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Monday, January 31, 2011

Our Dining Room Transformation!

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As promised last week,  here are some pictures of my dining room makeover.  It is truly a transformation from a hodgepodge of color and styles to a soothing and calming color palette.

Here are a few before pictures: 

BEFORE
Dark, scratched, chipped and miserable furniture with nice lines.  "Old English" just wasn't doing it anymore and a total refinishing of a dining room table, buffet, china closet and 6 chairs was definitely out of the question!  

BEFORE
I have had this furniture for 35 years.  It was in the first house we purchased and the owners told us we could have it (minus the chairs) for $100.00.  There were no chairs with the set so we used folding chairs until we could find some that would be compatible.  Not thinking that we would ever find 6 chairs in the same style, I set out on a search.  It was years later that I saw an add in the newspaper for a solid mahogany dining room set.  I wondered what the odds would be that the owner would be willing to break the set up and only sell the chairs.  Hmm...it never hurts to ask!  

BEFORE

 BEFORE....(and some after in the background)

 When we went to see the set, it was the exact style as ours!  The lady was desperate to sell and immediately said that we could have all 6 chairs for $60.00!  

 
FIRST CHAIR WITH PRIMER

THIS POOR OLD PIANO WAS LOOKING PRETTY SHABBY...AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY!!! IT IS ENTERING IT'S FIRST PHASE OF A FACE LIFT...PRIMER.


BEFORE

HERE YOU CAN SEE HOW THE DINING ROOM WALL AND TRIM COLOR CLASH WITH THE KITCHEN! IT WAS TIME TO BRING IT ALL TOGETHER IN SIMILAR TONES.

oh yes....

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 BEFORE

Bye bye old chandelier!  I hope someone was excited to find this at Goodwill!  It hung in our home for many years and I was MORE than happy to pass it along.


Oh!  I forgot about the mirror...an old mirror that I had in the attic for years.  I always loved the etched glass but couldn't quite embrace the frame.  I decided that I didn't want to get rid of it and would never use it if I didn't do something with it to suit my taste.

BEFORE

.....................................and two more mirrors that were hanging around in the workshop...................................

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ARE YOU READY ?  ? ?

Now for the reveal


REMEMBER THE CHANDELIER FROM GOODWILL FOR $6.97?

THE FRAME ABOVE THE BUFFET IS ACTUALLY THE FRAME FOR A SMALL DOOR.  THIS WAS IN OUR BARN WHEN WE MOVED HERE.  I REMOVED THE DOOR (to be used in a future project) AND PLACED AN OLD EMBELLISHMENT ON TOP.  I PLACED AN OLD MIRROR INSIDE THAT I FOUND AT A FLEA MARKET.




  I MADE NATURAL LINEN CHAIR COVERS WITH ANTIQUE TWILL BALLERINA SLIPPER TIES. 
 I MADE THE DRAPES FROM PAINT DROP CLOTHS AND TRIMMED THEM WITH VINTAGE ICE BLUE SATIN RIBBON.I LOVE WHEN THE SUN SHINES ON THEM AND MAKES THEM SHIMMER ALONG THE EDGES!


                                                                          A TAFFETA SHOWER CURTAIN THAT I PURCHASED AT A FLEA MARKET AND SOME OLD CHEMICAL BOTTLES WITH CRYSTAL TOPPERS CULLED FROM MY "STASH".  SO MANY THINGS THAT ARE MEANT FOR MY ETSY SHOP NEVER QUITE GET LISTED!  I CAN'T RESIST!!!
DINNERWARE AND IRONSTONE PITCHERS, (once again pulled from my Etsy Store), AND STERLING FLATWARE THAT I INHERITED FROM MY AUNT.

I LOVE THIS DINNERWARE AFTER USING OUR BRIGHTLY COLORED HARLEQUIN DISHES FOR SO LONG!  I PACKED THEM AWAY FOR NOW.  (You never know when the color mood might return!  I don't want to burn any bridges here.  My taste is far too fickle.)    
OLD SHUTTER FROM THE BARN FOR RADIATOR SHELF.  I AM GOING TO BUILD A SURROUND FOR IT, (eventually)...but for now---it's good 'nuf fer me.

A VINTAGE CEMETERY BASKET ON TOP OF AN OLD CAST IRON WATER TANK HOLDER, (glass insert), ALL YARD SALE AND FLEA MARKET FINDS!
RANDOM OLD BOTTLES culled FROM YARD SALES.
I LOVE THIS DETAIL ON THE PIANO AND I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT IT.  I PAINTED THE INSERTS WITH A MIXTURE OF THE WALL COLOR, MIXED WITH A TINY BIT OF GREEN.  THEN I UNIFIED THE BACKGROUND COLOR WITH THE ORNAMENTATION BY MIXING A BIT OF UMBER INTO A GLAZE AND APPLYING IT OVER THE ENTIRE PIECE. 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED LOOKING AT MY REDECORATING PROJECT AND STOP BACK LATER FOR SOME MORE PHOTOS OF THE DETAILS.  THANKS SO MUCH FOR LOOKING!

