a year or so ago we worked really hard to pull together this lovely dining room.
we may or may not be able to get the door back on… i wanted to use the old hinges but they are giving us a run for our money. in my pretend world i would have time to deal with the door and take some nice photos, but in my reality, these iphone pics emailed to myself on the train are what is happening…
lets see a yucky picture first:
if you have been monitoring my pinterest boards closely, you will notice the addition of assorted hutches painted various colors. i have been shopping around for hutch inspiration.
thank you don and kathy (yet again) for this beauty below. she has been sitting in our basement for over a year, but i promise we are going to make her purdy and treat her reeeeal nice from now on (<=read w/ southern accent).
first things first.. we pulled the wavys off the bottom. we literally just gave them a wiggle and they came right off with a tug.
i don’t want to get all technical on you, but these are called wavys.
the clean lines are much more modern. easiest step 1 ever.
next, mike spent a few minutes running the electric sander over it to rough up the finish, and then went over it with a quick coat of primer graciously supplied by our neighbors (ie. the best neighbors ever who have every tool in the world. and feed us. and have a pool). it was a really thin, quick drying primer meant to go over stain. i can’t remember the name of it.
we then painted everything white dove by benjamin moore (from a gallon of left-overs).
i made us go to lowes to get one of these wall panels ($16ish) to add texture to the back (as seen in many of my pins) we painted it the same coventry grey (benajamin moore) that is in our tv room.
this is a close-up of the panel before it was painted.
so we nailed the painted board to the back, put it back together and here’s how its looking now:
we need a little more time with caulk and touch-ups but, i think we can move ‘er to the dining room tomorrow and finally put our pretty china on display just in time for the holidays! happy stephanie.
love it. mike worked hard on this.. thanks bug!
after 6 months of slowly putting this room together piece by piece, i am more than ready to call it a day and focus on the million other things on our home improvement list.
in somewhat chronological order, here is what went into our dining room design. a recap if you will:
- painting – gentleman’s gray and dove white (benjamin moore)
- chair rail installation
- crate & barrel rug
- pottery barn table and pendant
- hayneedle chairs
- refurbished mirrors
- west elm window panels (old)
- homegoods accent table
- pre-formed molding panels (lowes)
then there is this wall that is begging for art (?) floating shelves (?). something.
this will be the second to last post before i declare the dining room “done for now”! the final project in this room was installing (applying? adhering?) these decorative molding panels.
we wanted to add some sort of texture below the chair rail. i considered wainscoting and board & batten, but decided on these panels because they seemed like they would be the easiest. and thankfully they were pretty easy.
lowes sells these pre-formed, polyurethane panels in a few sizes (fyi – home depot does not carry these… at least not the one in our neighborhood). 13 of these did the trick:
EverTrue 1-7/8’L Paint Grade Plastic Panel
first, mike measured and marked up the walls with pencil lines where each shape would go.
i was the taper. my one job was to tape the rectangle in place after mike covered the back with wood glue and held it to his marks. then he shot 8-10 nails in each one with his manly (borrowed) power-tool.
he did half saturday and half sunday. they add so much to the room. i’m totally loving them.
there are still some finishing touches needed – like a little spackle-type stuff to hide the nails and a little touch-up paint where some of the glue is showing (both only noticeable if you get up really close).
i will be back in my next post with some “final for now” dining room shots and my favorite – the before & afters!
these three narrow mirrors were given to us by mike’s parents when they moved. i knew i could find a place for them, so they have been sitting around since the spring.
we hung them off-centered like this because we have an old hutch living in the basement that we will be refurbishing and putting on the other side of the wall hopefully in this lifetime.. its also nice to see the mirrors when you look through from the tv room & kitchen..
our dining room has a new light! its from pottery barn… teen…
i love it. and it was freeeeeeeee.
allow me to explain. when we bought the dining table at pottery barn (during tax-free weekend) we opened a pb credit card (with the intention of paying it off right away then feeding it to shakespeare) and earned 10% in “rewards” which translated to $175. these lights are still at great deal at $99, but we like to think of it as free since we had more than enough reward dollars.
we also mcgyvered the old chandelier base & chain to use to hang the pendant from, so it wasn’t just wire (which would feel a little cheap for a “formal” dining room).
here’s the view from the back of the dining room:
the first order of business is painting. the current colors are blah and the walls are filthy. the plan is to install a chair rail with white and panel moulding below and a rich blue above to pick up the color of the velvet west elm chairs..