The dining room is officially done, and it’s time for it’s reveal. 😀 Let’s start at the very beginning and look at a couple of before pictures:
There was technically nothing wrong with our dining room. It just wasn’t very exciting. Nor was it a good representation of our style. When we moved to Seattle from the UK six years ago, I made the mistake of purchasing the first dining room set I found on Craigslist that I didn’t hate. I was feeling the pressure to buy something just because I didn’t want an empty dining room for the holidays. So silly. Learn from my foolishness, friends. It’s worth holding off on large purchases until you find exactly what you want!
As you may recall, the color palette was inspired by our Chihuly vase.
And because this was a non-essential makeover, I challenged myself to do the whole makeover for under $500. And I was hoping to get a new rug and chandelier out of that $500! In case you missed a post or two, here are the projects that were completed for this makeover:
The first project I shared was giving a 1980s china cabinet a makeover so that it could be used as a buffet.
Converting an old china cabinet in lieu of purchasing a buffet saved me hundreds. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
Then I shared a tutorial on how we made slip covers for the two slipper/occasional chairs we use for extra seating in the dining room:
Choosing to keep the slipper chairs and make slipcovers instead of replacing them was a wise decision.
Next up was our “new” blue china cabinet in Sherwin Williams Honorable Blue:
The china cabinet is a little brighter than I had planned, but the Chihuly and wedding china really pop now. Before the hutch’s contents were lost in a sea of darkness.
I sprayed the table and chairs with Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black:
Also completed for the makeover was painting the walls and tray ceiling with Sherwin Williams On the Rocks. This was my first time painting a room with a light color over a dark color. Even though the Sherwin Williams paint had a built in primer, in certain light, the freshly painted walls look more blue than gray. I’m okay with it, but I know The Boss wishes the wall color was a true gray in all lighting conditions. I’m thinking it may be time to switch back to BM paints. :/
I thought my Ballard Designs knock off art project would be used in the dining room, but I ultimately decided to frame garage sale finds. Years ago I scored old Flora & Fauna calendars at a garage sale. The owner only wanted $1 a piece for them!! I bought 4, and if you do the math people, that’s 48 absolutely beautiful prints for $4.00!! I actually tried to talk the homeowner into keeping them for herself, but she was in full blown clean out mode, and held strong. Lucky me! 😀
I’m crushing on the new wood frames, as well. I bought them at Aaron Brothers on a BOGO. They are the “Sydney” 11 x 14 mat frame, but it looks like they no longer offer them in gold on their site. But it’s possible your local Aaron Brothers still has some in their stores.
I found a similar gold bamboo frame on Amazon’s site.
I had a hard time narrowing down my rug choice. I was drawn to dip dyed rugs, which are so popular right now, but I kept changing my mind. In the end, I went with a zebra print rug because I knew it would look awesome in my daughter’s or my own bedroom if it didn’t work in the dining room. It’s super soft, and I love the playfulness it brings to the space. And I think it’s surprisingly neutral and really grounds the room.
If you’re rug shopping, I’ve found that Overstock is also a great source for rugs!
My choices for a chandelier were made a little bit easier because of the budget I put myself on. Even then I kept flip flopping between the one I ultimately purchased and a crystal chandelier (which were surprisingly cheaper!) There were at least 5 crystal chandeliers that were solid contenders, but what swayed me in the end was the reviews. Every reviewer loved them, but not until they had spent DAYS assembling them! I have Raynaud’s Syndrome, which affects the dexterity in my fingers. If nimble fingered folks were having trouble with assembly, I didn’t have a shot in (*&&.
I’m pleased with the six light chandelier I ordered. It’s the right size for the table and it’s lines match the rug, the seat fabric, and the top of the china cabinet. Plus, it reminds me of a bird cage, and there are birds in the art work. And don’t forget our family motto: “Put a Bird on It!” You’ve heard me mention that quote many times over the years, and I’m finally going to share the Portlandia video with you:
Maybe it’s funnier the first 99 times you watch it?! It cracks me up because it’s essentially making fun of my need to make things pretty. (If you like this skit, you MUST check out their chicken skit. It’s hilarious!! The diners are the Martha Stewarts of the PNW!!)
- Paint (estimated because I have so much left over): $75
- Fabric: $60
- Two pillows (Target Clearance): $20
- Hutch/Buffet (Craigslist find): $75
- Chandelier: $140
- Rug: $275
- Prints and 8 frames: $120
- Lamp (Homegoods): $50?? (Guessing … I lost the receipt.)
- TOTAL: $815.00
So I clearly went over my $500 makeover challenge, but that was really more of a “guideline” to keep me in check. The sideboard I could have purchased at Ballard Designs was over $1,000, so I think I did pretty good!
So, what’s in the pipeline for me?? The dining room has been finished for quite some time, and I’ve moved on to boring house projects. Bluck. Painting floorboards isn’t fun or post worthy. I do have a list of craft projects I’d like to complete, and I’ll try to share them if they’re not Pinterest fails! I’ve also been scouring Craigslist for furniture because my stockpile is empty!! Hopefully the next time you hear from me, it will be because I have a beautiful dresser or Christmas ornament to share. 😀 In the meantime, you can keep up with me on Instagram. I really want to be a better photographer, and the only way to do that is to practice, practice, practice. My goal is to take a pretty picture a day. Wish me luck! Cynthia
p.s. The new dining room even has a cheerful view 😉
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