Dining Room Before and After

Larking Chest with Triptych

So the first room in the new house that I have made-over is 95% complete! All that remains is hanging the curtain rod and curtains. I have the brackets up where I want them to be, but I need a longer rod than I have. I did get a Lowe’s gift card for my birthday though, and will probably spend some of it on that!

So here is the before- before we moved in. The feature wall of mirrors and 1960’s panels.

Dining Room Feature Wall

Dining Room Feature Wall

From the other direction, looking at the curtain they left for us.

Dining Room Before

Dining Room Before

Here is the inspiration/mood board I created for this room:

Moody Midcentury Dining Room

Moody Midcentury Dining Room

And here it is today:

Dining Room After

Dining Room After

Mr. Lucky and I are so pleased at how this has turned out so far! He is anxious to replace the light fixture- but I think that will have to wait for now. Same thing with getting new chairs- but we did find a mid-century modern dining room table that fits the size of this room perfectly! I scored it at a local online auction, and paid about $200 for a 60″ table, with two 24″ leaves, and custom table pads to fit. The table is by Walter of Wabash (just run of the mill American furniture).

Walter of Wabash Midcentury Modern Table

Walter of Wabash Midcentury Modern Table

I think it’s pretty cool if I do say so myself. I like that it has a slightly different shape to the top. It needs a little TLC as some of the veneer is coming up, but with the table pads to protect it, I should have no problem using it for a very long time!

As I was putting the room back together, I photographed the Larkin chest first. I stole one of the arrangements on the mantle for the picture. The painting is of the Butterfly Garden at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. I painted it for a class I took in 2007.

Larking Chest with Triptych

Larkin Chest with Triptych

The different hues of green in the paintings really help the color come across as teal instead of a more green color. And surprisingly (meaning I didn’t even think to check it first), the other big painting I have hanging in here also plays off the color of the wall nicely.

Cloud Painting with messy kitchen

Cloud Painting with messy kitchen

You can see my messy kitchen there too– I decided not to crop it out because I like how it shows the big contrast between the two rooms. The kitchen and living room stays bright and airy most of the time, and stepping into the dark dining room is like being enveloped in a warm cocoon.

Frame on Mirrored Wall

Frame on Mirrored Wall

The frame hanging on the mirrored wall came out nicely too. And I rehung the other gilt mirror where it was before as well.

Gilt Mirror

Gilt Mirror

I think the real gold looks so beautiful against the wall color. I’ve come across many blogs that talk about gilt pieces, or painting on gold, or even doing your own gold leafing, however nearly none of what I’ve seen being done in the DIY sphere is with actual, real gold. They are using something called dutch metal, or amalgam, or composition gold leaf. Some of these may actually have some gold in them, but for the most part they are made with brass or copper and a variety of other metals. Over time, that color will turn darker, maybe even brown of green. If you look carefully at the frame on the mirrored wall, you can see darker spots on it. This is from someone in the past trying to “fix” it by putting on gold paint. Real gold stay bright and beautiful and does not oxidize. How can you tell the difference? Usually it says what it is on the package, but if not, check the price. Real gold is pretty pricey.

Dining Room After

Dining Room After

Mmm, I just love my “new” dining room! :)

 

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A Moody Mood Board for a Dining Room

Moody Midcentury Dining Room

Woo Snow Day! And as such I get to stay nice and cozy at home and dream about what direction I would like to take in decorating this house. I actually like most of it as is already, but there are a few spaces I’d like to try something different. Right now, I’m focusing on the dining room since it is small and the current furniture does not quite fit.

Here’s the dining room during the inspection:

Dining Room Feature Wall

Dining Room Feature Wall

For now, the feature wall is staying. I like how it add extra light into the room, especially because I’m thinking of going really dark on the walls. And I mean, really dark.

Paint Color Sample Cape Verde

Paint Color Sample Cape Verde

Dining Room Paint Sample

Dining Room Paint Sample

I put up these test spots, but I’m not entirely happy with it. First, I wasn’t happy how the paint went on the walls. This was a color to go (small pot) from Sherwin Williams in a satin finish. I did three coats with a brush, and felt it went on really watery. I’m hoping the gallon of paint will be a better quality, because I am not going to paint three or more coats in this tiny little room. That’s just silly when I know there are better paints out there. So I’m not 100% sure if it’s that I’m not sold on the color–because I can still see some variation in it, or if it’s just the way this paint looks. I also am not so sure I want to go that dark. It’s a small room, and with one wall being covered in mirrors, one wall having a large window, and another wall having a double-wide door opening, so there’s not a whole lot of wall space. That could work for this color- or it could overwhelm it.

At this point you probably think I’m crazy, so let me show you my mood board for this room. A Moody Midcentury Dining Room:

Moody Midcentury Dining Room

Moody Midcentury Dining Room

The color shown here is Cape Verde lifted from the Sherwin Williams website. It is much lighter than the swatch in the fan deck, and in real life. But I hope you can see my inspiration for going super dark and saturated with the picture on the right– from West Elm. I like the look of this room, but I wanted a more blue/teal color. I want a fairly simple table for the room- and something smaller than what we have now. Our current furniture is just a little too big for the space, and it is difficult to move around the ends of the table. The chair I have pictured is by Milo Baughman, chair 1188 in a bronze finish with a cream colored fabric. I would LOVE these chairs, but they are a bit out of my price range, so I will have to find an alternative. The painting is my own- a triptych of the Norfolk Botanical Garden, in the Butterfly Garden. Right now it is hanging in the dining room, and I am pretty sure I want to keep it there for now.

