Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dining Room, Take 2 ...

Happy Wednesday ... we're halfway through the week!  It's getting quite chilly here and, unfortunately, 'tis the season for getting sick.  My poor kiddo has strep.  Not to worry though ... a little bit of Keflex and a lot of TLC, and he'll be good as new!
Well, I've slowly been attempting to transform our dining room from dark and cozy to light and somewhat shabby chic (I think)!  This lighten and brighten kick I'm on has attacked almost every room in our poor house!

BEFORE: The walls were painted RL Metallic Paint/Lush Brown ... area rug in red/black and traditional hutch buffet: 


NOW:  Yes, this is the same room, I promise!  (Please go easy on me.)  The walls are now BM Manchester Tan ... smaller sisal rug ... hutch buffet replaced by antique sideboard and one *ha-uge* mirror, and I slipcovered the side chairs in cotton duck slipcovers: 


BEFORE:  Window treatments done in gold and red that just seemed to get lost against the dark wall color:


NOW: A new "mis-treatment" done in a gold satin *swirly* material.  I raised the height of the panels to compliment the high ceilings and added a few tassels for fun. 

This bench used to sit at the foot of our bed.  I placed it in the window and added a fun grain sack pillow from Tuesday Morning:


On the other side of the room, I decided to make my first attempt at a plate collection.  And, of course, I had to steal PB's idea of adding the twine and pictures:



I found this beautiful sideboard and mirror at my favorite antique store.  I *really* want to paint the sideboard cream and glaze it, leaving the top its natural color.  Okay, all of you painting experts ... whaddaya think?  Paint it or leave it?


Love the detailed edges on the mirror:


The tea service was also purchased from the same antique store:


I found the floating shelves flanking the mirror/sideboard at Lowes and asked our friend to add small, simple molding to them to dress them up *just* a tad:  And, while I love the clean look of them, I may end up adding small corbels underneath as I'm just *waiting* for the shelves to all to come crashing down!



I also found the *perty* silver vase and candlesticks as well and love it on the table, mixed with the burlap runner:



I'm not done in here yet (imagine that), as I'd love to replace my existing chairs (which are on their last legs ... no pun intended, lol) with french country chairs, along with adding crystal magnetized charms and beaded chain to our chandie.  So, stay tuned ...


I'm off to join some fun parties!  Come on over and visit these wonderful blogs as there are so many inspiring and creative sights to see:

The Shabby Chic Cottage

Color Outside the Lines

My Romantic Home

French Country Cottage

Southern in My Heart

Funky Junk Interiors

BNOTP for Metamorphosis Monday

Thanks so much for stopping by,








72 comments:

  1. I really love it. I am not a 'shabby' girl but I do love the look. It does not look like the same dining room. I love the mirror and my two cents is not to paint the sideboard right now. Live with it like that. I love the sideboard like it is. Beautiful room!

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  2. What a beautiful dining room. I love the mirror. Stunning! I think the sideboard should stay as is. I love the contrast of the color against the wall.
    Blessings,
    Sandra

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  3. this looks amazing. the lighter colors make the room so much more inviting. love the chair covers as well - so cozy.

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  4. Becca, I love what you have done in there. Love the wall color and the shelves and that hauge mirror! I like the sideboard as is against the creamy walls. If you had darker walls I would say paint it. That is a beautiful piece. I love it. Is that runner from PB. I had one in my hand last week. It was on sale cheap, but I put it back.

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  5. Forgot to mention that I love the pillow. Tuesday morning, really? Wow. I wonder if mine has one.

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  6. Wow! Is that really the same room? I can't believe it! What a transformation! I love your big mirror where it is, now I am so missing mine front and centered. LOL! Our Tuesday morning sure dosen't have those pillows! This room looks wonderful, you have done an excellent job!

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  7. I sent you an email with links to my dining room and drop cloth drapes. And I wouldn't paint the sideboard, I love the contrast with the dark furniture and light walls. Gorgeous room!

