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Our dining room is the one room in our house that I just cannot leave alone. I have covered all the chairs in slipcovers, made pillows for each chair, stenciled two 12ft drop cloths to use as drapes, added two very large plants, made two mirrors, etc, etc, etc. This room is my ongoing challenge, but I think I have reached a point where I can take a break and enjoy it. I thought I would share some pictures of the progress of this room – from move-in day, to my first attempt at decorating it, and current. I hope you enjoy!
I could find only one picture of the room in its initial stage of decorating.
Like any move, the first few months were a hectic blur. Decorating was the last thing on my mind therefore furniture was thrown in each room and forgotten about. For the most part the furniture in our dining room has stayed where we originally put it (there are very few options). I did move the “buffet” (it’s actually my husband’s bachelor dresser) to a new location recently, but that’s it as far as re arranging.
Here are some recent “during” pictures. We were in our home for about 5 months when I discovered Pinterest (I know I’m behind!). That’s when my world changed and I found my passion…design! Ever since then I have been going nuts (just ask the kids and husband)!
And here is where we are today (literally…I just took these pictures today). I moved the
dresser buffet to a different location and like it much better. Other than that I’ve added a few things from around the house.
The only thing I purchased in the above picture was the fiddle leaf fig tree. These guys can cost a pretty penny, but I stumbled across this huge one at Home Depot for $65. Normally you’d pay twice that for a fiddle leaf this size.
I sketched the above picture just a few years ago (like 20!) when I was in college. It had been in my portfolio all those years until my daughter asked to see my artwork. She liked this picture so much that I finally decided to display it in the house. I think this was an ad for shampoo and I drew the model.
I also painted the above picture. There is a funny story behind this. This chunk of wood used to be hanging in the model house just across the street from us. There used to be a surfer girl beneath all my paint. The sweet lady that purchased the model home literally waddled over with the surfer painting in hand while she was 7 months pregnant with her first baby! I have quickly become the “junk collector” on our street and whenever a neighbor wants to toss something they come to me first to see if I’d like to re-purpose it. I love it!!!
My maiden name was “Raymond” so when the husband and I go to Napa (once every 8 years!) we visit the Raymond Winery. I purchased this box and gave it a quick stain.
I purchased these antique skeleton keys from an etsy store. I had no idea they were coming from Romania until I checked the status of my order after 3 weeks and not receiving them yet. I joke with my kids that these keys came from Frankenstein’s castle!
“Cheers” sign came from our recent trip to Napa.
I love this thing. It’s just kitchen twine I wrapped around a beach ball, then sprayed with Stiffen Stuff and painted a bright orange. (Note: for something this large I recommend using Elmer’s Glue+water mix instead). My poor string ball is deflating, but I still like the shape+color.
I painted the handles on my husband’s dresser using the same process I used in our guest bedroom.
I used a throw blanket from our master bedroom on this chair to soften it a bit.
I made this floral pillow cover using 2 napkins I purchased from World Market. No sewing. I used Heat ‘n Bond on 3 sides and have yet to sew the bottom closed. I’m still hoping our friends don’t ever pick up this pillow!
Using drop cloths as drapes is nothing new to the DIY world, but when you’re pricing 12ft custom ones online you really have no choice (unless you’re a Rockefeller!). My drapes cost apx $45. I stenciled these using this great tutorial.
These skeleton keys are from that same etsy order. These shadow boxes are from my husband’s bachelor decor and used to have Chinese medallions in them. I used the back side to glue a few keys on and some scrap pieces of fabric I had. The Chinese medallions are on the backside now so when we want to switch them again I just need to remove the tape.
Last but not least….the dreaded light fixture! This poor guy has been through at least 5 changes. None of them I really loved, so for now he’s naked and I like the bare bulb look (for now).
One of the perks of moving into a brand new house is it’s a clean slate.
You are the first one to live in it.
You are the first one to leave your mark on it.
You are the first one to make memories in it.
These reasons (except the last one) are also the downsides of living in a brand new house. You have to install window treatments. You have to install your backyard. Not to mention, if you can’t stand flat white paint then you also need to paint. More on that last one in future posts!
Cha-ching! Cha-ching! Cha-ching!
This brings me back to the subject of window treatments. Land is at a premium here in SoCal therefore you are squished right next to your neighbor. When you are squished together you tend to catch glimpses of your next door neighbor at their “finest.”
Sooooo….for a quick INEXPENSIVE fix to that I stumbled upon this fantastic tutorial to create custom drapery panels using painter’s drop cloths.
I wanted something dramatic in our dining room, but pricing 12′ custom panels left me with a few more gray hairs [we're talking in the upper $200 range for ONE panel!] I made TWO 12 ft custom panels for approximately $70!
Here is my cost-breakdown for two 12 ft panels:
phthalo blue acrylic paint
I made a few modifications to my drapes.
 First, I purchased a large repeating Ikat stencil instead of the single stencil Carmel used; for no other reason than I wanted these suckers done fast!
 Instead of using a foam pouncer I used a foam roller. It saves so much time; just be sure to get a small amount of paint on your roller before painting in your stencil.
 I did NOT wash my drop cloths. I know, I know. Lazy again? Maybe. But have you ever washed/dried a drop cloth before? I have once and they come out looking like raisins and the last thing I want to do when DIY’ing is iron!
 I did NOT cut or sew my drop cloth panels. You guessed it…l.a.z.y. I even had to extend my panels by attaching a fabric band to the bottom. I used Heat ‘n Bond to do this. If your windows are not freakishly tall like mine then you will want to follow Carmel’s tutorial.