Plans for Our Dining Room Makeover and/or The Day I was Almost Famous!

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Inspiration board for dining room makeover /



Hello friends!     I hope all is well with you!    You’ve probably figured out from the post title and Instagram photos that I’ve started our dining room makeover!


Before getting to the nitty gritty, non-flattering “Before” photos, I’d like to share an epiphany I had this winter, which just happened to be the WETTEST winter on record in Seattle!    During those wet dreary days, I found myself avoiding certain rooms in our house.    Mainly the rooms that didn’t reflect my style in either color choice or furnishings.   When we purchased our home in 2011, the more formal rooms of our house were furnished to match the style of our home (traditional) and all of the clocks that moved with us from England.     The words, dark, heavy, and slightly old fashioned come to mind.    My son keeps telling me that I’m a big kid.   And you know what?  He’s right!  I’m way too immature for prim and proper rooms.   And Hubby’s clock hobby is long gone.   He’s moved on to building drones and track racing!     So good bye boring and predictable, and let’s bring in some fun!


FYI:  I did not take any new pictures for this post.  The following are all old photos that were taken over the years.   It may be a little self serving, but when I start posting on the finished projects for this makeover, I want to also be able to compare my photography skills.  😀



Before picture of dining room /





How to make a coffee filter wreath and simple winter decor /





Before pictures for dining room makeover /




Before pictures for dining room makeover /




Before pictures of dining room makeover /




I stood in the middle of our dining room, searching for an inspiration piece.   Was there anything in this room that reflected our style?  Right away my eyes landed on the Chihuly vase (top shelf of china cabinet.)     It’s my two favorite shades of blue — cobalt and aqua.  It has fabulous movement, it’s light and airy, and it makes me happy.     Plus, it’s a Chihuly, so of course it’s a keeper!




Chihuly inspired dining room makeover /



Using the Chihuly vase as inspiration, I came up with the color palette and plan for our dining room makeover.






In my opinion, we don’t use the dining room enough to warrant new furniture.  And that’s okay.   I’m perfectly happy to keep the Craigslist dining room furniture.  A little paint will go a long way on giving it a more modern look.    The hutch, table base, two arm chairs, and slipper chair legs will be painted SW Honorable Blue.   The buffet, table top, and side dining chairs will be painted with SW Tricorn Black.



The walls will be painted SW On the Rocks and the tray ceiling will be painted the same color, but mixed at 25%.



With the help of Sweet Daughter, I’m going to make slip covers for the two maroon slipper chairs using Natural Duck Canvas.   The remaining fabric choices are bold, but they all have movement in their pattern and the color indigo in common, so I’m fairly confident they’ll work. The dining chair seat covers will be covered with both patterned fabrics and there will also be patterned pillows for the soon to be solid slipper chairs.



The fabric and paint is bought, but I’m still on the hunt for a light fixture, glass lamps, and possibly a new rug.   (I’m hoping I can use the rug that’s already in the room, but it’s quite bossy, so we’ll see.)  I was all set to order the chandelier pictured on the inspiration board, but all three family members hate it.  I’m hoping it will be easier to pick one when I start putting the room back together.



The only other roadblock is the dreaded cottonwoods in our back yard.  They have been blowing for three weeks!  Even with a spray shelter, fuzzies and wet paint are never a good combination!!


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So are you ready to read about, The Day I was Almost Famous??!     A couple of years ago, my sister Donna, was visiting from D.C.   She’s really into movies and movie trivia, and wanted to visit the high school where Ten Things I Hate About You was filmed.   (I know the title is bad, but the movie is actually a modern Taming of the Shrew, and it’s rather entertaining.)  The high school and home in the movie are located in Tacoma, Washington.  Unfortunately, that is never a quick trip from Seattle because the 405 and I-5 are parking lots 24-7.  Personally, I could care less about movie trivia, and I really didn’t want to make the drive to Tacoma unless we could find something else to do in the area.  After a quick internet search, we found out that the Museum of Glass is located in Tacoma.  After visiting the Italian island of Murano, I’m a huge fan of blown glass, and the Museum sounded like something we would thoroughly enjoy.  ** Note to self: The Murano glass figurines also need to stay in the room!

