The Dining Room Project

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Over the last few months, I've been working on two projects - the kitchen and the dining room. I've learned that if I divide projects into small groups, I tend to knock them out quicker. Since I was wrapping up the kitchen, it was only natural to start work on the dining room (and yes, I will have kitchen pics soon). Here are pics of the dining room before:

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It was pretty much a thrown together room of various items. The only thing I was in love with was the light. It's so over the top and blinky - just the way I like it.

My over the top light.
My over the top light.

Then there were the 1/2 finished chairs:

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The painted on table:

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And the sale curtains I got at Pottery Barn that didn't match anything.

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Now, before you fuss at me for "ruining" my table, I want to say that I had to sand down and refinish the table thanks to a not-so-well put on coat of poly (from the store, not me). I couldn't paint my cabinets in the garage because it was so hot, so the dining room table became my paint table. But back to the project...

One thing I knew is that I wanted to get rid of the drapes. I mean, this is my view in the evenings:

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Why would I want that hidden? Oh that's right - it's hot here in Texas. I had to had something because the solar screens just weren't cutting it. I went back and forth a hundred times before deciding to use the same cellular shades as in the living room. The only problem is, I don't want to see the shades when they are up. So I decided to think on it.

In the meantime, I knew if my windows were going to be "naked" that they needed trim. The only trim was the part under the sill (the apron I believe is it's technical term). Then I remembered that dropping the trim down on the bedroom windows hid my roller shades and should work in the dining room too. But first things first. I needed to paint.

What? Me paint? Yeah, yeah. The current color was the same Restoration Hardware Slate I used in the foyer. Beautiful in the foyer, not so much in the living room/dining room/kitchen. So after a bit of searching, I came up with Light French Gray from Sherwin Williams. And let me tell you, I LOVE IT!

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Once I painted, I started working on trim. First, the windows. I came up with this (saw it at HD and knew I loved it).

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Next, I tackled the plain-jane baseboards. Here is the before:

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And the after? Well you are just going to have to wait and see. They are up but need an extra coat of paint. I've been working on the kitchen this weekend, so maybe tomorrow I will wrap it up. ;-)