3.29.2012

Before & Progress: Dining Room

faux grey wainscoting dining room
I've already shown my master bath, my living room, and my master bedroom, and with most of those rooms it was pretty easy to make them look practically finished (which they are), but now we're going to start to get into rooms that are going to look more progress-y.

Anyway, here are the before pictures. Yes, that's shag carpet in the dining room.

dining room before
You'll notice that I kept the chandelier, and that the doors have fun old molding, but the window does not (that is, if you can see the window under the frilly curtains).

dining room before wallpaper
The first thing we did was fulfill a dream of mine to have built-in bookshelves and a window seat. Those built-ins are 73% full of Woo's record collection.

This record collection and where it should live have been a source of marital discord for years. But now? No more.

Thank you, built-ins!

built-in bookshelf record collection
Yes, I did paint the doors in this room a bright, chartreuse green. And yes, I kind of like them. So sue me.

bright chartreuse green door grey dining room
I made a pad for my window seat, but it really needs a couple more throw pillows to look good. You may be asking yourself why I didn't just run out and buy a couple of pillows before taking pictures.

The answer is: I tried, but no one was carrying brightly colored pillows.

I wonder why? It's almost as if neutrals and muted colors sell.

window seat
This room is so close, I can almost taste it. The faux wainscoting needs a little work, we're in desperate need of a bigger (and nicer) table, some more pillows, some more art, and we're done!

Pssst -- checkout the dining room now, and don't forget to sneak a peak at the other rooms in The Pad!


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18 comments:

  1. Love this! Were the walls that dark blue color when we were there or did you paint them more recently? I'm totally the reason why neutrals are the only thing available - that's my decorating style :) Oh, and I'm completely jealous of the built-in shelves and window seat.

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    1. Yes, the color was there, but the wainscoting was not. You probably weren't really noticing room colors back in the days when you weren't trying to pick out colors for your own house :).

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  2. I love the color of the chairs did you paint them or were they bought that way?

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    1. Thanks, dkoetz! They are painted, with spray paint. The Eames chairs are actually knock-offs that we got free from an old church (some of them already painted), so I had no qualms about painting them :). I painted the ikea kids chairs the same color for a uniform look.

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  3. I love the chair color were they bought that way?

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  4. are your floors tile? where did you get them! i love love love them and want to steal them for my kitchen. :)

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    1. Thanks, Aly! They're actually just VCT (vinyl tiles) from Lowes -- totally easy to DYI. I was afraid that black and white would have too much contrast for me, but they had a white and a blue/grey in stock, and that was perfect!

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  5. I loooove your dining room! Must be my passion for chevrons speaking :)
    Also you are my new best friend because you were the first stranger to post a comment on my new blog ANd we are design*sponge first post buddies! YAY!

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    1. Yay! I need a new best friend! Your first comment? You're kidding! Too bad you're not giving out an award for that like you will for the millionth -- you'll remember me then, right?!

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  6. Lovely work! Would you feel comfortable sharing the paint brand and color that you used on the green door? Thanks!

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    1. Blast! I forgot that one on the Design*Sponge post! It's Behr Japanese Fern.

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  7. Beautiful colors and transformation! It's truly stunning!

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  8. Great post over at Design Sponge! I bet that felt great being featured for all your hard work! Can't wait to see more.

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    1. Yes, kind of fun, but also humbling :).

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  9. I love what you've done! It's like night and day in here!! Seriously, you put it all together so beautifully!!

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    1. Thanks, Whitney! It's actually fun for me to look at the before photos, because I forget how far we've come (since we still have so far to go!)

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  10. I am inlove of the blue plastic chair. Perfect for my kitchen.

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