After visiting Stadium High School (which ended up being pretty cool) and the movie house on the hill, we had no trouble finding the Museum.   There’s a Chihuly Bridge of Glass that extends over the street!!  It’s pretty spectacular, and the bridge alone makes a visit to the museum worthwhile.   Here’s a picture of one of the pieces on the bridge that I snapped with my phone:



Blown glass piece in Chihuly's Bridge of Glass in Tacoma, WA /



Upon entering the museum, we could feel energy and excitement in the air.   People were staring at us, and I was rethinking my comfortable shoe choice.  I was seriously wondering why in the heck I hadn’t worn makeup or used hair product that day!  Did we really look that bad?!  Why were people staring at us?!!  Well, after we paid the entrance fee, WOO HOO!!  Things started happening!!  I say “we” because it all happened so fast, and it wasn’t completely clear who was the actual  Museum’s Two Millionith Visitor !!   So my sister and I decided to share the title.   There were reporters, photographers, flowers and cake, and a guided tour, which included a back stage tour of the hot shop.   It was all terribly exciting!!    When it was time to head home,  the museum personnel were like, “Hey, don’t forget your swag bag!!”   In all the excitement of being Queens for the Day, we hadn’t actually realized that the title also came with prizes!!     We won a family membership to the museum, dinner and a night’s stay at the beautiful Murano Hotel in Tacoma, lovely coffee table books, t shirts, etc.  But the grand prize was an original signed Chihuly vase.   Holy ____ !!!   As the article mentions, we’ve decided to split the prize.  It’s currently on display at my house because I have a (soon to be blue 😉 ) lighted hutch.  But Donna knows that she can have it at any time.  She actually just bought a new house, so we’ll see if it’s traveling to DC!!



Museum of Glass welcomes Donna, their TWO MILLIONTH visitor!



After seeing these pictures, I donated that cable sweater.  Seriously!!  I love the color, but I look like I ate way too much spaghetti!!  I’m Happy to say my ZUMBA classes are a good workout, and I’m definitely not that pudgy any more!   LOL


Thank you for indulging me my 15 minutes of fame!   And don’t forget to watch for all the furniture projects associated with this makeover!  It’ll be my very own ORC!  I think i’ll be starting with the buffet, so stay tuned.  😀  Till next time, Cynthia


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8 Responses

  1. That’s AWESOME!!! and to think you may have missed your 15 minutes of fame. Looking forward to seeing the Cynthia ORCesque Dining Room Makeover.

    • Thanks, Marie! It was a great day for sure!! The room would be finished if it wasn’t for those darn cottonwoods! Thank goodness I’m not participating in the real ORC … I think I would have missed the deadline! LOL Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment today! Cynthia

  2. Cynthia, this is such a fun post! I love the palette you have chosen for the dining room–it’s going to be fabulous. And you’re famous to boot! Congrats on that fortuitous win!
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    • Thanks so much, Michele, and I will most definitely stop by your site. Take care, Cynthia

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    • Thanks for thinking of me, but I’m good. I’ve already had my 15 minutes of fame 😉 Take care, Cynthia

  4. Haha Cynthia you are so funny. Congratulations on your 15 minutes of fame. Everyone deserves to experience this.

    I cannot wait to see what you are going to do with that room. I am seriously drooling over those fabrics you chose. Love the modern clean lines. I too have recently come to the realization that my house does not reflect my personality. I don’t know what it is with us? And I’m also transitioning into lots of blue and grey and black but away from all that awful wood. Btw I had no idea you lived in England before. It seems everyone is always moving nowadays.

    • Hi Mary! Yes, we moved to Seattle from England, where we lived for 4.5 years. It was a great experience for our family, and we really took advantage of how easy it is to travel from the UK. As for our houses, it takes a while, doesn’t it?? And it’s always more difficult when you have others in the home to consider. Thankfully, Hubby no longer has strong house opinions, so I’m taking advantage. But I’m still trying to keep us both happy. 😀 The blue is for me and the gray is for him. I’m in LOVE with this fabric! So much so, I’m afraid to cut into it! My daughter is finishing school, as well, so I’m going to have her cut it. Thanks for being such a supportive friend! Take care, Cynthia

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