Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dining Room – A Time for Change

Long before I started my own blog, there was one blogger, Traci at Beneath My Heart , who had purchased a china hutch at a yard sale.  She completely transformed it by painting it and I was so impressed that I thought it’s time for a  change in my dining room.   Check out her blog…..she has done some awesome furniture transformations. 

My dining room was just okay.  Actually it was boring ….I mean really really boring.   Below are pictures of the dining room before: 

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I  just recently had my husband install the dining room chandelier.  That was another one of my Habitat for Humanity Restore purchases.  It was brass so I primed and painted it black and added the shades to it. 

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Now here’s the after:

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I replaced the table with a round one that I had purchased at an auction for $90.  It came with four chairs but I only wanted the table.  I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of the table before but I was so excited about my purchase I immediately started sanding and painting it before I realized that I didn’t take a picture of it.  It was oak.   Basically, I painted all the oak finished furniture black and recovered the dining room chair cushions white.  The paint I used had a primer in it so I didn’t need to prime first.  It worked Great!  It took two coats but I let it dry a day before painting the second coat.  We also installed new hardware on the furniture that I purchased at a yard sale. 

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The mirror above was also an auction find.  I painted the frame black and placed lamp shades that matched the chandelier. 

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We really like how the dining room has an elegant yet comfortable feel and all for under $150.00. 

The only thing left to do is change out the door.  We want to install a french door.  That’s on my wish list! 

Blessings,

Gail

I’m linking this post to Hooked on Houses for Hooked on Fridays.

52 comments:

  1. WOW!!! What a transformation. Your dining room looked really nice before, but it certainly has that 'wow' factor afterwards. Doesn't black look so classy?
    I love what you did. I wish I could find a hutch to do that with. I just painted an old dresser/buffet that I had and now I want to make the shelves that Traci showed on her blog too :-)
    It's ok about the topiaries. I probably wouldn't get around to making them this year so I don't want to put you out writing it all up, but thanks for the offer.
    Hugs
    Denise

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  2. Your dining room looks fabulous!! I love the black furniture...it gave the room a totally different feel. I love visiting and seeing all your great transformations!

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  3. Oh my word! That is TRANSFORMATION! I'm loving the black & you've tied all the details together so very nicely. Hmmmmm -- I'm getting the itch to paint my table & chairs black!

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  4. That looks fantastic! I SOOOOO want to paint my china cabinet and dining room set black. I think my husband would have a cow, though because it was his grandmother's and he can't stand the idea of painting wood. I love yours though. It looks awesome!

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  5. It does have a very elegant feel to it now. Very pretty and so nicely done with the the pieces you had and purchasing only a feel. Great job.
    Pam

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  6. I love the black. I think it looks more sophisticated and like something out of Ballard's. This is a great Knock Off.

    I hope you will come by for a visit. I have a Knock Off party every Monday, a Celebrate the Holidays party on Wed and Its So Very Cottagey home tour every Fri.
    Cheri

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  7. your after looks fabulous! So inviting!

    I have a linky party going on over at my place, check it out! http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/09/room-month-shade-tutorial.html

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  8. Very pretty dining room -- really like the after. You should be pleased that it turned out so well!

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  9. I love the black. Your room is an inspiration for my kitchen. I've been debating what color to paint my table as it's seen better days. Great work. The room is very elegant.

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  10. Awesome, truly! Wow, love the change. The oak did make the room look dated, now it looks so cool and chic, love it!

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  11. LOVE THE RE-DO! I LOVE ME SOME BLACK furniture, or satin black spary paint. I love your hutch and mirror and your fall touches. Great job!

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  12. Wow! What a transformation! The black furniture really does it for me! It's my MO!

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  13. Your transformation is gorgeous. I LOVE the furniture black - stunning. You did a fantastic job! Thanks so much for linking to the Fall Festival - a perfect party for showing off your hard work. Your fall decor is so elegant too. Love it! :)

    Roeshel

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  14. Wow! What a transformation! So elegant!
    BTW~found you by way of Between Naps on the Porch...so glad I did~you have a wonderful blog!
    Blessings!
    Myrna

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  15. Alright, that's it. I"m painting my dining set black. Your gorgeous transformation has sold me!

