We finished the Dining Room. We have slowly added to this room with extra paint, random pictures, whatever leftover bits and pieces we could find but the room began to resemble a scrap yard and the longer it looked this way the more it bothered me. Here's what I was dealing with when I finally snapped and couldn't take it anymore.
We had to give this room an extreme makeover! First, we purchased this amazing table from Craig's List, found at just the right time for just the right price!
Then we needed to deal with the brown mammoth of a wall. I decided to stencil the wall because a friend was selling a paint stencil at her garage sale and she said stenciling was 'easy and fun to do'.
I'm still wondering why she lied to me. It wasn't easy. Nor was it fun. But it was worth it, take a look:
Then I grouped together the framed pictures (Walmart $6-12) and added drapes to the windows (Savers $8)
I traded out the darker shelves for lighter ones and used my address subway art as a focal point for the room. (Small shelf $3, Coffee Canister $2, Clock $2 - Savers. Flower Tin $1 - Goodwill. Large shelf $12 (was black, painted it white) - Ross. Coffee Cups/Saucers - repurposed!). I really love this little space!
I used a wooden crate as a shelf next to the large mirror to balance out the dark wood accents. (Crate $3, Glass Lantern $6 - Garage Sales Hat & Frames, repurposed!)
Added more elements in white to balance out the massive sea of brown. That little accent table was actually Free on Craig's List - believe it! It was brown, I repainted it white and replaced the drawer handles.
The antique phone looks much better on the wall with the white stenciling and the little table below (Goodwill) received a fresh coat of paint!
So much happier with this room now and couldn't have done any of this without 'the man' Greg by my side, he rocks!