In my very first post on this blog nearly 2 years ago, I shared my dining room update. I had become tired of the “granny” look of dark wood Duncan Fyfe style and was hoping to replace the look with something more fresh and contemporary. However, when I tried to sell the set together or individual pieces, I was offered very little. We were also installing dark hardwood so the dark wood had to go.
Looking at that very first post, I am a bit embarassed at the layout and photos etc. But what it does tell me is just how much I have learned and grown in these many months.
In that first post, the dining room was still a work in progress,. So today, I would like to share the dining room in its now more finished state.
Before: Dark and Granny-like
I couldn’t sell the pieces for much so why not paint!
After: Bright and Fresh
How it looks from the doorway
I just love the fresh look. I was worried it might be a bit feminine for my husband but he loves it too.
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I love turquoise. In the original post, the buffet and china cabinet were painted BM Buxton Blue but once they were in the room, we felt there was not enough contrast with the walls so I added one more coat of a darker BM Province Blue. Sadly, I don’t remember the grey colour’s name.
I not only painted the furniture, I also painted the shiny brass fixtures with Antique Brass from Rustoleum and the valance over the drapes.
All the fabric for drapes and upholstery, was purchased at Tonic Living, a Toronto based online fabric store. I made the drapes and had someone upholster the chairs but since then, I have learned a bit more about upholstering and would most likely do it myself.
I picked up the two chairs with the knot fabric on Kijiji for $15 each. Not bad!
The Eiffel Tower poster started out as a photo I took on our visit in 2011. I saw a very expensive print on Etsy or somewhere and I decided to try doing something myself. I uploaded my photo to Photoshop Elements, added a layer with words describing the history of the tower, a layer or two of textures and then just played with it. I think it is fantastic in this room!
The Roman Numeral clock was in our family room and was purchased at Homesense, the Canadian version of the US Home Goods.
I love my apple green bird! He brightens up any room
We received the 3 prints over the buffet as a wedding gift. They all depict skiing scenes and were so appropriate for us because we met in a ski club! We still love them after nearly 28 years! They were in the living room but look so great in here.
The bar cart with crystal and tulips
I still haven’t painted the bar cart I picked up at an estate auction. I shared it with you in this post where I asked for colour advise. It is still too cold here in Toronto to do spray painting outside. But when I do finish it I will be sure to share.
The china cabinet and my wood “runner”
Originally I thought I wanted to get rid of the china cabinet because I had a mini buffet and mirror on this angled wall. But once I saw how these pieces looked painted, I knew I wanted to keep it. The mini buffet and mirror were perfect in the foyer! See it’s transformation here.
We love the white table because we no longer feel the need to protect the wood with a table clothe. But we still need to protect it from hot dishes. One day, I stumbled over an unfinished pine shelf board and decided to stain it with my favourite walnut stain and plop it on the table. We love it as it ties into the hardwood floors the knotted fabric and it withstands hot plates!
I picked up those cute lotus flower candle holders at one of my rare trips to Target.
I love the large art piece on the right!
We have a very large family room with a full sized snooker table and I had purchased the large art piece above for that space. I was looking for something to fill this wall when I had a brilliant moment and brought this huge piece from the family room to this room and was so pleased with how it looked. To fill the wall again in the family room, I created a “Carry On” poster you can see here.
The other change we made which made a BIG impact is we removed the french doors to the room. They were awkward and hit the cabinet. When complaining to my neighbour she looked at me and said “Why don’t you remove them”. Like why in tarnation did I not think of that. It was brilliant. Not only can you see the loveliness of the room, we actually go in there more!
A colourful vignette lovely dried hydrangeas, citrus and my favourite apple green bird!
My sweet Chester
My Labradoodle doesn’t photo-bomb, he just hangs out. But this picture is not just about him, it really shows the lovely detail of the legs in this set. Personally I think it really makes them pop, much better than natural wood.
What a change!
I am so happy I couldn’t sell these pieces! I L-O-V-E this room. And I saved us a ton of money! I also like the fact I was able to “shop my home” for items to decorate in here.
I hope you enjoyed seeing this transformation.
I would love to hear what you think.
Have you ever been this daring?
For me, it is all so much
Nicer Than New!