Saturday, November 24, 2012

Before Photos, Plans & Accountability - Dining Room

Thanksgiving has come and gone.
And 5 of us enjoyed a lovely dinner... 
all be it in a yellow dining room
instead of a greige one.

Does a brined turkey taste yummier in a greige room?
The food tasted just as delicious, I have no doubt.
But still, I wish I'd gotten that paint on the walls...

...and had painted the golden oak chairs.
Every few years, it's good to change things up!
And we've loved this color for 9 years - 
through a few different color schemes.
It was a lovely, warm background. 
(It looks less yellow in person.)

This year has been busy. But then again, they all are.
I didn't do very much in the way of decor.
but those were outside. Inside, I had a fall mantel...

On Thanksgiving day, I slapped 
a little white vignette at the end
of the 8 feet long table and called it good.
Then I forgot to even light the candles!

I cleared my former drink station so it could
serve as a dessert station instead. 
Last year, my dessert station was 
located in the living room. That has changed.

It sufficed, since we just had 3 pies and a cake. 
But NOT with style. I almost didn't show you.
But, there's a plan for improvement.

(Did you notice the missing baseboard?)
It is time to address that after 9 years.
I think there were corner hutches here
at one time. The owners removed them
before the house went on the market. 

So tomorrow afternoon, I plan to begin the
painting I had hoped to finish before Thanksgiving,
and "gitter-done" by Christmas. 

I also plan to either perfect or purchase shades
for the lamps that went shadeless during the meal.
My hardware wire ones are still flawed after several 
attempts to get a good industrial chic shade.

When I told my daughter my plans, she said,
"This is sort of sad." My feelings exactly, as I painted
the living room from the cheery beigy-yellow color
to greige. She also misses the red front door.

She called my half finished pumpkins,
painted with ASCP French Linen "morbid."

I tried to explain to her how I was going to wash 
them in aqua glaze to emulate those cute
little blue-gray-green pumpkins. 

But somehow a half-baked project just didn't
do anything for her Thanksgiving cheer.
Maybe I'll finish them. If they don't work, they'll be white.
And I'll use them next year! Woo Hoo! I'll be ahead...

If money were no object, (but it is)
I would install matching floor to ceiling bookcases
on either side of the entrance to the den,
replacing these makeshift shelves.

They're L shaped shelf brackets, with a board on top.
I stapled a dust ruffle I found on sale to the bottoms
of the boards to cover the brackets. 

I've collected straw picnick baskets for years.
They sit below, and occasionally they get used.

I'd also like to replace the hutch with 
a piece that could double as a buffet. 
When the dressing ended up on the opposite 
end of the table as I did, and I didn't realize until
 I was too full to get any, the buffet became
even more desirable. I may build one. 
I can use the hutch somewhere else.

OK, blog friends. 
Part of the reason I DO this blog thing
is for accountability.  So I'm
counting on you to help me stay on
task to paint my dining room
before Christmas! 

And...Thank You. In advance. 

Word for the Day:

Without counsel plans fail, 

but with many advisers they succeed.

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