The Dining Room Refresh

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The Dining Room refresh. I love it. As in a lot.

This was supposed to include a little straightening and setting the table. But as usual, I ended up doing a lot more. It all started with the furniture layout and what I thought would be a good simple change.

Here is what our dining room use to look like. It’s pretty and nice looking but there were a few problems …

Our drapes were silk and eighteen years old. The sun had completely shredded them and I was constantly trying to hide all of the rips and shreds. I also have never liked the arrangement between the windows. So I moved an old cabinet in its place. But it was too dark.

So I got to work. First I took down the drapes. That involved removing the hardware, patching the holes and touching up the walls with paint. The windows looked so great that I decided not to replace the drapes. And that is a permanent decision. (FYI, even though the walls look darker, I did not paint repaint them. The sun was really bright when I took the photo so that’s why they look darker.)

Then I moved the cabinet back outside and painted it with Old Barn Milk Paint. I used the color Stoneware and used their scraper to give it a chippy look. I LOVE how it turned out. 

For some reason, I never even noticed the molding under the windows. I guess it was the drapes, but holy cow. What a difference.

I can’t even believe how much better I like our dining room! It’s less formal and brighter.

There were a lot of you who commented on my stories and said, “leave the drapes” and “don’t paint the cabinet”. What do you think of the refresh?

I have a new rug coming soon. And then it will definitely be done!

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  1. So light and fresh!!! You nailed it again. Did I miss where you got the little cabinet from? Probably a flea market ????

  2. Very, very nice ! But I would like to see a splash of color
    To soften a bit……it truly is lovely.

  3. I too loved the drapes before! But wowzers what a difference it makes in the room not having them!! I love the room without them either!!! LOL and you just create magic with that milk paint you mix!! Lovely like always…congrats!!! Can’t wsit for the reveal of your new carpet in there too!!!

  4. I know this is an old post . . . But I have never (or don’t remember🙄) seeing what your dining room paint color is . . . Hope you see this – Thanks!

    PS having fun going back thru old posts has been fun – some I forgot about and amazing how old some faves are!

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