Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Finished as in finally painted, but a lot of the individual pieces/areas of this room are still works in progress. Here's the guided tour. (I apologize in advance for blurry pics, this room has very little natural light and it's hard to get really good pics in here, despite sunshine outside and all lights on.)
There's not much I can do about all the stuff in this area so I'm trying to make it look as orderly and organized as possible with a few decorative accents spicing things up. The boxes up on the shelves will be recovered with some nice paper or fabric to go with the color theme in here. In the wicker storage baskets are masses of discs, cables and other technical stuff as well as some overflow of all my crafty materials and tools.
Under the desk we used to have a bunch of cables all jumbled up. They're still there but they are now mostly hidden under this footstool. It may not look like much, but believe me, this is soo much better than before! :)
fridge area. Not much has changed there except the color of the wall (and I patched up the cracked wall above too).
And a roman shade on the window. So much still to do!
Here's my first attempt at making a floor cloth and I consider it a fail. It looked great until I got to the polyurethane. It needed so many coats and I put it on thickly and ended up with yellow puddles. I can probably sand that down and try again but for now it'll have to do. At least you know it's not pee :)
Just some styling with unusually good looking Dollar Tree fake flowers :) And Dollar Tree bamboo place mats (which we do use, until the kids have killed them at least).
The center piece is a thrift store leaf shaped platter with a few bags of exotic Dollar tree potpourri and a couple of candle sticks. For lack of anything better to put on there :)
And George Washington is hanging in there still :)
back when I made it the Mora clock now pops beautifully against the background :)
And one last pic of the view into the living room.
I don't have any really good before pictures but here's a collection of snippets of this room from before which will at least give you an idea of the change this room has gone through.
And the after again :)
We absolutely love this color in our dining room!
It does make the room look darker which I'm hoping to alleviate by bringing in more lighting, but at least the room now feels more put together, more elegant and more inviting and cozy. I've mentioned before that this room is so devoid of natural light that we leave the lights on in here all day long (even before we painted it brown). That's why I decided to embrace the darkness instead of trying to fight it. And brown is such an inviting color.
This is Behr's Pepper Spice by the way. And it will of course be balanced with a lot of white and some pattern as well as some lovely color when it's all done.
So do you guys approve?
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