Today I am going to show you a mini make-over of our dining room here on Grand Avenue.
Really only a few small changes - fresh paint and new drapery fabric,
but they have freshened it up for me.
In the picture below, you will see the dining room in a picture from a few years ago.
I loved the washed matalasse drapes I had made, with the french flop valance and the tasselly trim, but the sun had done some serious damage to the fabric and it was looking shabby, but not chic.
I spotted the green fabric and the deal was done. Some of you careful observers will notice that this is the same fabric used in the living room make over and you get a gold star!!!
My talented seamstress friend Patti patiently removed the tassel trim from the faded red drapes and made me some gorgeous new green taffeta drapes, re- using the same trim.
Patti will be mad at me for calling them "drapes", but I just can't stand saying "window treatments"! At least I didn't say "curtains"... That's a mortal sin, apparently.
Anyhoo, here is the before of the old dining room paint color and the red drapes:
The wall paint was a khaki color that looked good on the sample, but in my house, it made everyone in the room look a little drab... I never loved it.
We chose a lighter, glowy yellow gold for the walls and here they are with the new drapes:
It looks much fresher to me, lighter and sunnier, a little bit luminous
and you careful observers know how much I like things to be luminous!
Since we basically live in the woods (14 oak trees!) this room only gets sunlight in the morning.
And I am rarely dining here in the morning...
So lighter and brighter is always better for me.
Here is a close up of the new green drapes sporting their tasselly trim:
And here's the dining room table, set for lunch in a simple silver, green and white color scheme.
I recovered the vanilla looking fabric on the dining chairs with 4 different printed fabrics -
and the shades on the chandelier are also different - a mash-up, if you will...
When I was trying to decide which fabric to use to recover the chairs, I had lots of fabric left over from various projects in the house. I laid them out on the chairs and I loved them all,
so I thought - why not use them all?
There are four different fabrics on eight chairs, since I love symmetry, even in my mash-ups.
You careful observers might recognize some of the chair fabrics, too.
Forgive the different lighting in the above photos -
the chairs really do look nice together in the same room.
Does this help?
I loved being able to use the leftover fabrics.
Now, what to do with the boxes of fabric in the basement
from when I worked in a fabric store in High School???
Here's the chandelier with two different kinds of shades. What do you think?
The kraft paper colored ones were nice, but seemed kind of blah
and using all red paisley ones made the room too dark, so...
A Mash -up!
And here's a sneak peak at my red transfer ware collection- it's on display in the dining room-
maybe a nice Valentines Day post...
Does this house look familiar to anyone else?
I guess I just like what I like...
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