Dining Room Update

Hey friends! Our dining room is a huge part of our home. Growing up in my parents house we used the dining room on Christmas day and that was pretty much it. Brian and I host constantly so I want this to be a room that people enjoy spending a lot of time in. There are few things that bring more joy to our lives than seeing memories being made in our home.

That being said, our dining room needed a much needed face lift. If I haven’t said it before, I HATE the wall color that the bank painted our home. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so thankful I didn’t have to deal with another persons insane color choices or wall paper from the 80’s. The paint we have is a step above all that. However, if I had to describe it, I would say it’s a dingy white paint and chalk mixture. If I’m wearing black I avoid grazing the walls because it will leave a chalky residue on my clothes. So annoying. Not to mention it looks kind of dirty. Here are some before pictures.

This space looked dull in comparison to my dreams of a warm space that people would have a hard time leaving.

So let me just brag for a second about the most outstanding husband in the world… Brian is a stud. We volunteered to host Thanksgiving this year and I got the brilliant idea we need to paint the dining room in order for Thanksgiving to be perfect. Brian didn’t say a word, he grabbed his paint brush started to help. We started on Monday night and did most of the trim. Tuesday we decided that I was insane and we needed a pro to help. So Brian went out to Home Depot and picked up a paint gun. Let me tell you… if you don’t have one, INVEST. It is the most amazing tool in the universe. I thought I was excited about my sander, I’m in love with this paint gun. We covered the walls in 20 mins and if we knew what we were doing or had a strategy, we would have been able to paint the whole room in one night.

Check it out.

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You need to give yourself about 16 inches of buffer space, but this saved us HOURS and it was fun to use!

Here’s the final result!

It looks so fresh and warm. The paint color is Wheat Bread by Behr.

Book Shelf Up-Cycle

 

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This bookshelf was one of my favorite and quickest up-cycles to date! I was so excited to start working on it that I almost completely forgot to take the “before” picture. I bought this sad little bookshelf from an online yard sale. It was in terrible condition and desperately needed some life breathed back into it. Something about it was crying to be bright and boisterous. So I went with a green that made me feel happy.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • sander
  • paint
  • fabric of your choice, or a second paint color
  • Mod Podge
  • furniture wax

First, sand down the wood completely. It needs to be a smooth surface. If there are multiple layers of paint already on there, try to get as much off as you can.

Second, wipe down the surface so that all dirt (which there was a TON of), dust, or grime is removed.

Third, you’re ready to paint! I did three coats because I loved this color so much. Each time it got a new coat, the color became more vibrant. Don’t be shy with paint coats!

After I painted the entire piece and I let it dry for 24 hours, I measured the areas I wanted the fabric to fill. It’s better to have a little extra than to cut your fabric too short and have gaps to work around. Just like the coffee table up-cycle, the Mod Podge technique is the same.

Put down a thick layer of Mod Podge over the area the fabric will be placed. You’ll need to work quickly, this dries fast! Place the fabric over the layer of Mod Podge. Be sure to pull the fabric tight and push out any wrinkles. Once you’re satisfied with the way its positioned, add two more layers of Mod Podge on top of the fabric to seal it in. If the fabric hangs over anywhere, a box cutter can be used to cut away the excess.

I repeated this process 3 times to give the shelf a fun background.

When that’s completely dry, take an old rag (that will not fray) and go over the entire wood area with the finishing wax.

Here was my finished product:

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