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a little paint goes a long way

June 29, 2009

The old owner’s dining room was a floral haven (nightmare?), and it was dark!  Very dark!  The old wallpaper and the old dark wainscotting, paired with the old, stained, and slightly faded green carpet didn’t quite come together in the way I would have liked.

So, we changed (some of) it.  I removed the wallpaper, painted the wainscotting white (it took >4 coats of paint), and painted the upper part of the wall beige (Potter’s Wheel by Martha Stewart – at Lowe’s).  We covered some of the faded carpet with a rug, and eventually, we hope to lose the carpet altogether and replace with wood floors.

Overall,  we were pleasantly surprised by the change that just a few coats of paint can bring about.  The new color scheme really makes the room feel bigger, hipper, and fresher (as much as a room can feel “fresh”).

We plan to hang a few shelves on either side of the window in the picture above, and we’ve chosen a few pieces of art (that we already own) to hang elsewhere in the room.  (You can see them sitting around in the pictures here – some of them need to be re-framed before they can be hung).

You might also notice that there’s no chandelier in these pics.  The chandelier has undergone a transformation also, and will be re-hung (and blogged about) as soon as it’s finished.

No, we don’t have much done in here, but we’re pleased as punch with this room’s progress.  What do you think?  Also, we’re looking for a good greige (gray-beige) to paint the living room, so if you’ve got any suggestions, send them our way!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 30, 2009 8:52 am

    Yay for the blog move!! Your dining room looks great!

  2. mom permalink
    June 30, 2009 5:43 pm

    Ok, so now that I have visited, I can’t wait to see the transformation! Of course I was thinking about the bathroom remodel a little too hard and now I have to ask “Have you taken a few tiles and looked at a sample with the grout in between it?” I am worried you may not like the grey inbetween and then it is too late to remove it. It would be very worthwhile to see a sample before you commit to anything so permanent. The only way to change tile grout is to start over from scratch!!! What if it looks dinghy or just too crazy in that small space? The floor pattern is great but with an obvious pattern on the walls too, will it be too overpowering? (and I am just saying this because I am totally not a visionary and cannot imagine how things will look until I can actually SEE it)

    There goes your mom sticking her nose into things!

  3. Debbie permalink
    June 30, 2009 6:14 pm

    So happy to read your blog again! I love it! The picture at the top is great and the dining room looks great also. I’m waiting patiently for more news.

  4. July 14, 2009 10:43 pm

    That does not look like the same room. The paint totally changed it, as you obviously know! I like it! Keep up the good work!

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