My breakfast room has been calling out to me to be transformed with B&T Chalk Paint.

The Breakfast Room origin comes from a beloved house ‘nook’ where day-t0-day meals were served. It’s location was always designed to be close to the kitchen and was favoured as a more relaxed family dining area, compared to the Formal Dining Room where Sunday lunch or dinner was always served and elbows on the table were an absolute no-no. Picture yourself cooking, the family doing homework or sharing the days event nearby and everyone enjoying each others company.

Living in an 1890’s Queenslander, the Breakfast Room in our house is exactly used as previously described, and in truth, one of my favourite rooms. It’s where we all come together to share our day without formality. I love having my morning coffee in here whilst I catch up on emails or just gaze out the window whilst I brainstorm the next B&T idea.

It’s also one of the brightest rooms in the house and is flooded with light from the large windows and skylight above (great design suggestion Duncan).  I wanted to keep that bright interior glow, whilst ensuring I modernised the room.  New White Chalk Furniture Paint was the obvious colour choice.

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The breakfast room has undergone a few transformations over the years.  Originally, black chairs matched with black and white ticking fabric for the upholstery, added with a splash of colour with red patterned cushions.

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The Interior Designer in me has also experimented with more neutral colour palettes. Here’s one of my never fail design tips… use an ornate mirror to help bounce light back around the room and make it appear bigger than it is.  Although Look #2 Neutral served our house well, I recently treasured a series of blue and white china plates and had visioned using them as a display wall feature. You guessed it, Look #3 Blue & White Transformation began and I decided to revamp the whole room by updating the chairs, the table and the upholstery… to suite my collection of Burleigh ‘Asiatic Pheasants’ china of course!

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Using Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint

I decided  the black chairs had to be changed first, with a fresh look using the Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint in New White.  I stripped the upholstery from the chairs and I was then ready to paint. My no prep, no sanding, no fuss paint means I just first simply gave them a good clean.  TIP > I like to use methylated spirits to get rid of any dirt or grease.  It took three coats of the New White to get rid of all the black paint.   Once they were all dry, I applied my Blake & Taylor Clear Top Coat to seal my work.  It’s easy and quick and much cheaper than buying four new chairs. Painting was the easy part. Choosing my fabric had me pondering for a while.


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BEFORE – Previously painted black and a few purposeful chips here and there

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AFTER – Chairs painted with B&T Chalk Furniture Paint New White

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Breakfast Room Make-Over


The breakfast room gets so much light and for that reason the most obvious fabric choice for me was to use an outdoor fabric to hold up to the constant sun.  I chose this lovely blue woven fabric from one the No. 9 Thompson Collections.  They have some wonderful outdoor fabrics.  Take a look and see if there is anything that you may want me to order for you and transform one of your rooms.

Breakfast Room Make-Over


I replaced the table with this fabulous, carved oak base with marble top.  It pairs wonderfully with my new white painted chairs and the marble top is so easy to clean.

Blue & white China


Now my blue and white china is proudly displayed and enjoyed everyday.  I just love how something so small can be the centre point of creativity.

Ellie B&Txx

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