11.03.2009

May I Present: The Dining Room Reveal


You guys have all been so patient, putting up with all my teasers (trying to buy myself time), and encouraging me with threatening emails supportive comments....I decided to go ahead and show you the 99.9% finished room and put an end to the suspense.  Now before we get to the eye candy, let me remind you what this 10X12 room looked like when we first saw the house...not a lot here to work with, let me tell ya.

Maybe I shoulda kept the dusty plastic ivy?
 
Alright, enough of that.
READY???  Can you see it?




Ah....at long last. Enjoy the tour!




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 




Keepin' it real:  The back wall that's awaiting it's adornment.
 

And this little corner will be getting a new wood file cabinet (which will be shabbi-fied)  and hooks for boys' bookbags as we use this room mainly for homework and study. 
 


As soon as that last big wall project is done (hopefully by the Gorilla Glue Party at Shanty 2 Chic on Thursday) I'll post a pic, as well as when I get the boys' little corner done.  I'm sure I'll be adding things, changing things, moving around the furniture.  That's what I do, ya know. Can't help myself.

Let me know if you have any questions about how I did something or whatever.  I'll focus in on most of the individual projects, my thought processes and what changed as I moved from project to project, the frustrations and challenges, and all that kinda stuff coming up in the next couple weeks.

Thanks for hanging in there with me.  Knowing I had a bit of an audience really pushed me to do my very best and see it thru to the (almost) end.  As I was editing the pics and getting them posted, I was surprised by how much of it was done with repurposing secondhand stuff, thrifty finds, crafty projects, stolen inspiration from other awesome bloggers, some ingenuity, and just plain hard work.  It doesn't look like a furniture store with matchy-matchy stuff, an upscale lake cottage staged by a professional, nor a fancy magazine layout....it looks like me, with stuff I love to see and play with.  It looks like MY room.  So much of ME went into this room, and I'm happy with the result (as happy as a perfectionist decorator can be).
I hope you all find some inspiration you can take with you.

 


This post will be partying it up at the following places: 
Soft Place to Land: DIY Day 
Faded Charm: White Wednesday 
The Shabby Chic Cottage: Transformation Thursday  

My Romantic Home: Show and Tell Friday 
Funky Junk Interiors: Saturday Nite Special

Shades of Pink: Room a Month
Between Naps on the Porch: Metamorphosis Monday


EDITED:  Added this bad boy to the Thrifty Decor Chick's Before and After Party 03/10




92 comments:

fairmaiden said...

It's SO PRETTY! You have done an amazing transformation!!! So soft and peaceful now. A perfect little room to study in. I love the sheer curtained window with white dresser in front. I would never think to do that either. Looks fabulous! And the empty wall, I like empty. The Beach Cottage is a perfect place for inspiration for beauty in empty walls.

Traci @ Beneath My Heart said...

I absolutely adored this transformation! It so charming and inviting. This is a room I would love to hang out it. I especially love the plate rack with all the birds.
I love it all, and I do think it looks "magazine ready"!
Blessings,
Traci

Lou Cinda said...

SO beautiful!! Love the curtains! It looks so dreamy and creamy and pure!

Love it! You did so great!

Lou Cinda :)

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

GORGEOUS! Totally, one hundred percent, without a doubt SO worth the wait (and your hardwork). It is absolutely loverly!

Johanna said...

stunning work! i love it. it turned out great! excellent job! it has the charming look that i love.

Jenglamgirl said...

ABSOLUTLY IN LOVE WITH ALL OF IT. That buffet too, I am drooling! GREAT GREAT JOB! LOVE the photo editing too... soft focus is fab.

Design A-Peele said...

looks soo great! quite impressed!

Brenda@ **Dragonflys and Stars** said...

Beautiful! I will have to go back and study the details. It all flows together so nicely for a great presentation. Good job!

Mimi said...

OMG, that is stunning!

Kate said...

Hey Cindy

wow girl its like a BHG magazine. Very impressive I love it every bit of it. It was worth the wait!!

