Showing posts with label Dining Room. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dining Room. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dining Room Updates

Here are a couple of updates we did to our dining room.  I no longer use the serving tray I painted with chalkboard paint as a meal planner.  I find it easier to plan our meals by writing them on my printable weekly to do list instead. We now use the tray on our table to corral the salt and pepper shakers and napkins.

Table Center piece
Since the bottom of the tray is painted a black chalkboard color, it lets the white containers on the tray stand out and helps to anchor them in the space.

Table Center piece Tray
I also hung up the hanging planters I had in my old kitchen.

Hanging Planters in Dining Room

Hanging Planters

Dining Room Table
Just a couple small things, but they make a noticeable difference.

As Always,
Sandra

Friday, March 14, 2014

New Dining Room Chairs!

They’re here!  Our new dining room chairs, that is.  I ordered them from Restoration Hardware.  I was a little concerned.  Wednesday, I received 5 out of the 6 chairs, so I was a little concerned that the last chair may have gotten lost.  But it arrived yesterday!  YAY! 

New Dining Room Chairs - www.simpleispretty.com

I’m so glad to see the old chairs leave (I threw them into the covered deck for now), and I’m happy to see the new replacements.  I waited until this morning for natural light to take some photos. 

Remy and Marcel Chairs from Restoration Hardware


Next on the list of “to do’s” for this dining space… window blinds.  I’m hoping to make my own or use some inspiration from Pinterest to create some new window treatments for the dining room.  I am thinking I will do a practice run on the window in the spare bedroom downstairs first, to see if I like the end result.  I’ll let you know how the project goes.

Do you make your own blinds and window coverings, or do you purchase them? 

As Always,
Sandra

Friday, March 7, 2014

Ordered. -New Dining Room Chairs!

I’m so excited!  A few days ago, we ordered new dining room/kitchen chairs!

old chairs
Up till now, we have been using chairs that we bought at a garage sale when my husband and I first started living together many years ago.  They are ugly, I mean UGLY.  They have pink seat cushions and a vinyl brown back.  I’m guessing they were from the 70’s, 80’s and someone previously decided to give them a little flair by adding the pink seat cushions.

So many years ago, I made some neutral slipcovers so no one would ever see how hideous the chairs really are.  But slipcovers and fabric on kid’s chairs just don’t work.  At least not on my kid’s chairs.  I have washed these poor slipcovers so much they look dull, and have shrunk.  We don’t even put a slipcover on my youngest’s chair, it’s a losing battle.  We just place a towel over the pink seat cushion and strap the booster seat on top.  The towel helps hold the booster seat in place and also is easier to wash than the pink cushion.

We have wanted to get new chairs for awhile now.  Since my husband made the table, we have been keeping an eye out for possible chair choices.  Here is our final choice!…

We got 2 Marcel Armchairs for the ends of the table:



And we got 4 Remy Side Chairs for the sides of the table:



You guessed it, from Restoration Hardware!  This is my first time ordering from them.  I love looking at their website and catalogues, their products are beautiful.  I love their store and wish I could take everything in it home.

We chose these chairs for many reasons.  They will hopefully match the steel on the table well.  I like them because they don’t have any fabric on them to try to keep clean with kids in the house.  The finish for the chairs are gunmetal, but there are 5 different finishes available.  They are currently on sale: $179 down to $129 for the Marcel’s and $139 down to $99 for the Remy’s (USD+shipping).  We only needed 6 chairs in total because my husband is hoping to build 2 benches to match the table that we will also use when company comes over when we put the leaves in the table.

I just got an email from them letting me know the chairs have been shipped.  I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas!  I hope the delivery goes smoothly!  Have you ordered from Restoration Hardware before?

As Always,
Sandra

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New Table!

My husband has been working on making a new dining room/kitchen table for us for a few months.  Now the table is done!  Here’s a peek…

New Table from www.simpleispretty.com
He made the bottom out of 3” steel tubing.  The extensions at both ends are removable, which is great when we have company over.  We can now all fit around the same table!  The table measures 8 feet long when extended and about 5 feet long and 44 inches wide when the extensions are out.

The top is made out of 12” wood planks.  He stained the top grey and finished with clear semi-gloss polyurethane to protect it.

New Dining Room Table from www.simpleispretty.com
I love this table.  Finally, we have a table that matches our style!  Our old $15 clearance-priced dining room table will have a new home in our 4 seasons room.

As Always,
Sandra

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Splitting Up My Wall Art

In our house, I decided to split up our wall art.  The framed pieces originally hung over our dining room table in our old house.

Pictures above table in old house www.simpleispretty.com

Instead of grouping them all together, I decided to split them up a bit.  Three now hang over the new sectional in our living room…

Pictures above sectional in new house www.simpleispretty.com

And the smaller three pictures are now in the entrance area of our house…

Pictures above dresser in entrance in new house www.simpleispretty.com
Pictures above dresser in entrance in new house www.simpleispretty.com

As Always,
Sandra

Monday, July 8, 2013

Painting Progress… Before and After Pics

We decided to paint our whole main level before we moved in.  I’m so glad we did!  Click here for our paint choices.

Lets start with the entrance…

Entrance Before www.simpleispretty.com
Entrance Before

Entrance Before 2 www.simpleispretty.com
Entrance Before

Entrance After www.simpleispretty.com
Entrance Mid Painting

Entrance After

Kitchen…

Main Level Before www.simpleispretty.com
Living Room, Kitchen and Dining Room Before

Kitchen Before www.simpleispretty.com
Kitchen Before

Kitchen mid move www.simpleispretty.com
Kitchen in the Middle of Moving

Living Room and Dining Area After www.simpleispretty.com
Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen After

Kitchen After www.simpleispretty.com
Kitchen After

Living Room...

