First off....we sold our mahogany dining room furniture! Table, chairs, buffet - all gone! We sold them to some happy folks via Craigslist. If you recall, our dining room used to look like this.
Here it is today:
Right now we have our kitchen table in here until we find a new dining table. We're looking for an old farmhouse table, hopefully authentic and well-loved. My husband reminds me not to 'settle' on it, so I'm patiently looking. This cute vintage kitchen table functions fine in the meantime:
The 4 dining chairs were scored off Craigslist over a year ago, and I finally painted them this fall. The color is Sea Breeze by Benjamin Moore. I kept the same slipcovers from our former dining chairs, and they fit just fine!
Here's a close up of the back of a chair. I made a simple decoration with upholstery webbing, a $1 reindeer ornament from ACMoore, and a plaid bow I found a Dollar Tree (3 for $1). Easy!
Tucked behind the table you'll see a new-to-us settee.
|(see that runner on table? It's a $3 clearance valance from Homegoods!)|
The settee was part of a parlor set I also found on Craigslist last month - one settee, two side chairs and one arm chair. They've all been painted Sea Pearl, and the chairs are in the garage awaiting new upholstery. I did find time to upholster this settee right after Thanksgiving. I used a hemp sheet from Miss Mustard Seed for the seat and front. I attempted to tuft the front, but it isn't perfect. I also added a loveseat cushion I found on Amazon, which adds height and protects the hemp sheet from stains.
You may recognize the pillow on the settee - it's a Society 6 purchase from Miss Mustard Seed's watercolor collection! She's so talented.
I thought the pillow went well with my paper mache rocking horse nearby. And this year we put a real tree in here! It sits atop a Craigslist carpenter trunk. The trunk isn't too old but I loved the gray color and vintage feel (and storage for homeschool stuff!). I also knitted a chunky tree skirt, inspired by Maria of Dreamy Whites.
Here's the view from another corner. That huge wreath was a $5 thrift store find, and I raised my two gray shutters to hang alongside the window. Now the window looks bigger and has more impact.
Back in the corner you see our white cabinet. Here's a closer look:
I went with a soft white and sparkle theme here, with some touches of yarn creations.
Love this new ornament I found at Marshalls:
On the other side of the room stands our homeschool dresser. It is packed to the brim with homeschool books and supplies inside, but I cleared off the top for Christmas!
Lastly, I added a few Christmas touches to our vintage shoe rack:
Hope you're enjoying your Advent season, friends. I'll be back to share the living room soon. Yesterday I finished a project in there that's been on my to-do list forever. I 'German-smeared' our fireplace bricks!