Love the birds in the shelf!!!!

I can see some of those bird ornaments in this new dining room.

Hugs Kate

Stefanie said...

absolutely amazing and stunningly gorgeous!!!! I want to come over for dinner! :) Hey and thanks for keeping it real!!! I love that we can do that with our bloggy friends!!!

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Beautiful job!!!

The White Farmhouse said...

I think you are wrong though. The room does look like a fancy magazine layout! It is absolutely gorgeous! I am soooo glad that you didn't ask for everyone to post what is their fav part, cause I would be dumbfounded. I love everything! Your chairs look amazing! It's hard to beleive that is the same 17.00 hutch. I would have passed that by without a second look! Now, I want it! I can't even imagine what you have in mind for the wall, but I can't wait to see!

Grammy Suzzy and DJ Doran said...

You did just a marvelous job! I am not usually a fan of white, but you did everything so well, so lovely, that...well, new fan here!!

Jennifer Juniper said...

You've made the most of this small space! It's perfectly cottage :)

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Your dining room is so pretty. You did a wonderful job with it.

P@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

Wow it is AMAZINGly beautified!
I love it!

Funky Junk Interiors said...
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Funky Junk Interiors said...

Stunning. In every way possible. Peace is the perfect sign to put in that room!

Love how the whites dance against the dark woods. And you've managed to create a WARM white room, and that is not so easy to accomplish!

Another thing I love is how you didn't find it necessary to box the room in with big furniture. I LOVE how you divided your furnishings up like that! Makes the room appear so much larger.

(busy scribbling notes here...)

I rate this one an A+!!

P.S. I'm totally missing the dusty plastic ivy... will it return??? :)

Donna

The DIY Show Off said...

Oh Cindy! It's breathtaking! You did a fantastic job! What a beautiful transformation! Do I see a "show off" feature? You deserve it! I LOVE it!

Roeshel

Allison said...

Oh my word! Beautiful room! I might just steal some of your ideas! Thanks for visiting my blog and yes spray paint covers a lot!

Anonymous said...

DID YOU ALL KOW THAT THIS IS MY SIS-TAAAA??? She got all the decorting talent. I'm the homey with the matchy-matchy furniture and fake bamboo plants. I love it, Cin!! You NEED to go into business doing this for others!

jen said...

what a gorgeous transformation! -it looks so comfortable and inviting. i even love the little candle with the monogram on it -- what did you use for that?
gorgeous!!!

Wanda said...

Wanda @ Two Carolina Nesters

It's just absolutely gorgeous. You're so talented. I'm a new follower!!

Judy said...

I've got one word for your dining room - WOW! I'm slowly but surely going over to the neutral colors in my home. Did you see my dining room in a prior post? I love the contrast of light and dark. My sunroom is going to get a makeover soon, just as soon as I can decide on a wall color, and it will be lots of neutrals and a revamped sideboard.

Hugs!
Judy

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is beautiful! Wonderful makeover!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh wow, what a wonderful transformation. It is just gorgeous. I love the soft tan and all the white. Gives you room to use a lot of colors for accessories. Your drapes are perfect and all the furniture looks wonderful. You should be proud. It is beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Wow, it's beautiful! great job taking pictures too!

Polly said...

Very pretty! You did a fabulous job!

Nancy said...

It's beautiful!! It really is! Love all the white. It's so fresh and serene looking. Great job!!!!

Nancy

Ticking and Toile said...

wow Cindy!!! totally amazing!!! you did a fantastic job! First of all...your photography is so beautiful. Where to start...? I love the mirror shot w/ the 1st peak...love all the little vignettes around the room. The painted furniture is scrumptious and THIS will shock you....I lOVE the ticking slipcover!!! :-}

I just can't believe the transformation. Fantastic Fabulous job!

Shellagh

PS

Thanks SOOO much for coming by my blog & for the sweet comment! It is so wonderful to have the support of my bloggy friends when doing all this 'home stuff'!

