Friday, June 28, 2013

Dining Room Challenges

There are two things that really bother me about our dining room currently: 1) the terrible fabric that is on our chairs (and maybe the chairs in general), and 2) our cheapo light fixture. The sellers put in this light fixture as an update before selling the house, and it probably replaced something much worse. But still. It is just so ho-hum boring and Home Depot-tastic. It needs to go.


There is the living room as it stands, and there are the offending chairs and light. The Chippendale chairs and the Hepplewhite table just aren't jiving, and of course there is that dreadful fabric. I just can't do anything about those chairs right now, but I finally made a decision on a light.

After reviewing photos of dining rooms that I love (here's to you, Pinterest!), I found that the common theme was a white or light chandelier with moderate crystal. Ideally, it visually blends into the room. I've always loved the French empire shape, but usually they are a bit over the top (both in sparkle and price). This French empire-inspired chandelier from Restoration Hardware fit my requirements, and it is surprisingly affordable. What? Restoration Hardware affordable?? I know, I don't get it either, but maybe it is because it is actually from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child.


Yes, I am planning on putting a light in my dining room that Restoration Hardware considers "baby's first light fixture". The scale seems right, and the rustic white makes me think it will work. Fingers crossed.



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Woodlawn Blue in the Foyer (redux)

I posted a bit of a before and after on the foyer a long time ago, but as I am now doing a series of before and after, I figure it is worth a revisit.
The before pictures are scary, but here you go. Knotty pine at its worst. I didn't take very good photos because these were at our initial walk-through and I may have been trying to avert my eyes. Can you imagine this being the first thing that you saw when you walked into the house? Can you believe that we bought it? Well, nothing like the power of a little primer and paint.



 Oh boy. Are you still with me? Because I wouldn't blame you if you clicked away. Let us quickly get onto the After shots. So Woodlawn Blue on the walls over two coats of Zinsser B.I.N. Primer. If you are painting knotty pine, you must use a shellack-based primer! It is a beast to work with as far as smell and clean up, but you have to use it. Think how sad you would be if those pine knots started bleeding sap through your paint! (And they would. Oh, yes, they would.)

Oh, right AFTER.



This is my kind of DIY: Painting and hanging hooks. The back of the front door is one of my favorite changes: Benjamin Moore Raccoon Fur. How could you not love a paint color called Raccoon Fur? Walls are Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue, and the trim is Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. The hooks and copper boot tray are from Target.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Palladian Blue in the Breakfast Nook

Has it really been over two years since I have posted? Yes, it really has. And I did not know that I would post here again. I am quite simply completely overblogged. But suddenly I have all these photos of updates I have made to the house over the past couple of years, and if this blog does nothing else for the vast Internet, it does supply some real photos of paint colors. So I bring you Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue.

I realized that I have done all my painting in the kitchen after my last blog post, and I have appreciated it every day since I have done it.

Here is the before picture that I snapped on my walk through of the house before we bought it. You can see the cozy little scene the realtor set up, allowing me to imagine myself sipping coffee whilst sitting on tiny patio furniture in my kitchen.


Here is what the kitchen looks like now. Walls are painted with Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue, and wainscoting is painted with Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace.

We also changed out the light fixture to this vaguely nautical one which makes me happy. The chairs weigh about 3 tons each and were purchased for $15 total from some lady who sells vintage stuff. I think they must have come from a school or some institution where they value things that are indestructible. I did paint them as they were a terrible maroon color when I got them.

I know what you are here for is the Palladian Blue. Yes, it is all they say it is. Beautiful, beachy, a little blue and a little green (anything remotely teal is my favorite). Try it, you may just love it.



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