    Judy

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  8. HELLO BECCA,

    OHHHH WOW!! WHAT A GORGEOUS TRANSFORMATION :)
    LOVE ALL THE NEW ITEMS IN YOUR DINNING ROOM, MY FAV IS THE BUFFET JUST A STUNNER :)

    XOX~MARI

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  9. Now that is what I seriously call a room makeover. I do like it a lot, even though I am not a light colored person...you done a fabulous job..and the mirror is stunning. I love the sideboard AS is:)

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  10. Becca!!! Oh my goodness girl I totally don't believe that is the same room! You did such an awesome job and just took it in a completely different direction while still maintaining an elegance and just that little bit of formality that a gracious dining room deserves! The buffet is EXACTLY what I have been looking for and have not found out yet so I am totally jealous my friend! If it were me, I wouldn't paint it but that is just my opinion. I'm so sorry your little guy has been sick...mine had strep throat last year so I feel your pain! Thanks for being so inspiring as always! :-)
    Vanessa

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  11. Wow looks sooo good. I really want to change my whole house but geeze it's alot of work. You did a great job.

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  12. Beautiful! Love the mirror ~ The room looks completely different. Definitely add the bling to the chandy! :-) I think the buffet would look great painted and glazed. The glaze would enhance it and add to the room.

    When you get through, you're more than welcome to come here.

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  13. Totally different room. I love that huge mirror. I wouldn't paint the sideboard, its beautiful. Linda

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  14. Wow girl you are the queen of lighten and brighten! It is GORGEOUS! I seriously cannot belive it is the same room. You could have your own before and after show on tv you are so good at this. I just adore the detailed mirror and new antique side piece. I would leave it. You have already changed so much it's nice to see the contrast of the warm wood. It is stunning.

    GREAT job! Another home run in your amamzing and beautiful home. I'm learning so much from you. Thank you for showing us. ~Melissa :)

    PS I'm enjoying my bloggy break. I've ripped apart our master bedroom tonight ansd started rearranging it. He! I'll show you soon.

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  15. Holy smack-er-al!!!!! Woman!!!!! You are amazing!!! That is absolutely stunning! I know how much I loved all the warm dark colors, but this light clean look is still so warm feeling and elegant. Yowzer!!! I love it!!! I have always loved darker walls or even just a color, but I am going very neutral in this house and I love that Manchester Tan! Girl... you have outdone yourself!

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  16. Everything is so beautiful! I love the changes.
    I say paint the sideboard. I just recently painted an old bufett and stained and pollyed the top and I love it.
    If you have a chance take a look at it on my blog. www.ourlittleacorncottage.blogspot.com
    ~buffet before and after~
    Have a great day!
    ~Hugs~
    Denise

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  17. Just realized my spelling mistake....Buffet) Lol

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  18. What a great transformation! I'm more of a cozy decor kinda girl, but I really love the light and bright look you have going on! So very gorgeous! Thanks for your sweet comment today. I'm glad you liked the Halloween subway art. I'd love to see anything you decide to do with it. Also, check back tomorrow for some more Halloween printables! Thanks again, have a great day!

    Krista

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  19. Be still my heart. This is stunning! The before and after both look like magazine homes. Everything is perfect-- I love the floating shelves, the mirror is the perfect (unexpected) scale, your plates with twine (better than PB). I'd also vote "no" on painting your sideboard, not because it's antique, but the dark color adds a nice contrast and grounding to the room. Is there a grade higher than A+?

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  20. Beautiful make-over....love the sideboard and I would paint it like you said. Be sure and leave the top as is..I did a serving table like that, it gives it such character!!

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  21. Becca, I like the new, clean look- Lightening things up made the room look larger and more open. "Borrowing" the plate idea is nothing to be ashamed of- it looks really cute! Keep the sideboard in its natural state, too. I have the smaller version of the "grainsack" pillow. What a bargain. :-)
    ~ Sue

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  22. Beautiful makeover Becca! I love the lighter look. Gorgeous!

    Pat@BPM

    http://backporchmusings.typepad.com

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  23. Beautiful work. Love the plates with the twine. I found two great pillows at Tuesday Morning before the ad broke, and snatched them up. Love grain sack.

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  24. What a beautiful dining room!! A perfect place to gather with friends and family! You did an amazing job and I love the plates!!

