Friday, March 25, 2011

In the mood for a change

I just sent Jon this text message:

Me: "I'm painting our dining room and staining the table and chairs. No work for you. Deal?"

Jon: "No problem. Do you know how to do those things???"

Hahahahahaha. Okay, so I might be a little bit of a train wreck when it comes to home renovation, but I'm learning.

For those of you who don't know, a few years ago we purchased a 100-year old "fixer-upper" at a great price in a nice neighborhood. Being married to an architect helped me see the "potential" in said home. Slowly but surely (read: verrrrry slowly), we've been making little updates here and there. And by we, I mean Jon. The poor guy has knocked down walls, hung drywall, and completely gutted our living room to make our home more livable. We still have ALOT of work to do, but we're not moving anytime soon, so we've got time.

Anywhoo, we have this great, huge dining room, and it is ugly as sin. No seriously. It's bad. We're not into the knock-down walls phase in that room yet (hey, home renovation ain't cheap), so I tried to paint over wallpaper a year ago, and the results were disastrous. Luckily, my moms stepped in and cleaned up my tornado, but the results of my first attempt at cosmetic updates were less than stellar.

While perusing the internet today at lunch, I came across some gorgeous photos that gave me inspiration for my DIY dining room makeover.
SWOON. I love everything about the dining room (especially the chairs)

I'm really feeling gray paint for the walls
Horribly ugly table, but cute wall color and I like the white trim

I think it's safe to safe gray paint is a front runner

Yep. Definitely staining the table dark. And I <3 that light fixture.


  1. Yes, gray is awesome! Do it! If you need help, let me know. Shawn is amazing at painting :) Hahaha!

  2. Do you remember where you found the pics? I want that rabbit painting!

    I told Andrew the same thing when I planned the bedroom make over. I've painted lots in the past. Honey you don't have to do a thing. He said ok but helped anyway! The two of us did the room in under two hours.

  3. i know this world of renovation all too well! hope you guys are enjoying it!!

  4. Thanks guys!

    Holly, tell Shawn the beers will be flowing if he wants to come help! ;-)

    Annette: Sorry, couldn't find out where the rabbit photo came from :(

    Dave: I'd say Jon is enjoying it more than me... but I do love the end results!

  5. I can relate to your old home issues. Three years ago we bought a 125yr old house and I have spent endless nights scraping layers of wallpaper, sanding, priming and painting. I'm soooooo sick of scraping wallpaper, but it's so satisfying when the walls are finally painted! And I vote yes on the gray paint, I've been obsessing over shades of charcoal gray for my walls lately...