Although the dining room totally wasn’t at the top of my list of worries, it does happen to be an easy starting point. The whole room was just kind of boring. Dreary gray walls, a window facing into our neighbor’s kitchen, and a yawn-worthy (yet cute) built-in. Since I hadn’t painted anything in a while, I thought this would be a good place to dig in!
First things first, the built-in (behind the open patio door in the above photo– I suck at “before” pictures…). Before I even unpacked, I was painting this guy. It is so adorable and I’ve always dreamt of having one! In order to make my mostly-light-colored ceramics pop, I chose a dark navy blue (Behr Nocturne Blue #HDC-CL-28)
I didn’t prime, so it took about 4 coats, which was stupid. This is why we start on small projects :). I also removed all the doors, sanded, repainted, and cleaned the glass, which had so many layers of grime and paint, I needed acetone and a razor blade.
I soaked the hardware overnight in baking soda and hot water, and the following morning the paint just fell right off and revealed gorgeous polished brass! Well that was easy!
Probably the quickest and easiest improvement so far! I quickly polished them up with some Simichrome and they look killer.
I put everything back together and touched up the white trim with Behr Snow Fall (#W-F-600), and then filled ‘er up! The arrangement isn’t right yet… I need more storage in this room to hide some of the more boring pieces and accumulate some new white ceramic things (animals, hopefully!) that will pop.
Next order of business was the dark walls. This room doesn’t get the best light in the house, which is pretty amazing considering the two large doors to the patio and the full-sized window. But it faces west directly into our fence and a neighboring house, and north into our yard. So the dark gray was a little… sad. I went with light, bright, BM Revere Pewter (#HC-172)… which I guess is what everyone is painting everything right now. Once it was on the walls I kind of hated it. It’s growing on me, so we’ll see if it stays or not. I wanted to keep the color neutral so we could do something fun with the art and lighting in here… but in this lighting, the greige is more beige than gray.
And an outtake… the puppy decided that she needed to go out at this exact moment. Or maybe she was trying to model for me?
All this paint plus a new dining set… I think we’re really making progress. I got a shipping notification for our new chandelier yesterday and can’t wait to put it up and finish up the room! Eventually I’m planning on having a carpenter complete some woodwork so the built-in will go to the ceiling (which would mask our new amazing Sonos speaker) and we’ll add some crown molding throughout the whole house.