Breakfast Room makeover reveal

Decorating, DIY, Makeover

I have spent the last two days clambering around my breakfast room with paint in hand, and turning it from a very sedate and calm green into a zinging, intense deepest blue.  It all started with some botanical prints that I spotted online at  vintage printables.

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Dramatic botanical prints free for public use

These were really intense botanical images against dark backgrounds, and I fell in love with them.  I sent them off to be scaled up into large prints for the princely sum of £27, and then framed them into the existing frames that I had for my paler versions…  here is the room before:

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It is nice, but I have lived with Farrow and Ball tasteful pale shades for too long! I chose a really intense colour for the walls, skirting and cupboard surrounds called Basalt by the Little Greene Paint Company.  It is a really dark, dark blue, like squid ink:


Basalt, a really very dark blue tone that looks black or grey in some light


It’s a bit dark ?!


Coat one on walls, too late to go back now…..


Beginning to think it might work now…

I wanted to leave the original Victorian doors, floors and cupboards in their natural state.  As one end of the room has pale painted panelling, plus the door frames and window frame, I though these would be too dark in the Basalt, so I used Lime White by Farrow and Ball for these areas to freshen it up.  The rest of the room was painted in Basalt, and woe betide me if I ever have to paint it out again with a paler colour as it is very dark indeed!

I upcycled the old picture frames with the new prints, (I had 6 printed), and first of all hung them as they had originally been.  But then I decided to make the wall more exciting as the dark background is a great foil for artwork.






Here are final photos of the completed room:

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Storage cabinet awaiting transformation


Repurposed window frame as a mirror




Gallery wall detail


Gallery Wall

All that is left to do now is to is to overhaul the painted wood cupboard with the lamp on top, as it looks too pale for the room.  I am thinking a zesty green or something similar would work, and I may repaint the table legs to compliment it.


Industrial Kitchen Desires


My kitchen is teeny weeny, and a typical afterthought galley on a Victorian house.  It fits one person, (two if no one leaves the spot they stand on), and if any one gets in front of the fridge it becomes a chicane with a lot of reversing.  We had 14 people one Christmas and I did manage somehow, but there was a chain of people leading out and passing plates as it is so small.  The house is a large 5 bedroom number, so the small kitchen makes no sense at all.

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I dream of extending it across the back of the house into a huge sociable room, and have started hunting out ideas. I do not want a ‘classical’ kitchen, we had one made bespoke at our last house and it was lovely and suited the house, plus held my beloved Lacanche range.  But I am a bit bored of those style of kitchens and want something different now.

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I love the industrial edge; steeel framed windows by Crittall, concrete, unfitted furniture and unexpected items.  But I cannot really pretend that a new build extension to an 1870’s house is an old factory and blend it in with the rest of house.  Or so I thought until I saw this amazing kitchen in Remodilista by
The architects are Stiff and Trevellian and they have converted a basement into a huge open plan sociable spave with zoned areas.  It if industrial in areas, but also suits the period house I think.  I would never worry about cracked floor tiles and stains again with that floor.