So about this space. Yeah, umm, I think I mentioned here that I was going to start working on it AFTER I finished the living room ohhhh about a year ago. I don’t know how this space got so neglected.
Oh wait, yes I do. I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to do. It is best for me to just move along when I have that issue because I may end up making the wrong decision.
After many discussions on how I was not getting the dining room done….quick enough, I took the time after finishing the guest room and enjoying what little summer I am allowed with my job to get the dining room complete. I mean, it IS the second room of the house you see when you walk in.
Here is what we started with a year ago:
Just looking at this picture seems so crazy. Both spaces are SO different now.
I will admit, the table is VERY large for the space. There is also only two of us to eat at such a large table, but it was a gift from my mom and we do love it.
Here is where we were just about three weeks ago (I told you, I HAD to get it done!)
I had the two white chairs from two former projects, the two black chairs came from my mom’s basement, the brown chair near us came from a garage sale, and the bench under the window came from Craigslist. I knew if I kept these chairs looking like this for too long, I would have a lot of explaining to do.
I had a hard time deciding if I wanted blue/teal chairs or mustard yellow chairs. In the end I obviously chose blue mainly because our tv stand in the living room is teal. The color I chose was Valspar’s Spa Pool.
I took the easiest chair to start working on, but this time I didn’t take the easy way out and just use liquid deglosser. I sanded it down to the natural wood and threw a coat of paint on it. The actual color was somewhat bright and you all know how safety Sally I am about colors. After dreading the idea of picking out another color, I decided to rough the chair up and throw on a layer of Special Walnut stain from Minwax to tone the color down. Yes, yes this did the trick. I learned from the first time to NOT use a wax to protect the wood (it got really dirty) but to use a poly.
I did the same with the other white chair I painted and actually recovered the cushion with painters tarp from Lowes. You can’t beat $5!
The other chairs I did the same thing except with the cane chair I scored for $10, I painted the cane white. Some of the cane on the seat is broken and the cushion is missing (because I am fighting with my sewing machine), so that is a lingering project.
For the black chairs, I just ordered linen colored slipcovers from Target and called it a day. I originally ordered slipcovers from Home Decorators Collection, but I have been burned twice from them and refuse to try again. I ordered slipcovers for these chairs after Thanksgiving last year because they were on crazy sale, but the item kept getting backordered. I ended up canceling the order because it was pushed to Feb with no delivery in sight. I figured this was because it was the holidays and that happens. I tried to order the same slipcovers in Sept and have yet to see them. They keep getting pushed into backorder. I canceled the order (but have yet to see my refund) and have to wonder why HDC would keep a vendor like this on their website. They cannot produce!
I pretty much love it! It is so much brighter!
What’s left? I may or may not try to find a rug. The problem with a rug is the grass in the yard is in horrible shape, so the dog brings in a lot of mud.
The next thing is we need some reds and oranges in there, so I’d like to find something for the walls and maybe a table runner.
The last thing is a new light. Nothing is wrong with this light, but it is so builder basic. It makes me sad when we snoop at all the new houses they are building in our neighborhood because the builders used such special touches (salvaged doors, planked walls, awesome lighting) and our house is just basic. Lights are so expensive, so I guess this is the lowest on the list of things to do.
Now, who is coming over for dinner?