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Dining Room Progress

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


I've been chipping away at the dining room every free minute I can find and I'm really happy with how things are coming together.  I pass through this room each time I go from the living room to the kitchen and I'm really beginning to like what I see.  Before it was a disheveled mess with pictures waiting to be hung, boxes ready for goodwill, and a vacuum sealed mattress that we accidentally opened, oops!

The dining chairs were recovered with a neutral linen/cotton and the fabric is exactly what I was looking for!  You never know when you order fabric on line and don't first order swatches, but this time was a success.  Same goes for the rug.  I love it and wish I had pulled the trigger sooner.  It's soft and has not shed one bit.  The soft cream/grey and the washed navy blue are perfect for the look I was going for.  Pattern and color without being too much.


You made have heard me all the way from North Carolina when I found these palm tree candlesticks and blue and white bowl in a vintage store!



The bar cart is another addition to the dining room.  I found one at World Market.  It had a silver finish which wasn't quite what I was hoping for so a little rub 'n buff fixed that problem.  It's so nice having bar essentials in one spot instead of tucked away in various cabinets.


Here's a closer shot of the table, chairs, and rug.  Love!



And of course my trusty sidekick is right by my side.

Still to do: box moulding, paint walls, paint china cabinet, sitting area

24 comments:

  1. that rug is so fabulous- and regan is getting so big!!

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    1. Thanks Cassie! She's growing so fast!

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  2. Wow it's looking beautiful! Would you mind sharing where you found that beautiful abstract art piece above your buffet?

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    1. Thank you! It's a DIY that may need a little more tweaking :).

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    2. BSWEINBERGER I hope Rene doesn't mind me commenting here. I am a NC artist. Please email me if you want to see my work, Thank you. diannedballard@gmail.com

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  3. Gorgeous, Rene! Everything is beautiful....especially your sidekick.

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  4. Oh my!!! I love everything about this room. I had to order those wall sconces for myself ;-)

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    1. Thank you Lisa! Hope you are enjoying your sconces.

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  5. Your dining room looks great Rene and that rug was the perfect choice! Your sidekick sure is a cutie and growing quickly!

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    1. Thanks so much Allison! Reagan is more fun each day.

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  6. Love it all, especially that precious fur kid! Would you mind sharing where you found that fabulous art above the buffet?!

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  7. What color will the new paint be? Love the room, blue and white is a no fail always!!

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    1. Thanks Dianne! I'm leaning toward classic gray on the top only since the living room is already that color. I'm hoping the two rooms flow together more once painted.

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  8. I love it! So fresh and pretty!

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  9. So, so pretty Rene! I love all your brass touches from the drapery hardware to the bar cart. That rug is an incredible find at such an amazing price! I might need to snatch that up! What about the abstract art above your sideboard? Love the modern touch it adds!! So pretty!

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  10. Just beautiful and those powdery blues would suck me right in! Btw, your dining room is fabulous too! :)

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  11. Things are coming together nicely. I love your painting.

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  12. Your dining room is fabulous! I'm especially in love with the console/buffet table! Everything in the room works so well together.
    Madison | All Gumption and Grace

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  13. Everything looks so pretty Rene! I love the abstract art over the buffet!

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  14. I am wondering if you think that the rub and buff product would work on a silver chandelier. I really want a large gold Darlana lantern for my foyer, but it is so expensive and I can't find a knockoff. I think I could more easily find a silver lantern that I could doctor up.

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    1. It depends on the texture of the silver. Sterling silver would probably not work because it is too slick, but something with a silver "finish" might. Bronze is easily covered with R&B. Hope this helps.

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  15. I love the art over the buffet. Do you have a source you would reveal?

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