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Dining Room Makeover

When we moved into this house two years ago, we made a list of projects that we wanted to tackle that were necessary – flooring, windows, bringing the stair rail up to code, etc, etc. The dining room was nowhere on that list. At least until our master bathroom developed a hidden slow leak and flooded the dining room below it. We had to have a mold abatement team come out with their huge dryers. They tore off half of the ceiling and an entire wall of drywall. I left like we were living in the end of E.T. for weeks.

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So the dining room was moved up on our project list. New paint, new lighting, new chairs, and art.

I love bold colors and since this was a stand alone dining room with great light, I wanted to do something dark. The adjoining rooms are blueish gray (Sherwin Williams Gray Sheen) so I used the navy that was in that color family (Sherwin Williams Salty Dog).

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My Duncan Phyfe table and buffet that was handed down to me from my Grandmother. I had no intention of replacing  them but the chairs were added to the set in the 80’s by my Dad and had to go. I wanted something that could withstand meals with kids, be wiped down easily, didn’t break my bank and gave a pop of color against the dark walls. These shaker white wood chairs are from Target.

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The watercolor prints were done by my husband’s great aunt. She’s 93 (!!!) and did these to document a safari that she went on in 1963. They were a part of a book that she did of her adventure that she gave out to the family. I love the art but also really love the family significance. The gold frames from Aaron Brothers make the art pop against the dark wall.

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Big Nugget’s preschool is a Reggio Emilia school (I wrote a bit about it here) and there is a lot of artwork that is sent home. A. LOT. Almost all of it, I load into my Artkive app. Most of it I keep in a scrapbooking box. Some of it I toss – don’t tell. But some of them I love having framed around the house. This spot in the dining room faces the front door so it’s a nice way to welcome people into our home.

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Now that this room is done, I’m looking forward to more family meals around the table.

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