Thursday, May 9, 2013

Dine in Style

I casually mentioned a few months ago that we were making progress on our dining room makeover. Yeah, I am such a tease.
 
Anyhoo... I am finally back with a legitimate update!
 
When Puff bought this house, it came pre-painted with alternating rooms of garnet and gold. He decorated accordingly and we now have a garnet couch. (That's another problem for another day.) He was totally fine with the colors and when I moved into The Bungalow the summer of 2009, I had other more urgent projects (like the bathroom and kitchen) to focus on.
 
 
 
I did, however, insist on bringing my dining room table with me. It was the one and only piece of furniture I really was keen on keeping. Of course, he wanted to keep his antique dining table as well. His was relocated to the office and we brought in my Ethan Allen table that I have been obsessed with since I first saw it (and convinced my parents to buy years and years ago). I also brought along some black and white paintings that I had gotten on a trip to Rhode Island in my teens. (I like to say all the stuff in the dining room was the stuff I got in my parents divorce!)
 
 
 
Oh yeah - I also nixed his super fugly brass chandelier for one Kimhead had been storing for me. We had every intention of replacing it with a drum shade from Crate & Barrel. I even got a gift card specifically for that purpose as a Christmas gift. A year later, I finally ordered it. And it was too big. ::womp, womp:: It fit the space, but it broke the sight line from the front of the house to the back, and in a space as small as The Bungalow, it just wasn't going to work. As I teased in the last entry, I may someday get around to spray painting that thing white. Another post for another time.
 
So... on a random Saturday afternoon in April, I got a bug up my butt and finally busted out the test pot of Behr Valley Mist that had been sitting for way too long in the bottom of our coat closet. And I just painted a few squares on a few walls. There. We had to move forward. We couldn't live with it like that forever! And we scheduled our painter to come the first week in May. I'm pretty sure I did a happy dance once we had the date scheduled. I was sooooo ready for that garnet to be gone! (Even if I wasn't 100% confident in my paint selection.)
 
Right.... you're dying to see how it ended up, right? Well....
 
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I'm madly in love. Yes, I will admit to being a little concerned that it was going to be too light, but it turned out perfect. The room seems twice the size and I feel like I'm in a totally different house. I love that from my normal seat in the living room, I can see the gorgeous blue-green dining room and through to our gray kitchen. The house is cooling down and feeling bigger and I love it! I'm so happy Puff trusts me and the tricks up my sleeve.
 
Now if we can only start working on this living room...

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