I know that for many people, the dining area can be the heart of the home. Not so much in our house. When we first moved in, the dining room was the last room we worried about fixing. For the most part, our children were grown or only came every other weekend. Money was tight and what we did have for home repair went to the rooms we would be spending the most time in. We lived with horrible carpet in that room until I saw a post one day about paper bag floors and we tore it out and did that inexpensive treatment. I think that was almost 7 years ago and it’s still going strong. And it’s my most viewed post on Hometalk.com
Since we seldom use the dining room, it became the stacking place and when we brought totes home from Mom’s place to be sorted, they got stacked in there as well. Finally, after making the decision to change my life and my hoarding habits, we emptied the room and reclaimed it.
I’ve always loved the wainscot in this room and to really show it off, I painted it a nice creamy alabaster. The upper walls were painted in a peaceful shade called Edgecomb Gray. Gray’s can be so tricky. Too much blue and they feel cold. This one has just enough brown in it to warm it up. More of a “Greige” I guess. It’s a great neutral background for my other colors.
I decided that I really wanted to make this a warm inviting space where I could write in the morning while I had my coffee. It’s a small room so I really had to limit what came in. I had seen a dresser painted in Annie Sloan’s Aubusson Blue and knew that’s what I wanted for my pop of color. So my sideboard and my tea cupboard both got a bit of that rich blue.
Speaking of my tea cupboard. It’s one of my favorite things. It started life as high school woodworking project probably in the 70’s. A little gun cabinet for someone’s Dad maybe. We took out the tacky avocado green textured plastic inserts, replaced them with bead board and added shelves to the inside. The Aubusson blue and sweet feather pull make this $5 yard sale find even more of a treasure…
…and if you were to open the door and peek inside you would find that I might maybe have a bit of an addiction.
Really though, is there such a thing as too much tea? I sleep well at night knowing that if we were to ever have a natural disaster, I’m prepared to comfort everyone in the surrounding area with a nice cup of tea. Because, as my friend Beckie of BK’s Tea tells me “tea cures everything!”
The dining room has finally become a place that I really do enjoy spending time in. I’ve filled the shelves and walls with happy little birds, and other treasures. Things that make me smile…
An eclectic mix of family treasures, souvenirs, gifts from friends and family and found items. Very me.
We have plans of eventually replacing the floors in the entire home, but for now I feel like I can mark the dining room off the “to do” list. And it feels good to know that the entire thing was done for under $200. Yep, winning…