Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dining Room Design - Progress

Some good things have been happening in the dining room since [this post] was made nearly a year ago!  Do you all remember this mood board?

The mood board for the dining room was based off of the colors found in a peacock feather, along with raw woods and some 'bling' brought in using gold and brass tones.  

The first thing we did to start the room's makeover last Fall was to paint the dining room from the original lavender color to a gray.  You can learn more about that process and the paint color chosen here.

Next we tackled the exposed wood bookcase you can see in the mood board, but without paying the Restoration Hardware price for one.  Using a standard Vittsjo metal bookcase from Ikea, we made a RH knockoff bookcase for the room that came under $100. [find out more about that here

With a stroke of luck I scored a set of mirrors this past Spring at an estate sale for $15 and arranged them on the wall [here is a guide for how I used paper bags to help me arrange them on the wall].  I hope to add more in the future, but it's nice to have something on the walls for now.

Most recently we were able to give away the piano that came with the house to some good friends who will use it, and I was able to move the buffet table that I bought at another estate sale (gotta love them!) in the piano's place and gave it a makeover with MMS's milk paint. [learn milk paint's benefits and how to paint with it here]

Overall, from the paint supplies to the furniture, we've spent only $250 to get the room this far!  Not bad if I do say so myself.

Here's the present to-do list and what we still have waiting to be accomplished:

Dining Room To-Do List:

- replace dining room table (it came with the house and isn't our style)
- remove piano
"Restoration Hardware-ify" bookcase
- find chairs (the ones we're currently using are borrowed)
- reupholster or replace head-chairs 
- curtains
- get buffet table
- accessorize
- framed art

My next goal is the dining room table and chairs, so I'm on the lookout!

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