Monday, May 9, 2011

My New Dining Room

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Hello again everyone.  I realize that home decor isn't my usual topic - but it's been a huge part of my days lately.  I have always dreamed of having a nice dining room and that dream is finally a reality.  I painted this accent wall all by myself.

We are on a pretty tight budget and working with things we already owned with a few inexpensive additions.  The only things I just purchased for this room are the picture frames and the paint.
I love these frames!  I got them at Target for $10 a piece.  So, for only $30 I was able to display 12 4 by 6 photos.  I could easily hang them in a different configuration later if I switch things around & it will be pretty easy to change out pictures if I want to since they are standard sized photos.

Normally I don't like too much "stuff" in places because I think it can look cluttered and it's a pain to dust.  However, in this room I decided to display many items.  I figured it keeps the room for feeling to stark and cold with all the dark furniture - plus they are conversation pieces, and as an added bonus it's also the room the kids aren't allowed in so things are less likely to break.

The hutch itself belonged to my in-laws.  They left it in their basement unused for many years.  When we rented the home from them we fished it out of the basement and started using it - and it came with us to our new home.  In and on the hutch are a variety of treasures.  I have china from one of my grandmothers, and silver from the other.  Crystal my husband purchased cheaply during his trip to Prague.  A couple things I've had since I was a child, some special gifts, and various fun finds from flea markets and other shopping trips.  

The clock in the room belonged to my grandmother.  All the working parts are missing so it is just for display.  To be honest I don't intend to get it fixed.  I'm not much for the noise of a traditional clock.

The table and chairs were DIRT cheap and we bought them several years back for only $200 new.  I do love the look of them, but of course they are very scratched up and such since they are cheaply made.  I am hoping to either purchase or sew some chair covers and table cloths in different colors to change with the seasons, but I can't get to it right now.

Thanks for visiting today!  I have a really cute card scheduled for Wednesday for sure - and if I get lucky I'll try and work on one to post for tomorrow.


Maria Elena said...

Awesome !!! what a great colors !!! Love it.
Thanks for commenting in my blog;-)
~Maria Elena~

Dilsaver Designs said...

Painting in a dark color is not fun, you did a great job, nicely done :)

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girlia said...

very nice

Marlene said...

I think someone else besides me is a PURPLICIOUS FAN!

Margie said...

Looking good, Amber! I love getting this little page by page tour of your home! Great paint job and fab color!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Looks great! your paint color is fab!

duendes said...

ohhh my friend!!!
is very precious .
big hugs

Michele F. said...

Whoa!! Super beautiful! Love that accent wall!! Great job!!!

Tara said...

I love it! I think the bright paint works wonderfully with the dark pieces in the room!