|We saw this place on the way to the |
Renaissance faire. I promise I don't always
dress my kids like that.
I finally decided to do something about it! I was sighing over Pinterest boards when I realized I could do that! Or something like that, anyway. I didn't have to live with fifteen shades of wood and mystery piles in the corner anymore! And so began my DINING ROOM MAKEOVER! Yay!
|Attempt #3 or #4 at painting the dining room.|
"Oh brother," I said as I dragged myself out to see what had him so excited. Then I looked in the picture window and saw this:
It was a beautiful wooden staircase. We bought it soon thereafter and began the WORK. The work never finished. We are, at this moment, still working. But that's another story. On to the dining room!
The dining room started out with pink painted walls (over wallpaper) and green carpet, or at least it had once been green. I'm pretty sure. Since then, it has been painted, I believe, FIVE times. Yes. I painted it yellow, then added stripes, then green, then white, then the current color which is a kind of off-white. With all those layers, I think the room has actually shrunk by a quarter inch.
First attempt: yellow!
|Yellow=bad. Very bad.|
Uh, nope. Things get fuzzy here. Maybe it's all the paint fumes... I'm pretty sure third attempt was army-green, then white. But I don't have a picture of the "white" phase.
|My "green" phase. Did not work. Made the room very dark.|
So, I finally found a color I can live with, but then I realized I really didn't like my dining room. It had eight thousand clashing shades of wood furniture/trim/flooring. I've changed the table twice. Computer desks have come and gone and come again (our dining room doubles as an office). And I've also gone through various storage units, finally settling on a Salvation Army hutch, a gutted radio cabinet, and a Walmart cabinet that I made over after Hubby put it together upside down. :)
I won't go through the details of before and after. Instead I will show you how things have progressed. The end result isn't really the end. I still have plans and will likely paint two or three more times. But I'm happy.
|Pretty light curtains give an airy feeling to this boxy room.|
|My favorite! I LOVE how the dining table turned out!|
|Lead paint didn't stop me from loving this little door. |
I simply gave it a few clear coats to seal in those naughty paint chips.
|I <3 old windows!|
|Found these corbels at a thrift store. They are a perfect fit for my new shabby/French country dining room!|
|As an author, I LOVE old books.|
|Finally painted this mirror my mom gave me. So shabby-chic!|
|Old radio cabinet now stores art supplies. LOVE it!|
Here's the "final" product. For now. :)