Almost 5 months after I told you I was giving my dining room a mini-makeover it’s finally nearing a stage of completion. Oh, and what an adventure it has been!
It all started with an orbital sander that I bought. I decided to refinish our basic dining room table and stain it a rich walnut color.
After only one coat of the stain, I immediately knew it wouldn’t work. There was too many shades of wood in the room and it did nothing to brighten this already dark area of the house.
I’d been interested in trying Annie Sloan chalk paint for some time, so I thought maybe I’d go that route until I came across Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. Milk Paint is similar to chalk paint in terms of the paint finish, but actually comes in a powder form that you water down. I purchased two colors, Eulalie’s Sky and Dried Lavender.
I decided to go for a two-tone effect and paint the top of the table Eulalie’s Sky (a beautiful turquoise shade) and everything else the Dried Lavender color which is a grayish-blue with lavender undertones. The idea would be that the white wax that I’d purchased would tone down the tabletop leaving a white-washed finished.
WELL, that did not work out how I wanted it to either *Sigh*.
It didn’t turn out bad per say. I even quite liked the distressed effect. But I’d now done the opposite of what I did with the stain. I’d gone from too dark to just too bright and colorful.
There was one positive from this aspect of the process. I loved the color on the table legs. It was the tabletop that wasn’t working for me.
So what did I do? Grabbed some of my trusty semi-gloss white paint and a foam roller of course!
And magically – my old table was transformed into an item of beauty. And yes, it took me 5 months to get to this point! LOL
Did you notice the new rattan dining chairs that I purchased? I’ve had my eyes on these for quite some time. Thanks to birthday presents from my wonderful hubby and parents, I have the full set!! They were such a steal at $114 from Amazon. Many of the other ones that I’ve seen, including these from Pottery Barn are much more expensive.
Thankfully, the ones I purchased are a fantastic color and really great quality. I love that each chair has slightly different tones and that they’re more rustic looking than the PB ones. Eventually I’m also going to buy white chair cushions for them, but I’m in no immediate rush.
I also added some new accessories, including these amazing candle holders from Pottery Barn and a printed runner from HomeGoods:
Of course, the board and batten that we recently installed has also gone a long way to transforming the room!
It might have been an adventure – but it has definitely been worthwhile.
The only other thing I’m still unsure of is whether to get a rug or not. What do you think? Does it look okay without a rug or would a new one add some additional warmth to the space? Keep in mind that the floors will eventually be refinished, but that could be a couple of years away!
**Update** I’ve had several requests about the sources, so I’ve compiled them into a list below for you. Happy shopping|
- Kenroy Home 91640ORB Margot 3-Light Pendant with Fabric Shade, Oil-Rubbed Bronze (Amazon affiliate link)
- Candle Holders and candles from Pottery Barn
- Louis Rattan Side Chair (Amazon affiliate link)
- Runner from HomeGoods
- Bird canvas painting from HomeGoods