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New Furniture!

Last fall, we started the project to finally furnish our house.  We’ve lived here for about 2 and a half years now, but most of the main floor was really light on furniture and the pieces we did have weren’t really a good fit for the space.  It took several months for us to make decisions on what we wanted and finally get everything ordered … and the last pieces arrived about 6 weeks ago.

For the dining room, we got a new table and chairs.  We spent a lot of time looking for a table that was both really solid and stable and also a style that we liked.  We finally settled on a Stickley mission style double pedestal table, which expands to 12′ long with all four leaves in.  For the chairs, we actually selected a style made by Bermex since the Stickley ones were so expensive.  I was a little worried that the wood tones might not match since the table and chairs weren’t from the same collection, but it turned out fine.  We’re excited to not have to drag out all of the card tables to make room for everyone the next time we have a group over!

New Dining Room Table and Chairs

And to go with our new table and chairs, we’ve dressed up our $300 buffet table from Wal-Mart with a mirror and some new lamps.

Our "Budget" Buffet from Wal-Mart

For the living room, our biggest challenge was that the room is so long and narrow and, even though it’s a pretty large room, the individual pieces needed to be pretty petite to not block the traffic areas and walkways.  For this, we ordered a mixture of brands from a couple of different furniture stores.  We’re still working on the finishing touches, but I think we have all of the big pieces covered.  Here are some pictures:

New Living Room Furniture

New Chair and Ottoman

More New Living Room Furniture

It’s been almost 4 months, but the updates to our dining room are finally done!  Thought we’d share some “Before & After” pictures of the changes we’ve made:

The "Before" Picture

The "Before" Picture

The "After" Picture

The "After" Picture

We started work in the dining room back in July by removing the old wallpaper.  Once the wallpaper was down, we ran new wiring for the wall sconces to replace the old knob-and-tube.  We then had the walls skim-coated with a fresh layer of plaster to fill in some holes and cracks and smooth everything out.  With the plaster work complete, we installed picture frame molding below the chair rail and then painted the upper portion of the walls gray and the bottom the same shade of white as the rest of the trim in the house.

We still think the room needs some work from a decorating perspective, but we’re so happy to finally be done with the other updates.

Painting the Dining Room

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working to paint the dining room (finally!)  It’s taken a lot longer than I expected, but I’m really happy with the way it’s turning out.

New Dining Room Paint

New Dining Room Paint

I love the color gray we finally decided on for above the chair rail.  It’s Sherwin Williams Pavestone (SW7642).  I was a little worried to start with that it would come off as too blue or too tan, but it definitely looks gray without being too dark or too stark against the white.  The bottom half of the room is Sherwin Willams Modest White (SW6084), which is the same as the trim color in the rest of the house.

I started by priming all of the freshly plastered walls with a tinted Loxon primer that’s meant for concrete block walls.  At first, I thought this was overkill considering that the walls were only skim coated, but we’ve since had a problem with paint peeling off of the walls in the foyer because they weren’t primed properly, so we’re hoping this will prevent the same problem in the dining room.  The biggest challenge with the Loxon primer was that we hadn’t planned on using a different primer for the walls than for the new wood trim pieces for the picture frame molding, so I would up having to cut in around all of the trim , which was pretty time consuming.

After the primer was dry, I’ve put one layer of top coat on all of the walls.  The gray part above the chair rail is a low-sheen eg shel finish.  I really like how deep the color looks without being shiny.  One coat on top of the tinted primer gave us really consistent color and finish, so I think I’m done painting above the chair rail.  For the portion below the chair rail, we decided to paint it in a semi-gloss enamel like all the rest of the woodwork in the house.  One coat looks good color wise, but I’m still deciding if I want to put another coat on to try to even out the finish.  I’m not sure if it’s anything anyone but me will ever notice, but I’m afraid it’ll drive me nuts if I know it’s not perfect and I don’t fix it.

I can’t wait to finally be done with all of the painting, get the light fixtures and outlet covers back up, and move the furniture back in.  I think it’s going to be a huge improvement over the old wallpaper!

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