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The Dining Room

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The dining room is finally finished, well as far as painting is concerned.  It took forever to pick a paint color.  There must be a million and twelve grays out there and I like just about all of them.  Needless to say, this wasn't easy, but I am absolutely thrilled with the color I chose.  Also, painting the wall below the chair rail white was probably the best upgrade in the room.  For a while now, I have wanted to add picture molding on the lower portion of the wall, but for now a coat of white will buy my husband some time.  This is a hint because he reads the blog.

Before I show you the dining room, I thought you might like to see the before.


Not bad, but kind of boring.  We got rid of the table and chairs "set", which by the way, I will never buy a set again.  I wanted a collected look in here with a fresh vibe so we pulled a table out of storage that was made by a local craftsman.  We also scored some old chairs and gave them an update with fabric and paint.  The china cabinet is now in another spot and was replaced with the sideboard. 


Here is the after.  We still need a few things, but overall it is such an improvement.






***Added*** the room details are available here.










89 comments:

  1. Rene, it looks amazing! So fresh feeling. Love it!

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  2. Oh Rene it's gorgeous! The new paint color really brightened the room up. I love everything about it. Love your sideboard and those lamps!!!! A+++++ well done my friend!

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  3. Rene, it looks BEAUTIFUL! I am in love with the airy, light effect and, especially the sideboard, lamps, mirror...shall I go on?

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  4. Looks great!! What color did you end up going with on the walls?

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  5. Rene,
    Love your makeover...the new colors look outstanding!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  6. oh rene! it is breathtakingly gorgeous! i love love love the color, the chair rail, the big black mirror, and of course the chairs, new window treatments, chandy! all of it! it is just so perfectly you!

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  7. Oh, what beauty!! I love, love, love it!! It is just stunningly beautiful!
    Suzanne

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  8. That is lovely! It has such a fresh feeling to it!! God love paint, it works wonders! I know you're thrilled to have it nearly complete!

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  9. Goodbye dated dining set and breakfront - hello freshness! Love it. I agree with you, I will never, ever buy a "set" again. Spring has sprung in your dining room, all ready for Easter.

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  10. It is stunning, Rene! Really light and airy. Your white drapes beautifully frame your French doors and I feel the your outdoors comes more inside now...if that makes sense. It becomes part of your room. Just beautiful! The color you chose is gorgeous. Your chandleier really sparkles now!

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  11. Rene your dining room looks GORGEOUS!! Love the new color and new furniture! Beautiful, Martina

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  12. I absolutely love it; so fresh and light!

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  13. Wow! It looks phenomenal! So bright and fresh in there. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Oh my, this is gorgeous! I love your new fresh and gorgeous dining room! I wild about the mix of furniture...using white and dark wood is so becomming!
    And your choice of wall paint is perfection!
    I would love to have dinner in your new room!
    xo Yvonne

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  15. Wow! Nicely done-so light and fresh! Isn't it crazy what paint can do for a room?

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  16. You did a great job on your dining room, Rene! I love the transformation...it looks more relaxed and refined. The paint colors look perfect and I really love that old sideboard! Beautifully done!

    XO,
    Jane

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  17. Love this gray...I know, I have looked at grays too, and i have such a hard picking them. You did a great job! Love this room!

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  18. So bright and cheery! I love that colour. It has such a great look, especially with the sunlight streaming in. :-)

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  19. So do you keep walking by your dining room? If mine looked like that I would! Amazing! Love the lamps.
    Great Job,
    Heather

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  20. Oh my gosh....LOVE IT!!! What a lovely room,good job!!! All the best,Chrissy

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  21. Rene: It is absolutely GORGEOUS! LOVE the paint color and LOVE those chairs!! All those windows and glorious light....

    LOVE IT!

    Lou Cinda

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  22. amazing! I love how bright and full of life it is!
    xoxo

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  23. It looks really great. Just like in a magazine. Lovely place to dine.
    D

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  24. Beautiful!! What a transformation.

