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Dining Room – done? January 13, 2010

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Ever been here:  SO many projects going at one time you keep working and working and working but nothing is getting 100% done.  Well, the end of this summer this is exactly where I was.  So much going on at one time! 

So I decided, finish one room at a time. 

I started in my dining room. 
I started here because:
a) I really wanted to redo my furniture  (see a few post below)
b) because it was not too much to do
c) it should not cost too much money

Is it done? 
It couldn’t be, could it?
Holy Smokes … I think it may be done!

 

Here it is, in all its glory:

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When I rehabbed my house (back in ‘07)I knew two thing, I wanted French doors.

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                             Home Depot.  4 foot wide.  $317.  They were unfinished pine, that I painted White.

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I wanted an illuminated Tray Ceiling.

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              We wired a plug to a switch.  The plug is hiding behind the crown molding.

 

The decor for my whole first floor is being inspired by the colors in this table cloth. 
Blue, Green, Brown/Tan, little Pink.

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                              Target.  about 5 years ago.

 

I also decided to paint a wall mural. (details a few post down).  Finally I had to yell at myself “Put, the paint brush DOWN!”  I just kept tinkering with it.   

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I loved the idea of a lamp in the dining room.  This is also where I decided to hang my memorial for Hope including her picture and hand and foot prints.

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Details:

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My book page wreath.  Inspired by Living with Lindsay.  Love it, it is perfect in the room!

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http://www.livingwithlindsay.com/2009/11/librarians-please-avert-your-eyes.html

… after looking back at the motivation, I may need to add more pages…

I feel good having one room done!

What do you think?

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Wall Art – Updated! January 4, 2010

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So, after posting my project on the nest I received some awesome advice!  I added color to the flowers, and added a few more.  Here are the updated pics.  Also, the flowers were on stems from World Market. 

 

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The perfect touch to the dining room!  This room is quickly becoming my favorite room in the house!

 

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“I can do that” – Wall Art January 3, 2010

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I was inspired by this:

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Then I thought to myself,  “I can do that” …
Then I thought to myself “Why spend $60+, when you can do it with paint you already have” …

I had the perfect spot picked out:  this corner of my dining room
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What a perfect way to spend a Saturday night when it is like 10 degrees outside and the wind is whipping!  So I head up stairs with my inspiration picture on my screen, pencil in hand.  I free hand the design on the wall.  I stand back and take a look. 
“ Wow!”  I am now super confident I can do it.

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Now time to start painting.  I get my craft paint in brown and go at it. 
Hmmm…. so, needs some help.  The branches got a lot wider then I wanted.  There are two parts that I am definitely not loving.  My mind starts to fill with doubt at this point.  I take a deep breath and sit down. 006 (2)

 

Then a little light bulb goes off … I remember buying a magic eraser at the Home Depot. 

Magic Eraser + a lot of elbow grease + prayer = this:
Also, with a little hubby advise to extend some of the branches

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Ok, confidence slowing returning.  Feeling better! 

Decide to move forward and add flowers.  I go and draw three flowers; small, medium, and large.  I cut them out as stencils.  Then trace them and paint them.

And my belly ache is back.  Oh, I hate the flowers!  It looks like this is a middle school mural, not something in a dining room…

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I cant take anymore, decide to sleep on it.

I wake up and my first thought is the octopus thing I drew on my dining room wall.  I head downstairs to decide to what i think … still hate the flowers.  So decide to try to remove them.  Again … a little prayer + a little elbow grease + a little Windex + a magic eraser + 500 paper towel = (+ a little bit of brown touchup)018 (2)

 

Then I thought of these little wood flower I had from World Market and decided to add a few:

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LOVE! 
It is love.  Still think I will go add a few more tiny twigs.  But so happy with it.

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Refinishing Dining Room Table and Chairs

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Here is what we started with:
Table is from Ikea a few years ago
Chairs are hand me downs from my sister.  I am pretty sure they were from Value City Furniture.

 

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I started with the table.  I sanded, and sanded, and sanded the top.  The plan was to stain that part.  I then painted the bottom of the table to match the frame of the chair.  Kind of yellow/beige/weathered.  Please don’t mind the dust floor … it was 18 degrees outside so this happened right in the dining room.

 

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Then the chairs – part 1.  The chair on the right is how they were, the one on the right is after I took the same stain as the table, and put it on then rubbed it right off the chair.  Trying to darken them up a bit. 

 

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The Chairs – Part 2 – I covered the chairs with padding and fabric. 
The stain is not yet 100% dry (kind of worried, not going to lie) … but it is close to finished.

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Project Summary:
Fabric  1.5 yards – $14.99

Chair Pads – $6.99/2

Stain – $5.99

Paint – from my craft closet