Monday, April 14, 2014

Arched Mirror for the Dining Room

 

arched mirror over sideboard

 

Before I had a gold frame mirror here, which has been in the dining room for several years.  I just didn’t like the brighter gold in here.  After trying several paint colors on the mirror and after seeing this mirror from Kirkland’s, I gave up on it.

 

arched mirror in dining room

 

I saw the mirror in a recent post of a bedroom where two of these mirrors were used.  I just loved them!  Unfortunately, I didn’t pin it so I could share it with you!

 

arched mirror over sideboard

 

It’s very heavy and well made.  It measures 48” in height and makes quite a statement!

 

arched mirror over sideboard

 

It’s from Kirkland’s and is called the Sadie mirror.  It’s one of their higher price mirrors but there are always coupons and discounts.  I knew that even if I changed my mind about using it in here, there were plenty of other places around our home where I could envision it!

 

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Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

The Scoop Link Party @ Confessions of a Plate Addict

Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home

Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Small Foyer Changes

 

small sideboard in foyer

 

The foyer in our home is very small and it can be challenging to decorate.  Before there was a small 3 drawer chest. 

 

 

Once the walls were painted a very light gray, I didn’t like the chest, so I painted it.  Since I still didn’t like it, I started watching for a piece at the auction that I could use in this area.

 

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I found the perfect size piece, a small sideboard!

 

foyer vignette

 

It now holds the punch bowls!

 

what to do in a small foyer

 

The silver tray was also purchased at an auction and the blue/white pieces are all garage sale finds!  The taller legs on the sideboard give the small area a more open feel.

 

small sideboard in foyer

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Open House @ No Minimalist Here

Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

The Scoop Link Party @ Confessions of a Plate Addict

Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home

Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground

Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Chandy for the Dining Room

 

chandelier for the dining room

 

Isn’t she pretty?!?  She’s got bling but the white silk shade tones it down a little.

 

traditional yet with a touch of modern chandelier

 

To me, she’s vintage yet modern.

 

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I know it looks off centered of the table but it’s not.  The angle of the picture makes it look that way.

 

chandelier from overstock

 

I purchased it from Overstock.com  For this size table, I needed a 20” light fixture but this one is 18”.  The shade makes the fixture appear bigger.

 

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If you missed the other posts for the updated dining room, here are the links…

 

Choosing the Right Table

Seating for the Dining Room

Antique Sideboard

 

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Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll thru Life

Open House @ No Minimalist Here

Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

The Scoop Link Party @ Confessions of a Plate Addict

Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home

Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground

Monday, March 31, 2014

Antique Side Board

 

sideboard painted with chalk paint, glazed and waxed

 

I purchased this sideboard last year with the plan to use it as a vanity in the master bath but those plans never came to pass.  After I sold my dining room set, my first thought was that this piece would be perfect for in here.

 

accenting with dark wax

 

The elevated legs give it a more open feel and it’s a little shorter in length.  I painted it with DIY chalk paint, white washed it, clear waxed and dark waxed it.

 

dining room redo!

 

I lightly painted with hardware with a spray hammered silver.  I choose this color because it tied into chrome on the chandelier.

 

sideboard painted with diy chalk paint, white glazed and waxed

 

The dining room is coming together!  If you missed a previous post, click on the links below:

 

Choosing the Right Dining Room Table

 

Seating in the Dining Room

 

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Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll thru Life

Open House @ No Minimalist Here

Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

The Scoop Link Party @ Confessions of a Plate Addict

Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home

Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground

Furniture Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Seating for the Dining Room

 

seating for the dining room makeover

 

After the table was purchased, I started looking for chairs.  To read more about the table, click here.

 

overstock chairs in off white but more like an oatmeal linen

 

I wanted to go with neutral colors and chose this upholstered chair from Overstock.com.  In the product description, they are called off white but a customer review stated that they had an oatmeal look to them and they were right!  That made them even better! 

 

tufted back of overstock chair

 

The tufted backs and linen fabric add a little elegance.

