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I'm so excited. My dining room is finished! After painting the walls, painting and refinishing the table, installing a new light fixture, and reupholstering the chairs, I'm finally done. These were my design objectives: I wanted to make a big change using things I already owned. I wanted my dining area to look calm, simple, pretty, and modern. And I wanted the project to be environmentally friendly. I'm so happy with the result!
Of course, green design means different things to different people. In my case, I consciously worked to use what I have without creating excessive waste or buying a lot of new stuff. And naturally, I chose low VOC paint. The chandelier and the fabric on the chairs are the only new items I added to my house, and the old light fixture was given away on Craigslist to a couple who were very excited to give it a new home. Even though I didn't buy many new things, I think it looks completely different! Take a look:
|Same chairs, table, rug, and wall unit... Art and knick knacks I already owned... But it's like a whole new room!|
You do not--I repeat, you do not--need to buy a lot
of new things to make major changes to a room.
New colors and textures can change everything!
|Here's a better look at the Waverly Sun and Shade Fishbowl fabric on the dining room chairs.|
The print is so large, the chairs aren't identical. It's not too matchy-matchy! I like it.
The new upholstery on the chairs makes me so happy. After careful consideration, I chose a neutral botanical-meets-pop-art print. The fabric is Waverly Sun & Shade. The print is called Fishbowl, and the color is Caviar. Since it's meant for indoor or outdoor use, it's durable enough for an area that gets a lot of traffic. Initially, I thought I wanted a floral print with bright colors, to match the living room rug. Instead, I fell in love with this fabric and bought enough to make new throw pillows for the sofa, too. So the fabric will still tie the two rooms together.
Can we talk about that chandelier, too? This light fixture is awesome. The crystals are fancy, but the drum shade keeps it from being too precious. And because of the drum shade, the fixture works well in a room with Mid Century furniture. It's one of the best home decor choices
I ever made Keith ever made.
|We bought it online, and we weren't sure if we were going to get a fabric shade or a cheap paper shade.|
Let me tell you: It's fabric, and it's elegant. This chandelier does NOT look cheap in person. Oh no.
Now that I'm finished with the dining area, what's next? I'm getting estimates on a partial kitchen remodel, to get the place ready for resale next year, but the estimates make me want to cry. Please pass the Kleenex, and let's focus on the much cheaper finishing touches that will make my bedroom and living room complete. First, I want to sew those new throw pillows.
Are you doing any home related projects right now?