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My dining room mini revamp

Not too long ago we moved into a new home in the country. The house is cute, and the property is fabulous… the inside, however, really lacked in character and personality. I had a friend need some film footage for a project he was working on so I volunteered and thought the dining room would be a great place to start!

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This is what we started with:

SxS dining wall before

You can see the light peeking out at the corner here:

sxs full wall before

ok, I know some of you love beige.. can I just say…nicely… that I do not. Honestly, even a little bit. The whole house is this color and it is not at ALL growing on me- It actually depresses me. The worst part is I really analyzed my issue and it also is that while depressing.. there is technically nothing “wrong” with it and it looks “fine”. Therefore I mentally move painting walls WAY down on the list.. and the cycle continues..

Luckily, I have a firm grasp of what I want to do with this room, so I started here. It’s small so dark all over is too much. Enter the accent wall… but not just any accent wall- it HAD to be metallic and deep.

The room is tiny so here are some shots of what we were dealing with:

sxs filming wall before

Poor Jeff, these are tight quarters. He made it work though!

sxs filming Jeff

I settled on Blue. Here is the thing, Shabby Paints didn’t have a deep blue… So I begged. Lucky me, it worked, and I got something at least for my room. (Be nice to your boss people)

I started with one quick coat of Shabby Paints in Marine Blue. I probably could have skipped it, but since it’s over such a high contrast color with the blue, I didn’t want to risk making a mess on camera.

sxs wall first coat

You see what else I did there? I taped and used masking paper! Seriously, I NEVER do that. I just fix the mistakes later… we were on a timeline here and I needed to work fast, it was a good trade-off. Splotchy because you can see where I started to rush, but no big deal.. it’s a super dark color over it. (Which is a SO fabulous cheat)

One coat of that “new for me” Shabby Shimmer:

sxs shimmer coat done

It’s not even dry in this picture which also does not do the amazing deliciousness that this is wall any justice. Here is another shot for you taken a week later when the paint was cured and had time to really deepen.

sxs shimmer ready

You can see where I am going with all of this, right? When Brian’s father died last year we inherited ALL the family silver and history- ALL of it. Super incredible pieces and boxes of old books and documents… but seriously, this house is TINY and I am all about purging. I didn’t want to move it out.. and I didn’t want to store it all either (there is a ridiculous amount of “history” y’all).

Displaying it seemed like the best idea. We don’t do a ton of entertaining, but I wanted the ability to actually use all this if I ever needed/wanted to. I came up with the “genius” (?) solution of Command Strips. These things are awesome and the large ones can hold up to 16 pounds. Silver is heavy, but I pulled out the scale and we had only 8 pounds on one thing.. so Command Strips it is!

I laid all the pieces on the floor.. and then I started panicking. I couldn’t really “see” what it would look like in my head… so I went completely overboard, got out the graph paper and went nuts.

sxs graph paper render

Yes, that is to scale… I am an admitted lunatic and this was completely unnecessary. I played around with the arrangement until I was comfortable with what I was seeing and then laid it out on the floor again, adding the smaller pieces and extra stuff I had found since I drew all the pieces.

Then I just started hanging… a few pieces couldn’t use Command Strips for one reason or another (mostly a lack of flat surface on the back) so for those I used a plate hanger. Now it looks like this:

sxs dining wall after

You see that crate I made from junk on the wall? It now has a fabulous purpose! I plan to fill the entire wall eventually. This is just what I could find in time for the filming. I have two storage sheds of stuff to still sort through.

I figure you might want to see the rest of the room, so here you go:

sxs dining room other side
sxs dining window

It’s still a work in progress.. and I have an incredible plan for that window! It really needs light (that lamp has GOT to go)… See the rustic “glam” chandelier.

Oh! I and I almost forgot the best part? You know that dark blue metallic Shabby Paints didn’t have? Now they do! It’s called Ben’s Blue and it’s stunning (don’t you think?)! I can’t wait to paint a piece of furniture with it!

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    Dianne Rentschler
    May 21, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    So happy your business is thriving.?

    • Reply
      May 22, 2016 at 8:15 AM

      Thank you Dianne! I am certainly having a lot of fun!

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