Thursday, August 12, 2010

Problem... Solution

Remodeling is or can be a test of your creativity. The room where the breakfast nook is now, was the back porch. It is on the west side of the house so we intended to put up two ceiling fans. As happens regularly around here, we changed our minds and decided to extend the house to include that space. However, we now had two holes in the ceiling and neither of them in the right place for a light fixture. (The middle hole was cut for the light fixture.)
I could have purchased a couple of ceiling medallions and covered the holes, but thought that would look a little strange. I mean, what would people think? That I was trying to cover some holes? Maybe. (Not that I truly care what people think.)

So... remembering back. When we started remodeling 3 years ago we found newspapers dated from 1968, the year Chester and I graduated high school. They had been used for insulation behind some old paneling. I had put them in a plastic bag and stored them, thinking that someday they might come in handy. (Strange, weird, coincidence: The day I was putting this all together, Chester was looking over the newspapers and miscellaneous stuff I had laid out on my craft table. He asked if I had noticed the date on the newspapers. I hadn't. All I remembered was that they were from 1968. They were dated August 4, 1968. What was the current day? August 4, 2010. Just sayin'.) From Sandy with HobNobbers, I had received some old hymnal pages through a Valentine swap.

I asked Chester to cut a piece of masonite large enough to cover the holes. Then I glued sections of the newspaper along with pieces of the hymnal pages to it, making a collage. The color of the yellowed newspaper worked great with the colors in the dining chair fabric and also with the wall color in the adjoining living room. Then I covered the edge in lip cord and trim to match the chairs.

Now our new breakfast nook is complete! Well, not really, but if you know me at all you know what I mean.

Problem solved.


  1. WOW, Vera - you & Chester are REALLY clever & creative. I love the room AND I love your solution to the holes. It is simply stunning!
    Mary Patterson

  2. Thanks Mary! We really love this room. We call it the breakfast nook, but we eat every meal there!

  3. Vera, that is as clever as they come. Love that the dates line up. And what a beautiful view you have!


  4. Very clever and beautiful!

  5. Vera, That is just fabulous! I am in awe!
    The Polka Dot Rose

  6. Vera,, how neat. I really love what you came up with!!!Its looks so pretty. I guess they always say neccessity is the Mother of invention. lol
    I think the breakfast nook looks beautiful. Have a great week! (()) gail

  7. What a brilliant idea Vera, looks wonderful and fits in perfectly.

    Love the table and chairs.

    Have a great week

  8. Hi there sweet Vera!

    My mouth is hanging with How absolutely beautiful your breakfast nook is. I hope that someday I will have one too. And your idea for covering the holes is truly fantastic! cookie you are.
    I hope you have a fun and happy day,
    Janet's Creative Pillows

  9. Hi, Vera, that is SO PRETTY! Wow! Well done.

  10. Vera, what a great idea! love that. Thanks so much for entering our Apron GIVEAWAY. Lidy

  11. Vera,
    That is the most clever and most lovely solution to a problem I have ever seen!! Love the room too!!

  12. Vera, You did an excellent job. I am dying to try this ceiling medallion in my home. Please stop by and say hi if you have a chance.