I’m not exactly sure why.
I can’t really figure it out.
I think it’s as confusing to me as it might be to you.
I’m so hesitant to show you the rooms I’ve been working on in the house.
Maybe because I think they aren’t ready yet. Maybe because I still have so many more things to do. Maybe because it’s the home that I grew up in and I want to honor it and I don’t want to show you a single thing until I think they are absolutely, positively perfect.
I know, right? What am I thinking?
We’re friends. You’re here for the journey.
So I’m stepping out on faith and friendship to show you a before and an after that’s not perfect. And I won’t point out a single thing that isn’t exactly ready.
So here’s the before.
If I close my eyes, I can smell the turkey from decades of family dinners.
The room is almost square. It’s right off the living room and has the most amazing set of antique french doors that lead into it.
Are you ready?
Are you sitting down?
Here’s the almost-ready after.
Here’s the view through the french doors.
They still need to be painted.
I’m not pointing out the imperfections.
Here’s the almost finished space.
And here’s the almost finished dining room with Buddy.
He followed me around for all the pictures.
I guess he wanted his picture taken.
The one big splurge in the room was the dining table.
I wanted something that would be here for generations and seat a lot of my family and give us plenty of space for conversation.
It actually seats 12.
We had dinner around the table the other day. The table was a floor model from Nebraska Furniture Mart that I think is part of the Joanna Gaines’ collection. It was discounted because it was a floor model and about 1/2 the price of other tables that I looked at. It has a butterfly leaf in the center that folds up if you want to make the table smaller.
It was already dented up and scratched a little which some people might have rolled their eyes at.
But for me it was perfect.
The rug under the table came from Wayfair.
It was my Christmas present this year from my husband.
This rug is AMAZING.
It’s layers and layers of thick, plush carpeting. The design on the top is dimensional and it’s a lighter cream gray. It feels like you’re in a castle and your prince is about to show up with a coach and white horses.
This isn’t a sponsored post.
I just love this rug so much. Plus, it’s stain resistant. Buddy already threw up on it and it cleaned right up.
Sherwin-Williams did donate the paint for the walls and trim and I’m so thankful for it.
The walls are painted SW Mindful Gray and the ceiling is painted a darker color.
It was already here when we bought the house. I think my mother painted it. It may be SW Rice Grain.
The trim is painted SW Extra White.
This hutch came from a thrift store and it’s not finished yet, but we’ve already talked about all of that here.
I want to fill it with brown transferware and I’m on the lookout at yard sales and thrift stores.
I love these chairs.
They are super comfortable and I bought them when I bought the table.
They were on sale, too.
The backs are rounded with distressed wood.
And they are covered in a linen fabric.
I’ve never had round chairs before and I love how they look framed by the french doors.
I don’t really have a centerpiece for the room, so I just put this old toolbox there until I can figure out what I’m doing.
The chandelier in the room is my grandmother’s.
I bought these windows at a vintage store downtown.
They were black/brown and I added this finish to them to make them fit in the space.
I’m thinking about hanging a birch bark wreath in front of each of them.
One more time.
Here’s the before.
And here’s the Buddy after.
Thank you for listening.
Thank you for encouraging me.
Thank you for understanding that my rooms are a whole lot like me.
We’re both a work in progress. 🙂
PS In progress news—I just found these handles for the hutch.
I got them at Hobby Lobby.
And in budget news.
Wait for it.
Wait for it.
This was the price.
AND THEN THEY WERE 50% OFF.
The room might not be perfect—but these handles are. 🙂