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  25. Rene!!!!
    Gorgeous! Love how the room came out! So bright and airy, and I love the touches of black - the mirror, the fabric. So pretty!

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  26. A lovely and fresh room. Great colours and I do like the collected look.

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  27. Looks awesome! The wall color is great and, lucky girl, with the french doors and all that light coming in...beautiful!

    My dining room is on hold while we run to Palm Springs to finish off our Spring Break. Hoping the sunshine/warm weather will rejuvenate me to finish the dining room (and several other projects) when we get back :)

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  28. Rene, OMG I knew it would look amazing this is the color I wanted in my guest room... I love it and that chandy.. WOW

    ~~Pattie~~
    The Shabby Chick

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  29. B E A U T I F U L. Your before was very pretty but, your after in incredible. I love the soothing wall color!!

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  30. GASP! It's GORGEOUS!... Holy Cow! So bright and pretty now...
    Amazing! Looks like a page in House Beautiful!

    Cindy

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  31. Beautiful! I really love the color as well. I like the new table and chairs so much more.

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  32. beautiful! what is the color on the walls?

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  33. I agree with you about not having matched sets - really, really beautiful! Love it all! Linda

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  34. A wow moment! Like, I thought the second picture was your inspiration! Your dining room is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Wow, just wow! Great job Rene!

    Dang! It's gorgeous!

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  35. Rene, what a fabulous transformation.
    This looks like a magazine spread!
    Thanks for joining WUW this week!

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  36. Fabulous!! I like how the prints on either side of the drapes draw your eyes into the space.

    Hey...the word verification I am supposed to type in below is "evilso"...Ha! Weird.

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  37. Rene, please let me share this on my blog tomorrow! It's going to be my "wow of the week"!

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  38. Oh my WORD this is amazing!! I love love love the transformation!

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  39. Looks like a different room, just beautiful!

    Rondell

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  40. All these words come to mind: crisp, bright, exciting! Love the lines of those chairs!

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  41. It looks wonderful! Very fresh. The sideboard is beautiful!

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  42. Hi Rene! My name is Kathryn and I am stopping by from Kim's. What an absolutely beautiful makeover! I think you have outdone yourself! It looks like it should be in a magazine!

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  43. Very pretty!!!

    I love your paint color and especially that beautiful chandy!

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  44. Rene, it is gorgeous. I love the new look, and I especially love the white under the chair rail. Great upgrade!
    Have a nice evening.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  45. WOW! WOW! Such a fresh look for Spring, but it will be gorgeous year-round. Love!

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  46. How beautiful Rene! It looks so much brighter and airier {is that even a word}. You did an awesome job! Lisa

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  47. So lovely! It's so fresh and soothing-- great choices.
    PS-- since I live in GSO, as well, you should call Parra of Parra's Drywall for a quote on the picture molding. He is so incredibly affordable, fast, neat and does great work! We use him all the time for all kinds of jobs, and we love him!

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  48. Your dining room is beautiful! Just so gorgeous!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  49. So beautiful and light! I am loving that sideboard...

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  50. your room is so beautiful and exactly what I would like to achieve in ours....Im in complete awe, its perfect
    hugs
    janet

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  51. It looks really beautiful! So much brighter and even bigger! What color is on the walls?

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  52. Wowzer! This looks fabulous. I love the sideboard and those lamps. This room looks fresh and full of light. I'd love to dine in this space. ~ Sarah

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  53. It's breathtaking! So light and airy and beautiful!

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  54. Very pretty...I love those chairs mixed with that table.

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  55. This is so fresh. It has a designer look too, and makes you want to sit down and enjoy some friends company. Love it all. Great job.
    Rebecca x

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  56. Wow, this transformation is incredible. I can't believe it is the same room. It is so fresh. I love the color gray you chose, what is it? This knocked my socks off today.

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  57. Wow - what a change! It's just so fresh. I love the paint color and the sideboard is gorgeous!

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  58. Thanks for your sweet comments everybody! Here is a new post covering the details.

    http://cottageandvine.blogspot.com/2011/03/dining-room-details.html

    --Rene

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  59. It looks terrific! What an improvement. Love the wall color and the lightness of the room.