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  25. Oh my goodness, Becca! It's beautiful...so much lighter! I love the twine on the plates...great idea! Simply gorgeous! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

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  26. Hi Becca! This is definitely a transformation! Wow~ You did a great job! Love the shelves and plates on the wall. Everything looks so clean and crisp. Love the slipcovers too...I like the sideboard as is, it gives the room some contrast. Have a great day! Kristen

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  27. Becca, I have been moving the way of lighter and whiter, myself. Love what you have done - gorgeous! Linda

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  28. Just had to come back over and say thanks for linking all of this gorgeousness up to the party this week and for your sweet comments as usual! :-)
    Vanessa

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  29. This is just beautiful my friend...It's so Frenchy lookin now...You did an awesome job with decorating it..Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful home with us..I'm your new follower..Have a GREAT week end my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  30. I love the transformation!! Everything is just gorgeous. In my opinion, the sideboard looks great the way it is...I would not paint it.
    Have a fun weekend~
    Fondly,
    Ann
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    The Tattered Tassel

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  31. Becca- I LOVE the makeover in your dining room!! Absolutely love it!! Though the dark walls were very pretty- I am loving the lighter look- the slipcovers, the mirror, the shelving on the sides- gorgeous! I say the sideboard looks gorgeous the way it is- but if you really want to paint it- I think it would be beautiful that way also- so either way I think its a fantastic find! :) not much help I guess!! Thanks so much for joining Feathered Nest Friday! Well Done!!!! :)

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  32. Lovely transformation! Your dining room looks so pretty! I love the rich, dark brown finish of the sideboard and it looks like it is in really good condition, so I would leave it. The room looks perfect as is!

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  33. What a lovely transformation Becca! You can some do my house anytime!;)

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  34. What a warm, inviting and beautiful room! Perfect for holiday meals and lingering around the table!

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  35. I'm your newest follower. http://moogieland.blogspot.com/

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  36. This is amazing! Love every bit of it...esp. the PB inspired twine wrapped plates...so lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. I love everything about this -- just amazing!!!
    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  38. What a great transformation. I love the lightness. I would like to paint my furniture too but hubby made the table so I doubt that is going to happen! LOL

    karen

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  39. You have a great sense of style. I love the new look. I vote to NOT paint the sideboard. I think it will end up looking too "contrived." Now it is a more "gathered over time" look.
    Michele

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  40. That looks fabulous! I love all the details you put in it..table setting, paint color, slip covered chairs, rug...everything! I wouldn't touch that sideboard. It's gorgeous and looks perfect as it is...it might get lost if you paint the bottom.IMHO. Great eye! Jen

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  41. Please do not paint the sideboard or change the hardware. It is beautiful as it is. I think paint should be for wood pieces that are not in good shape. That sideboard is beautiful as it is.

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  42. Hi. Visiting from Saturday Night. I love the traditional, but love what you've done with it. The sideboard is waaay too beautiful to paint. If it was damaged and shabby; I'd say paint it; but that piece is gorgeous as is. Love the plates with the pics. PB is so creative. How about a vintage chandelier with crystals?
    You've done a great job.
    ~ Julie

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  43. Your dining room makeover looks outstanding! I'm doing a makeover in my DR too and it's a lot like yours:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  44. Hmmm...It is a good thing I came back...I wanted to see how you did that to the plates...well my original comment is not here. This transformation was amazing Becca....seriously does not even look like the same room. I love it all so very much!!~ Great job!

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  45. What a lovely room! The tone on tone hues are so wonderful. LOVE your plate wall. And the twine on the plates... here I thought I invented the twine idea.... HA! PB beat me again. :)

    Donna

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  46. What a wonderful transformation! I love your new dining room. Your drapes are just so pretty I love how you raised them up and the new sidebar is fantastic with the mirror. I wouldn't paint it - I like it's contrast with the white plates and shelves.

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  47. I really love it... .Simply gorgeous.

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  48. Pretty room. I really like whaat you did with the plates with the messages attached to them. So unsual, but it works really well.

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  49. I have a sideboard just like that ! I've been consdering painting it so I'll watch with interest to see what you do to yours!

    Thank you for your lovely comment. The wall colours is Farrow and Ball's Light Blue and I LOVE it! I think it's my favourite colour EVER!

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  50. GORGEOUS!!!!! What a wonderful transformation...I can hardly believe it is the same room! Love the lighter look....
    Kristen

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  51. Hi Becca...

