I realized while organizing pictures the other day that I’ve never shared our ‘finished’ dining room with you guys! It was one of the first rooms we worked on when we moved in, since it’s right off of the front door. The sad part is, the room really wasn’t that bad, it was just the paint. Metallic gold/green. Not the best color choice, and very unappetizing for a dining room! As a reminder, here’s what we were starting with.
My favorite part of the room is the gorgeous french doors. They were in pretty awful shape when we moved in. The previous owners had painted them gold but were REALLY sloppy with the paint. Then, before they sold, they painted them cream, again pretty sloppy. To make matters worse, the glazing that holds the glass in place was messy. Add all of that up, and you’ve got a big project.
Aaron, my Dad, and I spent about 10 hours scraping gold paint, cream paint, and glazing off of the panes of glass. X-ACTO knives were the best tool for this, by far. We bought the set, and it was such a good investment – we’ve actually used them for a ton of projects.
After we got all the gold paint scraped off, the glazing overflow under control, and the windows taped, Aaron and I got down to work painting everything. I think it’s pretty much impossible to paint around glass without getting some on it, even with taping. He did a really good job staying within the tape though, which made the next step a little easier.
Instead of trying to get the tape off while kneeling over them on the ground, I decided to go ahead and hang them again instead. New door hinges were a must, since the previous owners had painted over the old ones and they looked pretty rough. It doesn’t look like too big of a job to get the tape off of the doors, but when you think about how many panes there are, with two sides each, it’s actually a lot of work. 40 panes of glass = 40 panes of tape to take off. I’m going to be honest…I think it took me 6 months to get all that tape off and scrape every single pane of glass. But I certainly wasn’t working on it every day.
In fact, they looked like this for a LONG time. I’m somewhat of a perfectionist, and there was always another speck of paint that needed to be scraped off. I’d do one pass, call it done, and then go back and find more.
Eventually, they were all done and beautiful! I’m so happy with them. You may have noticed a few other things changed in the time it took me to scrape all those glass door panels. One of the easiest was replacing the chandelier with a more modern, clean fixture. I found the shade at a Pottery Barn outlet for around $2, I think? Less than $10 for sure. It’s huge, so I felt like it was a great find! Next, came painting the walls and the trim!
The metallic green/gold of the walls was painted over by a calm grayish blue, which I like a whole lot more. The trim is painted white, and everything just feels so much cleaner! I’m not sure I’m 100% sold on the art, though. It’s a little busy, and I think I might like something a little calmer.
The chairs and table (both are on sale right now!) are from Target, and the art is from World Market. The little side tables on either side of the window are also from Target, and are actually filing cabinets.
This super cute little recipe rolodex is actually from Goodwill, and the flowers are fake from some warehouse faux flower place online. The reason I love this shot though, is the curtains. My Mom and I went shopping and just couldn’t find anything that we loved, except for this blue/green number shown above. The problem was, I couldn’t find it in store in a long enough length.
These are some seriously tall windows, guys. Anyway, after spending an afternoon out looking for some suitable curtains that didn’t cost an arm and a leg, we came home empty handed. Bed Bath and Beyond carried them, but not long enough. BUT! Online they had them and shipped pretty quickly. They are the perfect length and add so much to the room. I hung the curtain rod all the way at the ceiling so I could maximize the visual space of the window. This room really makes an impression now!
The side of the room houses a lamp, a candle, some more fake flowers (can you sense a trend here?), and usually the mail that I need to go through. The lamp used to have a twin, but I dropped it. And I may have cried. A lot. The decanter is holding some whisky that we’ll probably never finish since we really don’t drink much.
I love this little room. It’s served a party of 9, hosted game nights, and a ton of nice quiet dinners at home. Aaron and I love spending time here after a long day at work, and I can’t wait to have Emma eat at the table with us too.
Here’s what we’ve done so far, and my dreams for the future:
Replace chandelier Paint walls Paint trim Fix paint on french doors Hang curtain rod Put up sheers Hang curtains Fix ceiling drywall Hang art
- Build shelving for long wall for fancy plates
- Buy new lamps for additional lighting
- Shiplap one wall
- Fancy wooden beaded chandelier?
- Add crown molding
- Build round table
- Buy new chairs with arms?
- More art – huge gallery wall?
- Add light switch on wall adjacent to kitchen
Apologies for being MIA the last week or so. I injured my right leg about a week ago, and could barely take care of myself and Emma, much less write anything. It really threw me off, and I apologize! I’m back at it again though, and all healed up. The stairs project is still taking forever, thanks to Emma’s 4-month sleep regression, but we’ll get it done eventually. 2 more steps done last night!
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