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Dining Room Makeover: In Progress!

Ian was still feeling badly on Sunday but after a trip to Urgent Care we decided that the best thing to do was to take his mind off of feeling puny and get knee-deep in a project.

We painted our dining room!

This room is a total work in progress.  Since we use other rooms more, we've prioritized finalizing those rooms.  Our dining room and a guest bedroom of ours are still needing a little TLC.

We'd been deciding on colors for a few days based on paint swatches.  On Friday night after dinner, I painted a few samples on the walls and we monitored them in the natural light and also in the evening lamplight.  We both fell in love with the same color -- Valspar's Wet Pavement. 


The walls were a basic ivory.  When we bought the home, we liked that it had neutral walls, but after a while we got tired of how "vanilla" it all was.  Time to spice it up.



Taping off the molding took a while, but we're perfectionists.


And then the paint started going on!  I did the detail work and Ian rolled the walls.


Almost done - just need to let it dry and take the tape off.


We love the final product!


Now we can start searching for art for the walls.  The console table below with the lamps will probably have to go -- we'd like to get a large and tall piece to display all of our nice crystal in along with nice platters, bottles of wine, etc.


And in a few months, we're having a white chair rail added around the room.


I can't decide whether to recover the chairs yet again -- I'm kind of digging the taupe with the grey though, and we'll keep green accents.  Plus the window treatments coordinate well with them.


These keys will be hung on one of the small walls.


And we'll be framing a picture to put in this large frame.


The large frame above will be placed on the wall above this antique green chest.  We'll also do some more styling of the tray on it since it's looking pretty boring.


So - lots of work still, but we're so happy with the paint color.  I fell like it's lit the fire under us to get the room finalized now.  Time to shop for ART!

23 comments:

  1. Wow! You're dining looks wonderful in that color..love it! I can't wait to have a place to paint & decorate!

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  2. Perfect paint color choice! Your dining room looks lovely, and you are definitely making me want to paint my hall this weekend now. ;)

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  3. APRIL!!! I love the grey color, the khaki/taupe accents and pop of green... just perfect!! And you look so gorgeous in that first photo!

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  4. Can't wait to watch it come together! I love a greige that is not too dark. And I agree that the chair fabrics go well with the paint and windows - it helps to balance all of the modern and traditional elements.

    Lilly
    pancakesandbeetjuice.blogspot.com

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  5. I like! Brad is all about tape when painting! It's the only way to do it and not have to 'redo' it.
    I would keep the chairs as is..

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  6. Looking good A.Liz!! I like the grey/taupe accents - you don't want to fall into the all "cool colors" trap otherwise the room will feel distant. Adding some warm colors will spice it up, but you already know that!

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  7. Looks so good! Our kitchen and guest bedrooms have grey walls. Such a great neutral!

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  8. It turned out beautiful, great color!! I also like the chair covers the way they are. Ahhh house decorating is so fun :)

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  9. Love the paint color, and the bride's dress in your post below. I see that you were in Rochester -- here's the thing: I live close to Rochester with my hubby and we are trying to decide if we want to commit to the area and buy a house, or finally relocate like we've been talking about for the past few years. And we keep talking about Charlotte -- where you are familiar with. In your opinion, how much better is Charlotte than Upstate New York? Is it a great place for young professionals?

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  10. What a lovely start so far! The colour is so beautiful! I just helped a friend of mine with hers dining room, she had her grandmother's lovely old dining table but only 4 chairs like you have. So what we did since they were all side chairs like that, we found two upholstered host chairs for each end, this way she can now seat six:)

    Keep up the good work, I am excited to see the new art and crystal/china in place...

    VRB
    www.apeasme.blogspot.com

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  11. wow! the color is AMAZING and I am drooling over your gorgeous chandelier!!!!

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  12. Your dining chandelier looks GORGEOUS and I love the paint color. It's really coming along. :) BTW, I just read the comment before mine. I promise I didn't copy what they just said on purpose, it's just that your chandelier is really that beautiful.

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  13. Love the progress!

    I've tagged you in a blog game in today's post. Come check it out and play along if you have time!

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  14. I love the color, it looks great!! And that chandelier....Gorg!!!! Where did you find that, I love it!!!

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  15. Your dining room looks great in that color! I like the fabric of the chairs now, I'd keep it like that! Have fun decorating!

    Lauren
    http://www.laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  16. isnt it funny just how easily paint can transform a room??? the color is gorgeous and i cannot wait to see what all you do my friend

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  17. I adore the way the room is coming along! The color makes all of the difference, and I'm glad to see that you and Ian were able to tackle the room by yourselves. Plus, I really like your seat cushions against the paint color, and I think they flatter each other really well!

    Can't wait to see the final product.

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  18. I lovvvve the color! :) Right up my alley!

    Hope Ian is feeling better!

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  19. I love the chandelier--it's all coming together nicely!

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