Dollhouse Reveal: The Dining Room (#11)

Another of my favorite rooms. I personally could not have a room with so much black, but I really love the way it turned out.

DSCN4943The inspiration for this room was the fabric that become the large octagonal rug in the center of the room.DSCN4944Right after that, I ran across the black and cream dining room chairs, and I knew the color direction that was going to dominate this room. I ended up having to buy two sets and one of the tables went into the sewing room as the cutting table. I used the other in the middle with a large round. Lots of seating for family and friends!DSCN4945Would you believe that chandelier is actually a car air freshener?  I had to actually shorten it, as when I initially placed it, it almost touched the floor.DSCN4946The table cloth fabric was another ‘stumbled upon’ fabric. I had initially just planned to use a crisp white table cloth, but when I saw this fabric I knew I had to use it. (Chocolate cake ready for desert for guests!)DSCN4947The china cabinets are something I picked up a long time ago seriously cheap and I ended buying about a half dozen of them. They all varied ever so slightly from one another, but the two I used were very similar. Painted black and filled with various china pieces and silver and copper work, they make a nice compliment.DSCN4948I tried using a different wall treatment in this room. For the most part, it turned out okay. The wainscotting is really siding for the outside of the house, but I like it used this way. I also used this gorgeous scrapbooking paper for the upper portion of the wall, rather than paint.DSCN4949The floor was the originally purchased real-wood floor that had been added to the collection somewhere along the line. I could actually cut it with scissors it was so thin, but took a nice oak stain.

The window treatments are the houndstooth black and creme fabric with off-white sheers. This is another set of curtains that don’t quite hang right and there is a part of me that wants to replace. If I used the same fabric as the table cloth, would it be too much? The valance has fabric that was leftover from the rug and I was able to snip out a section that doesn’t give it away too much.

So, that concludes the tour of the dining room. Come back for more room reveals.

julie

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Finally! The Grand Reveal of the Church Table

I have a bad habit (sometimes) of starting projects that take me a while to get around to finishing. Actually in this case, I actually did finish it, but have been wafting back and forth about a final finishing piece. That, and I never got around to taking the final pictures either. And because of its sheer combined size, it isn’t like I can just drag it out and set it up and shoot the photos… and I always used the excuse about that final flourish to put it off.

Well, time is up for procrastinating. This coming weekend, my neighborhood is having one of its two annual garage sale weekends. I’ve combed the house and really collected from every nook and cranny anything that I could live without. I have to admit that lately the house has been creaking from the excess that I’ve collected these past years. We’re going to have a really big sale!

So, since we’re already using the driveway as a sales floor, I might as well as to it some of the furniture projects that I’ve recently completed. Including the dining room table and its eight chairs, as well as the the matching sideboard. So, me and The Kid dragged it all out and arranged it artfully on the lawn (partially on the neighbor’s lawn too) and took photos.

I’ll just start with photos… now that I have them!

DSCN4529The table was made by combining a salvaged door that I picked up from a Catholic church that was closing its school. The door was from the main office and I could only imagine had been pushed open by the hands of hundreds of little kids in cute school uniforms.

I removed the hardware, replaced the holes with wood and sanded, sanded, sanded. The more layers of varnish I removed, the more beautiful the wood I was revealing. The Kid helped in creating the skirt and attaching the legs, but we simply recreated the same mechanism that held together my original oak table that was purchased when I first got married (it still is working to this day!). Before we attached it to the door, it was painted my favorite shade of red. (Have I mentioned that I love red?)

The chairs were all from the same Catholic school… all of these were well worn, used and loved by students from that school. It took hours of sanding to remove doodlings and scratches but unbelievably, there was not a single wad of gum stuck under the seats!

As you can see, six of the chairs became red, but wanted to create accent piece (or in this case, pieces). What better color to contrast with red than turquoise?

Even better, I created a piece to accompany it. A mid-century piece, this is all wood. The drawers have dove-tailed construction and great detailing typical of the fifties. I love the spiral details on either side and I was able to fit it with a great set of vintage hardware that I painted black. The Kid and I have refurb’d many dressers and desk drawers, so bringing this piece was no challenge. The drawers glide beautifully and silently on their tracks and fit within their frames nicely.

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This is one of those times when I wish my house was empty (and I didn’t love my replacement round dining room table)! This sideboard rivals even my newly built piece, although mine has a little bit nicer top.

DSCN1864So, finally, I can mark this one off the list. Now just to get it sold and be able to reclaim the space in my garage would be the icing on that cake!

julie

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