HAPPY JUNKING, THRIFTING AND DECORATING!


SINCERE THANKS TO MY SISTER, VICKIE,  FOR GIVING UP ALMOST A WEEK OF HER LIFE TO HELP ME PAINT THE WALLS AND TRIM!  I DON'T KNOW HOW I COULD HAVE DONE IT BY MYSELF, OR GOTTEN THE WALL COLOR "JUST RIGHT".


Following is a list of paints that I used on the walls, trim and furniture as well as the technique I used on the furniture.  I did a separate tutorial for the piano which is listed below.  

  • Primed all furniture with Latex Kilz 
  • Base-coated all furniture with Brown Bread satin enamel by Behr  
  • Dry brushed Ultra Pure White Premium Plus interior semi gloss by Behr over the base-coat  
  • Coated all furniture with 2 coats of polycrylic.  (3 coats for buffet and table tops)
         
       Note*  I used leftover paint from previous projects to keep costs down and not waste what I had. 

I don't have a name for the wall paint color.  It is a very light aqua that I had custom mixed at Benjamin Moore and used on my dining room walls.  My sister and I experimented with mixing small amounts of baby blue,  yellow/gold and white that I had on hand and took it to Benjamin Moore to have them custom mix enough for the room.

Below is a picture of the label.  If you are interested in getting this paint color, you could jot the formula down and take it to them to have it mixed. They will keep the formula on file for you and you can call it anything you like.  I named mine "Cindy's Dining Room 2010".


    


All wood trim was painted with Calming Cream semi-gloss by Benjamin Moore










 I posted a Piano Painting Tutorial   for anyone that is interested.






If you arrived at my blog post via a Link Party please click on "Links To This Post" or scroll down and click on the button that will take you back to that site.  It is a courtesy to the kind blog host offering us all an opportunity to share our projects and finds.



















73 comments:

The Elegant Thrifter said...

People often get so sentimental about furniture that they end up living with pieces they no longer love. This is a great transformation that makes furniture -- well -- more lovable!

vintageculler said...

Thank you, Elegant Thrifter! This was a debate that I had with myself for the last few years and I am so glad that I just plunged in. No regrets!
Congratulations on your book "The Find"! I will definitely have to get a copy.

LizlovesVintage said...

Too Funny!
I have the same chairs!
I've been wanting to paint them
forever. I'm going to do it now!
They came out fantastic.
xx Liz

vintageculler said...

You go right ahead and paint those chairs, Liz! Sometimes we have to give ourselves permission to alter wood with paint. We should enjoy our "stuff", not be held hostage to it.

Peanut said...

Cindy I can't wait to show my mom this! You're a genius! You should have your own television show! The room is beautiful and really shows what a person can do with creativity, elbow grease, and follow through! I am far to ADHD to ever begin a project like that. A girl has got to know her limitations!!!! Hope all is well with you. Good luck with everything! I've posted your Etsy store on my Miss Ruth's Time Bomb facebook page. I hope my Time Bombers bring you some traffic!
Sarah Taby

tales from an oc cottage said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh my!!!!!!!

m ^..^

vintageculler said...

Sarah! So good to hear from you! I see that you still have your great sense of humor. Thanks so much for posting my store and blog on your Facebook page! You have a fabulous store and I will be sure to put a link to it on my vintage culler Facebook page once I get it going. It is static right now. You have inspired me to press on! Give your mom a big hug for me. I wish the best for you also. Cindy

Burlap Luxe said...

Cindy
I could so dine with you, or tea taking in the beauty of your dinning room. I would so be able to move right in if you left it all behind, I would just mix it with mine and you would think it was a well planned out room.

Love it all.
xx
Dore

vintageculler said...

Dore,
Thank you so much! The tea has been poured and now I am just waiting...
Cindy

Debra@Dejarenew.blogspot.com said...

Hey I seen your comment right above mine on Vintage Farmhouse Blog...saw the word vintage had to check ya out! lol. Love what I see and I am now a new follower of yours. I look forward to see more to come from you.
Love to have you swing by and join my blog as well.
Take Care.
Deb
http://dejarenew.blogspot.com

Donna @ pintedfresh.blogspot.com said...

turned out dreamy & fabu! it is obvious you put a lot of hard work and love into it! so worth it!

popped over from the shabby chic cottage's linky
hope you'll visit me!

htp://paintedfresh.blogspot.com

~Donna

glimpse of my world said...

Stunning!! Love it...

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

WOW...your makeover looks outstanding and FRESH! Get this...I have the same buffet...china cabinet ad dining chairs...my table is oval...it came from my MIL...it was the first room my hubby picked...because his mother always loved to entertain.