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  16. Oh my goodness, that room is definitely magazine worthy! It is just amazing what a little black paint can do for a piece of furniture.

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  17. Love your tranformation! I Love all the black furniture, it makes me want to paint all my white black! Stop by for a visit sometime!
    Michelle

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  18. Fantastic transformation! The black is such a great energizer for "tired" furniture, I think.

    Scribbler

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  19. This is quite a transformation. Very pretty!...Christine

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  20. Your dining room was very pretty before, but it's so classy and elegant now with the black.

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  21. wow! It looks great!

    SMiles!
    Michelle

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  22. This is a wonderful new look for your dining room! Love the black and you were so brave (wish I was) to paint your oak furniture!!

    blessings
    mary

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  23. WOW SO BEAUTIFUL AND COZY LOOKING, I LOVE YOUR HOME :) I FOUND YOU THROUGH THE SHADES OF PINK LINK UP :)

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  24. When I saw that you were doing a hutch I already got excited because I knew it would look amazing. It does!!! What a HUGE project!! I love the black. I am totally in the mood to refinish a large piece of furniture. Let me know if you have any helpful tips!
    Thanks for the link!
    ~Andy

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  25. Your room looks great! How is it that you can never go wrong with black furniture? Love it!

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  26. You've been featured so grab your button.. I just love your dining room
    Thank you for your inspiration and creativity.

    Cheri

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  27. Black paint is the most magical thing ever. It is hard to believe what a dramatic difference it makes!! Your dining room looks incredible!

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  28. The black paint makes such a huge difference! I love it now. You did a great job.
    pk @ room remix

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  29. It looks sooo much better in black. Classic and sophisticated. Great makeover and MUCH cheaper than buying and entirely new dining set.

    Love you blog and I just signed up to be a follower.

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  30. Gail, you did such a wonderful job on the transformation of your dining room! I loveeeee the black hutch! I also fell in love with your guest room makeover:) I will be an avid visitor of your blog!

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  31. Wow! What a difference a little black paint can make.
    The room looks fantastic!
    I love before and afters. :)


    Kimberly

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  32. Wow! What an awesome transformation. The room looks so beautiful, elegant and updated all for so little money. Although I'm sure it was ALOT of work. Great job!!!

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  33. I love the hutch and everything else in the room. It looks amazing. I love black furniture. You did a great job. I'm having a giveaway today. Stop by if you get a chance and enter to win.

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  34. WOW! I LOVE it... I've been wanting to paint my dining room table/chairs black & you have inspired me even more.
    Thanks!

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  35. Wow, Gail, this is fabulous! What a transformation. I love it all! Your tablescape is lovely, too. Fantastic!

    Jane

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  36. Very dramatic, I love black. Hard to believe when you see my diningroom. Come on over for a look see. It's so nice to meet you.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  37. What an improvement!! Hey, I think I have those same handles--we bought ours on ebay and we used them on some doors that are over our bookcase area.

    The color of your walls looks different, but I guess that is because of the difference in the color of your furniture.

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  38. ooops--I gave the wrong link on the comment above!! yikes--if you click on it it brings you to someone elses blog!! Sorry!! here is the correct one!

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  39. Thanks for linking up to my party, come back next week!
    http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/09/room-month-shade-tutorial.html

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  40. Wow! That looks all new furniture! Just beautiful and striking! Linda

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  41. Whaaaaattt??? That is a striking difference. I love it.

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  42. What a difference! Great job with the painting looks terrific!! Would you consider sharing it at my blog party sometime? Check out: http://www.gypsyfleamarket.blogspot.com/

    Hope to see you there!
    xo
    Jill

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  43. This look great, a gold medal job.

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  44. Great job...paint is a miracle worker isn't it. cherry

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  45. I love the changes you've made! The black is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing...you're an inspiration!!!

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