In honor of Kimba's DIY day and Transformation Thursday at the Shabby Chic Cottage, I have another project that I did a few months ago. Our dining room and living room are one big, open space. Our exclusive collection of mismatched hand-me-downs and side-of-the-road finds all live happily together in here. Years ago, when we had our first house with a true "dining room," we didn't have the money to buy actual dining room furniture to go in there. After keeping an eye on the classifieds, we bought a used (vintage? retro?) dining room set from a sweet elderly couple. I really just wanted something that would seat the whole family on holidays, and this did the trick. The set had seen better days by the time we moved to Tucson, so I managed to talk my husband into a new dining room table and chairs, but we couldn't yet get any extra pieces to go with them, so we were stuck with the old china cabinet. Here she is, all decked out for Christmas a couple of years ago:
You can't tell from the picture, but it's a different shade of wood than the table. I have plenty of mismatched stuff, but that particular combination looked all wrong, and since I have a lot of painted furniture in the adjacent living room, I decided to paint it to tie in with that stuff.
Here she is (again with the terrible photos, I know):
When we were in mid-paint, I decided to leave the inside brown. I don't know if that's a terrible faux-pas, but I liked the contrast with the dishes and whatnots that are arranged in there. And I figured I could always play around with some scrapbook paper back there for variety, like The Nester did.
Sooner or later I'll run out of that cream-colored paint, and then I'll have to come up with some new projects.