Blessings,
Linda

vintageculler said...

Thank you Debra, Donna, "Glimpse" and Linda!

Pretty Pink Cherub said...

It looks just GORGEOUS!!!!! TYFS!!! Have a lovely weekend!! Hugs, tammy

Ann said...

It looks great! I LOVE the painted furniture.

Jane said...

Beautiful...thanks for linkin' up!! Love everything white!

Jennifer~My Vintage Bliss said...

Your dining room is georgous! Great inspiration :)

Suesan said...

Oh my. I usually cringe when I see wood painted, but yours looks just lovely. zo definitely believe you have to enjoy the pieces you have. I especially love the piano. I'm getting ready to do ours, although it's more modern and will never be my style. I've actually already told the daughter it'll be hers whenever she wants it.

I love what you've done. It's simply beautiful.

vintageculler said...

Thank you, Suesan! Actually, I bet you could turn your piano into something fabulous with a little paint treatment and you might even forget that its not your style.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks so light and pretty now! great transformations and wow, great work!!! that was a lot of work!!!

Cristie said...

So beautiful! What a amazing job you have done transforming your room. I love it.

Amy Kinser said...

Everything looks fantastic! You and your sister did great with everything.

I especially love the chandi and the old shutter on top of the radiator. Great job..

vintageculler said...

Thank you so much, Cassie, Cristie and Amy!

Susan said...

What a gorgeous transformation!!! I loved every bit in your photos. It is so elegant and soothing now. Especially love your frames.
Wonderful job!
Happy WW,
Susan

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Absolutely gorgeous. So light and airy. White gives everything a glow where the dark furniture makes everything look heavy. Thanks for sharing this wonderful transformation. ~~Sherry~~

Heaven's Walk - said...

What an awesome job you did, Cindy! Wow!!!!!!!!! You breathed new life into that room, girl! Love it! Happy WW!

xoxo laurie

Faded Charm said...

I'm truly amazed at how wonderful your transformation turned out. Thanks for sharing all the defore photos aswell. This lets us see how much you really changed everything.

I hope you are able to enjoy this room now.

Kathleen

vintageculler said...

Thanks so much, Susan, Sherry, Laurie and Kathleen!

HollyC said...

Wow! So beautiful! I keep looking at an old set that I want to redo, but can't get up the nerve!! Thanks for sharing and Happy Met Monday!
~Holly

Anne said...

What a difference! I love the white furniture, the crystal, its all lovely! Visiting you from Metamorphosis Monday.

vintageculler said...

Thanks Holly! If the set that you are contemplating painting is as unattractive as mine was, I assure you, you will not regret it! Good luck with your decision! Cindy

Linda Q said...

Love when people do white or light tones well, great job!
I am a color girl so can't live with it myself but admire others who do it well, like this.
Thanks, that was a fun tour.
Linda

Allison Shops said...

Very shabby! The room transformation is wonderful. I know you'll enjoy!

Dropping by from Met Monday. Hope you'll come see the dollhouse turned laundry room shelf.

Allison
Atticmag

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Your room is gorgeous! Love all of the whites. I did a white dining set last spring and love it. Still have more to do.
I too love thrifting and all things vintage. You latest follower,
Annette

vintageculler said...

Thanks Linda, Allison and Annette! I enjoyed visiting each of your blogs as well! Cindy

Kim said...

Your dining room is beautiful. I have the same dining room suite, just different chairs. I have been thinking about painting it. After seeing your beautiful transformation I will definitely being taking the plunge. Thank you for sharing.

Kim
http://kim-lettersfromtheshore.blogspot.com/

vintageculler said...

Thank you, Kim! I would love to see pictures of your dining room set when you re-do it. Go~for~it!

On Crooked Creek said...

I am thrilled that you painted your furniture and that you are happy with the resluts. Several years ago, I painted our kitchen cabinets. . .I've never regreted that decision! Lovely dining room. Was all this inspiration from a $6.99 chandy? Amazing. Thank you for showing us what hard work and a vision can produce!
Fondly,
Pat

vintageculler said...

Thank you, Pat!
The chandelier really is what inspired the project although I would have done everything just the same had I not found this bargain light fixture. I would have figured something else out because our old chandelier just had to go! Thanks for stopping by! Cindy

Robin said...

All I can say is WOW! Amazing job. The room looks like it is in a completely different house.

Robin said...

I can soooo relate to this! I love your nerve to get the paintbrush out and just do it! The room is peaceful and beautiful and feels breezy...I LOVE IT!
I love what Elegant Thrifter said about getting sentimental and living with things you don't love! So true!
Oh, I hope you'll become a regular on Wednesdays at All Things Inspired...I just love your style!
xxoxo
Robin
All Things Heart and Home

vintageculler said...

