If you love decorating like me, you probably have a room in your home that you think needs a little refreshing! I bet we all that “that room”! It’s not so bad but with just a little spiff and polish and a new item or two it could be amazing and better suit the way we live. Today’s post is all about keeping what we love and what works in a room, refreshing what is a little tired and picking out some fabulous new furnishings to create a new look that will last a long time!
I was thrilled when Birch Lane asked me if I would want to refresh a room. And I knew just the room that needed refreshing! The breakfast room at StoneGable was okay, but really needed a little updating! I could not wait to get started!
This is what my room looks like now that it has been refreshed!
Here are a few steps that helped me and might help you with a room refresh project…
ASSESS WHAT GOES, STAYS, AND WHAT NEEDS A LITTLE LOVE
This is not as easy as it sounds and should take you some time. The more thought you put into assessing the better the outcome of any refresh project. Your first instincts might not always be spot on. It’s a good idea to sit in your room to refresh and spend some time just looking at every aspect of it with a critical eye. It’s also a great idea to have a camera and take pictures and a notepad and pen to put down your thoughts.
Pictures will allow you to see things your eyes don’t pick up.
Jot down what is a keeper and what obviously needs to go. I found when I was refreshing my breakfast nook that there were furnishings that I had to put on a “pending” list. I had to think long and hard about keeping them or getting rid of them. Also, it’s a great idea to ask the opinion of someone who knows you and who’s decorating prowess you admire.
As I said, the breakfast nook needed to be refreshed. Not renovated or gutted or made over… just refreshed. I basically liked how the breakfast nook looked but there were just a few things that if changed would make a big difference!
At first, I wanted to get rid of the side table under the window and replace it too. This table is decades old. This table began its life at StoneGable as a golden oak sofa table and then it was the very first piece I painted. After lots of consideration, I decided it was a keeper. It’s painted charm added a chippy aged farmhouse feel to the breakfast room. And it was the right size and had storage which ended up being the deciding factor.
The shutters on the wall were also up for grabs. But in the end, they were a keeper too. Actually, I phoned this one in! My fabulous friend Anita from Cedar Hill Farmhouse (she will be sharing her refresh later this week) said the shutter were a keeper. So they stayed! And I’m so thankful that they did.
I also kept the kitchen table and the hen lamp. She’s been with me for so many years and is such a fixture here at StoneGable! Somethings, transcend style and become treasures!
On the must-go list were the black oriental rug, the four chairs, and the chandelier. The black rug dated the room and was quite worn. I just got tired of the chairs and sent them to the basement where we will be part of renovating the basement family room next year.
The chandelier, although I still loved it was too weighty and busy feeling since the open shelves across from the breakfast nook went in. Luckily, a friend of mine loved my chandelier too and bought it.
DO SOME RESEARCH
This is another step that really pays off. If you do your homework before a purchase your refresh result will be much better. Serch your favorite websites for great furnishings and scour Pinterest.
I pretty much knew what I was looking for when it came to chairs. I’ve been loving the look of upholstered chairs for a long time. As much as I love white slipcovers I decided against white for very obvious reasons, even if they were washable. I also wanted the chairs to be very comfortable and fit under the apron of the table. The new chairs I was looking for had to have classic styling with updated detailing and they had to be a somewhat neutral color! A very tall order to fill!
SET A BUDGET
It’s so important to decide how much you are willing to spend on a project like a refresh. Try to work within its parameters and when the project is complete you will be so happy you did. Many times we overspend because we don’t take the time to figure out how a refresh big or small will fit into our budget.
I don’t like buyer’s remorse, so budgeting is very important to me!
BUY NEW ITEMS
Do lots of research and measuring before you buy anything new. If you are buying items online make sure to read the reviews. Getting the straight scoop from customers that have purchased an item you are interested in is invaluable!
Our new chairs had to fit comfortably under our existing custom table which had a large apron. So measuring was extremely important. The beautiful and contemporary Tennent Arm Chairs from Birch Lane sat at our table perfectly!
The Tuscan Four Light Mini Chandelier was also quite a find! It made my whole breakfast room look different. I especially love the mercury glass around the lights that throws off the prettiest glow!
REFRESH EVERYTHING YOU KEEP
Anything you are keeping that needs a little love… do it now! Repair, repaint, wash and touch up! Remember to do things like patch any nail holes in the wall and repaint over them.
Because I was doing a refresh and not a total makeover I was keeping much of the breakfast nook’s furnishings. The one big fix in this room was our round kitchen table. This table had been made for us a few years back using 150 year old barn siding. But unfortunately, the base had split. So Bobby took on this tough job and glued and joist it together again. I’m so glad we could save the table!
The one big fix in this room was our round kitchen table. This table had been made for us a few years back using 150 year old barn siding. But unfortunately, the base had split. So Bobby took on this tough job and glued and joist it together again. I’m so glad we could save the table! Good work Bobby! The table is as good as new!
SELL, GIVE AWAY OR GET RID OF THE OLD
Don’t let anything that you are replacing hang around your home! Find a way to get rid of it! Give it away, sell it or throw it away. I must admit I love to hold onto things that can still be used, but it’s far more freeing to let most of them go and have a nice, neat, clutter free home!
STYLE AND ENJOY!
Now the fun begins. It’s time to style a room!!!!! Take your time and give yourself permission to “play”. Arrange and rearrange. Bring items shopped from your home into your restyling project.
After the chandelier was hung and the Grand Cayman Rug from Wayfair was laid down in the breakfast room and the table was fixed and replaced, it was time for the chairs. Oh, what fun to place each pretty upholstered Tennent chair under the table.
The last thing I did to complete the room was to create a big vignette for the center of the table. I must admit, I do love to create a kitchen table vignette.
Add and edit until you think your room looks perfect!
Now that I’ve shared my breakfast room refresh I hope you will stop by my friend KarriAnn’s at Thistlewood Farm and see her new refreshed room tomorrow!
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