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Going for the Gold

2012 July 17
by Katie

The dining room reminded me of a matador….a lot of red draped all over….lots of crazy….a whole lotta bull.   

Thank goodness we painted it.  Ole much. 

And over the past year and a half, we’ve been making some other improvements….like putting in a rug, adding some storage with a new hutch, installed the bar racks, and hooking up the light fixture.  Needless to say…it’s been a process of evolution.  In one point seven million years, you might be able to eat in there :)

I had originally thought I would put up plain jane white curtains.  But then I saw this yellow fabric at a local discount place.  At $2 a yard, it seemed like such a fun twist on plain ole jane.  Yellow curtains are like jane on champagne.   And we all know how Janie is when she gets bubbly in her :)  So I bought 14 yards ($28 for four almost ten foot panels is a great price)….that’s only $7 a curtain.

I actually did the curtains very methodically.  (forgivemeasIchokeonmyownlie)

I just laid the other curtain down on top of the fabric….added about 8.5″ on the length….cut and copied that three more times.  Two days of ironing (I’m pretty sure I could be the world’s slowest ironer) and sewing later….I had some flat panel curtains.

I just used clip hooks to attach them to the curtain rod.  I actually found the best price at Lowe’s of all places.  They were 14 clips for $6.   Now I have some spicy curtains to liven up the room.

I love how they puddle on the floor and they are super easy to get down to wash.

But my absolute favorite thing is that they balance out the gold ornate mirror that we put in there above the console-table-turned-changing-dresser-turned-buffet.  Even the height of the curtain rod and the mirror help make the room feel so much more even.  That’s really hard for me to do in this space since the ceiling is so high.

As I am sure you noticed…I added some canvases on either side of the hutch.  I haven’t decided exactly what I am gonna do with them yet…but when I do – I’ll be sure to let you know.  I am also collecting some dishes to do a collection of hanging plates and platters for over the hutch.  Hopefully that will draw your eye up so that the giant hutch will even look gianter. 

I also am thinking that the table and chairs are just completely impractical for the room.  I need more than just four seats in the dining room.  I have another place in mind for the chairs…so don’t worry – that texture will be used elsewhere.   And the table is just really old and I hate to change it structurally or mess with painting it when I might be just sending it off to live with a different relative.  I’m officially hunting craigslist. 

I also want to Rub-n-Buff the mirror to a prettier gold….not the orange-fake-n-bake kind.  No offense Lindsey Lohan.

Also – this room the whole house desperately needs the trimwork to be repainted.  I hate the tan…which actually looks creamy cream.  It’s not.  It’s tan.  And the ironic thing is, I had it color matched so that I could touch up some places and the name of the paint color closest to it is called “Irony”.  Can you believe that?!   It was only fitting that I was paying money to purchase paint I hate.  It’s like meeting the man of your dreams…then meeting his beautiful wife….isn’t it ironic….dontcha think?!  (name that song)  

I couldn’t help but photoshop to see how it might look with plain white trim.  WORLD’S DIFFERENCE in my book.

 Does anyone wanna come over and help me paint?  For months on end? 

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately.  Have y’all been going for the gold lately?



154 Responses leave one →
  1. Johanna permalink
    July 22, 2012

    I know its off topic, but I wanted to say that everyday I love coming across your sweet little boy on pinterest! So cute :) . Obviously thinking of you and your fam this weekend.

  2. July 24, 2012

    LOVE the yellow! It really sets off the rest of the room nicely. :-)

  3. heather permalink
    August 13, 2012

    HI: I have a question about your china cabinet – did you paint it yourself? If so, how did you do it? I think it looks gorgeous, love the contrasting color inside. I want to do this with mine, but feeling a bit stumped as to where to start!

    Thanks!
    Heather

  4. Emily permalink
    May 14, 2013

    Love love love!! Where did you get the wine racks?

    • May 15, 2013

      The racks are from the Pottery Barn outlet and we added the glass holders on the bottoms (we got those brackets from ikea).
      xo – kb

  5. Janell permalink
    June 14, 2013

    Love the curtians! I have been looking to do something similar. What type of fabric did you buy?

  6. Maria permalink
    July 9, 2014

    What color is that gray??

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