Dining Room Makeover

When we were thinking about our dining room and how we wanted it to look the first factor I took into consideration was I needed it to be kid friendly.  Kids are messy.  Really messy.  I will be the first to admit, I like the finer things in life, but when it comes to my house and decorating it needs to be practical or its just a waste of money.  There was a time when I would have thought going to a furniture store and picking a set of dining room furniture would be the way to go.  I was confused about my style, but once we bought our first home and re did everything I started to develop my own style which is what I like to call eclectic-modern-vintage.  Oxymoron I know.

For our dining room here I have mixed random thrifted finds with new modern pieces.  It's just my style.  Certainly not for everyone, but it works for me.  Once you define your style, whatever it may be, it makes decorating even more fun. 

Our little cabin in the woods is definitely made of wood like I have said many times before.  Wood everything.  Floors, walls, windows so our furniture choices need to be a little bolder in my opinion.

I found the dining table at an estate sale for $20.00.  I had originally painted it gray and it worked with the chairs when I first covered them.  Here is what the chairs looked like before the second repaint/recover.

I painted them an off white color with Annie Sloan's chalk paint and recovered them in 2 different fabrics.  They worked for a while until EM moved from the high chair to the dining chairs.  They were a mess.  Food everywhere! The fabric definitely wasn't kid friendly.  That's when I found the current fabric on fabric.com and get this...it's laminated!!  Yes, laminated!  They wipe clean and no child can ruin them.  Love!

I purchased the rug through a Young House Love sale on Joss & Main for $50.00.  I even had a $25.00 credit so technically I only paid $25.00 for the awesome black and white chevron rug.  The Aqua Hutch is my most viewed post on my blog and cost me $19.00 at the thrift store (before paint and supplies of course.  It was a mess) 

 My awesome sister made us this address art when I sent her a swatch of the fabric.  I just love them and yes, I am aware that we have moved quite a few times!

Here is a quick look at the space before we moved in with the after.  


Furniture for my sister!

My sister and her hubby bought a house this past summer.  They spent the entire summer renovating and making it amazing!! They did a fabulous job and everything looks so great.  I'll be posting bits and pieces of the actual renovation later, but for now, here are just a couple of pieces I did just for them.

You all know that when you buy a house, especially a huge house like my sis and bro did everyone wants to donate all of their old stuff to you, and you gladly accept, right?  Here is a pic of the side table in their master bedroom before....

Here is the after!  I love this color!  It's Rustoleum Spray Paint in Aqua.  I also did a hutch of my own in this color and I will post about it soon.

This is a pic of the long dresser that matches---I can't find the before picutre, but you can imagine, right?

What do you think?? Not bad for free, right??


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I fell in love...

I fell in love with this desk when I saw it at an indoor flea market. Its solid mahogany and I knew I wanted it as soon as I saw it. Ok, she isn't the prettiest girl on the floor, but she has potential. Don't you think?  And for $25.00...come on...you know you would too.

This desk has great detail.  I had to sand it down completely and remove a veneer that was adheered to parts of the front. 

If you haven't worked with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint...you NEED to. It's not readily available in your typical big box stores, but there are many carriers both online and in privately owned shops. They call it the "girl" paint. For most pieces you don't even need to sand or prime before you begin. It adhears to surfaces without a problem..Ladies, you know we're impatient and want the finished product without all the prep work, thus the term "girl paint"! For this desk I used ASCP in Provence. I painted the existing pulls on the side drawers with spray paint from Rustoleum. I changed out the top drawer knobs for these clear glass knobs.


 I just love how it turned out.  What do you think?


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