I’m very interested to hear what you think of my dining room. I think you might be a bit surprised by it. It definitely has a different look than the rest of my house. You might want to grab a cup of coffee and sit back for this one, I feel like there is a lot of explaining to do in this room.
The room that I use as a dining room was added on to the back of my house by the previous owners, probably sometime in the 70’s I think. They used wood from an old barn that was being torn down for the floors, walls and ceiling. Yep, that’s a lotta wood. The walls retain their original barn red finish. Trust me when I say, I have considered painting them white many times. Thing is, I could never go back. The original barn red would be gone forever. And that makes me hesitate. Would you do it?
This room was intended to be a family room, and we did use it that way for many years. However, being poorly insulated, it is the coldest room in our house in winter, and the hottest in summer. It just isn’t a room I could get comfy in and watch some TV. So when I hauled home a baby grand piano for the formal dining room area next to my living room, this room became the dining room.
You can see that I practice what I preach furniture-wise because my waterfall buffet was salvaged by nnK (that’s new neighbor Karen). She was visiting her parents in Wisconsin and saw it abandoned on the roadside and dragged it home for me. It is a literal ‘trash to treasure’ story.
I painted this black long before I discovered milk paint or chalk paint. It was missing one drawer in the middle, so I just removed the 2nd middle drawer and added a stack of fab vintage suitcases instead.
Are you wondering about the Chinese tea tin lamps? I purchased them at an auction many years ago. I’ve actually been working towards toning down the Asian feel to this room, but I can’t seem to part with the lamps.
The “Charles Strand” sign hanging over the clock is the original sign for the general store in Marine, MN when my husband’s great-grandfather owned it in the early 1900’s. Here is an awesome picture of the store from back then.
Teddy Bear hunting? Don’t you love it?
I have some of my painted books next to my giant buddha head, which was a garage sale find.
I’ve tried to bring more light into the room with a wall full of gold framed mirrors.
The door that we use to get in and out of the house is in this room, in the corner opposite the one seen in the very first picture. Next to the door is my owl dresser, so named because the drawer pulls have the most amazing owl faces on them.
I purchased this dresser on craigslist last year. You can read about the method I used to paint it here. I didn’t plan to keep the mirror frame because the mirror was long gone, but ultimately I decided it really added a ton of personality and presence to the piece so I asked Ken to cut a piece of hardiboard to fit and I painted it with chalkboard paint. I suppose I could have replaced the mirror, but I like this better. I used one of my stencils and a chalk pencil to add the wording. The bottom two drawers are full of shoes (yeah, I have a problem) and the top two drawers store scarves, hats and gloves. The little hankie drawers at the top have keys and sunglasses. In other words, this dresser is really super functional for this spot.
The table in this room, by the way, was made by none other than Mr. Q. Many years ago a co-worker offered him a bunch of cedar 4×4’s, so he used them to make the table.
I made the burlap runner using a plain runner from Michaels, which I then stenciled.
As for the rug … well, I’m sure most of you have seen this rug before. I purchased mine from Decor Steals when it was the steal of the day. My friend Terri spotted it first, and she ordered one too. It was hard to pass up, and it works perfectly in this room.
Well, there you have it. My dining room. Probably not what you expected from me. I should point out that it is Mr. Q’s favorite room in the house (and he loves the rug), so for now, it stays as is. It is not even close to the top of the ‘rooms to re-do’ list.