My dining room needs a makeover.
I’ve already established that I can’t bring myself to paint the walls. If I were to paint over that original barn wood patina there would be no going back. But I’m going to try to lighten up the room with furnishings.
Starting with the chairs. These chairs are really dark, and they aren’t very comfortable. I know exactly what I want to replace them with, french cane back chairs like these at Edith & Evelyn Vintage …
and I found a set on craigslist (unpainted). They were a splurge at $75 each, but I’ve been looking all summer and not coming up with any more budget friendly options that I liked as well. So I went for it. I’ve already begun painting them and hope to have them done soon.
Next, the IKEA lights hanging over the table, they have to go. I have a plan in mind for replacements.
As you can see, I also have a legit (by legit I mean actually hardwired and works off a wall switch) ceiling fan fixture in the room. It’s off center, and the light on it is tacky as can be. But this fan is super functional for us (no air conditioning, remember?), and the fan itself is pretty innocuous stylewise. I need to do some research on just trading out the light kit.
As for the table, well, Mr. Q made that table. He is rather emotionally attached to it. So it stays. But I plan to dress it a little bit differently.
Next, the buffet. This black one is already long gone.
I replaced it with a smaller china hutch that I painted. I think it might be a little small for the space, but I’m working on some ideas for dealing with that.
I also need to re-work this wall.
I initially added all of these mirrors to try and bring more light into the room. It never really worked. I love the gold frames on these, but they aren’t working on the red wall. I have an idea about working some of these into the room still, but I’m not sure if it will work. I also know exactly what I want for this wall. A large graphic sign. Finding such a thing at an affordable price might be another story altogether though. But next Saturday is the Oronoco Gold Rush, so maybe I can find the perfect piece there!
Meanwhile, in addition to my new chairs, I had a couple of other painting projects going on this weekend. I hope to get the final details finished on those and share them with you later this week, so stay tuned.