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Modern Touches in a Dining Room Reveal; Before and After

08 December 2010

Modern Touches in a Dining Room Reveal; 
Before and After

The dining room is done! And I must say, I'm quite proud of it. If you have ever stopped by our house before, then you know what the old dining room looked like. It was an empty, catch all, mish-mash, big table with no chairs, beige hole and after Dean was born it became the diaper changing station. Gross. I finally got myself in gear and got inspired. And, despite the minimal complaining & eye rolling Michael did throughout the process I know he is proud of the final product too - and REALLY glad it's done. You won't catch us changing any diapers in there from now on. Promise.

Here are some before & afters.

{The before picture. Made even more awful by the iPhone picture quality. Eeek!}
{Ahhhh...the after shot. Updated paint color, Ikat drapes with metallic drapery rod, new light fixture, rug, chairs, mirror & art. Voila!}

{I am pretty obsessed with the work of artist Cy Twombly. His pieces can cost about as much as a car. Soooo, I decided to commission myself to create the perfect piece of art for the dining room using his work as my inspiration. This is one of my favorite pieces.}
{Here I am. Budding artist. I had just purchased my canvas, paint & brushes. Blank, clean & full of ideas. I painted during nap time in my garage.}
{Here I am again. Completely frustrated artist. After 2 weeks of relentless painting and re-painting I have a complete MESS and the worst color blue I've ever seen. Thank goodness my sweet neighbor - who happened to have a degree in art and is a painter herself - saw me in my garage and dropped by to see what the heck I was doing. She was able to get me past my block and fill me full of new ideas. Thanks Caroline!}
{A few weeks and one new frame later...done. Exactly what I had wanted all along. Definitely not a Cy Twombly BUT good enough.}


Chrissie December 8, 2010 at 7:59 AM  

Wow!I love the room and love that she made her own artwork. Fabulous!!

banclothing December 8, 2010 at 8:35 AM  

When I was scrolling down your post I saw was instantly thought, 'Wow, I really love the painting in the reflection of the mirror'. At this point in the post I didn't know you had made it yourself!!!!!!!!!! Really, truly, a phenomenal piece of art.

Sanctuary Home December 8, 2010 at 11:25 AM  

Wow...that is an amazing transformation! Great contrast, very dramatic. I also love the draperies!
Your picture is just as beautiful as the original...and you did it with your own two hands.

Butternut Squash December 8, 2010 at 5:49 PM  

What a great painting! What kind of advice did your artistic neighbor give you? I would love to know how to make my own :D

Ginette December 8, 2010 at 9:20 PM  

Wow, wow, wow! Gorge. Great job! I luv the mirror & choice of items & arrangement. Magazine pictorial..seriously.

Anonymous,  December 11, 2010 at 1:11 AM  

This dining room is absolutely breathtaking. My mum and I are sitting here drooling over it. You've done an amazing job and I'm loving that mirror and your painting!
Megs :)

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