I so spicy.
Not really. But I sometimes talk in third person to get Jeremy to listen. Weird I know…but it works Usually it perks him up from the zone-out when I start rambling about really interesting things like the new Bachelorette’s sassy bangs or the pregnancy stretch marks on my sides that look like I tried to claw my spare tire off or how sometimes when I spraypaint multiple items different colors, my snot looks like a rainbow. Important, interesting things. I lost ya, didn’t I?
I so spicy.
See? it works. I gotcha back. So now that I have your full and undivided attention, let’s talk about this trainwreck of a room that we turned into a slightly less filled but still fully wrecked room. How’s that for a catchy line?! Back off HGTV, that one’s mine. On to the room.
The dining room was pretty much the dumping ground for all our don’t-need-it-right-now crud. I have a lot of that.
And it pretty much stayed that way till just this past week. The real problem was that we didn’t have a light fixture in there…so I couldn’t even see what was there to get it sorted. At one point we moved the table and chair into the basement (for Will’s birthday party) and that is when I decided that it was high time to filter some stuff out and around a bit.
But first the fixture.
We needed light. And no dinky little light would do. I decided that the oversized drum light from Will’s old nursery would be just the thing to bring a little sophistication to this space. I know. It sounds ridiculous to talk about sophistication when you have empty egg cartons on the table and a carpet remnant on the floor.
But if you can see past the mess and the horrible wall color, you will notice that the light is pretty darn gorgeous in here.
In fact, it was just the inspiration I needed to clear the table and bring in some chairs.
Both Jeremy and I kinda hate this table. Jer also hates the chairs….I LOVE them. He doesn’t get it. And yes, eventually I will need new cushion covers on the seats…but for $30 for all four chairs, I think they were a great deal that brings texture and charm into this room. Thank you Craig and your list.
We also brought in the shorter bookshelves. I love the darker wood. I think I might just go with this wood color and get rid of the white furniture in here….who knows. Just taking it one step at a time. And for now, I love that this gives me an extra space to display my white dishware.
Obviously these photos aren’t staged. This is real life people.
You may also notice the hot mess behind the table and chairs. You’d have to be blind not to. No offense to blind people. I respect you. and wonder how you are reading this.
The frames from all over our house. They need a home. Of course, I am too lazy to find one.
And some more frames…and mirrors, shades, shelves and a few canvases. I might paint them for in the dining room. I’m thinking of just shamelessly copying something awesome that I have yet to discover.
At first I was gonna use this giant canvas I got a while back (when Sherry told me about the sale at Michael’s I hurried over with a coupon faster than Will can disappear and eat an entire roll of toilet tissue…which is insanely fast by the way). Then I decided that I didn’t like the light with one big canvas. Scrapped that idea and now I think I’ll do three in the dining room and the big one in the reading room. Perhaps with song lyrics. I have no idea.
So there you have it…our current dining room. A light got switched from a nursery to an eating space….some clutter got put away. Not a hugely exciting post…but for me, just to have light in there makes a world of difference. Who knows…maybe someday we will actually DINE in there!?
How’s your dining room looking? Anything new in there? Did you make your own art? Did it have song lyrics? Or perhaps you got stuff from Craigslist that you love but your spouse hates? Spill it…like the stuff on my buffet.