Ever since I picked up my “new” dining table and buffet, I’ve been a bit obsessed with planning my dining room. I’ve spent countless hours searching for inspiration on Houzz, Pinterest, and Google. You’d think that would be plenty of time to really nail down a design and decorating plan, but quite honestly, I feel like I might have some direction, but I’m also feeling uncertain about so much of it. And that’s frustrating considering how much time I’ve spent trying to come up with a plan.
I know I want it bright and colorful, without looking childish. It needs to coordinate with my kitchen since I’m almost certain that I’ll eventually be adding a cased opening from the kitchen to the dining room, so the two rooms will be open to each other. So I want the dining room to have at least some green in it, but I feel like I’m in a green and blue rut. While blues and greens (and blue-greens!) have been my favorites for the last decade, I really want to challenge myself to add more warm colors to the mix–reds, oranges, yellows.
So with that thought in mind, I’m about 95% sure that this fabric will be my starting point.
At this point, the only reason I wouldn’t use this fabric is if I order a swatch and find that the green in this fabric completely clashes with my green kitchen. I don’t need the greens to match, but I do want them to coordinate, and I can tell you firsthand that some greens (e.g., those that are too olive, or too sage) clash terribly with my kitchen.
I’m hoping it will work, because I’ve looked at this image of the fabric used in this Sarah Richardson room about a thousand times since I posted it a few months back. I can’t get it out of my mind, and I absolutely love the way she used the floral fabric with the deep pinkish red (what color would you call that?) sofa.
And while I don’t really like the particular fabric she used on the draperies (it looks muddy and dull to me compared to the bright cheeriness of the chair and the intensity of the sofa), I do really like the idea of horizontal stripes green draperies to tie it all together. Y’all know I love my stripes! 🙂
So I think I want to use that floral fabric on my two captain’s chairs at the dining table. I have those four matching wingback chairs, so I’ll use two of them at the dining table.
I won’t really know how these can be altered until I get the existing vinyl off of them, but I’d really like to modernize them a bit and streamline the design. The nailhead trim, rolled arms, tufted backs, and Queen Anne legs are a bit much, especially if I’m going to put a colorful floral fabric on them. I’ll lose the tufting, and then hopefully I can square up the arms and replace the legs.
What I do for the other six side chairs will depend on how these wingback chairs turn out. If I skirt the captain’s chairs, then I’ll probably find some wood framed chairs with upholstered seats and backs that I can upholster in a solid and/or coordinating patterned fabric. If I leave the legs showing on the captain’s chairs, then I’d like to use simple upholstered Parson’s chairs that are slipcovered and skirted to the floor. Of course, when I say “skirted” I’m not talking about anything ruffled or frilly. I like my skirted furniture to be very tailored with pressed pleats. I really like the style of this one, minus the rolled detail at the top of the chair, and in different fabric/trim, of course.
I’ve really had a challenge deciding how to refinish the dining table.
The current finish is so old that it no longer protects the table top, and it’s very scratched. The base is also very chipped. So keeping it as is isn’t an option. I had thought about just painting it all one solid color. That seemed like an easy solution since the top is wood but the base is metal, and there’s no way in heck I’m going to try to do any kind of faux finish to make the base look like wood to match the refinished top.
But the other day I stripped a small section of the top just to see what the wood underneath looks like, and it’s way too beautiful to cover with paint. I’m not one of those crazy “wood should never be painted!!!!” kind of people, but there’s no way I could bring myself to take a paintbrush to that wood. So the top will be either stained and sealed, or just sealed with the natural color, which is really quite beautiful.
And then I’ll paint the base, because I don’t see any other option. The natural two choices are white and black. I’m leaning towards black, because I think it’s classier, black grounds the table better, and a stained top/black base is less country/farmhouse/cottage style than a stained top with a white base, don’t you think?
I found this stained/black combo table from Pier 1, and nothing about this screams country/farmhouse/cottage style to me.
But I don’t want my table top to be even close to that dark. It’s not often that I get to work with a non-pine, non-oak wood with beautiful and subtle wood grain, so I really don’t want to cover it up with dark stain. Plus I think a lighter top will look prettier with the black base.
And then, of course, I already have my chandelier.
I bought that several months ago from Joss & Main, and it doesn’t look like they have it anymore. At least, I can’t seem to find it. But I can’t wait to get my ceiling finished to the point that I can install it! It doesn’t really show in the picture, but it has this awesome semicircular design on it, so it kind of repeats that circle design from the rolling doors in the music room.
So those are my rambling thoughts about my dining room so far. My excitement about getting started on this room is definitely motivating me to get the condo done, and then quickly get the bathroom finished. I’m ready to get that table top stripped and get the chandelier hung!