The Dining Room Reveal

Well, it's been a long time coming but here it is finally--the dining room reveal.
Warning:  Lots of pictures

Here is a link that shows our dining room before--

The room was a dark reddish terra cotta and we painted it Ivoire by Sherwin Williams.

The drapes are from Tuesday Morning and were very reasonable.

The blinds were already there.

I've had the collection of blue plates for many years.

The metal shelves were bought at Hobby Lobby (half price) and we spray painted them with a cream color and then knocked it down with some sanding.

The oval, white plates belonged to my mother-in-law and are very old.

The chandelier was brass--we took it down and prepped it and spray painted it with an oil-rubbed bronze color.  
I almost wish I would have left it because we ended up adding quite a bit of brass (I should say keeping quite a bit of brass) in the adjoining living room.  

And "they" say that brass is on it's way back in.  For sure if I had it to do over, I would paint it the Annie Sloan Old White and distress it a whole bunch.  

This has definitely been a process.

The mirror was once a window in a very old chapel in Canada.  

While living in Tulsa, a neighbor moved in right across the street and soon thereafter was experiencing a very rough time in her life. 

 It belonged to her and she knew I really loved it.   When she got ready to move she wanted me to have it.  That piece is so very special to me.

I think the main thing I have learned through this whole redecorating thing is to keep what you love, love what you purchase, and forget the trends for the most part.

We also just purchased the brass lamps at a flea market.

I added the burlap drum shades.

They lamps are older and quite tarnished.  

I'm not sure if I want to leave them tarnished brass, clean them, or paint them with Annie Sloan Old White and sand down quite a bit until the brass shows through.

I've had this mother-in-law tongue for many years and can't remember where I purchased the pottery.  I've also had it a very long time.

The sweet rose plate belonged to my grandmother.

The rooster was a recent $4.99 purchase from Hobby Lobby.

My brother-in-law made this dough box for me and it is filled with faux succulents.

The buffet was a recent purchase from Cost Plus Warehouse.

The silver cups were gifts when my sons were born--they have their names and their birth dates engraved on them.

The precious little blue and white pitcher came from my mother-in-law and is part of a creamer and sugar set.

The pictures of pottery and fruit are very, very old and came from my mother-in-law.  I would guess in the range of 60 or 70 years old at least.

We've had this rug for about 9 years but chose to move it from the family room into the dining room.

The cushions on the chairs were a very dark mix of colors.  We recovered them in a beige toille.  It looks more black and white in this picture but the printed part is dark beige with a very old world design.

By far the biggest part of this redesign was the painting and sanding of the table and chairs.  

We've had the set for 20 years or so.  It was not cheap but was not real expensive either.  

If it had been, I might not have chosen to paint it.  The chairs are all wood but as we painted and sanded, we discovered that there was a veneer over the top of the table.  

I especially felt justified in painting it after I discovered that.

My husband did most of the painting and I did all of the sanding--quite a job.
I will probably go back and sand some more off at some point in time--too tired right now.
Our friend and designer, Florance, liked the chair that had just a little rougher look.  So do I.
It was painted with Annie Sloan Old World white.  I absolutely love her paints.  In my opinion, nothing else even compares with them.

I'm very thrilled to have this work done and behind us but I hope all of you know that this is just stuff.

None of it means anything compared to the rare and beautiful treasures that are a part of my life and hope in Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord.

By wisdom a house is built,

and through understanding it is established;

through knowledge its rooms are filled

with rare and beautiful treasures.

Proverbs 24:3,4


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Adoption Mama said…
I love it! What a beautiful arrangement!
Debbie said…
Why oh why oh why oh why...

Couldn't I have waited to find my paint color until after this post?
I would have tried the Ivoire.

But maybe I did.
I tried every light beigey tone in three paint stores. I finally setting on Rowhouse Tan by Sherwin Williams. It appears a bit darker than yours. I LOVE yours.

I love the entire room. I am sincere in that, too. I love every decision you made.

I have a set of lamps which are very similar. I'm trying to decided the same thing about them that you are. I have also considered a rub n buff in antique gold to darken them yet more. I don't know.

So... I wish you would decide already so I can let you do all the guinea pig work. LOL

Really, it's very beautiful to me and very much my taste. VERY MUCH.
Debbie said…
That was supposed to be "settled on row house tan."
Sandy said…
There isn't anything in your dining room that I don't love. Just beautiful, Dianne and Larry! But, my very favorite part is that hutch! I recently saw one very similar in one of our furniture stores here. Also saw a larger one in Robert Redford's Sundance catalog. Gorgeous piece and I hope one day to have one.
And, yes, oh yes, Jesus is more precious than any THING we can own in this life.
xx oo <3
June Caedmon said…
Oh, Elizabeth! what an accomplishment! I love how you've mixed the old with the new. This room is a beautiful reflection of what you love - it's very inspiring!

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