Our house was built in 1928. As you can imagine, this presents several challenges. We are nowhere close to being the first, second, third or even tenth owners — and everyone before us has put their own special touch on the place. A couple major renovations, an addition, and some corners that were definitely cut. But by far the worst part about this house is that the previous owner(s) loved EVERY paint color and decided to give each room its own little piece of the rainbow. Luckily, we easily saw past the giant pinwheel of colors and pictured it in all it’s plain, white glory. With each room we whitewashed, we were amazed by the transformation. Here’s a glimpse at the before + after of our dining room.
|| BEFORE ||
I have a hard time describing this particular shade of red. It looked orange in the sunlight and like a post-murder, plastic-draped room from Dexter at night. And I am just thrilled that they left the “matching” curtains behind — not. Oh, did you catch the lights that are clearly meant to be hanging over a kitchen island?
|| AFTER ||
When I envisioned this room, I saw a dining space that was bright, inviting, and spacious enough to entertain. Seeing as we had just purchased a house, I wanted to repurpose as much of our existing furniture and decor as possible. The one exception to this being a dining room table and chairs. For me, a dining room table represents the heart of a home. Where you gather daily, on special holidays, and where you sit and enjoy time with loved ones. I wanted a table that would grow with our family for years to come. I started pouring over Craigslist ads and stumbled upon a solid wood, hand-made, farm-style table with two removable leaves AND the guy was willing to deliver and set it up — all for only $200. I couldn’t type that reply email fast enough! The table was the perfect fit to pair with the Eames-esque dining chairs I had been lusting over. I scored a jute rug at Ross, and made the light fixture with parts from Home Depot and World Market (after a few incidents involving people’s heads, we had to raise the lights higher than I’d have liked, but I also enjoy safety).
I was able to reuse the wire rack shelf from our old loft as a “china cabinet”/wine storage area and the Urban Barn bar cart that has followed me around to 9 different homes, perfectly finishes off the corner. Almost every accessory in this room has been thrifted or gifted to me with love. The most special item in our dining room is the rooster that my 91-year-old grandma hand painted for me. Her china, from their wedding, sits on the shelf as well.
I am a huge believer that art should have personal meaning. I had my favorite wedding photos blown up and framed in basic poster frames to make them stand out. Our LinePosters represent some of our travels and they are such a great conversation piece!
As you can see, there are a couple projects left for us in this space — finishing the window trim and the closet door and purchasing some new window treatments. We are still debating if we want to paint the trim and door a matte charcoal color or a flat white. I am totally open to your thoughts and suggestions on this!