Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I Live Here: Gray Mid Century Dining Room With a Modern Twist

Welcome! C'mon in. I hope you like coffee. 
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?

15 comments:

  1. I would totally buy your house. Can't wait to see the other rooms transformed. The chairs are fabulous.

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    1. Thank you, lady! Want to move to Nashville next year? :D

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  2. This looks awesome! Great job. I may need your advice for our rental...

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    1. Thanks! Carol, if you give me your specifications and describe the items you're definitely using, I'd love to make an Ask the Amateur idea board for you. I'm serious! A lot of friends have asked for design advice lately, and I had fun helping them. Rentals offer some challenging design limitations, but there are creative ways to work around them.

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  3. Really pretty! I love your decorating updates! You' so creative! I never would have thought of a print like that for the chairs and it looks SO NICE! :) :) :)

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  4. totally had to click over and see these hours tours (NO GUITARS) that you love doing :) and, gotta admit, i love it!

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    1. Haha, NO GUITARS is right! Thanks for stopping by... it's always a work in progress, but it's a lot of fun to work on it. :)

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  5. Wow, love the mid-century pieces with the bold upholstered chair pattern! Looks lovely. I'll be sure to stop by again! (Especially considering you referenced Amélie in a post..!)
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    1. Hey, thanks for visiting! Glad you like what you see. :)

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  6. Hi Jen! I just found your post via a Google search for the perfect light gray and this is great! Would you mind sharing what shade go gray this is?

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    1. Thanks, Karen! I'm glad you found me here. The paint color is Behr's Silver Screen. We've had it on the wall for more than a year, and we still love it. I definitely recommend it.

      Here's a post describing the paint process in more detail: http://www.librariantellsall.com/2012/08/new-gray-dining-room-with-behr-silver.html

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  7. Hi Jen,
    I love the way you write!
    I have a wall unit like the one you have on your dining room and I'm trying to identify it, does yours have any marks or numbers on it?
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you very much!
    Grethel

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  8. Hi Jen,
    I love the way you write!
    I have a wall unit like the one you have in your dining room and I'm trying to identify it. Does yours have any marks? Thank you in advance!
    Grethel

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    1. Thanks, Grethel! Unfortunately, our wall unit doesn't have any markings. When I first bought it, I looked all over for anything that would help me identify, it, and... nothing. :(

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    2. Mine either, I suppose is common for the maker on these lovely pieces not to mark them at all. Keep up the good work! and if you want more MCM pieces you can visit www.gre-stuff.com. I'm sure you will find something else you can add to your lovely home.

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