sneak peek.
by victoria comment


so, i’m in no way finished with this room, but this is a sneak peek at the beginning stages of my cozy little breakfast nook, just off the kitchen. i painted the walls with two coats of rust-oleum’s black chalkboard paint, but i’m almost too in love with the color to actually chalk them up! the clock was a beechwood modern find from the crate & barrel outlet store for $15. the big ‘v’ is from hindsvik’s vintage etsy shop.

here’s the ‘before’ photo.

i also took my white bentwood chairs (4 for $25 on craigslist) and painted them a shiny coat of black lacquer to place around the vintage knoll tulip table (the table and four knoll tulip chairs were just $150 on craigslist — the chairs are around my dining table, to come).

chairs, ‘before’ black lacquer paint.

there’s also a built in storage and shelving unit, where i’ve displayed my mixed collection of new and vintage white and cream-colored ceramics and serving pieces.

still on the decor agenda for this room — a metal, industrial rolling cart i also found on craigslist, that i plan to adorn with a ton of potted herbs in all shapes and pot sizes. that will sit at the far end of the room near a sliding glass door that looks out onto the private terrace, so there’s lots of light for the herbs to grow and thrive. kind of like this idea, below from lonny magazine. more to come!!

66 responses to “sneak peek.”

  1. Absolutely love it!! As someone trying (desperately) to make my new apartment more “me”, this is so inspiring… I definitely need to hop on the DIY train! Thanks! :)

  2. so pretty! question–how do you go about asking the landlord for permission to make changes to the home? We currently own a home, but when we move, we’d like to rent for a while until we feel committed to a certain location. When you swap out light fixtures, paint woodwork, etc…how do you get your landlord to play along?

  3. thanks so much you guys! i was pretty excited about how it turned out.

    lindsay – in this case, my landlord hasn’t been to the house in 20 years, and she pretty much leaves me be. i told her i was painting, and she said to “make it my own”. i do think in most cases a landlord wouldn’t be so happy about black walls, unless maybe you promised to paint them back.

    i also usually live somewhere so long, i want it to be my own, so have forfeited some of my deposit, just to have it my way. ;)

  4. your home is really coming together! it’s beautiful. that chalkboard paint is such fun sophistication. may need to try that at home. congrats on the new pad!

  5. i’ve visited everyday just waiting for a sneak peek!!!
    i love, love the glossy black chairs and the wall. i agree to the ‘no chalking’ rule, having dabbled in chalk board paint for our laundry room door, i noted after ‘a particularly exciting chalky moment’ that it never quite looked the same.
    so keep it just as it is Victoria, perfectly perfect :)

  6. hi!
    i have a a chalkboard wall in my sons room and i love the stark black look as well. but the trick ive found to get it black again after chalking it up. clean it a few times with a swiffer wet jet. you have to do it a couple times and let it dry between cleanings and its gets it nice and dark again :)

  7. I can’t believe you’ve done that all so quickly! It looks amazing. Love the plants idea. It reminds me of something I read recently which said that British people aren’t really into indoors plants. I think it’s true – I can’t think of a single person who has one! But these look great.

  8. looking forward to a cup of tea with you someday —
    p.s. at first i ready lonny magazine as loony magazine…one of those days where i’m a bit mixed up with words — a new one i coined when i saw the upcoming dates for this weekend’s church rummage sale — Maypril…yes Maypril 1st…sheesh…and i can’t blame it on moving fatigue…

  9. perfect perfect perfect! it looks so cool and graphic and bold and at the same time calming and serene. i want. badly :) you’re a lucky girl to have found that house! it has such lovely details, like the moulding and the built in cupboard, and the wooden floors!

  10. The black chalkboard wall is looking great but I think what really makes it is that little touch of wood around the clock and on the table. Keeps it from being too stark. Definitely, do not draw with chalk on the wall!!!

  11. Great sneak peek! It looks marvelous already! I would paint the back of the corner cabinet black to make your white dishes/ceramics pop. Can’t wait to see the final reveal!


  12. This is wonderful Victoria!!
    I first looked at the photos and thought I love this interior and just then read and understood it’s yours!…
    Love that color! You won’t resist writing on it though! It is much too tempting! you’ll see that you’ll love it even more with some little scribbling on!
    This V – so cool! But I’m a sucker for typography and letters signs so you won me immediately here!

  13. I totally made the O face when I saw your radical black and white nook. LOVE it. (and holy hot V!) I’m obsessed with black walls, my solution is almost always, ‘paint it black!’.. yay, glad you painted it black :)


  14. i am truly so happy to be sharing the many projects i have going on around the house, with you my friends. thank you for all the kind comments. i hope you don’t get sick of this! ;)

  15. Love it!
    Your cream ceramics collection especially caught my eye…and then it hit me that you bought that log planter from me? I think?
    Looks great! :)

  16. oh! … so jelous! … I want to be decorating a new home!!!… your ideas seem great, please keep us posted on the progress!

  17. How exciting!!! We will hopefully be moving into an awesome place in the inner Richmond soon, and I cannot wait to work my magic.

  18. Victoria it looks fantastic, I adore built ins they are always so homey! Your landlord sounds just like mine, its wonderful to have the option to paint as you please. Best wishes in your new home!

  19. I seriously can’t wait to see more…the paint looks great!! I can’t believe those chairs – LOVE THEM :)!! And you gave me a great idea for my sun room with that table full of plants, thanks!

  20. Love the black wall. I thought it was navy at first, which is what I’ve been thinking about doing until I read your post. Really striking!

    I definitely wouldn’t write on it. We painted my daughter’s closet doors with the chalkboard paint (~5 yrs ago) it didn’t really work as a chalkboard. Maybe the paint has improved since then.

  21. LOOOOOVE the room. It’s so good that I’m actually submitting my request for an ongoing sfgirlbybay series starring your black wall (as the stage backdrop) and any number of fabulous settings that you dream up from your repertoire of fabulous furnishings! Very tasty!!

  22. Are you sure that’s your home? Because it looks like something I’d find in a magazine — a photograph from an insanely cute and stylish bakery or cafe. The black wall is so wonderfully dramatic! And that corner shelving is just lovely.

  23. Cute little nook! I agree, the color of the paint is almost too marvelous to chalk up.

    Congrats on the new home. Can’t wait to watch it progress!

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