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My Dining Room – The Big Reveal

It’s been a couple of years in the making, but my dining room is finally finished.  (Well, for now anyway…and I still need to hem the drapes and maybe find a rug.  Ok, maybe it’s not done, done, but it’s done enough to do a photo shoot and share it with you.)  So, here it is!
This dining room has come a long way from nasty carpeting, a 1980’s ceiling fan, pine trim, and dingy paint.  First, let me walk you through the room.  This view is from the archway to the living room. 
Again, this picture is from the archway, looking towards the front of the house.  Click here for a tutorial and fabric source on the curtains.  The rods were purchased at 40% off at Hobby Lobby. 
This view is from the front corner of the dining room.  The corner cabinets, antique high chair, over sized ginger jars and buffet table were all free from family members (or their attics.)
…and this familiar view is from the archway that leads to the soon-to-be home office. 
…and this is from the back corner of the dining room.  Are you oriented, now?
So, now let’s go to the details of this room.  First of all, the colors.  The primary wall color is Aria Ivory (retired, but you can ask for it) by Sherwin Williams and the accent wall is Blue Stone by Eddie Bauer (available at Lowe’s.)  The antlers ($3.50), books ($.25-$12.00), and plates ($.25-$12.00) all came from antique stores or yard sales.  The silver chest belonged to my mom and the blue and white bowl was a wedding gift.  Click on the words to learn how I made the topiary and chalkboard.   (You can also check out my gold leaf tutorial here.)
My shop owner gave me the bird’s nest for free.  It may seem like an odd choice for a dining room accessory, but I love the subtle nod to nature. 
I know it’s ridiculous, but I bought the chandelier at a yard sale for $4.00.  Thievery.  I know.  You can learn how I made the Fresh Cupcake sign out of a $5.00 antique window here
I made the flirty skirted “grain sack” slipcovers for the chairs out of drop cloths and acrylic paint.  You can find how to make the grain sacks here.  The dining set was purchased from Craig’s List, the table from Carlisle, PA and the chairs from Richmond, VA.  The chairs and table base are painted in Sherwin Williams Creamy in ProClassic water based semi-gloss.  I distressed them and used dark walnut stain by Minwax on the table base and a burnt umber universal tint on the chairs.  You can find a tutorial on the chairs here and the table here
 I put the first and middle initials of each family member on “their” chair to make them personal. 
 I set the table in a mix-and-match of formal and informal to make it beautiful, but not fussy.  Yard sale glasses (bought for a dime a piece) mingle with inherited monogrammed plates and linens.
 Sterling Silver flatware sits right next to casual Bakelite, 1950’s picnic ware.
 Antique Staffordshire tea cups sit on Ikea saucers. 
 And just to show you how far this room has come…a before picture.   
…and the after. 
 If you’re up for a good DIY story, you can check how I refinished my hardwood floors and lived to tell the tale.
Now, on to finish the master bedroom and living room! 
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  1. Gorgeous!! Simply stunning! Everything about your dining room made me smile!! Fabulous job!!

  2. amazing, beautiful, you've got quite the eye! i'm speechless…

  3. The room is beautiful. I love the way you play the rustic against the formal.

    I noticed baseboard heat in the dining room and wondered about the length of the drape. I suffer the same dilemma in my living room however I am guessing your baseboard heat is not electric. Mine is. Any suggestions so that I don't set fire to my house? I just put the long curtains up this spring and thought I would have all summer to figure out what to do. Haven't figured it out yet!

  4. Your dining room is beautiful. Every detail is gorgeous!! Kathy

  5. Absolutely stunning. It confirms the notion that things don't have to be pricey to turn out beautifully. It was fun to take a look back at all of the projects you've walked us through along the way, too. Thanks, Marian.

  6. Just beautiful! All good things take time right? :) Love the chairs, they're stunning!

  7. Thought I'd left a comment after drooling over the pics yesterday…must have been too much in awe! LOL The room is stunning. I am a fan of blue and white, however no longer have it in my home. Everything is perfect right down to the last detail. I'm glad I saw your tutorial for the chalkboard. We want to put one over the new cabinet in our kitchen, but I was liking the prices at places like Ballards and such. Now I'll go make me my own. Thanks!!!

  8. Absolutely stunning… you really pulled that all together so nicely. Very relaxed but so classy. Excellent job, I bet you are so thrilled to have that behind you.

    I am still drooling over those chair covers.