Shellagh

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

Nice make over. AND you know I really like the little touches. I love the pussy willows--I love love love those. I also love the wire basket with the napkin and silverware--so pretty. Love the white birds on the table. AND I love your plate holder!!

TheOldPostRoad said...

Beautiful! Good job. I love those plates and the plate rack. I hope you are able to keep the kids out!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Now that is a makeover! Well done!!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Oh my you have done such a marvelous job with your dining room!! I bet you are just lovin it!! I have those little birds on you sweet shelf too! Need to spray paint them!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

One would never know it was related to the first room! What an outstanding job, very beautiful with a soothing color palette. And as always, stunning photos! Enjoy the new space!
Janell

Funky Junk Interiors said...

I couldn't help myself. Your dining room is on my Today's Hot Find for Nov 4/09. It's just that good. :)

Funky Junk Donna

Chloe and Co. said...

Oh so pretty! I also love how you're having the room have a dual-purpose with the study corner. Your photography is great the way captured the details in the room, too.

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Cindy!!! What a beautiful transformation!! I know you must just love going in there ~ you did a wonderful job!! xxoo, Dawn

Maggie B said...

Cindy,
It is wonderful, so calm and peaceful.
Can't wait to see what you do next.
Thanks for visiting me so often in Normandy and for your lovely comments every time, 'preciate it.
Maggie

Lisa said...

Amazing transformation. Love the soft creamy colours. It's very serene. I love it!
Lisa

Candace said...

I love the curtains!

Rita said...

Perfect choice for the wall color, it's amazing what white can do to a room. Happy White Wednesday Ciao Rita from mammabellarte

Fairy Footprints said...

Oh what a wonderful make over it turned out wonderfully.

I hope you are able to stop over and visit me soon, I am having a giveaway.

Blessings,
Heidi

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Wow, where to start...I love it. Love the white. The chairs I think look fantastic. Love the plate shelf with the peace sign. Every part of the dining room is elegant, chic, peaceful, inviting. It makes me want to go clean my kitchen! hahaha.
Great post.
Blessings,
Debbie

Faded Charm said...

Your Dining room look beautiful. Great job and your photos turned out perfect. I love the one showing the room throught the mirror. Sometimes we need that extra pressure to get things done. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.

Kathleen

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Fabulous transformation and so beautifully photographed as well!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi Cindy, Great job, a beautiful transformation! Being real is the most important thing in decorating. I got sucked into the "having to make fast decisions" when we bought our house. It took me several years and a lot of contemplation to find "ME" in all of it!
Debra

Annette said...

That is a beautiful transformation! I especially love what you did with the ladderback chairs.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

It looks beautiful!

Shannon said...

So much better! I absolutely love it! Great job! Love the slipcover seat, and the pretty white dresser/buffet. So nice!

Gypsy Brocante said...

INCREDIBLE! ... very well done ... I can tell you have put a lot of time and effort into your project, it shows!! Give yourself a big pat on the back!!

xo
Jill

REbekah said...

Um, did ya hear that thud?? it was my chin hitting the floor!! WOW WOW WOW!!! What a transformation!!!! Looks beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

deborah said...

The Peace sign is perfect for this oh-so-peaceful room. GREAT job~ Deborah

Katie@Yoga Gal said...

Oh, it's marvelous! I love the chandelier and the white chairs with the table! Bravo!!!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

Congrats!!! I hope you have some big holiday plans so that you can show that sucker off!

Claudia said...

Fabulous - what a transformation! It is really lovely.

Leanne said...

I'm in love with your dining room. I love the contrast of the dark and white. It's just so beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

Tara said...

You did a great job. I love all the white! Your plates are so pretty. I am so excited for your new space.

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Lovely! goodbye ugly wallpaper

pk said...

What a transformation! So pretty now... Great job!

pk @ Room Remix

Hootin' Anni said...

AMAZING makeover.

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Anna said...

beautiful room! I love it, what an amazing transformation

Chris said...

I can't stop staring at it! May I come over for dinner? How about just some coffee? A glass of water? Wonderful, beautiful room!

