Thursday, June 5, 2014

Dining Room - Before & After

It is reflection time again. I have shied away from sharing a before and after of my dining room because it is incomplete in my eyes. I still need some window treatments, wall hangings, a rug perhaps. But I am sick of waiting, and I want to share it with you because it is my happy place. Seriously, I sometimes just sit in my front room and stare at the dining room because it is so pretty and peaceful. 

The before pic is actually from our house's listing before we bought it back in September, and the furniture you see belonged to the former owner. We put down the hardwood before we moved in along with some taller baseboards, and I also seized the opportunity to paint under the chair rail while we were stripped down to subfloors. There is nothing that is less me than a warm toned red, and I knew it had to go even before I had any kind of vision for this room.

The walls were painted with Sherwin-Williams Hazel in late fall, and we installed the light from Menards shortly after. I inherited the main pieces for this room early this year and eventually painted the table and hutch which you might have seen before if you have been visiting Pretty Distressed for a while now. Most of the decor in the room along with the two end chairs are from HomeGoods, another happy place of mine.

While I love HGTV, there is no instant gratification in a real life makeover. I work on things as time and budget allows. I hope you, too, can take the time to enjoy your space where it is and not get hung up on where you want it to be some day. My dining room journey is not over, but I am still getting a lot of joy out of how far it has come. To be continued...

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  1. Beautiful!! I love it, Christina!

  2. You are right, real life decorating takes time and it evolves and changes...
    What you have done is wonderful! Everything is so peaceful.

  3. That table is stunning. And I love the light fixture too. We just moved into a fixer-upper so I appreciate the inspiration!

  4. Thank you for all the love, ladies!

  5. It looks so fresh and relaxing. I love the colors. Real life decorating is nothing like TV decorating! Not only does it take time but patience as you wait to be able to afford things and for the inspiration and ideas to flow. Don't worry, I'm in the process of looking for window treatments for my den. I'm practicing a lot of patience here!!! haha

  6. It looks so peaceful! A question: Did you sew the cushion for the rush chairs? I have some that are similar but the seat is not terribly comfortable. Did you add the strap around the back to hold it on? Thanks for any answers you can give me.

    1. Thank you. And to answer your question, the cushions came with the chairs. I didn't se them.

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