Living Room After without Furniture www.simpleispretty.com
Living Room in the Middle of Moving

Living Room After www.simpleispretty.com
Living Room After

Staircase to Basement…

Basement Stairs Before www.simpleispretty.com
Basement Staircase Before

Basement Staircase After www.simpleispretty.com
Basement Staircase After

Master Bath…

Master Bath Before www.simpleispretty.com
Master Bath Before

Master Bath Before 2 www.simpleispretty.com
Master Bath Before

Master Bath After www.simpleispretty.com
Master Bath After

Now that we have painted the trim, I can’t imagine going back to the original oak.  I love the white!

As Always,
Sandra

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cleaning Blinds

Cleaning Blinds www.simpleispretty.com


Today, I started cleaning the blinds in my house, something I've been putting off for too long.  I had been procrastinating because I did not how to start and this task seems to take forever.  In our house, most of the rooms have white aluminum horizontal blinds.  I confess I've only thoroughly cleaned the blinds a couple of times since putting them up almost 5 years ago.  Other than that, they get a quick vacuum or spot clean with a rag.

I cleaned the horizontal blinds in the past by putting them in the bath tub and scrubbing each individual blind.  Hard on the back!  Then I would have to dry each individual blind with a towel to avoid water spots.  Since we have well water, it leaves water spots on everything.  As a result, daily I use vinegar to clean the kitchen sink and it works great at removing the spots.

My adventure started in the dirtiest blind space.... my kitchen.  Horizontal blinds are over the sink and vertical plastic blinds are in the dining room.  

Cleaning Blinds www.simpleispretty.com

 
In the kitchen, the blinds get dusty and greasy.  I needed a new blind cleaning solution.  I turned to my old pal Vinegar.  I was hoping the vinegar would cut the grease but it needed a little help.  I put in a little Dawn dish detergent in my vinegar pail (no water added).  With a rag soaked in the Dawn and vinegar, I got to work and washed each individual blind as they hung.  It took a little time and elbow grease, but in the end it was much faster than the bathtub method.  And best of all, I didn't have to dry each individual blind to avoid water spots since no water was used.


Cleaning Horizontal Blinds www.simpleispretty.com



With the kitchen and dining room blinds now cleaned, my next step is to clean the blinds in the rest of the house.  The rest of the blinds should go faster as they are just dusty and not greasy.  Do you have any blind cleaning tricks or tips?  I'd love to hear them!


As Always,
Sandra

Thursday, May 10, 2012

China Cabinet Update

In the middle of painting the dining room, I got this bright idea to start a project.  For a few months now, I have been wanting to brighten up the back of my china cabinet.  Originally, I was thinking of using wallpaper but I did not know what I would do with the rest of the roll of wallpaper after this project was complete.  

Instead of my wallpaper idea, I brightened up my china cabinet using some fabric. 


I had purchased this fabric originally to cover a cork board I was going to use for meal planning.  In the end, I used this solution for meal planning instead.


The fabric has a simple pattern and is made of cotton.  First, I ironed the fabric to get the major wrinkles out.  The fabric was a lot easier to handle and work with after ironing.


I started by taking everything out of the china cabinet including the glass shelves.  

Since this was a spur of the moment idea.  No fancy backing here!  After measuring the back of the cabinet, I cut cereal boxes to fit the cabinet and held the boxes together with packing tape.  Next, I stretched the fabric over the cereal boxes.  Again, nothing fancy, I used packing tape and masking tape on the back to hold the fabric in place.  No one will ever see this side (except for you!) 


I placed the fabric boards in the back and positioned the glass shelves in place.  I wanted to brighten up the cabinet but I did not want to attach or alter the cabinet permanently.  Therefore, these fabric boards stand alone and the glass shelves keep them in place.  The fabric boards can easily have the fabric replaced to match a new decor.  

After


After


After

This project is a small change, but nevertheless it helps to brighten up the dining room.  What are your small projects you have done to brighten a space?

As Always,
Sandra

Friday, May 4, 2012

Dining Room and Kitchen Paint Upgrade Complete!

I chose a color for the kitchen and dining room and completed the painting finally!  I chose Ozone from Behr in a Satin finish...


A few years ago, we did other renovations to the kitchen and dining room.  Check out how these rooms used to look when we moved in.


Before

Above is a before photo of our kitchen.  I wanted to brighten up the space and make it a little more modern and fresh.


After

Before the accents in the room were red and the linens were a light brown.  Now the accessories are blue and white, and white linens.  

Originally, I was worried our cabinets would look orange next to the blue, but instead the blue brings out their true color, burgundy.  I like how the new blue paint makes the white in the room Pop!  Our white appliances finally look like they belong in the space. 


Before


After

I relocated our huge plant that was on the right side of the fridge to the living room.  The poor thing was outgrowing the space and the pointy leaves would poke you in the eye when you walked past.  We relocated our water cooler to fill this space instead.


After


Before
 
After


After

Our IKEA pictures stayed in the same spot.  Since, they are on the wall behind the table they used to get bumped and would rub on the wall leaving a silver mark.  To fix this problem, I stuck down the two bottom corners of each picture with sticky tack to the wall.  This will hopefully prevent the pictures from leaving marks and will keep them straight!

This wall still seems a little bright and overpowering at times.  I think it is because it was such a neutral space for so long.  I'm still debating whether or not to repaint this one wall that has the IKEA pictures to more of a gray color instead to tone it down a bit.

Before


After

A few months ago, we also got a new stove.  I love our new stove, so much easier to clean!  Not to mention how much it brightens up the space and updates it.  

I'm very happy with how the completed space looks.  So much more fresh and clean!  Stay tuned for more projects including a menu chalkboard, china cabinet update, and garbage solution I completed to update this space!

As Always,
Sandra