AnNicole@Our Suburban Cottage said...

Beautiful! There are just so many details to love! I too live in a cottage in the 'burbs (hence, the name of my blog), and so I know what you mean about breathing life into a tract home. You did an amazing job!

glor said...

Your room is absolutely beautiful. What a job you did. Loved looking at every picture!

Chari said...

Hello...

Ohhh my...this is absolutely gorgeous! What an awesome transformation...doesn't even look like the same room or furniture as far as that goes! I love the wall color that you chose and I like that you kept the chair rail! Now...I know that you have some blood, sweat, and tears in redoing all that furniture but it looks sooo beautiful!!! Isn't it just sooo exciting...completely transforming a room? You did such a terrific job...you should be sooo proud, my friend! Thank you for sharing your "reveal" with us today!!! I loved it...what a sweet treat!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Leann said...

What a transformation. So simple and classic, I love it!

Leann

KellyH said...

You Rocked it! Looks Great!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What a marvelous transformation. It looks so warm and inviting.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

It bears repeating... my Nov 3 comment...

Stunning. In every way possible. Peace is the perfect sign to put in that room!

Love how the whites dance against the dark woods. And you've managed to create a WARM white room, and that is not so easy to accomplish!

Another thing I love is how you didn't find it necessary to box the room in with big furniture. I LOVE how you divided your furnishings up like that! Makes the room appear so much larger.

(busy scribbling notes here...)

I rate this one an A+!!

P.S. I'm totally missing the dusty plastic ivy... will it return??? :)

Thanks for linking up to SNS #4!

Funky Junk Donna

Mrs. Nepper said...

Love it. Absolutely love it!

Blue Creek Home said...

It's gorgeous! Every single thing is beautiful. I loved enlarging the photos and checking out all the pretty things up close.
Rhonda

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful job that you did! Thanks for showing us.

Shelia said...

Your room has turned out so beautifully! I coupd spend lots of time hee.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Sedona @ MyDivineDelights said...

Totally sigh worthy!! Love the space!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful! Love the table, the drapery, everything works together so nicely. I'd like to know more about the drapery ~ did you make them, did you hang them that way for the top poof?

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Meee again! Wait, don't kick me out yet! Your lovely dining room is on the SNS #4's highlights. I go now. Okay bye... ;)

http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/2009/11/highlights-from-sns-4-window-treatments.html

FJ Donna

Its So Very Cheri said...

What a great transformation. Thanks you for sharing. I will add you to my reader. I hope you will come by for a visit.

Cheri

Sabrina said...

Great Work! I love the wall color. Super relaxing and inviting.

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

Beautiful. I love the plate rack and the peace sign. It's very welcoming.

Dena
sweetpicklesandchocolate

mycitycottage said...

I love everything you did. My dream room you made I became jealous.

Annette @ Designs By A Rose said...

GORGEOUS! It's so peaceful and pretty! I can see sweet romantic dinners and crazy birthday parties in that dining room. What a beautiful reveal! LUV it!!!

At Town Square said...

That is some transformation. Wow! Wow! Wow! Beautiful. Been blogging since Sept. -stop by.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Wow! What a difference! 100% better now! It really looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Wendy said...

It is beautiful. Was wondering did you paint the frame on the mirror white? I have a gold mirror that I want to paint and yours looks beautiful.
Love everything!!

Carol said...

I love your blog and this room makeover! Did you make the window treatments or buy them?

Lindsey@creativeattempts said...

Cindy, that's amazing!!! Who woulda thought that room had that potential?!! Great job and nice to 'meet' you :)

Anonymous said...

BEAUTIFUL!! Please, please please tell me about the curtains. I love them!! I have been searching, praying, digging etc. to find some like this for a price in my budget. THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION!! You are amazing!!
joni

Elise said...

Very pretty room!

micheal jackson said...

Metroloftfurniture.com has one of the largest selections of Shabby Chic Dining Room on the web so check it out.

.me. said...

Wow! Your room looks fabulous!!

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