WARNING: Longest. Post. Ever.
I have been working on my dining room for the past two weeks straight. No major renovations, just a re-do of EVERYTHING in the room. Seriously.
Here are some before pictures...nothing wrong with the room (I actually really liked the brown color), but it was a tad too dark, and not really my style. So, I changed the paint AGAIN, and ended up with a color that I really liked!
Take a look at some "befores":
See how much brighter it is?!
I got the table and the buffet for a GREAT price!
I found the buffet on Craigslist (of course), and talked the man down to $65. I sanded it an painted it a gray/ blue color that I mixed myself (I'll share the before pics in another post).
I have always wanted one, and after getting a shorter table and rearranging the layout of the room, I realized that I could fit one! So, I hunted for MONTHS until I found one that I could afford (I've only found them for around $300+).
I made this cheese dome cloche just like Alison at House of Hepworths. I found the marble base and the cloche at a thrift store for $3, and the candle stick was a .69 cent Goodwill find that I sprayed with some Heirloom White!
Husband brought home these peonies (my favorite!) for me from work last night, so I just HAD to stick them in a mason jar, duh.
Drawing a little inspiration from good 'ol Martha!
I found this mini pitcher at Ross for $1.99, and the finial is a Goodwill find from this post.
I have ALWAYS wanted to do a plate wall, so I've been gathering white plates from yard sales and Goodwills. I found most of these from Goodwill; the platter in the middle was a wedding gift, and the two matching scalloped chargers on either side of it were a Z Gallerie clearance find.
The hanging of the plates went a little something like this:
It was a dark and stormy night. The young blonde girl stared at the blank wall in despair. The clock clicked over to midnight. Where was this DIY-er going to find plate hangers at this hour?! "Aha!" she exclaimed, as she pulled out the glue gun. With twine cut to its appropriate length, the young girl then proceeded to glue, and glue, and glue until she could glue no more (literally, she ran out of glue sticks). Finally, all of the plates looked like this from the back:
The girl then (ever so gently, so as not to wake the neighbors or the sleeping husband) hammered finishing nails into the wall, eyeballing as she went. "This is going to be a hot mess!" she exclaimed, but stupidly continued hammering anyway.
After the last nail was hammered and the last plate was hung, the young girl held her breath...
....and is still holding it, two weeks later.
Ok, so that was a bit dramatic, but it's
exactly sort of how it happened.
I spotted this tree at someone's curb, and after screaming "PULL OVER!" and nearly yanking the steering wheel out of husband's hands while he was driving, we loaded it up in our car and didn't look back.
I added fresh moss to the bottom, some dollar store christmas lights to the top, and spray painted the basket ORB.
My painted mason jars from this post!
The plate stand was a Goodwill find for one dollar, and the Jade plates were from a thrift store.
My .30 cent gold tray from Hob Lob, and my dollar store vase turned hurricane glass!
I Mod Podge'd the eggs with strips of pages from a book, and filled the vase with moss.
The runner was a Goodwill find in the linens sections. It's about 10 feet long, and I have no idea what it is, I just liked it. I shortened it to the length of the table, and it looks great!
This lonely corner got a glass vase and some sticks. I'm still on the hunt for a small half-moon occasional table for that wall.
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