Monday, May 28, 2012

Dining room makeover

We headed to the farm this weekend to do more work on the house and land. Our daughter finally got to go up there - she's been busy finishing up her semester. We were excited both the kids got to be there with us. Our son was coming to help me paint - thanks Jay! It sure goes a lot faster with help.
Anyway, Megan and I headed up early with her her truck loaded with the farmhouse table I'd found and the bench Bruce made, plus other pieces of furniture. When we got up there, she set to work digging out the fire pit Jay had started the previous time. I finished painting the trim in the living room, hung the curtains, moved the furniture back in place, added the end table and repainted brass lamp, and set out small bench from Canton and the burlap pillows.

curtains, lamp, burlap pillows, and end table added

bench from Canton - painted red - and more burlap pillows

Then we waited on the guys to get there ( they headed up after work). The kids had to have a camp fire that night in the revamped firepit and roast marshmallows. Next morning, we got to work. Here's what the dining room looked like before:

Priming the paneling is a pain but necessary. After that, the paint goes on pretty smoothly. Upper wall was painted Behr's "Ivory Palace" - same color as the living room. The paneling was painted a khaki color. Love the contrast!
work in progress
The finished result is lovely. I also took time to paint the bench Bruce made for the table. I had also repainted the "EAT" sign ( I still wasn't happy with it after the first repainting ) using a crackle medium then painting the letters a brighter green, red, and yellow. Love how it crackled and looks now.
crackled and painted
Finally finished painting and moved the table and bench in, hung the "EAT" sign on the wall. Cute, huh? I need more things for the wall! I do have a cute metal sign at home that I need to bring plus I'll be  on the lookout for other objects.

dining room done - Lucy approves!
Also, I still need chairs. Have some spied at a thrift store so need to go check them out a bit more carefully. They just might be the thing.

Wondering what's next? I'm thinking the kitchen. We started on it by taking out the upper cabinet over the bar ( it really opens the kitchen up! ) and I pulled off the fruity wallpaper border. The cabinets will look so much better painted. 
kitchen before. Paneling (of course) and fruit border

cabinet over bar being removed plus wallpaper border removed
That's it for now. I did some really fun coffee art (you can see it in the background in the above picture) for the kitchen and am working on some other pieces. I'll share them next time. See you around!

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