Dining Room Reveal – Designing on a Dime

The dining room is ready for its big reveal….

You guys have been so patient.  Waiting while I painted the walls white, while I re-stained the table and painted the dining room set in Chalk Paint®.

While I pondered and thought and thought some more about chair fabric – ultimately going with Sunbrella because of the little sticky hands that are attached to my little sticky boys.

Do you remember what it looked like before:

This was the night before we moved in and here it is before I’d painted anything (when the kids were still home from school during the summer)…

The best part about this room other than being French, girlie and filled with blue, is..

The most expensive item was the chandelier at $350!

Okay, I know Marian (AKA Miss Mustard Seed) got her’s at a yard sale for peanuts but I did very well on the rest of the room.

My dining room set was from Freecycle – which means it was FREE!  Yup, free.  But it was yellow and pink and the top was in bad shape when I got it.  I just had to be a furniture hoarder for a few years (storing pieces in the attic and under guest beds) until I got that little dining room to put it in and some time to refinish it.

I decided white walls were best choice for our new dining room to offset my furniture.

Do you recognize the Lady Grey Hutch?!?  It used to be in my office area and then in the sunroom, but now it has found a home here.  She cost me a whopping $50 at a consignment shop.  Prior to painting, this piece looked heavy and dated, but now she looks, oh, so French.

I decided she looked better than the other hutch, Juliette.  So Juliette is for sale.  Let me know if you’re interested.

I opted for soft and neutral linen curtains hung on a wooden rod to match the dark wood molding and accents in our home.

I made the antique music wreath for my open studio and decided to keep it.  It just looks so perfect over there.  I will be making more to sell though.

I was going to paint that French side chair, but I’m actually loving it dark. What do you think?!?

This picture is an antique lithograph called “The Time Honored Guest” by W. Dendy Sadler and it used to hang in my parents’ restaurant, Baldwin’s.

I did a bit of research and found out that he was an English artist famous for his humorous scenes in which he’d use locals as extras.  This particular piece has an inscription on the back and was given to the head of Geddings School in Halifax, England.  It was one of my favorite antique pieces that they had in the restaurant and I feel so honored that it now hangs in my dining room.

So there is the dining room!  We christened it with a lasagna dinner the other night.  Book Club is coming over tonighht for an Italian feast.  What do you think?!?

You may be interested in some of these other posts about finishing the room:

Dining Room Source List:
– Wall Color – Mascarpone by Benjamin Moore
– MMS Milk Paint and Chalk Paint® on Furniture – Sea Rose Cottage
–  Linen Curtains – Ikea ($49.99 a pair)
– Curtain Rods / Hardware – Lowes
– Dining Room Set – Freecycle, Old White Chalk Paint® and Dark Walnut Stain by Minwax
– Chair Fabric – Canvas Spa Sunbrella from Online Fabric Store ($21.95 a yard)
– Chandelier – 3A Antiques ($350)
– Lady Grey Hutch – ($50), Consignment Store, Old White, Paris Grey and Old Violet Chalk Paint®
– “Simone” Antique Dresser – ($20) Yard Sale, painted in MMS Milk Paint in Eulalie’s Sky with Old         White Chalk Paint® accents and drawers
– Placemats – Ikea ($3.99 each)
– Flowers – Trader Joe’s ($1.99 a bunch)


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  1. says

    It looks beautiful! I really, really love the refinished dining room table top. It just sings in the space. The whole set looks fantastic! Well worth the wait. So fitting to have the antique lithograph in the dining room. I am glad after all the hard work you are getting to enjoy the space with your family and friends. Great job!

  2. says

    Hi lovely lady.
    Your dining room is Gorgeous love how you put this all together for your family. I know you must be so happy the room is done now. I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.

  3. says

    Your dining room is really beautiful, I love that chandelier! It’s kind of the “crown” of the whole room, isn’t it. I love to see rooms that someone has put together the thrifty way that you have.

  4. says

    Beautiful Danielle ~ the room is really stunning! I would just sit in there after the kids go to bed and soak it in every night! :) Congrats and enjoy it! Kim @ Exquisitely Unremarkable

  5. says

    The architecture in your room is incredible, Danielle, and you have brought it to life in the most beautiful ways. I love that you kept the deep, rich tones of the wood and that dark chair is so lovely with it. The whites are a subtle, warming contrast that brings this room to perfection. Enjoy!

  6. says

    Hi Danielle: I saw the pictures for your open studio and was disappointed to see Juliette for sale :( Is she too small for the spot? I like her so much better. Oh well, your house, your choice and I am in Florida so . . . The room is lovely!

    • says

      So sorry to dissapoint you, Patti-Ann. There were a few reasons, I switched the hutches. I thought the larger one looked better and I thought the grey broke up all the white. But the main reason is I had the grey hutch out in our sunroom which isn’t heated and I was really worried about it cracking. So Juliette is looking for a new home because I don’t have another room for her.

  7. says

    I’m so glad I read this post. I want to do our dining room table like you have yours and was going to sand that bugger. I don’t know if it’s veneer or wood either. Will definitely strip it now. Thanks so much!

  8. says

    What a stunning dining room! I want to do ours soon, and this is so inspiring. I popped over from Inspire Me Please (which, clearly, you did!). Thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  9. says

    Your finished dining room looks gorgeous. I love the larger hutch and spending that bit extra on the chandelier was definitely worth it, because you did so well with everything else.

  10. says

    Danielle! This is gorgeous! So inviting, comfortable and beautiful! How charming it is that you have that painting from your parents’ restaurant! Pieces like that have such heart to them. You really are turning your new house into a love-filled home! Hugs, Leena

  11. says

    You did a grat job and the room looks beautiful!
    I ike the idea of recovering the old things you already had, it’s also a ecological way of living!
    Brava brava!

  12. says

    I found you through Sharon @ Eliz & Co and I am your newest follower. You did a beautiful job! BEAUTIFUL! I will put your name on my sidebar right away, too. I am so glad to find your sweet blog- xo Diana

  13. says

    I love your dining room! Gorgeous! I re-did my dining room furniture in a similar palette two summers ago but I am going to re-do it again!! because this past summer, I scored a solid dining set with caned chairs similar to yours. I am anxious to get at them but it’s getting cold here in Toronto. Thanks for posting and inspiring me!

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