 

shield back chairs for the dining room

 

I found these two shield back chairs at another antique store.  The original finish actually matched the table but I wanted to lighten and brighten.  I painted them with a DIY chalk paint, then white glaze, then brushed on a coat of Hemp Oil.

 

neutral fabric for dining room chairs

 

The beautiful fabric was purchased from a fabric store and was quite expensive. Thankfully, I only needed a couple of yards.

 

neutral chenille raised fabric for dining room chairs

 

The design has a more modern look with it’s geometric design.  The chenille is raised and adds nice texture.

 

diy dining room bench

 

To date, the bench is the piece that took the longest!  My husband wasn’t very cooperative in building it!  He used four table legs and some 1X3’s.  The same painting technique and fabric on the shield chairs was used for the bench as well.

 

nailhead trim by the yard from amazon

 

To add a little more detail, I order nail head trim by the yard from Amazon.  It was so easy and quick to use.  It definitely added a nice detail!

 

seating for the dining room makeover

 

And there you have it!  A lighter less bulky table and chairs!

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Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

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Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll thru Life

Open House @ No Minimalist Here

Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

The Scoop Link Party @ Confessions of a Plate Addict

Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home

Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground

Furniture Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Choosing the Right Dining Table

 

duncan phyfe style dining table

 

Here’s a good tip, a pedestal table can give you the same seating as a four legged table but it looks less bulky and is better for a smaller space.  I didn’t really think about this until I started looking for ways to make our dining room seem more spacious.

Before the dining room seemed heavy.  Does that make sense?  The furniture was too bulky and it was all dark.  It over powered the small dining room. 

 

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It’s actually a little better in the room after I painted it a lighter neutral color. I finally took the plunge and put the set up for sale.  It sold fairly quickly and then the fun began.  I had a fairly good enough of what I wanted.  Pinterest is full of amazing inspiration. 

 

duncan phyfe style tables give the illusion of more space and openess

 

I found exactly what I was looking for at the local antique mall.  A Duncan Phyfe style table with a mahogany brown finish (I did not want anything too reddish).  The table is smaller than the other table but this one has a butterfly leaf stored inside of it.

 

mahagony duncan phyfe style dining table

 

There was a few nicks on the finish but I revitalized it using the process I shared with you last week.  To see that post, click here.

 

duncan phyfe style table gives the illusion of more openess

 

It’s all shiny, pretty and definitely less bulky.  The dining room is almost complete!  I’ll be sharing more later this week!

 

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Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

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Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll thru Life

Open House @ No Minimalist Here

Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

The Scoop Link Party @ Confessions of a Plate Addict

Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home

Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground

Furniture Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Revitalizing Furniture

 

after restoring with tsp cleaner, varnish pen and wipe on poly

 

I discovered an easy way to revitalize furniture.  Furniture that has a stained finish and has that dry look can be made to look almost like new!

 

before restoring

 

Before the four Victorian chairs had some nicks to the finish and were in need to some moisture to the wood.  I first cleaned them with TSP substitute which made them look better but I took it a few steps further.  I used a stain pen to cover up the nicks.  After they dried good, I used an old cotton sock and Wipe On Poly.

 

after restoring with tsp cleaner, varnish pen and wipe on poly

 

This stuff is great!  After revitalizing all four chairs, I put them in the booth and they sold it two days!!  Here’s another piece that I used the same process on.

 

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Instead of using a stain pen, I used a rag with stain and wiped over the top of the table.

 

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The larger spot can still be seen if you look hard enough but it is much improved after staining and using the Wipe On Poly.

 

table before

 

This sweet little Victorian table is in the master bedroom and now it just shines!

 

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The Wipe On Poly is so easy to use.  It doesn’t streak and it dries quickly.  This process is perfect for those pieces that you want to retain their original finishes!

I originally learned of this process from Pinterest.  To see the original link, go to two twenty one .

 

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Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

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Open House @ No Minimalist Here

Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

The Scoop Link Party @ Confessions of a Plate Addict

Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home

Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground

Furniture Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed