Sunday, May 22, 2011

Amanda's Dining Room

I haven't posted in almost a month?! I have been working on some interior decorating projects A LOT....

When Amanda moved into her new home several years ago, she did not have much furniture to furnish a larger area. Her dining room was on the 'back burner' for a while! First it served as a playroom for her girls, then as an office/music room. The problem with both was that it's the first room you see when entering her home. She loves Craig's List, so when she found an antique dining room suite for a steal, she sent me the link to get a second opinion. It was a great buy: 6 chairs, table, buffet, & china cabinet for $500!!

The next step was to paint the walls; she chose a vibrant red for the wall above the chair rail and gathered things from around her house that she wanted to use in the space like lamp bases and baskets....
Here's where I came in... She needed new fabric for the chairs, curtain panels, wall art, a centerpiece, lamp shades, ect.

Sadly, I don't have a "before" pic when the room served as a  playroom or home office, but here's one before paint and accessories:
The furniture is in great condition. The seats were covered in very outdated stripe...
I didn't get a lot of good pictures because my memory card was full (rookie mistake, I know, Brittany;)! And the mirror has that antique-frosted look, but it didn't translate so nicely in these pictures-- Sorry!! The blue vase was purchased at Gordman's and the candle sticks are from the Better Homes & Gardens line at Walmart.

I bought the fabric for the chairs at Hancock's for ONE DOLLAR/YARD for quality fabric! So excited! I bought all they had left in this design (only 5 yards) because I wasn't sure how much would be used for recovering the chairs. As it turns out, it took very little, so we are finding other ways to use it. Here's one way-- we framed some in these distressed frames, and Amanda added a picture. Love how it turned out!

From Target: burlap drum shades and floral plate; Walmart: moss-covered stones and picture frame; Gordman's frame; thrift store: antique mirror and plant; Hobby Lobby: supplies for the moss-covered "H;" shopping Amanda's house: pottery candle holder, lamp stands, basket

Another view of my bargain fabric:) and a tiny shot of the curtain panels from Pier 1. They look so good with the other colors in the room. I found the little brown ruffle pillow at Gordman's on clearance. We also got the new extended length curtain rod on clearance at JoAnn's.
Filling shelves/cabinets always makes me a little nervous, but it was so easy at Amanda's house. Her kitchen cabinets were stocked with the gorgeous white dishes and blue serving pieces just hidden away! ;) She also had several baskets that I used and extra napkins/placemats. On top of the cabinet, I hung two pieces from Gordman's and found the birdhouse in her living room. I love the ampersand (first saw that years ago in a Pottery Barn magazine) that I found at Gordman's. 
another view of cabinet
I love these colorful plates from Target. I usually find all colors of cloth napkins at Pier 1, and I really liked this beaded napkin ring. The table runner is from Target too.

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