It's been almost three months since I first welcomed you into our Florida home and showed you our living room. I hope you visited with me then but if you didn't, it's the 2011 Welcoming post. Please take a look and then continue with me into the dining room.
I've posted a few pictures in the past that show little snippets of our dining room. All the past pictures showed Thanksgiving and Christmas crafts that dressed up the room for the holidays. There are peeks of the table and chairs.
Let me start by saying that we don't live in this house full time but we try to get there for regular getaways. When we're there for a quick R&R weekend it's usually hard to motivate ourselves to start another project or even finish one that we left incomplete. Our projects are really only cosmetic since the house is only a few years old. I've been able to get most of the rooms repainted and we laid hardwood floors in the family room, master bedroom and one guest bedroom. All-in-all the house is basically done but, as you all know, there is always something that needs to be tweaked, updated, fluffed, etc. I still have a wish list and a honey-do list, each about a mile long. I'll be sharing our diy projects, purchases, improvements, etc. as they come along.
So today, it's the dining room.
We painted the living room and dining room walls a light turquoise. I had the paint color matched and mixed at Walmart. I've been using Walmart brand paint for years because they can formulate a pretty perfect match from any paint chip. I've had great success with them and I just refuse to pay upward of $30/gallon at a speciality paint store. Walmart paint is $8/gallon. This way, I get current designer colors and save tons of money.
After months of searching, I found the chandelier at Overstock.com. I wasn't really sure what I was looking for but I was confident that I would "know it when I see it". I'm really happy with this one. It has that modern yet vintage feel. Does that make sense? Anyway, I love it. I think it has the blended mix that I like-traditional drum shade, shiney modern chrome finish, fancy feminine crystals and whimsical flowers. AND it was a bargain-$129.00 minus 10% coupon and only $2.00 shipping fee.
Someday, with all the money I've saved on paint (ha) we'll be able to buy the hardwood floors. I'd also like to have a rug under the table. Right now, I'm thinking sea grass, but who knows what I'll wind up with. I'm also on the prowl for lamps to go on each white chest. I'm hoping Homegoods will come thru with something for me soon.
The fireplace is just propped against the wall, leaning there until we add the wood floors. We'll have to figure out how we will attach it when that time comes. I've carted that fireplace around from home to home but we've never had it affixed to any wall. I think it deserves a permanent place here, though.
The table, chairs, and two side chests are all old pieces that I recently refinished. I plan on posting a closer look at them later.
Oh yeah, about those three little windows, I'm not crazy about them. So, short of replacing them with a nice picture window, anyone one have any ideas for them? I'd love some advice and I'm excited to hear your suggestions.
Ok, I think that's it for now. Hope to see you at some linky parties this week.
I am linking this oldie but goodie to Songbird's white party. Thanks Marianne!