It never fails that after all of the Christmas stuff has been stashed away and
all most every bit of the glitter that I can see has been vacuumed up, I struggle with putting my house back together. The same decor that I may have loved before now looks boring and dated. This year I was determined not to put everything back the same old way. I wanted to do something to freshen things up.
I don't have the $$$ to replace all of my furniture - nor do I want to - at least not all of it. ;o) One day I had a light bulb moment when it occurred to me that I didn't have to replace my furnishings and repaint every room to get a fresh look. Sooo...I decided to try my hand at mixing my traditional/transitional furnishings with a few more modern accessories with maybe a vintage item or two thrown in for good measure. Sound easy? Well, it hasn't been. It has been harder than I thought.
This is what my dining room looked like before Christmas.
And this is what it looks like today.
Funny, when I look at these pictures together, the room doesn't look that different. You'll have to trust me when I say it definitely is!
I started off by updating the chandelier. Here it is after Mr. Worthing took it down for me. I was so over the brown. I added the layer of dust for your viewing pleasure. Where oh where does all this dust come from?!?!?!
It took three different spray paints plus Rub n Buff before I was able to achieve the antique gold color that I was after. The Krylon paint on the far left was a pretty color, but the gold was too soft - more of a champagne color. The Ace Metallic was the perfect color, but for some reason it didn't react well with the metal. What finally gave me the color I was after is the Rust-oleum with Rub n Buff in Antique Gold added all over as a final coat.
Here is what she looks like now.
You can see that I removed the sage green chandelier shades and replaced the bulbs. Mr. Worthing looked at me sideways over those bulbs. I like that the bulbs kind of look like bubbles when they aren't turned on.
I already had these red urns. The lids are a bronzey, gold metallic. This vintage cache pot was in my mother's family for years. I believe it belonged to my grandparents who lost most everything in the Great Depression. I decided to spare you a picture of the inside where you could have seen the big ole crack where Mama glued it back together after I sat in it when I was little.
The colors are just right for this room - red with a soft green background and touches of gold.
Looking at the room from this angle, you'll see that I removed the pendants with tassels from the drapery panels. I think it helps to take some of the heaviness away.
Over on the sideboard, I added a new bowl and two new lamps - all purchased at HomeGoods. We won't talk about how many lamps I returned before I found these. You can't see it in this pic, but the lamps have just a touch of gold around the edges of the fat parts of the base. I removed the pillows from the chairs and also removed the plate racks that were hanging on the wall on either side of the mirror.
At the other end of the room, I removed the urn filled with faux greenery and the oil painting that my Auntie Syl painted. Don't worry - the painting will be gifted to my daughter who treasures my aunt's paintings just as much as I do.
I'm planning to add some artwork to the wall beside the doorway going into the family room. Probably a grouping of some sort, but I don't want it to be too predictable. I'm f-o-r-c-i-n-g myself to be patient until the right thing comes along.
That pretty much sums up all of the changes that I've made so far. So many of you are experts at mixing the old and the new. What do you think? Please be honest, but gentle (I have thin skin!). Have I taken any mis-steps? Should I change the fabric on the chairs to something more updated? The chair fabric colors blend perfectly with the drapery fabric. Should I replace the pillows that were in the two armchairs with ones made using a more updated fabric and no fringe or trim?
I'll be linking up to these parties:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much
Your Cozy Home Party on Monday at Cozy Home Scenes
Motivated Monday at Be Colorful
Savvy Homemade Monday at Home Savvy A to Z
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tutorials and Tips Tuesday at Home Stories A to Z
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Show and Tell on Wednesday at Blue Cricket Design
Overflowing with Creativity on Wednesday at It's Overflowing
Uncommonly Yours on Wednesday at Uncommon Designs
It's A Party on Thursday at A Creative Princess
Open House Party Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Share Your Creations on Thursday at Kristen's Creations
Tickled Pink Fridays at 504
Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
Feature Friday Free for All at Five Days...5 Ways
Addicts (not so) Anonymous on Friday at Addicted 2 Decorating
Come Party with a Blonde on Friday at A Blonde's DIY Life
Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence
Potpourri Friday at 2805
Weekend Wrapup Party on Saturday at Tatertots and Jello
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Sew Darn Crafty Sunday at http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/
Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming
Simply Klassic Sunday at A Simply Klassic Home