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  60. Rene, I'm loving it - perfect for the spring! You outdid yourself this time!! Great job!

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  61. How the heck did I miss this big reveal. It is gorgeous. It just is so light and beautiful. I want to sit down and hang out there for dinner. Really pretty, Rene. Wow, that is a great color.

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  62. So beautiful! I'd love to have a meal in there.

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  63. It's gorgeous!! So light & airy. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the big fat white jar thingy!!

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  64. You have such a talent for creating "stylish and functional" spaces! I love the collected look you came up with - it's truly beautiful!

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  65. Love it, well done, stunning,brilliantine...gushing...just gorgeous :-)hugs

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  66. Wow - it's beautiful Rene! I love all the changes you made. I can't believe what a huge difference the sideboard makes.

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  67. Wow Rene, I'm so glad I stopped by today to catch your beautiful dining room posts, both of them! I love that you got rid of your set and opted for a "collected" over time look. It's so fresh and inviting!

    Kat :)

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  68. Gorgeous! Really, really beautiful!! Fresh & classic, my favorite combination! The lighting makes the room! The pair of goreous lamps and that incredible chandelier. Oh, and such wonderful natural light too. I hope the room isn't only reserved for special occasions! LOVE it, Rene!!!

    xo,
    Tessa

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  69. Absolutely positively gorgeous!!!!!

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  70. Rene that is just beautiful!! I love the color and it looks like a different room!! So bright and airy! I love the chairs and the buffet in there. You did an amazing job my friend! Love, love, love!!

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  71. I love it! So clean and fresh looking. Just want to stop by for Tea!

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  72. It's absolutely beautiful! I love the color you picked for the walls and with the white - perfect!! The table and chairs and your dark sideboard are lovely too- You are always welcome to come share at Feathered Nest Friday~ would love to have you! :)

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  73. It's all so fresh and beautiful! I'm glad I didn't miss seeing it! Thanks for your nice comment!

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  74. oooo very nice. I love the new look.
    Caroline

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  75. wow I absolutely love this room, its so fresh and pretty! May I ask what the size of the room is? I have a similar style dining room and would love to have a hutch but not sure if it would fit. Also what color paint did you use on the wall, it almost looks blue but not sure?
    Thanks for sharing, great job!
    Terry

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  76. So beautiful. I don't usually think to use gray, but it really was a good choice.

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  77. Wowie, wowie, WOW! I think I caught my breath a bit when I saw your after pics! So fresh and bright, and even though there are a bazillion greys out there, you picked a PERFECT one! I'm going to have to pull out my Sherwin Williams paint deck and check that one out! Fantastic!!

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  78. Great look! I love the mix of fresh cheery whites with rich dark stained furniture!! Fabulous chandy too!!

    Happy Spring!

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  79. Wow, wow WOW!!! I love it! What a stunning room! I know others have said it, but this belongs in a magazine!!
    Hope you have a wonderful day.
    Beth.

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  80. YOU are good.....really, really good!
    My thoughts are that ANYONE can go to a showroom and order a dining room in half an hour, but it takes a smart girl with a good eye to do or re-do a room like this!
    It looks 25 years younger.
    I live in Lexington, Kentucky.
    How soon can you get here?
    Great to find you and visit for a while.
    I'll be back.
    Best,
    Lisa

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  81. I've been MIA in blogland for the last few weeks thanks to the nausea that comes along with being preggers! so i just saw this post and wanted to tell you what a fabulous transformation you created! it's so fresh and inviting...i'm sure many wonderful meals will be shared around that beautiful table!

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  82. Wow!!! Your dining room turned out fabulous --- you must be beaming with pride! It's so fresh and airy! Extremely well done!!!! Are you a pro? :)

    Janay

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  83. Your dining room is simply gorgeous. I love everything about it. So bright and welcoming. Thank you for sharing.

    Kim
    http://kim-lettersfromtheshore.blogspot.com/

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