Old Gilt  Frame

Old Gilt Frame

In the second test sample photo, you can see a mirror in a late 19th century gilt frame, which will also stay. In addition, I’m going to hang this frame (above) centered over the mirrored wall. I’ll use suction cups and fishing line to make it appear as though it’s floating. The old frame in my mood board is just an example. The light is a sputnik light. Again, I would LOVE to have this, but finding one in my budget will take some looking. And the flokati rug. These are so popular right now, and I will admit I really like the look of it. Currently we have no need for a rug in the space as it is carpeted in a nice, light neutral. Someday (the big someday that may or may not happen but you will always want to dream about) I’d like to redo all the floors on the main floor and replace the carpet and tiles with hardwood.

Oh one last thing I forgot that will be going in this space:

Detail close up of fabric, Wicklow Indigo by Better Homes and Gardens

Detail of Wicklow Indigo

Hmmm….so should I go little lighter on the color? Or should I go bold and deep? I would love to know what you think!

Update: I re-worked the mood board to include everything!

Moody Midcentury Dining Room

Moody Midcentury Modern Dining Room

 

Simple Fix for a Wallpapered Wall

Curtained Wall

When we first saw pictures of our house for sale, it looked good except this one wall looked like it was covered in plywood, or cork, or something.  It was the one thing that put people off, but I knew to keep an open mind before seeing it person.

Listing Photo of Family Room

Listing Photo of Family Room

I thought it might be wallpaper, based on the vertical stripes I could see in the photograph. And I was right! It is a medium brown wallpaper, that I’m sure was very nice in the 1990s. It’s got a little bit of a sheen to it and is very thick, like fabric. But it’s not really our style, so eventually the plan is to get rid of it, and to repaint the wall and doors. However, I’m not quite ready to do that yet as I am still trying to decide how I want the room to look and what other renovations we might do. So I wanted to do something to minimize the brown for very little money. I’m thinking curtains!

Master Bedroom

Old Master Bedroom

In the last house, I had bought these ikea curtains to hang in the master bedroom. They are very long (98″) and I had a total of 8 panels at 57″ wide, I knew they would fit the bill. I also liked the hanging hardware I had bought at ikea, as it was very easy to put up, and actually felt really strong compared to other hardware I’ve bought in the past.  The rods are about 1″ in diameter, and the best part is that they are inexpensive as well.

Curtained Wall

Curtained Wall

For the rods (3 along this back wall), mounting brackets (7), and curtain rings (5 packs of 10) I think the total came to about $45.  At night (when the above picture was taken) it helps create a sense of privacy from the outdoors, even though none of our neighbors are really close enough to see inside. I think it also creates a nice visual effect of removing the brown wallpaper.  There are still hints of it, but it’s mostly gone! I took the mounting brackets from Ikea, and secured them as high on the wall as I could (it helps to have an angled ceiling).  The two brackets on either side are positioned with electrical boxes in mind.  On the left side, it’s the outlets for the TV and other entertainment equipment.  On the right side, I mounted the brackets directly over the switches for easy access.

Light switch

Light switch

One other thing I just thought about that’s nice about the Ikea hardware brackets– they have a cover that you put over the screws/lower bracket and if you wanted to, you could paint that to match your wall so the rods look more like they are suspended in space.

During the daytime, we’ll leave the curtains open for maximum light.

Open Curtains

Open Curtains

And of course, for Peanut, who loves to watch the birds.

One other thing that I bet you can barely see is that the middle rod was not quite long enough.  I thought I had measured everything and it was all going to fit, but I was off by about 4″. I did not want to re-mount any of the hardware, so I thought maybe a PVC pipe would work in “extending” the rod.  I just had to be the right size to fit both ends of the rod. I measured everything, and took my tape measure with me to the hardware store and found that the 3/4″ PVC pipe was perfect in size.  The smallest length they had was four feet (I think) but it was less than $2 so no problem. I didn’t even bother cutting it down in size, I just slipped it in the rod, and hung it up.

Easy peasy! Fairly fast and simple cover up for the wallpapered wall!

 

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Boot Cleaning

What a Difference!

I wanted to share a tiny project that turned out way better than I had hoped- I cleaned my boots!

I bought these boots about 7 or 8 years ago from Timberland, and have served me well through the winter seasons in Virginia.  I don’t know if I have ever done anything to them except beat them up and wear them around in all kinds of bad weather.  So they were looking pretty rough.  In the last year, I received a Timberland gift card and thought “Hey! I can buy a new pair of boots!”  But as I was looking through the site, I saw that they sold their own boot cleaners and leather conditioners.  And instead of buying a whole new pair of boots…why not try to see if I can clean my own up first?  A few days later, I received by boot sauce in the mail.

Boot Sauce

Boot Sauce from Timberland

It is super easy to use– there is a foam tip applicator on the end of the tube with a little hole in the middle.  You just squeeze the tube a little bit, and rub around the surface of your leather.

I was amazed at the difference it made instantly.

What a Difference!

What a Difference!

I went over both boots, and I feel as though I have a brand new pair (or close enough to it).  I’m sure there are cheaper ways of cleaning and conditioning your leather, but I thought this product was made for these boots and it delivered!

Before and After Boot Cleaning

Before and After Boot Cleaning

Good looking work boots just in time for the upcoming season!