Updating the Dining Room

Updating the Dining Room

Earlier this week, I shared how I updated my old curtains and I promised pictures of how I was updating the rest of the dining room.  When we moved in 10 years ago, I was nine months pregnant and we were in a hurry to get the house ready before the baby.  We painted the house in a rush and didn’t worry about most of the furnishings until after I had the baby.  I eventually realized that some of the colors we chose didn’t compliment the furniture, as well as I would have liked.  But we spent so much money on paint, and it was so much work to paint the whole house again, that I figured I would change the colors sometime down the line.  Well, it’s now sometime down the line.  The paint has lasted over 10 years and I can’t ask for more.  The colors that I wanted to change asap were the ones in my kitchen and the color in my dining room.

Although there is a french door in the dining room, there isn’t much natural light that comes in through the adjacent room.  The wall color was dark, the furniture is dark, the curtains are dark…I’m depressed just writing this…  Overall, the room needed to be brighter!  We weren’t about to change the furniture, so I went off to the paint store to find the right color.  I knew I wanted a white shade but finding the right shade of white was harder than expected.  Some whites are cool and others warm, the cool tones were my favorite.  However, cool tones didn’t match the existing decor, so I had to go with a warmer white.  But I didn’t want it too warm, too yellow.  I know…your head is spinning.  Mine was too.

After looking at so many swatches of color, I chose one from Sherwin Williams called “White Duck”.

Updating the Dining Room

Like many of my paint projects, I started at night.  After all, the kids were in bed and I didn’t have to worry about them running around while I tried to paint.  Here is the before picture of the room.

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Look at the difference in the colors.  At first I wondered if the new color was too light.

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But after finishing one wall, the room was already looking brighter.  Although outside it was getting a lot darker.  I needed sleep.

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The next morning, I moved the china hutch and painted behind that last wall.

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And here is the finished product, with the curtains and art back up on the wall.

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Here is the other side.  So much brighter!  The ceiling was already painted and I wasn’t about to mess with that.  Painting ceilings is for people far braver than I.

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I did paint the molding as well to make the room look fresh and complete.

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One last look at the table and another angle of the room.

Updating the Dining Room

All I did to update this room was change the curtains, and change the paint color.  The room feels so airy with the lighter tone and we all love it!

What’s the next room in your home that you will probably paint?  For me, it will probably be the kitchen.

Maria

The Painted Smile

I love the color green and had painted the boys bathroom a celery green about 7 years ago.  The paint held up well, but I was getting tired of the color and it started to look dull.  After years of cleaning the walls from little marks here and there, it was time to make a change.

Kid's Bathroom

I went into Sherwin Williams and took a whole bunch of their paint samples.  I brought them home and placed them side-by-side.  I then chose what I thought was the perfect shade of blue for my kids’ little bathroom.  I chose an appropriately named color, it’s called Watery.

Kid's Bathroom

I also purchased some rollers, a tray and a paintbrush for edging.  I was excited to start!

As soon as I got home, I realized that I purchased the rollers thinking that we already had the roller frame (or poll) in our garage.  I couldn’t find it.

I was so anxious to start, that I decided to paint the bathroom with a paintbrush.  It seemed like an excellent idea at the time.  I would take advantage of my toddler’s nap time, and I would paint a room.  With only a small paintbrush.  Genius.  Interrupted.

Boy's Bathroom

I start painting the first wall and my arm starts to hurt.  I start losing steam ON THE FIRST WALL.  This isn’t good.  The small bathroom starts looking like Versailles from my vantage point.

Kid's Bathroom

I start convincing myself that the WHOLE bathroom didn’t actually need painting. I convince myself that only one wall should be painted.  I convince myself that the contrast between the blue and green is actually better than re-painting the whole bathroom. I convince myself that broccoli actually tastes better than cake.

But deep inside, I know the truth.  Cake tastes better than broccoli .  I must finish the project that I began.

Also, my husband was out-of-town and groveling for help, like with my Master Closet Remodel, wasn’t an option.  You can read about that “adventure” HERE.

Boy's Bathroom

So I kept going and positioned and re-positioned our ladder “cirque du soleil style” until I finished.  My paintbrush and I were done.  We did good.  We were rock stars.

I love the new color and I want to share some pictures with you.  What do you think?

Boys Bathroom

I did end up leaving a small nook at the very top, in the old green shade.  I added some blue pots to bring in some blue from the walls.  Not sure if I love the green nook yet.  Maybe I should go ahead and paint that too.  I have to wait and see.  Its a small area that I could paint it really fast, even with a paintbrush.

I hung up the towels and the shelves.  (The photograph does not accurately show the color. There is no natural light in this bathroom, making good photos a challenge.)

Kid's Bathroom

I purchased the towels from Frontgate and I love the quality.  They are holding up well and were a perfect match to the new color.

Kid's Bathroom

The shelf and a more accurate picture of the color.

Boy's Bathroom

Since my husband was out-of-town, he had no idea that I was doing this.

As soon as he got home, I proudly told him that I had painted the kids’ bathroom…using only a paintbrush.  No roller.

He smiled.

But I knew this smile.  I have given this smile before (Usually to my toddler, when he rushes in to tell me that he has “decorated” my bedroom.  I smile and excitedly say “YOU DID?!” and inside, I immediately start crying).

Boy's Bathroom

There is no joy in that smile.  Only fear.  My husband was afraid.

You see, according to him, he loves my decorating, but my DIY projects…

He says they either culminate in total success or…fear.  I think I have a pretty good batting ratio.  His opinion has no basis.  None that I would admit to.

Regardless, I was hopeful that he would love it as much as I did.  It would make the fact that I didn’t feel my right arm, almost worthwhile.

And…He loved it!  The smile was no longer forced.  He really liked it and so did the boys.

Even this boy.

By the way, that smile gets me every time.  Even when he uses toilet paper as streamers in my room.

Kid's Bathroom

Of course, I found the paint roller pole the next day.  God has a sense of humor.  I am sure of it.

– Maria