Showing posts with label Pottery Barn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pottery Barn. Show all posts

Thursday, October 6

Dining Room Makeover...Again!

As's time to get back to the fun, fluffy design stuff. Real life is still complicated and hard but one way to get over it is for me to make our living spaces pretty. And then to completely redo those same spaces a couple of years later. Ha! So about a year or so ago, I went shopping to finish decorating the office for Mr. Difficult (OH...which, because of my extended hiatus, I still haven't shown you...more to come on that!) at our local Restoration Hardware outlet store and found this - our dream table on super sale for less than $1,000!

I literally hopped on it and bought it without hesitation. Big mistake. First, I found out it was way too big for our room. Later we realized the reason for it's ridiculous markdown (normally more than $5,000) was that the beautiful reclaimed hardwood was warped, which makes for a fun nightly dinner game of "who can avoid spilling their drink on the curvy table" each night. But did I mention it was like 1,000% off? Oh and that I am the world's most impatient person? But you know that by now. seated more people than our old, very banged up black Pottery Barn table that we bought for our first apartment and it is gorgeous, so we overlooked it's flaws. When it was delivered, I realized a total dining room makeover was necessary. Yay! And recently, I decided to finish the room. Here it is....ta daaaaa!!!

I love love love the way it came out! It's cozy yet still kind of formal. It's useable without being worn down looking. So let's break it down...You already know about the table. The chairs are all from Homegoods and were a steal! I was really iffy about chairs in this room. I wanted fabric but I have a 9 year old son who is MES-SY. So finding these chairs on sale means that if he messes them up (which he will) I won't be heartbroken. Ok...I will a little bit.

The bookshelves are Restoration Hardware  and are called the Parisian Cornice Single Shelving. And get this...if you join their membership program (like $100 for the year) you save a TON of money on everything on their site. These were normally $850 but as a member they were reduced to $637 each. You can do the math...totally worth joining. Here's a pic from their website. You can see that it's not really a typical choice for china but because the table is so darn big, I couldn't fit a huge cabinet. So I thought there were perfect.

As for styling them, that was easy. I finally broke out all of my china and crystal that we got...ahem...17 years ago when we got married. And while I'm living on the edge when soccer balls tend to fly around my house, it's worth taking the chance to have them on display.

The curtains were the biggest challenge for me in this room. I have purchased, no exaggeration, 8 different sets of curtains and then returned them all. The dark ones made the room feel small and the light ones made it feel like a hospital room. Some were expensive and some cheap. Just couldn't get it right. And just when I was about to give up, I found these panels at my favorite place on Earth....Target. Alas, because nothing is ever easy, they didn't come in the length I needed. So I ordered 5 panels instead of 4 and cut the extra panel into 4 and sewed them on the bottom of the others. And by sew I mean I used that webbing adhesive stuff and ironed them together cuz nobody got time to really sew. Here's a close up. Can you tell????

After all the pieces came together, I added the orchids and candles that I had elsewhere in the house and purchased a great platter (is that the right word?) on super sale from Pottery Barn.

And here is the evolution of this room. I still really love the most recent look - the teal blue with the black table but as I said before, the table wasn't big enough and had been rehabbed so many times it was starting to fall apart. The blue geometric chairs were cute but totally impractical because you couldn't sit on them and squeeze under the end of the table.

After we moved back into the house (2014)

Before construction (2012)

During Construction (2013)

When we first moved in. (2005)

How it looked when we bought it (previous owners)

So there ya go! ANOTHER version of this room. Former versions are all pasted below. Let's hope it's the last, but I think we can all agree it won't be.

Thursday, March 20

How To Paint Perfect Stripes

A few weeks ago, on a freezing cold day, I was talking to my sister and telling her how depressed the drab winter was making me. I said I just needed something to busy myself with (in addition to my full time job, two kids, new house, etc.). I told her I might paint some white stripes on the grey walls going up our staircase.  I had seen this picture in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog the weekend before and was inspired to try it out.

My sister laughed at me and said "Yes, why don't you go paint some stripes. On your walls. Today". Sensing her sarcasm and loving a challenge…I did it! And here is the outcome. Preeeeetttty impressive huh???

Bottom of the stairs


My husband said the stripes highlighted how curved the wall is. The builder said that the stripes looked super straight.  No issues there huh? 

First things first, I Googled "How do you paint stripes on walls without going insane" and found out that the most important trick is to get the right tape and a level. The tape of choice seems to be this green Frogtape brand and I have to agree - it's pretty fantastic. 

After deciding that the easiest thing to do was make the stripes each 12 inches wide, I started drawing and taping. Getting the lines straight was not the easiest thing to do and took a lot of time measuring and marking and then erasing and starting over. Luckily that day's work included listening to a Senate Sub Committee hearing on Alzheimer's disease which lasted a few hours. Lots of time to listen and draw lines. Once I was sure they were level, I started taping. I tried my best to keep the tape in one piece so I didn't have a lot of joints. 

After the tape was up and I re-checked to make sure it was all nice and level, I painted over the edges of the tape in the ORIGINAL wall color - in this case Sherwin Williams Repose Gray (SW 7015).  that way if any of the paint seeped through the tape, it would be grey not white. Make sense? By the way is it Grey or Gray?  Who knows!

After I was done with this step, my tape looked like this:

After that dried, I painted the white paint in between the tape. In this case, I used the same color as the trim in the rest of the house which is Sherwin Williams Alabaster in semi-gloss. I really liked the way the semi-gloss looks up against the matte grey/gray. Each white stripe took about 2 coats using a roller paint brush.  

The trick to getting the perfect line is to take the tape off BEFORE the paint is dry. And you should pull the tape at a 45 degree angle like this:

The hardest part by far was the fact that this was in a stairwell. Most of the top part of the walls were way above my head - so I went to Home Depot and get a ladder that works on the stairs like this one which was about $80 but worth it and I know we'll use it again. 
Getting the ladder allowed me to put my life in danger to create these stripes at the top of the stairs. Good thing I am not afraid of heights…oh wait…I am. 

So that's the deal on stripes! I highly recommend trying it.  In a later post, I'll show you how i decorated the upstairs area.