Thursday, October 14, 2010

dining room dilemma

The dining room seemed innocent enough...a little mopping; a little paint. Ha! 

It took more than a little mopping to get here:

The picture frame molding is orignal. My mom and I maticulously painted it and edged around it in Benjamin Moore's "Misted Green". However, there is nothing green about this paint. It is the prettiest shade of Wedgewood gray you have ever seen. It changes color throughout the day. I love it so much!

The chandelier is from Pottery Barn bought off of ebay. We had to move the electrical connection so that it could be centered over the table. This sounds easy enough, but repairing a ceiling so that it looks like no electrical was ever moved is no fun. We added new quarter round molding on the floor, but did not refinish the hardwoods. Maybe someday, but for now, I enjoy the vintage look. That and I have ordered a giant seagrass rug to go in here. So no worries on refinishing the floors to shiny perfection.

The sconces are original to the house and came out of the old Marion Hotel. We left them right where they were after we found the crystals in a zip-loc bag hidden in a kitchen drawer. All except for one were recovered. We also spray-painted them brown (over the brass) to match the chandelier and hung them right back on the original nails they had always hung on. They are one of my favorite things in the room.

My mom found the shades for the chandelier at Home Depot. I think they give the room a cottage-y look.

I've had this dining set for about 6 years. Got it when painted black furniture was REALLY in style. However, the lotus-style chairs don't really seem to go with this room. I've been trolling craigslist for months searching for cane back chairs that I can distress white. (I also want to paint the table.) Too scary? Will I regret it later?

I'd love to hear your thoughts! Have a great Thursday!


  1. i think the table looks beautiful as is however; if you want it white, i say have it at! could you slip cover the chairs? how cute are those?! i'd put the monogram on the back (of the back) rather than the seat.

  2. Will you post a picture of the white cane-back chairs, or at least your inspiration for them? I have ugly colored cane backs that I hate... I'd love some ideas! Thanks