Monday, May 21, 2012

Old Ochre in the Dining Room

Rain is in the forecast for most of this week, and Big Daddy took the week off so we could work on sprucing up the outside of our home.  As disappointing as that is, there is always something to be done on the inside.  So BD tackled the monumental task of cleaning out the garage.

Since I started my business with Denise over a year ago the garage has been our workplace.  It's not a very conducive space to painting large pieces of furniture and the end result is clutter everywhere.  My workbench looks like an assembly line at the Annie Sloan paint factory with half open cans of half empty chalk paint in every color of the rainbow. In fact, I found some Old Ochre with just a few drips left at the bottom of the can that the average person would have thrown in the trash.  But any savvy blogger knows that an entire dining room set can be transformed by merely adding a few tablespoons of water to that can.  Am I right?

And only a fellow blogger could understand how painting one simple accessory on the buffet can translate into the sudden urge to transform an entire dining room set. Can I get an "Amen"?

This yellow vase, as lovely as it was, needed a little somethin-somthin.


So I grabbed a brush and some Old Ochre to give 'er a facelift.


No sanding, no waxing, no muss, no fuss, just a little bit o'paint.

Let's talk about what happened next, and tell me if this happens to you.  I'm now staring at an open can of paint with a brush that is already wet, and the only logical thing to do is look around and find something else to paint.  Might as well, right?  Why waste the opportunity?


Course it didn't take long for me to figure out what to paint....


Uh-huh...


Mom and Dad if you are reading this, now would be a good time to go read the paper....
And yes I still care what my parents think!  Darcy - you're just as impulsive as I am so I'm not worried about you!


Ooooooh, Aaaaaaaaaah!



I heavily distressed and then applied just clear wax as I wanted to keep it light in here.

I had this chalkboard on a side wall that barely anyone ever saw, so I moved it in and I love it over the buffet.  I stole the lettering from Dear Lillie - my new favorite blog to stalk.  I didn't do nearly as good a job as she does but it's not bad.




Two recent antiquing finds...


This fun piece of coral was only $2 at a yardsale recently.


I love the new look!


I've decided that next I'm going to paint the base of the table the same color but leave the top stained.  And the chairs are getting a makeover too.  Here's where I need your help.  I'm thinking slip covers, but I don't want to cover all of them.  So - do I just slip the two arm chairs and paint the others?  Or do I slip the other chairs and paint the armchairs?  Help please.


The china cabinet is too big of a task for me to even think about, but I'm hoping by making some other small changes it will fit right in as is.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious week!
xoxo,
Kim

Joining:  Between Naps on the Porch

15 comments:

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Beautiful! Love how the details now pop.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love it, Kim! I love the chalkboard of it. I do the same thing. I hate to have to dispose of a brush or close up a can when I'm in painting mode. : ) You could really go either way with the chairs. Have you seen any inspiration pictures? Maybe something will grab you off pinterest.

Kimberly said...

I love the chalkboard in the dining room. Come here and stay with me for a week and help me decorate!! you always have great ideas.

Savvy Seasons said...

I love it, the whole display looks gorgeous! =)

Savvy Seasons said...

I love it, the whole display looks gorgeous! =)

Jemsmom said...

Love it!!!!!! Oh my!!!! I want to paint our dining room set so bad, but I just can't! After seeing this though, I am tempted! I love the chalkboard. Jenni, from Dear Lillie, is amazing! I love the neutral palette throughout her home so much. I would love to do that but we have so much stuff that is not neutral!!!! You did a fantastic job!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow - Pretty. I liked it in the wood finish also. If your husband runs out of things to do there, send him my way.
Have a great week.

Dear Lillie said...

Your chalkboard looks great and LOVE the buffet painted!

Sharing Shadymont said...

I totally love your painted table. Just gorgeous! Isn't it funny how one thing just leads to another! You did a fab job!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kim I LOVE the buffet's new look!! If you are going to paint the base of the table the same color as the buffet I would slip the two armchairs and paint the others. Can't wait to see what you decide!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Oh Kim I am stunned! This paint must be amazing. The transformation of the vase w/out any prep is what has my attention. Wow! I love the sideboard painted too and especially your chalkboard place above it. Your room is so cute. So funny to hear your comments to your parents. I would probably slipcover the side chairs and paint the ends if it were me. Can't believe you are going to paint that furniture though. Gee, I really need to get on the band wagon with that paint. It seems error proof! Love it!

Carolyn said...

I think this looks wonderful. I bet your eye is drawn to it so much more now that it has "new life"

Christina said...

LOVE IT!

Christina said...

And I love the ball of broccoli. hehe

Gypsy Heart said...

Love the changes! Looks so light and the chalk board is great too. I suggest covering the arm chairs, not the side chairs. Just my 2c ~ :-)

Pat