Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Updating our Abode-Dining Room

Here's what our dining room looked like when we were looking at house for the first time (previous owner's furniture and chandelier).  We had a major wallpaper removal project when we moved in.The kitchen, family room and one of our daughter's rooms all had wallpaper to be removed as well as in here. The paper was above and below the chair rail. The stripes were a faux paint treatment which I didn't mind but once the paper came down, we also were planning on painting that.  I did like the crown molding and chair rail. The curtains were neutral enough to stick around for awhile.
So down came the wallpaper and up went our old Pottery Barn chandelier.  We painted the walls a chocolatey Benjamin Moore Plymouth Brown. We were loving all the historical colors and how they complemented each other nicely throughout the house. (still do!)

We had our contractor add square molding below the chair rail.

Then hubby we painted the molding a fresh glossy white. We added back in our pecan
hand-me-down furniture, gold mirror and old plate rack to display some family china.We kept the curtains and valances that came with the house.  This is how it looked for the last few years.
Decorated for Easter
Fast forward to 2010...we finally bought our first dining room set. The old dining room set found a new home.  I only ordered four chairs because we were keeping the two family "heirloom" cherry and rush chairs.  I'm planning on adding upholstered chairs at each end of the table for additional seating. I also want to get new curtains, hardwood floors, a mirror behind the buffet and some buffet lamps. Is that too much to ask for?
The centerpiece is sad right now, I know...gotta work on that!

It's like our wedding china took on a fresh, modern life against the dark wood of the new cabinet!
Some of my teacup collection is displayed along the top of the cabinet.
And maybe a new paint color is in order....
Want to see what else we've done on our house? Here are our other updates: powder room, Kitchen part 1,part 2,part 3 and part 4, and mailbox.

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Mel said...

whoa Heather, I love your new dining furniture. The buffet and hutch has beautiful curves and your display is lovely. What a big difference from the before. Good things take time and you've made a terrific choice in your new furnishings. You will come up with something wonderful for the centerpiece, and then you will change it :) It's a process, eh?

Unknown said...

Wow! What a transformation! I LOVE the color that you guys painted the walls, paired with the bright white paneling it's GORGEOUS! And of course the PB chandelier is lovely, and your new china hutch and dining set is perfect. Love it! Haha, the centerpiece does seem to be missing something, but what? ;)


Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Mel & Chelsea,

Thanks for your insight and kind words! I know that centerpiece is so lame, it's leftover from Easter....you don't like the plain brown rice? haha!! There were Easter eggs in there. I will think of something and I'm open to suggestions! I'll keep you posted.
Thanks again!


Life in Rehab said...

Wow, what a huge difference! The display in your china hutch is just perfect. I love how bold you are with your color choices too.

I saw a really cool centerpiece with a hurricane like that using sand and succulents...which is one of those things rated Sunny Pritchard Can't Kill This. And terrariums are hot right now.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Thanks Sunny..do you have a photo? I was thinking about a terrarium and saw a really good tute on

Maybe I'll try it.

As for our bold paint choices...thanks again! One thing we are not afraid of is paint. Hubby likes to paint and that's a good thing!! I originally was going to go w/ an icy blue w/ chocolate accents but he liked the accent color better. So glad we did!!


Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

Great JOB!!! It looks fantastic girl! I am your newest follower.

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