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The Dining Room: Before and After

This was our dining room – before it was ours.


The elderly couple that owned our house actually had pretty good taste. That is, if you like beige. A lot of beige…and some cream thrown in to…you know…spice things up. Let me tell you: WE ARE NOT BEIGE PEOPLE. I can certainly appreciate the former owner’s classic taste in furniture (in fact, I wish I had asked them if I could buy that ahmahzing mid-century dining set.)

but the beige HAD TO GO.


Other than the three mirrors in the back, the dining room is completely different. Here’s what we did:

  1. Removed brown wall-to-wall carpeting and had the hardwood floors that were hiding underneath (score!!!) stained and refinished.
  2. Replaced the light fixture with this one from CB2.
  3. Replaced the baseboards. (Thanks, Dad!)
  4. Painted the walls Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray and the trim Benjamin Moore Cloud White.  (Yes, I know I never did the ceiling. Thanks for reminding me.)
  5. Removed the curtain rod that was attached to the window frame (WHO DOES THAT?) and rehung it and added curtains from Urban Outfitters.  I’m not loving the height though so they’ll be moving up to the tippy top of the wall soon and I’ll have to put something new on my to-do list: Get longer curtains for dining room.
  6. Made and hung “artwork”. And just so you don’t have to scroll back up to look at the art I’m talking about, please enjoy this gratuitous and ridiculous video of  the ladies…with my painting in the background.

I put “artwork” in quotes because, let’s face it, it kinda sucked. It was my third, or maybe fourth (maybe fifth?) attempt to paint over the same canvas to come up with some large scale art on the cheap. I got the 30 x 40″ canvas from Michaels with a 40% off coupon and the crafts paints were on sale too (cause that’s how Michael’s rolls). But I think it might be time to paint over it – again.

I’ve always wanted to be a painter but I’m just not that good at it. I remember sitting in Mr. Hayes’ art class junior year in high school and looking over at my classmate’s paintings and wondering why the vision in my head wasn’t ending up on the paper like theirs was. Watercolors were the worst for me, which is why I totally hate my mom for taking a few watercolor classes and coming up with this awesomeness. (Kidding, Mom! I love it!)

Well anyway, the big yellow painting of mine has been bugging me. I love the big pop of color that it adds to a very neutral room but I want to try again.  I had pinned the image below from Amber Interiors awhile ago and fell in love with the big pink flowers. I don’t like the idea of “knocking off” an artist’s work so let’s just say that I’m using it for “inspiration”. That’s fair, right?

via Amber Interiors

So, I’m going to go for it. Except I think I’m going to make the background gold instead of gray. New bright pink flowers are coming soon. Stay tuned!

SIDEBAR:  A big shout out goes to my awesome husband for letting me indulge my love of pink in our shared space. I don’t think he’d ever want me to go for the fuchsia sofa that my heart is telling me I need but he’s comfortable enough with his manhood to be okay with a little pink here or there. And for that I am thankful.

So, please wish me luck as I embark on this painting. And tell me what you think…Should I do something more subtle? Should I just hang up my paintbrush for life and buy a nice painting from a pro? Do you think Mr. Hayes will be impressed? And what should I do about those shorty curtains? I’d be so excited if the finished room evoked any of the coolness of my two favorite dining rooms ever:

Liz Lange’s dining room by Jonathan Adler in House Beautiful

Dining room by Jill Van Tosh from Metropolitan Home.

Aren’t they dreamy?


Sue at Home

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