Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Chair Makeover and the evolution of a dining room

The dining room has been an ongoing project. Here is is at inspection:
This room fills me with excitement; when purchasing our house, I fell in love with the bay window overlooking the garden. Perhaps it's cheesy, but the dining room really symbolizes to me that I have a home. The excitement of entertaining and holidays in this room has also made it a challenge to decorate-- I get overwhelmed with a blank slate. That's why I collect inspiring decor images.

This is one that I have gone back to many times. I love the wall color, the dark hutch and the white wainscoting. Our paint choice mirrors this idea.
Here is the room painted
Here is a another image I love.
This table and chairs were our ideal, but also a bit out of our price range at this point! So, inspiration it will remain. We found a beautiful mahogany table on a trip to Hickory then reupholstered chairs with a crisp white fabric a la the above photo.

We scored a set of 6 Queen Ann chairs on Craigslist for a song so it was easy to overlook the yellow and brown stripe.
First step, we removed all the staples.
Then we cut templates for the new white linen fabric.
I didn't get any pictures of the next step, however, I would recommend this video as a good tutorial. The corners were tricky, but with some practice, each chair become a bit easier than the last. The real trip is to staple down the middle of each side first and then work your way to the corner!

Here is the before and after shot:

And here they are in the room with our table.
There are many more projects on the list, but for now it feels great to be making some progress! I would love your ideas, what would you do with the bay window?

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Emily A. Clark said...

Looks really pretty; the paint color is great. I would show off that bay window and hang tall curtain panels on the outside.

Meg said...

Pretty!!!!!

lizziefitz said...

Gorgeous color! Now where can I go use it in my house?

Jenny B. said...

wow, what a transormation. you know, with your chair rail already in place, it would be so easy to get the wainscot look with a piece of lathe or thin wood every 16 inches or so vertically under the chair rail, then paint the whole thing with your trim color so it looks like it's all wood. I second the idea of some gorgeous curtain panels for the bay window.

Jordan@the2seasons said...

The paint color looks great and I love the floors.

Natalie said...

The chairs look great! Love the fresh white paired with the blue walls!

idratherbeshopping said...

great job, love! i have a very similar paint color in my house too. you could do a little cushion window seat in the bay window? or, a lovely display of candles and other trinkets?

xo,
joAnn

Padgett Hoke said...

I love the evolution & inspiring images - totally what I would have done - looks fantastic! I am not sure about the bay window, maybe some fun pillows that have a bold pattern that could be changed out when you get sick of them?

The Southland Life said...

I'm LOVING the color!!!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Your chairs turned out great. They are just beautiful.You did an excellent job!

Emily @ LaForce Be With You said...

Very nice chair redo! I gave you a stylish blogger award so check it out:

http://www.laforcebewithyou.com/2011/02/stylish-blogger-award.html

Michaela said...

Looks wonderful!! I love the color. Definitely frame the bay window in some beautiful curtains!

Tommy said...

Oh, I love this! That wall color is CHOICE. I also give you a nod on the DIYs. Those are great. For the bay window, I would do a window seat cushion in something simple and no curtains. It's just about perfect the way it is.

Devon said...

It looks wonderful!

casey at loft and cottage said...

What a beautiful room--great bones!

nanne said...

the room looks great & thanks for the tutorial--i'm about to do the same thing to my grandmother's dining room chairs.

bay window are so beautiful on their own. however, i love art & could see a collection of framed art, prints, photos, etc. arranged on either side of the bay and ever above it.

nanne in indiana by way of alabama

SHERRY HART said...

It is looking so good! I love when someone picks a picture for inspiration but interprets it slightly different to make it their own....

Melissa said...

Great color choice. May I ask where you got that beautiful chandelier?

Melissa said...

If I posted this already, sorry...

I love your color choice. Could you share where you purchased your chandelier?

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