I finished painting the dining room last night! Woohoo! It was a quick project as I didn't have to paint the trim or ceiling. I already did those before. Just two coats on the walls. Easy. But let me back up a bit first. When we moved in six years ago, our dining room looked like this -
Not so pretty. I stripped the wallpaper, removed the carpet, installed hardwood, painted the ceiling and trim, hung crown molding and curtains, and replaced the chandelier. It then looked like this -
It was a huge improvement but I never really loved it. It was very boring. And I didn't love the chandelier in the room (although I had loved it in the Pottery Barn catalog). I really wanted a second try. I went to Home Depot and picked a few paint chips (I explained that here). After deciding on Martha Stewart's Flagstone Gray, I was excited to get it done. My husband, Craig, and I moved all of the furniture out of the way -
We took the curtains down and taped off the trim -
Then the fun began. Here's the first wall painted next to the old color -
It was looking good. This is what the dining room looked like this morning -
Yes - that's my cat, Shadow, perched on top of my grandmother's china cabinet...
I am so in love with this color! The dining room looks more sophisticated already! It's amazing what a gallon of paint can do to the whole feel of a room! And now I really like the chandelier in the room. It finally fits in! I still have a couple things to do in here (like hang the curtains and find a new area rug) but it's coming together. I am really looking forward to enjoying Thanksgiving dinner in here this year. I'm sure the turkey will even taste better! One last side by side -
What do you think?