    Ohhh...I just adore your dining room, my friend! You know, it has a french country feel to me...and I love that style! I thought your dining room was beautiful before...but change is good! I'm telling you, I would have never guessed this to be the same room...it looks sooo different! I love the changes that you've made...the lighter wall color! Ohhh...and those gorgeous drapes and the way you hung them are frenchy fabulous!!! Okay...that antique buffet is just "out of this world" gorgeous!!! I think I'm in love!!! You know, if it were me...I'd leave the wood as is! I think it brings a nice and interesting contrast into your room! Just my thought! I also adore the humongous mirror...it's fabulous as well!!! Love all of your pretty plates on both sides of the mirror! Ahhh...white plates on the wall...frenchy fabulous!!! I also really like how you used all of your beautiful silver...on top of the buffet and as the table centerpiece! Becca, this really is gorgeous! It was such a treat getting to see all that you have done!!!

    I really enjoyed your visit today...and your sweet note!!! Thank you so much for coming by!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  52. PS...I sure hope your son gets to feeling better! Sending good thoughts and prayers his way, my friend!

    Chari

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  53. Thanks for the info on the ribbon, Becca. I'll have to keep my eyes open for some Christmas decor shops in LA.

    Your decorating skills are amazing...you took a beautiful room and made it look even more beautiful! Great job! I love the new wall color!

    Blessings,
    Teri

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  54. I love your dining room makeover! Just gorgeous! I'm glad you said where you got the floating shelves....but I'm nervous to hang those too. We have such bad luck trying to fanagle the wall anchors! : / Love the light and airy feel of the room!

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  55. i found your blog through funky junk interiors. i cant stop drooling. your blog, your home and all you decorating ideas are amazing. this is one of the blogs that i can sit and dream and make my wish lists from. i love it all. i am so glad i found you. :)
    kim

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  56. You are seriously talented! It's absolutely gorgeous!!! I have some serious mirror-envy right now. Love your sideboard! I would keep it as it is, but I just know that whatever you do will look amazing!

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  57. I love what you've done with your room! I especially love the new wall color, the chair covers & the plate collection with the pictures & twine. And who knew that Tuesday morning has grain sack pillows?!? I am a big fan of painted furniture, and I'll tell you what I tell everyone who asks me... you can always remove the paint if you change your mind later. Yes, it is a pain, but no bigger pain than stripping old, built-up finish (and decades of furniture polish)! You really just can't mess it up, so have fun with it!

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  58. This is so beautiful! You did a wonderful job!! I want that silver champagne bucket!!! It is just stunning. I love the colors, the shelves, the ironstone. Oh, I just love it all. Someday our dining room will grow up! LOL
    Sherry

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  59. Love this and am loving that I just stumbled onto your blog!!

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  60. Your dining room is "to die" for. Love all the little touches around the room! The plate collection with twine is my favorite. I'm inspired!
    Blessings,
    ~Michelle

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  61. I think your dining room looks fabulous! I love all your white dishes, and slips. Everything looks gorgeous.

    Kathy

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  62. I found myself thinking about your dining room makeover today so I've come back for another look. It is as gorgeous as I remembered. What a total transformation!

    I'm following you this time!!

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  63. Hi there Becca~ I just wanted to thank you again for joining my Feathered Nest Friday Party last week- and let you know that I highlighted your dining space in this weeks party. Love this makeover! You did an incredible job! :)

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  64. Absolutely beautiful transformation. I love the chair slips, the new colors and the window treatment! This is my first visit to your blog and I'm a new follower!

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  65. What a transformation. It looks so relaxed and airy now. I can just picture it at Christmas - gorgeous.

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  66. Holy smokes, what a transformation! WOW, WOW, WOW!! I can't believe that is the same room. The new look is AMAZING!! I love the wall decor and shelves. The plate idea is adorable! Boy, have you been BUSY!! I'm impressed....it looks perfect! XO ~Liz

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  67. STUNNING - I love your decorating style. You have quite a gift. I'm headed back to your blog to see more!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  68. From formal and traditional to laid-back airy cottagy. I say paint the buffet and actually stand back and look again...I say go for a different ceiling light fixture, one that is more fitting for this new style. Hey, why not? You changed everything else! Love it all, Terry

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  69. Becca, so glad I found this post; you know how you see something somewhere and for the life of you cannot remember where? I'm trying to tackle hanging plates in my guest bedroom - love the twine wrapped ones! If you get a moment drop by to give suggestions. :) Have a great Holiday.
    ~karen

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