I tried to make them work by seeing if a lighter color on the walls would help.

 Agh..looking at this makes me want to gag. 

A very good thing came out of that topless night: I realized how much I love the original color on my walls.   So, I covered over my test paint area with the original color (SW Ivoire).   This time, I managed to keep on all of my clothes.  😉

I am just tickled to death at the new look of my french country breakfast room!  Now that it is all bright and cheery, the room finally lives up to its purpose, and I have a room that says “good morning”.

 I’ve kept you waiting for a week…so without further ado…

french country breakfast room


I ended up going with these cafe valances and tiers by Better Homes & Gardens.  I love everything about them; including the price!

Here’s a closer peek at the details. I kept hoping the wrinkles would just fall out.  Looks like I will need to iron, or give them a little smoothing with Downy wrinkle releaser. That stuff works.

french country breakfast room

While I was at it, I went ahead a played around with the accessories and decor in this room; taking stuff out, bringing things in from other rooms, and making a few inexpensive purchases.  Would you like to look around?

I brought this diy chalkboard in from the dining room.  I wrote the winter phrase on there while it was still in the dining room.  I plan to erase it and use the board for weekly menus.

french country breakfast room

 To the right of the chalkboard and sunflowers, I hung this magnetic memo board that I just bought at Marshall’s HomeGoods a  few weeks ago.  You might remember me showing it to you then.  Anyway, I just love it in the breakfast room.

french country breakfast room

I hung up the photos taken last Easter of my daughter and her cousins .   The pictures couldn’t be more fitting for this room, and I love that they add a personal touch.  I like to add sentimental decor whenever possible.  Here’s a closer look at the “cousins in the chicken coop.”

french country breakfast room

Precious memories!

That was the left wall of the room.  Now, panning around to the back wall, I think the weathered wood accent table fits this wall space perfectly.  It is sitting under a rooster picture I got for Christmas.  I also set my little rooster bowl on top.  I bought the table at Kirklands...hmmmmm, maybe this past summer and was using it in the living room.  I want to add a lamp here, too.  oooh, I just realized what lamp I can use!  Love lightbulb moments!!

french country breakfast room

french country breakfast room

Now, looking around to the right… I sewed the pillow four years ago to go with the old curtains.  So, after everything was hung and I realized the rooster pillow matched, he got to stay!  I was so excited about that, y’all!

french country breakfast room

 I set it in the corner of the window seat with one of my new treasures.  Do you see it?

accessories for a french country breakfast room

I bought the chicken wire caddy at Ross the other day.  I really scored that day.  I got this caddy, two lamp shades and a set of 3 white pitchers all for $32 and some change.  Okay, let me get back on track.  I’m tellin’ ya, I get so easily sidetracked that I must have ADD.

This sunshine plaque sits in the other corner of the window seat.

accessories for a french country breakfast room

My Mom bought it for me as a house warming gift when we first moved into this house.  She said it reminded her of me.  Awwww.  

Last on the tour is this wall art..

accessories for a french country breakfast room

My in-laws bought it for me as a wedding gift after I had admired it in a shop in Old Town Spring.  That was fourteen years ago.  Here is a closer look at the Lord’s Prayer.

accessories for a french country breakfast room

So intricate.  It hangs on a small wall that divides the breakfast area from the kitchen.  I’ll be showing you the kitchen soon.

Be sure to check back in two weeks when I reveal the vignette on the sideboard.  I’m saving it for Debbiedoo’s Magazine copy cat challenge on the 23rd.  I can’t wait to show it to you.  It makes the room!

For now, I’ll leave with a side by side look at the breakfast room before and after.

french country breakfast room

Until next time,


I will be linking at these parties:

Newbie party @ Debbiedoo’s Blogging and Blabbing

Metamorphosis Monday @ BNOTP

Market Yourself Monday @ Sumo’s Sweet Stuff

More the Merrier Monday @ DIY Home Sweet Home

Meet Me Monday @ Your Talking to Much


  1. Sharon it looks great and I love the Lord’s Prayer cut out. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it! Love the accessories too. Lighter and brighter and beautiful for sure!

  2. Hi Sharon … looks so fresh. Love all the new accessories … especially the chicken wire and Roos. Audrey Zumwalt at Timeless Treasures.

  3. Those are perfect curtains for a kitchen. Enjoy the new look!

  4. What a bright and cheery difference. I have seen these curtains and loved them too. Nice job, thanks for sharing.

  5. Thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

  6. If it weren’t for you mentioning that Walmart had BH&G cafe curtains, I wouldn’t have found these. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Sharon, your room is lovely. I really like all the charming details. The curtains are just adorable.

    Thanks so much for stopping by….always so nice to make new friends!

    Barb ♥

  8. So pretty, Sharon. I love the lighter colors and all of your little touches really pulled it all together! The little rooster picture is very sweet!

  9. Great job on lightening up your dining area!
    It turned out fantastic! thanks for your invite to Show and Tell Link Party… I’ll have to join you on Wednesday! Have a great day!
    dee dee

  10. Love the lighter look! Great Job! Thanks for stopping by Harrison Home and for the invite to Show and Tell Link Party I will definatley be joining you! See you then!

  11. Oh my gosh your breakfast nook is beautiful! I really love both looks but must say that the makeover does lighten it 🙂 Thank you so much for visiting my blog; I will definitely be by on Wednesday. Thanks again! xx Lisa

  12. Thank you for your sweet compliment! You made my day! See ya Wednesday!


  13. Love your breakfast room. I look forward to seeing what else you are up to. I am also a teacher an new follower of your blog. I would love for you to visit my blog too.

  14. Thanks for taking the time to visit and so glad to have you join. I’d be happy to visit you too! On my way to do that now. Sharon

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