Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Our First House (Dining Room)

Welcome next project was the dining room. This one took a little longer than anticipated but I have to say I love the result! I have more wall space in the dining room than in the kitchen so I was able to hang more stuff! As you may know, I LOVE old architectural pieces which you will find through out our dining room. I had fun working with an all neutral color pallet and even though everything is neutral, by layering different objects and shades it makes for a really strong impact.

The before...

The after...

I painted and changed out the light fixture which warmed up the room. For the paint I did a two tone effect on the walls, the chair rail made a nice divider, I painted the top portion a solid camel color and the bottom portion I did a faux finish using the rag rolling technique. I hung an old kitchen cabinet on the wall and used it to display all of our "pretty" dishes.

I love, love, love architectural pieces...I found an awesome old pair of windows and some beautiful corbels that came from a Victorian mansion. These made a great wall display! For the shelf, I took a piece of heavy duty plywood and painted it to look similar to the corbels. I wanted it to look aged so I distressed it a little. It was wood and paint I already had so it was a free project. Yay!

Centerpiece and displays...

I used a collection of objects to make my table centerpiece...some vintage pieces like the box and the shoe form...and some large candles and fresh flowers that I put in an old mason jar. I already had these objects in my house, I just played with different items and arrangements before I chose this collaboration.


Another view of these amazing corbels!

Thanks for checking out my dining room. I will be working on the living room for the next blog so check back soon!

To see my kitchen/laundry room makeover click here


  1. I love it! You did a great job! Everything looks beautiful, and I just love the two tone paint colors. And I would love to have that 3 tier serving piece...It's gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks Sassy Southern Shack! I'm pretty happy with it and it's always nice to hear compliments :)

  2. Your shelf made with corbels is amazing! Spotted this on Pinterest. :)

  3. Where did you get your corbels from and for how much? I've searched high and low for corbels like this and it seems that everything is very traditional or classic. I want these! They're perfect!

    1. Hi Sabel,
      I actually found the corbels on ebay! The person I bought them from had removed them from an old Victorian home that was being torn down. There are a lot of corbels on ebay and they range in price. I just looked daily for new listings and got them for a steal! It's been a few years now but I think I paid $85 for the pair. I shop regularly for architectural stuff and if you can find a pair of vintage corbels similar to these for less than $150 you're getting a good deal. Good luck hunting!

  4. I must've skimmed past it earlier but I see now you got them from a mansion.