    Hugs, Deb

  9. It's beautiful. It really shows your personality, which makes me love it even more. I have been enjoying following the progression. You did a fabulous job! Lisa~

  10. Hi M, I sorry I haven't commented in a while… it's been hectic around here, but I have still been following, reading and enjoying. Your dining room is looking utterly beautiful, I love it all, but I can't go past the chairs, table and chandelier. The colours work so well together and I imagine it is a lovely room to use…
    Flick x

  11. It's wonderful. Every little attention to detail makes it unique to you. Do you mind sharing where you got the fabric for the curtains.

  12. IF I had the money, I'd provide several full-time servants to do your housework, And then I'd hire a tech-geek so s/he could do all your posting etc. Then you could still have time to be a good wife and mommy, yetl create and share to your heart's content. I would not give you a large budget however, because half the magic is in the frugality.

  13. This is stunning. I keep going back and drooling over each photograph — so much attention to detail, down to each family member's initials on the chairs! Perfection. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Everything flows exquisitely. I am speechless and smiling ear to ear. Did I tell you I love that table? I love that table.

  15. Love everything…that table! So happy you did not paint those gorgeous corner cabinets!

  16. Simply stunning, Marian. I love every little detail of this space…the cupcakes sign, the dishes, the chair slips/cushions, place settings, spoons, EVERYTHING. You just gave me a kick in the pants to get cracking around here. Bravo!

  17. Absolutely beautiful Marian!

  18. Absolutely gorgeous! I love it!!!

  19. Wow, and I commented about the deer horns so long ago thinking that this room was fabulous then…! I adore how you mixed so many materials together. It's sophisticated, comfy, with a dash of whimsy. When's dinner? I'll even bring the cupcakes. I so enjoy your blog.

  20. This before and after is really quite dramatic…..I am amazed….smiles.

  21. Classy… Very June Cleaver.


  22. just gorgeous!

  23. STOP IT ALREADY!!! You have two toddlers right? Are you a human?

    Ok. Oh. What to say? What to notice? What to talk about?

    I need a drink. Of water. with lemon.

    This is crazy. You're just a normal girl. Huh?


    Dame Mustard Seed.

    That says everything I need to express!


  24. What a beautiful room! I love the blues of the china and especially those cobalt blue glasses…LOVE those! Gorgeous room. It should grace the cover of a magazine just anytime!!
    Blessings, Doni

  25. You did such a beautiful job! I love the drapes and think they pull it all together. It's gorgeous!

  26. Just beautiful…love the wood floors and the lighting fixture!


  27. ugh… this is so bad!! I KID I KID!!!! This is completely breath taking!!!! You did an amazing job!!! From the books on the buffet to the napkin rings!! Everything looks great! Oh but of course 😉

  28. emily says:

    it's gorgeous! So elegant and you did a great job making traditional fresh!

  29. Gorgeous!!!! How did you decide which wall to paint as the accent wall? My dining room only has one window on the front side of the house.

    You did a fantasic job!


  30. It's just beautiful! I have a similar table in my diningroon and have been wanting to paint it antique white but love the two toned look you have on yours. I will have to keep that in mind!
    Thanks for the tour.

  31. Your dining room is beautiful. I love everything in there. If you ever decide to get rid of the two large vases on the floor you know to call me first.
    Hugs, Sherry

  32. Beautiful! Your dining room is simply gorgeous. It looks very elegant. Congratulations!
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  33. WOW! So elegant and inviting! You did an amazing job, Marian.

  34. Looking from the before to the after photo is really amazing. I would never guess that's the same room. You did a wonderful job. It looks so warm and inviting.

  35. It really does look like something that should be photographed and showcased for a magazine. Absolutely stunning.

    And since I'm enduring what feels like week 103 of project kitchen renovation, I can really appreciate the blood, sweat and tears that went into creating all the individual nuances and details.

    Congratulations on your masterpiece. You are exceedingly talented.

  36. It is wonderful!

  37. I have followed your blog for awhile now and don't think I have ever commented…but I am LOVING what you have done with your Dining Room! So inspirational. Thanks for sharing!

  38. I love it!

  39. fabulous!…I have a dinning room in like era {I also have corner hutches}…you have given me tons of ideas.

  40. I love your dining space so much, I featured it on my blog (with links to your fabulous blog!!). Hope that is ok!

  41. Again … LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! I can't believe the before and after. Stunning, really. I'm a little sad that I can't paint my woodwork. (Scott would KILL me!)

  42. I love love love your dining room! Talk about inspiration! Check out the waverly panels I found at Tuesday morning!

  43. Wow, is all I can say. These pics are beautiful. I am so jealous. What a lovely room! Question for you, did you make the "fresh cupcakes" sign, too?

  44. Sherill says:

    How can one pin from a post that is this old?


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