Thursday, May 19, 2011

~changes in our dining room~ {big surprise}

 Well, I did it again.
Made a few changes to the old dining room.
First thing I did was paint over the stenciled wall.
It was never perfect and it got on my nerves, so away it went.
 I picked up these gorgeous sunflowers today and have them in my Pottery Barn drink holder.
I used old green wine bottles as vases.
{my friend Kasey would be proud}
I have a ton of these and I like to use them for water when we have company for dinner too.
 On a whim one day I decided I was tired of our black table, so I sanded it down
{took about 4 hours}
and waxed it.
I love how it turned out.
There is still little bits of black paint here and there, but after 4 hours, I called it quits.
I tried to go for a Restoration Hardware look on the shelving.
I ripped some covers off of old books and tied them up with jute twine.
I had some heavy cast iron urns I used as book ends and framed a couple pages out of books.
The rest of the accessories I purchased at Ruffles and Rust Square.
But, hands down, my favorite new addition to our dining room is this pair of chairs!
I found them at a flea market and had them covered in French grain sacks from the 30's.
I bought the grain sacks from a very nice lady in Europe over etsy.
You can find her here.
She was super friendly and the bags got here very quickly.
I highly recommend this seller.
Angie at A & D upholstery did my chairs.
She had them done in 4 days!
I was very impressed with everything.
I had purchased 6 bags, but unfortunately that wasn't enough.
Angie was kind enough to go fabric shopping for me, texting me photos along the way, until we found the perfect solid to compliment the grain sacks.
Part of the arms, the skirt and all the welting is done in this faded black denim.
This used to sit in the middle of my dining table, now it rests on the wall.
My myrtle topiaries are doing great thanks to skylights and a little bit of sunshine!
Do you like the changes?
It's very simple, yet cozy, and I think the look should last about 12 minutes year round.
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Unknown said...

Wow, you have been really busy! From the looks of things, you've done a fantastic job. I love those chairs. What a neat thing to do, putting the grain sacks on them. They are gorgeous :)

Vintage Market Place said...

your chairs are just gorgeous!!
She did a fabulous job.

Speckled Lamb said...

I love it too, and the chairs are lovely, the black dresses them up just a little but no too much to lose the vintage style :)

mcgrathinnola said...

Love your style...Do you have a link on your blog site to show pics of your own home? I am sure it is lovely...thanks

Anonymous said...

hi melanie,
i've been religously reading your pretty blog...
wow.. u never rest do you? well done.
cheers - silla

Vanessa Greenway said...

Hi Melaine, I simply love how your dining table turned out!! I've been debating whether sanding my table or not. That gives enough courage to do it. Great job!Thanks! Vanessa

Angie said...

You never cease to amaze me!! Just when I thought your dinning room was perfection- you show me that there is more than ONE perfection!! ;) I LOVE IT! The chairs look amazing!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

IN LOVE!!! Your dining room looks gorgeous!! The chairs....amazing!! I am going for more of a RH look in my new home. I hope I can pull it off. :)

Anonymous said...

You've been busy! Love the sunflowers. I do think that the myrtle topiary is much to small in the large urn....definitely wrong proportions.

Julie Johnson said...

I love it all. I'm finding that I'm switching things up around here almost every day. Crazy, but it's fun! ;)

TheCrankyCrow said...

Beautiful room Melanie - those chairs are sweet perfection! LOVE them! Smiles, Robin

Judy said...

I love all your changes but especially the grain sack chairs. I'm going to check out that etsy seller and look around the house for a chair to recover....shouldn't be too hard!


Anne Lorys said...

Hi Melaine!
It's all gorgeous, but those chairs are just sublime. Stunning!

Have a wonderful Friday!

All That Jazz said...

Gorgeous as always, Melaine! You have such a flair for style!
Enjoy this sun and have a fabulous weekend!

Jessica @ Simply A Farmer's Wife said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Melanie! I love the chairs!

Heather Salazar said...

LOL!!! I’m so glad I’m not the only one with the decor disease!

Too bad that old loveseat of yours wasn't armless because it would look amazing with those chairs pushed up against the table.


[email protected] said...

OMGsh those chairs are over the top AWESOME!

So I MUST ask-- do you think the wall stencil thingy mabobbers are just not worth it? I was tempted. . . but then it seems like everyone's painting over them. . . ? Whadaya think?

p.s., Anonymous up there can SUCK IT.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Your chairs are beautiful and I love the stain/finish on your table do you know what it is? `Cheers Kim

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Karena said...

Melaine those chairs are absolutely one of a kind, love, love them! All the changes are perfect!

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Simply LKJ said...

Love all the changes you've made. The chairs are fabulous!!

paige said...

oh girl, it looks awesome!!
the chairs paired with your sanded table = perfection!

tell me really quick....i wanted to sand down my dining room table but i've had people tell me not to. that drink glasses or water will leave a stain. is that true? is yours just sanded down period, end of story? or did you top it with a sealer?

geez...don't you hate blog questions?


The Farmers Nest said...

i love the cover-less books.

A Thrifted Market said...

Love, love, love all of it! The chairs are stunning! Great job!

[email protected] said...

Love it all. Just gorgeous, but I really really really love the table transformation. It got me thinking, I just might try stripping our table.

emily said...

So pretty! Can't wait to see it in real life {someday soon hopefully we'll meet up!}

Michelle said...

That table looks so COOL! What type of wax did you use on it? Hopefully I'll see you downtown at the Snohomish Faire on 1st street tomorrow

Samantha said...

The new chairs are perfect- love them! I have a stenciled wall, it makes me feel good to hear that your wall wasn't perfect (because mine isn't either!) Have a great weekend with your new look.

Cynthia said...

loved every inch of it and your GUTS! Often I would think about some changes but dont have the guts to do it. Bless you!

Janie said...

I really love the chairs too! I've been looking for a couple of chairs for my dining room, hope I get lucky!

Laurie said...

Everything looks really, really good! Your table turned out great, sanding for 4 hours, now that's a workout!

Jen said...

I love your dining room! The grain sack chairs turned out beautifully and the table you sanded looks great. Enjoy!

Unknown said...

What kind of chairs are they? I love the look. I have an old farm table and those would look beautiful at the end.

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Sunflowers With Smiles said...

I love your grain sack chairs!
Your dining room looks fabulous!

mimi said...

Wowser! I adore the changes.... Love it all, but the chairs really sing!

Windy Ridge said...

so beautiful!

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These are fantastic easy changes that pair perfectly together. Great blog.

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Unknown said...

The chairs are so terrific - and originals!

[email protected] said...

i really loved the black table, but i think this looks amazing too! reminds me of restoration hardware and pottery barn quite a bit!

Sandra said...

Hello. I've been following your blog for a very long time now and I finally decided to make it "official" and join! I have admired your work since your first tour on RMS on HGTV...your home tour was on the front page for a while. Well, here I am leaving my first comment.

I love, love, love those chairs - simply gorgeous!

ANNE said...

I love what you did to your dining room table and I want to do the same treatment to mine. Would you please let me know what kind of wax you used to get this effect.

Thanks so much!

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