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Monday, February 21, 2011

Dining Room

Wanna take a photo tour of the refinished dining room?

For comparison, here's what the room looked like when we moved in...

After pulling out the carpet, removing the wallpaper (related post *here*), and getting a new skim coat of plaster, we painted the walls Sharkey Gray by Martha Stewart (I love this color!) and the mouldings white.
Just like in the other rooms (living room post *here*), we also had the floors redone and painted the radiators.

As cool as it was to have a chandelier that dated back to at least the 1940's, it just didn't work in the refreshed space. So we splurged on a Schonbek crystal chandelier and could not be happier with the upgrade. It's hard to capture the sparkle with my point & shoot camera, but just imagine.
We kept the dining room furniture that came with the house, which included a matching buffet and tallboy china cabinet, six chairs, and a table that extends to seat 8. We simply recovered the chairs (the fabric was 50% off at Jo-Ann Fabrics, and we had an additional 20% off coupon...so the project cost us less than $40 total!!!) with a neutral print. Take a peek back at the old pics to see the rather putrid spring green fabric we replaced.
We're really happy with how the dining room turned out. We're still decorating, and of course there are no curtains yet (curtains are my kryptonite!!!), but at the very least the built in china cabinet is fulfilling its decorating duties!
We just hosted our first major family event--my mom's birthday dinner (Happy Birthday, Mom!) and it was a great success.
The dining room is officially open!


  1. I love the chairs! Everything looks fantastic!! Brunch a su casa soon!!

  2. Everything looks so...so...GROWN UP!!! Love love love the real china in the honest-to-goodness china cabinet!

  3. I love this post! The dining room really shines. :) Your china cabinet looks amazing!

  4. Very nice and beautiful! I love that cabinet too!