Dining Room Refresh
Happy Friday everyone! I’m happy to report that I FINALLY snapped some photos of the newly-painted dining room! I absolutely love the lighter blue on the walls. It makes the whole room feel lighter and fresh. The painting only took two days (shout-out to Mara for napping like a champ that week!) and like I mentioned previously I used Olympic’s Turquoise Mist. I like this color because it’s pretty. I mean come on, that’s why we pick colors right? But to get more design-y I also like how during the day it’s light and bright, but it becomes even more deep blue at night. I also chose this color because it is similar to the color on the legs of my color blocked dining chairs. In true home decorating fashion, one project often leads to more. I now plan on white washing the legs on my upholstered chairs to make them more cohesive. I’m also going to repaint the upper portion of the walls before too long. I think the white is a tad dingy and is a little warm for the cooler colors in the room. But that is another post for another day, back to the pictures! I’m obsessed with the pendant light that I found for this room. I was in Lowe’s buying my paint and while I was waiting for my paint to be mixed I wandered down to the lighting section just to have a peek. I’ve known I wanted a drum-style shade pendant light in this room for a long time. I envisioned two hanging over the dining table, but I knew that would probably require hiring an electrician. That meant it would be a long while before I got what I wanted. Enter, Lowe’s lighting section. I saw this pendant hanging from the display and thought, “Hmm… I really like that. It’s a drum shade, but with three lights inside I would probably only need one instead of two…” Then I saw the box for the fixture. It was on clearance for only $35! I walked over to the pendants, priced out the pendant kit and shades which would be 3x the cost for two, not to mention the electrician. I snapped a few pictures for Jesse, got his blessing, and plopped it in my basket. I can’t tell you how good it feels to replace something I truly hated with something beautiful.Next in my refresh came the art. I have plates hanging on the walls on either side of the window. They are an ongoing collection and I really love the colorful, eclectic mix. Since I buy the plates as I go, I was only looking for smaller pieces for either side of the French doors. I kept contemplating what I’d like to put there, scoured Home Goods and Minted for something I liked but I felt kind of bleh with it all. But then two prints I already owned caught my eye. It was these Han & Leia prints that I bought for Jesse for Valentine’s Day several years ago. They were hanging on a small wall between the living room and the hallway, where they often went unnoticed. I decided to move them to the dining room where they’d be more appreciated. The frames were red, but I painted over them with some Modern Master’s Metallic Silver paint I had in my paint stash. It was a simple, five minute upgrade but I’m so glad I did it. The prints always make me smile, and nothing reflects who Jesse and I are better than Star Wars. It’s always fun to find an adult/classy way to bring our nerdiness into our decor without making the house look cheap or juvenile. (I bought the prints from the ReImaginationPrints shop on Etsy, they no longer carry the ones I own, but there are still a ton of cute options. I also own this one.)It feels nice to have this room come together even more. Especially since I spend so much time at home now. I also do all of my blogging from here now. It’s nice to look up from the computer at pretty things that I love as I sip my coffee and pray the baby will stay asleep just a little longer. Which is exactly what I’m doing now. Except pretend I’m not in my pajamas and that I showered today. The dining room is also so easy to decorate for Spring. The bright colors already shout Spring, so I just have to add a few flowers and colorful tchotkes and call it a day. It has me ready to take down the Valentine’s stuff in the living room and replace it with springy items. Or I may just get a head start on decorating for Mara’s birthday party at the end of the month. How has it been a year already?!
In case you’re interested here’s a source list for the room (no affiliate links): Paint-Olympic Turquoise Mist, Table-DIY, Chairs-Craigslist (here’s something similar), Upholstered Chairs-Target, Pendant Light-Lowe’s, Bar-DIY, Star Wars prints-ReImaginationPrints, Curtains-IKEA (I can’t find them online, but still see them in the store sometimes), Plates-HomeGoods, PierOne, Target, GoodWill and yard sales.
I hope you all have a great weekend! I’ve got some chores to work on, but we also plan on hanging out with friends and chilling at home. Wish us luck as it’s our first weekend not being able to go out to eat!