I still have more of the studio transformation to share, but let’s take a break from that and continue the tour of my new house.
It’s a bit of an oddly-shaped dining room, in that it is more square than rectangular, so it ended up being a good thing that I sold my old dining table. It just would not have worked here.
Changing that light fixture was at the top of my dad’s to-do list! It was nice, but way too modern for me. I also removed the drapes. They were high quality and clearly custom-made for the room, but they were too formal (and beige) for my deign aesthetic.
I brought the chandelier from my PA house and happened to have a ceiling medallion in my stash. I would still like to put a linen cord cover on that chain to finish it off.
I brought the antique primitive hutch and French chairs with me, but I just found the antique round table on craigslist yesterday. I’ve been searching for one since we moved in, but I needed something pretty specific… round, wood, pedestal, antique, and a diameter of 50″ or less. (And it had to pass Jeff’s POJ test. See this post if you don’t know what that means.)
And buying this table ended up being a craigslister’s dream. The seller delivered it over an hour to my house at no extra charge!
I liked that the base of this table was simple and pretty. It was the planked top that won me over, though. I’ve never seen a round table in this style with a top like that! And it has very unique mechanisms that pull the base and top together. It didn’t come with any leaves, but if we need to sit a large crowd, that will happen at the kitchen table. The room will be for small, intimate dinners.
I’m not planning on painting it, but it is a bit orange, so my plan is to strip it and decide what to do then.
This room has been the dumping ground, so it’s still a bit of a mess, but getting the table is good motivation to get it cleaned up.
So, my plans for this room…
- Paint, definitely. I will be painting it in Pearly White, the same color as my last dining room. Maybe it’ll change down the road, but it’s an easy change that will make it more “me”.
- The carpet will be ripped up! We want to replace it with maple wood floors that will match those in the kitchen.
- I’d love to install some decorative picture-frame molding. I think that traditional element will suit this space well.
- And, my biggest idea for the room is to build floor to ceiling shelves on the wall where the hutch currently sits. I would love to fill those shelves with my ironstone collection, which will make a huge statement in this small space. I don’t know what that will mean for the blue hutch, but there are other places it might work. Or I may scrap the shelf idea altogether. We’ll see.
Figuring it all out is part of the fun!