I'm so happy with my newly redecorated dining room! The black and white scheme makes the wood furniture the focal point which is what I wanted. Now this space fits my cottage decor beautifully and is a look I am happy with.
I began accumulating furniture for the dining room when I first moved in. The furniture I had already was minimal and not really my taste - without a huge budget, I took my time choosing the right pieces for the right prices by buying second hand furniture.
I found the hutch for $100, the dining table for $50, one Windsor chair for free, one Ikea Windsor chair for $5, four matching Windsor chairs for $40, an old Singer wrought iron sewing table for $90, two sets of drapes for $10, a chandelier I bought new on sale for $75 and an Ikea wicker chair that I already owned. The curtain rods are from Ikea also, $15 each including finials. Total cost including paint: $460. It also took me 6 years to complete... oh well, small price to pay for my dream space!!
To bring all the pieces together into one cohesive, pretty space I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and this is what I found (click HERE to see)
With that fresh and pretty dining space in mind, I chose to paint the chairs and hutch black, to find a black chandelier and to paint the walls to match my drapes. With all the mismatched furniture now looking like a set and the white backdrop visually expanding the space my revamped dining room looks amazing!
Painting that old beadboard panelled wall was a BEAST. It took me a whole day to get into all the grooves and cover up the beige paint. The colour I chose is Behr Almond Cream, I love it! When the paint fades (after about two months) it is a really creamy white that looks fabulous with wood furniture. The black paint is Rustoleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover Latex paint in flat black.
This was my dining room when I first moved in 6 years ago - OMG that awful orange trim!!!
The furniture was all mismatched (anything remotely similar in wood tone!) and a table I never liked. Oh and the "chandelier" was a cheapo mini ceiling fan that probably cost $20 new. It had gold stripes on the blades.
Soooo lovely! NOT!
Before this most recent makeover, the dining room looked like this:
I haven't refinished the table yet as it has a very thin veneer which will not allow sanding. Denatured alcohol is not sold in Canada (the only recommendation for removing the poly coat), so I am going to try to get the water stains out using toothpaste and baking soda. If I can, I'll just recoat the table with more poly and if I can't, I'll be sanding and painting it. Keep your fingers crossed that I can get the stains out!
Here is the room again with my winter drapes and the leaf removed. I am in love...
Have a great week!
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!
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