ROOM MAKEOVERS: Dining Room
This dining room originally had a facelift that entailed pulling up the carpeting, refinishing the wood floors, and hanging new wallpaper (shown in the second photo below in the blue damask):
Years later, thicker crown molding was added, along with a wider trim around the window and the French doors that lead out to the screened-in porch, along with a higher chair rail. At that time, I opted for a bright coral wallpaper that was really out of my comfort zone.
I tied it into the rest of the house through the seafoam accent color on the paper, along with painting the ceiling in the same hue.
But the funky striped curtains were too much for me - more circus than I had envisioned. So I swapped them out with white linen draperies (framed in a natural linen), in an effort to tie in the white trim while still warming up the rest of the pieces in the room. To bring in some texture, I added a woven blind that I ordered from Home Depot for less than $30.
The existing rug also did not work. So I swapped it out for an indoor/outdoor rug from Dash & Albert, in the same shades of seafoam.
I brought in lamps from another room (these were originally purchased on sale for about $29 from Pier 1).
But after all this, a construction project elsewhere required changing out the paper on one wall. Since I could no longer match the dye lot of the remaining paper, I decided to try a grasscloth paper for the room in a deep navy (the other option I had been considering when I first hung the coral paper)..
When we first put the furniture back, I did not like that antique hutch with the blue - it was too stark a contrast (even though I do love navy and white). So one fun evening (just ask my husband how fun it was), we played musical chairs with the furniture in our house, and ended up with this piece (above right) from the adjacent living room. I think it really warms up the bright white.
We brought that blue rug back in the room, moved lamps in (also from the living room), and left everything else the same as we had it with the previous color scheme. It's a work in progress - which for me is really more "play" than "work".
While I loved the coral tables - especially with the blue, it was not tying in well with the adjacent living room and kitchen. So I grabbed my can of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Paris Gray, and reluctantly said goodbye to the shade of coral and hello to a shade of (surprise, surprise), blue.
I wanted a more casual feel for the dining room, so I brought this bench in from another room (originally purchased as a floor model from my local Kirkland's for under $200, http://www.kirklands.com/product/Distressed-White-Wood-Bench/171075.uts). I loved the lines, the distressed finish, and the length was perfect for my table.
The side tables are painted in "Paris Grey" from Annie Sloan's line of chalk paints. The seat cushion is covered in Thom Filicia's Henninger Coast fabric. The throw cushions are Alan Campbell's Potalla fabric in blues, and of course, Sarah Richardson's Brookhaven Chambray.
I added these gray-washed wicker chairs from IKEA (just over $100 with the cushion (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S69896888/):
So, looking at the original "before" and now "after" right next to each other:
The side tables are painted in "Paris Grey" from Annie Sloan's line of chalk paints, with two lamps from Pier 1. The seat cushion is covered in Thom Filicia's Henninger Coast fabric. And the throw pillows were made from Alan Campbell's Potalla fabric in blues (piped in a blue duck that I picked up for about $5 a yard at JoAnn Fabrics), paired with Sarah Richardson's Brookhaven Chambray (sewn by a really talented seamstress, TanisT on Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/shop/TanisT?ref=shopsection_shophome_leftnav).