Monday, October 19, 2009

Ta Da -- Dining Room Done!

Are y'all sick of hearing about my dining room? I am finished or really close to being finished with the redecorating project. I even spent nearly the entire day yesterday (Sunday) washing windows!


My first project in this room was to repaint below the chair rail. I did that a couple months ago while Mr. Tennis was out of town! Shhh- don't tell, but I didn't move one large piece of furniture to paint behind it, I just painted a bit behind it, so you can't tell I cheated.
Then came the new chandelier, new rug, new curtains, re-covered chairs and a little bit of this and that. I think the exact words uttered by Mr. Tennis were -- "trying to solve the recession all on your own???" Kidding -- he thinks it looks tons better too, though he was initially skeptical of the power of an on-line decorating consultant -- the fabulous Rhoda of Southern Hospitality blog.

We have this great built-in corner cabinet that I've always loved. Lighter-colored paint below the chair rail and new curtains hung up higher than the old ones. Wow -- that makes a huge difference and the room seems so much larger!

Here you can see the new rug and recovered chairs a little better.

This is the honking heavy piece of furniture (can't really see it, but take my word for it - it's heavy) that I could not move to paint behind, but I got in close enough, so you can't tell. Even the Rickster hasn't realized (yet anyway), I haven't painted behind it.

Do I need more accessories on it? I'm terrible at accessories, so opted for less instead of more. Love those two buffet lamps and the reflection of the cool new chandelier in the mirror!

26 comments:

Kam said...

Look at you! It is beautiful! And hey, I did the same thing with my refrigerator! Couldn't move it on my so, who cares!?! Way to go! Don't you feel so good when you finish a project!

Kim said...

It looks great! I bet it is really great having it all done so you can now enjoy it!

Rachel said...

Your room looks great! I love teh built in corner cabinet. We had one in an old house and I so miss it (since we don't have a China cabinet).

I think it looks great as is, but I'm not really an accesorizer either!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

It's so cute!! I especially love the single pumpkin on the pedestal. Very classic.

Ivy said...

I love makeovers! The room looks enchanting to me!

BTW, thanks for stopping by. It's good to be back.

Ivy

Jodee Leader said...

Wow! Way to go! That turned out fabulous! I love your built in cabinet and the curtains hung higher really does add height to your room! Your pumpkin centerpiece is the perfect addition too! Can't wait to see more makeovers (if you have any money left)! HA HA!

Gail said...

This is LOVELY Janet(aka 'Martha')!!! You did a fantastic job on this room. Had to laugh how you didn't paint completely behind the heavy piece of furniture( I would have done that too). Enjoy your beautiful new room!

ricebabies said...

That is a big pumpkin!! You have a lovely blog, and an adorbale daughter.

Felicia said...

Ta Da -- it is lovely! We have a built in corner cabinet similar to yours (I know we both live in older homes).

Your dining room is beautiful!

Super Mommy said...

You go Janet!! You should be proud of yourself - what a beautiful room!! I love what you've done!

Kim said...

A job well done! Love the corner built in!

TanyaLea said...

Looks great. The built-ins are beautiful and I love the pumpkin centerpiece on your table...simple and elegant...love it! :)

EllieNat said...

What a lovely room. Good job!

Jean said...

Wow!! Great job!!

Did you really use an on line decorator?? What a great idea!!

I love what your Hubby said!! Isn't that just like a guy!! My hubby practically had the big one when I told him "Women are never done with their HOME"!! They are always making improvements!! We need to make a house a HOME!! (he was so bummed!)

Lisa said...

looks awesome!! and I love that you cheated. I bet you walk in there, pause and smile throughout the day. Good job!

Natalie said...

How fun. It looks great. I wish I had a dining room!
Perfect timing before the Holidays.
Enjoy!!!


Natalie

Jeanneoli said...

Don't you just love when a project is finished!!!??? It looks great. I love your corner cabinet...gorgeous!

Kerry said...

Janet! It looks beautiful. Love the colors. The buffet looks great and the rug gives it pop!

Hugs On to another project?? :)

Rhonda said...

Good job! I also love your corner cabinet. Can't see your big honkin' piece, but maybe you could add a few little pumkins and gourds around on that too! Love harvest time!

Marla said...

Love it!

Lucy said...

sooo elegant! luv it! you did an great job. I esp. loved how you painted around your big piece of furniture. I can't tell you how many times I've done it so I'm glad I'm not alone. :) Great job...now you're ready to host a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner!

Kim said...

Way to go....your room looks great!

kim

paige said...

you know your painting secrets are safe with me!!!!

it looks fabulous & NO i would never be tired of hearing your decorating tales

xo

Jill and Rick said...

The room is gorgeous! (& I immediately noticed and loved the chandelier reflection in the mirror too - very nice!) Do you think that if I came and looked at your pictures every day I would be inspired to tackle some of my over-due projects?

Jill

Anonymous said...

Very nice....

I would suggest you take your accessories and place them on the buffet not the shelf, perhaps adding a platter also, bring in one more color from the rug. Something a little more bold.

Also I think I would have gone with bamboo shades instead of the drapes...your corner hutch should be the focal point and the drapes are a little overpowering.

Nice start,


Karen

Chris said...

I need help in regard to my corner hutch that is just like yours and have sent you an email to discuss.
Please could you reply to this so I can work with you on this. thank you.