Thank you, Robin~ Now the trick will be to pull the rest of the house together, one room at a time! Cindy

vintageculler said...

Thank so much, Robin! I would love to be a regular on Wednesdays at All Things Inspired. I will need to heal from a pinched nerve before I can get back into "transforming" any more rooms but I will look forward to visiting your blog anyway! Cindy

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Stunning transformation, Sarah!

Sue @ Beach Bungalow
xo

texasdaisey said...

That turned out gorgeous.
Debbie

Jennifer said...

I love what you did with the furniture and the room overall....it is beautiful!!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

Wow! What a transformations! You sure were a painting machine! It all looks beautiful!
Thanks for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse party! :)

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Just lovely! Everything turned out so nice! The whole room is so fresh and light now.

Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy} said...

Wow, what a fantastic job - that piano looks absolutely stunning now! Well, the whole room does really :)

Sharing with Sherri said...

Great transformation! I dont seem to have trouble painting funiture thats been damaged but to paint just to paint...it really takes a lot more courage for some reason! You've inspired me to take the plunge!

Sherri:)

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

LOVE THIS! Come on ova' and link up to my Linky Party! xoxokara


*ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

This is an awesome transformation! Breathtakingly fabulous! Just found your lovely blog via Kim's party. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted for you to follow me back!
Tammy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Everything is stunning. I love it. You have created such a beautiful dining room and very thrifty also. Hugs, Marty

Becca said...

WOW! What an amazing transformation! I love the new look. So impressed you painted the piano, too! Thanks for sharing, Becca (your newest follower)

www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

Paula Montalvo said...

Positively AWESOME transformation!! Love Love Love the transformation. Blessings <3 Paula

Butterflies & Seashells said...

Excellent job! I love it all.

Little Miss Penny Wenny said...

Visiting from Savvy Southern Style, great work! I love the brightened space. Can't believe the deal you got for those chairs! I love how resourceful you were. Great job!

Kim said...

Oh this is awesome! What a wonderful makeover! I SO want to paint our dining table but I'm scared! You give me so much incentive to move forward with that project! Fantastic job!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Absolutely amazing transformation!! It is just gorgeous!! I love so many things about your space- wow- it's beautiful. Would love if you would come by and share this at Feathered Nest Friday~ love it.
:)

Jeanne said...

LOVE LOVE!! So glad you took the paint plunge! Yay!! Fab!
xo jeanne.
http://beeskneesbungalow.blogspot.com/

Miss Charming said...

It looks wonderful! I can't believe you found such a gorgeous chandelier at Goodwill and for such a great price! Beautiful transformation.
http://charmingdecor.blogspot.com

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

So creative! Love this post...thank you for linking up to Whassup Wednesday! Hope to see you tomorrow:)

xoxokara

Im your newest follower...would LOVE for you to follow me:)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

This is stunning! All your work is shinning through, what an amazing transformation!
XO
Kristin

Terry said...

I so love this room and everything in it. Great design, great eye for detail and so creative. What more could you ask?

Ticking and Toile said...

Wow!!!! Looks so fantastic!! I just recently found you through Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. I LOVE everthing you've done!

First off ~ I CAN'T believe you got the chandly for $7! Holy cow! What a deal! And LOVE the piano painted! I just posted (3 minutes ago) about my brown piano & I am so loving how yours turned out!

Everything is perfect! And what a sweet sister you have too!

Off to browse your fabulous blog now!

xo,
Shellagh

uruguay white life said...

Your dining room makeover is sooooo fantastic and confirms 100% my theory that color does wonders.

Of course I'm your newest follower!

Tine

Shelly said...

I'm over visiting from My uncommon slice of suburbia and I cannot get over your piano!!! I'm needing to paint mine and I thought I was ready until I saw yours! Can you please tell me what color you used and any tips or a tutorial would be AMAZING!! I'm very nervous about my project and any information would be so helpful--there isnt much out there on painting pianos, and you seemed to have gotten it just right, it's gorgeous and fits wonderfully with the rest of your room! So restful!! Love it!

vintageculler said...

Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments!

Shelly- I will do a tutorial on how I painted my piano and the colors I used. I will try to do it this week! The thought of painting a piano can be daunting but it is not nearly as scary as it seems. Take heart!

Nanci said...

Very cool and elegant looking now. Can you list the paints you used on the furniture, walls and trim in the re-do?

Revenda Bierley said...

Beautiful!

vintageculler said...

Thank you Nanci and Revenda! I will list paint colors that I used in the dining room project. Some of them were mixed from colors that I had on hand. I will do my best in a post this week. Cindy

vintageculler said...

UPDATE: I posted a Piano Painting Tutorial on 4/6/11 for anyone that is interested. http://vintageculler.blogspot.com/2011/04/piano-painting-tutorial.html