Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Dining Room Re-do

When we moved into our house 5 1/2 years ago, the existing window treatments were left for us. They had been there when the couple before us moved in, and they were happy to leave them to us as well. They are beautiful and well made, very expensive, and the ones in the dining room exactly matched all my Chinese art that had been in the dining room of our old house.
So we have used and enjoyed and loved our dining room decorations for many years.
Through birthday parties
and Valentines days

and Christmas and more Valentines days and more birthdays and and Easters and dinner parties...
And well, now it is time for a change.
I got a wild hair a few weeks back and took the curtains down.
When I told my hubby that I wanted to go all white with the room, he looked at me like I was crazy. I was taking down very nice, very expensive wonderful curtains to try out a hair-brained idea of inexpensive IKEA curtains?! But my husband is very generous and spoils me, so he said and uncertain, "OK," and left me to my dreaming.
So here's where our dining room stands now:  
2 sets of white IKEA panels     $20
4 sets of allen and roth curtain rings     $44
white table cloth from Walmart    $10
I have also bought primer and very, very light grey paint to paint the yellow wall paper   $50

This weekend my mom is coming to help me paint, and I'm going to try to figure out some kind of wall art. We also might paint this shelf 
a nice grey (?) maybe.
I'm also thinking about this grey rug from
A 7 1/2 by 9 1/2 rug would cost $200 with the sale they're running. A little bit more than the $25 Craigslist rug we have right now, but it's something worth thinking about.

I'm excited about going from a beautiful but busy and colorful room to a calm, clean white.
Are there any suggestions out there for the wall art for a white, calm room?
Happy decorating!


  1. I can't wait to see it!!!!!! I am a gray-lover, so I'm excited about the white and gray pairing you've chosen! :) It's so versatile. You could do a fun pop of yellow, or red or turquoise on the walls and it'll be wonderful!

  2. We have just moved to a new (older) home and will be redoing a lot! Can't wait to see this makeover!

  3. What about a mirror for one of the walls? The Insyde Outsyde Shoppe always has nice ones for cheap. -Alison

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  5. It already looks great, but I'm sure it will look even better when it's finished!

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  6. I LOVE the look of a crisp, white/grey sunny dining room! I think it's coming along nicely! When we move this summer, I'm going to paint most of our rooms in this beautiful light grey by Benjamin Moore that I found on Pinterest. . . stonington grey or revere pewter. Or maybe a mix of both in different rooms. . . because I can't STAND the military issue off-white in military housing, but if it's a light neutral, then I can change things up more often than I can now with my wonderful deep and cozy reddish orange dining and living room.

  7. I think a mirror would look good and make the room feel bigger as well.

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  8. It's always nice to have a change! and whites will make it all fresh and clean! It's looking great so far! Enjoy the painting - looking forward to seeing what wall art you decide on!

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    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success