We just completed our dining room makeover and couldn't be happier with the results!
Here is a before picture. Not terrible, but it definitely needed some updating!
The beadboard ceiling is original to the house. It was worth every blister! :-)
This painting is really what inspired the decor in the room. A dear friend saw a picture of Justus and I and surprised us by painting it. Although I would never have chosen to have myself painted, I love it as this is one of my favorite moments (I had just had our second daughter, Rosetta) and the painting captures every feeling so beautifully. When it was given to me, I struggled with where to display it, but somehow it seemed to fit best in the dining room.
The buffet is also original to the house and still has the original hardware.
I decided to paint the interior a subtle gray blue.
This cubby is also an original built in... I believe it was used for a telephone but I don't know much about the history of that (if you do, please share!). I sewed the curtains... so simple... and so affordable! The dining room is located between the kitchen and the living room, so I was hoping to find fabric that would tie together the hints of blue in the kitchen and the red in the living room. The fabric is by Waverly.
Moving around the room (the room is large... over 200 square feet, which is why refinishing the ceiling was such a painful process).
Above the piano is an antique sheet music wreath. You can find the tutorial here .
The last wall contains a toy box for the girls and an antique piano stool that once belonged to my husband's stepdad's grandfather. I love that it found a home with us. The wall is empty for a reason... I hope to find the perfect antique clock one day to hang there!
This tray is also very special to me, as it was painted by a dear friend. It helps to have such talented friends! ;-)
The one remaining project I have in the room is the chairs! I can't decide between long white dining room chair slipcovers or if I should simply reupholster the fabric with some white twill... I would love your opinion... let me know what you think!