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Sunday, May 2, 2010

A WEE DINING ROOM MAKEOVER..

Don't you just LOVE it when you get something that
you have been wanting for a LOOONG time...
and it looks even BETTER than you imagined ??

Sorry this post has so many photos but....what can I say? I AM PROUD !!
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Here I go...mixing TOO many colors...patterns...
I just can't help it...
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I LOVE an EXCITING room !!
One that makes me catch my breath
when I walk into it...
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I realize I get TOO MUCH going on at the same time sometimes...
but I just decorate in the way that makes ME feel good..
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I hope YOU do the same!
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ONCE UPON A TIME....
there were some very BROWN dining chairs...
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Since I am a "LOVE PAINTED FURNITURE" person,
these chairs were NOT my favorite thing in my dining room...
....a LITTLE natural furniture is ok...
but a large dining OAK table, 6 OAK chairs and a large OAK buffet
WAS TOO MUCH FOR ME...!
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I reached for the paint can MANY times but MR. SWEET sucked air through his teeth
and his eyes rolled so far back, I was sure, ONCE AGAIN, that he might never
be able to focus them again !!
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BUT, THEN.... my friend wanted to sell her almost new CREAMY WHITE dining chairs...
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Although I PROMISE I never really PRAYED for creamy white dining chairs,
I TOOK THIS AS A SIGN FROM ABOVE...
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and when she said...
$150.00 for ALL SIX,
I got that money to her so fast it caused me to pass a little gas !
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....and, may I just say....
OH HONEY !
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I am so so so in love with these chairs...
SHELIA...can you LOVE CREAMY WHITE CHAIRS ??
Why, you bet your splinters in the fanny, you can !!
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We had some family over for dinner and we used the THRIFTED rattan placemats and even THEY looked better with the CREAMY WHITE CHAIRS...!! :>)


These chairs made my dining room
GROW UP OVERNIGHT....!!!
Yes, ma'am....they surely did.
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I love my hanging light...I love the chunkyness of it..
It seems to "hold it's own" with the heavy, long oak table beneath it...and I really love the white glass globes. This was found at a local FLEA MARKET about 18 years ago for $45.00....I've wondered several times if I should paint the base of it...somehow, I like the brushed brass. I also love SHINY brass and am VERY slow to ever paint over it....

Can't you see how much better they look?
BROWN in the top photo...
LOVELY, DARLING, CREAMY WHITE in the bottom photo...
OH, WHAT A DIFFERENCE A CHAIR MAKES....
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I added more WHITES to my vintage, rejected little $5.00 display wire rack that wants to be a BAKERS RACK when it finally grows up...and there's the AWESOME sign that SUSIE HARRIS made for me...if YOU are looking for a great sign, she has some in her ETSY shop that are TO.DIE.FOR.

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I gave my vintage mantel a new LOOK...
More creams and....
does that clock look ok there...??
I hope so because it's really huggin' my COLOR SCHEME here...
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Some of you might know that I am a
TABLE CLOTH PERSON.....big time !
BUT...
I'm giving this nekked table a few days to see if I like it better...
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I do love a pretty tablecloth but....
these ADORABLE CREAMY WHITE CHAIRS
are makin' this brown table look lots better....
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I put some vintage shutter SWINGING DOORS
up beside my windows...
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I had BLUE TRANSFERWARE plates hanging there but...
they have been there 6 or 7 years and I wanted something new...
...to match
THE CHAIRS...



At first, they looked STRANGE to me...
you know how you get used to something one way and when
you change it, it takes awhile before you know if you're
gonna like it or not...
but, so far...I like the COTTAGE look it adds
to my BED AND BREAKFAST dining room...
The one with the
LOVED, CREAMY WHITE CHAIRS !!
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I'VE been hanging out in the dining room since I am IN LOVE with it again...
and dining rooms make me hungry...
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I had lemons....
and our SWEET TOOTH was wanting a.....PIE

....if I could have only ONE dessert in the world...
I WOULD CHOOSE PIE !!
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See the 1954 calendar plate?
It belonged to MR. SWEET'S momma...
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One of our kids or grands will get it if they want it...
I really don't think it's all that pretty but...
sentiment, ya know....
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Frankly.....
I like this plain white vintage plate with a piece of
LEMON PIE
much better !
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Isn't it so wonderful when you get something that you just LOVE and you spend half the day walking back in there to LOOK at it all over again ?

The sun is shinning bright out my window...
Hope your day is FILLED with sunshine !!

linking with:

SUSAN for MET MONDAY
MARY for MOSAIC MONDAY
MY SILLY SELF for LOOK WHAT I'M PROUD OF MONDAY and TUESDAY ;>)
MARY for RUBY TUESDAY
DIANE for 2ND TIME AROUND TUESDAY

MANY THANKS TO ALL THE LOVELIES THAT HOST THESE FUN MEMES EACH WEEK.

50 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your dining room. It is just gorgeous and your new white chairs are perfect. Just wonderful. I love all of your beautiful bakers racks, hutches and the wonderful shelves you have above the windows. The shutters are just fabulous. I had shutters on the side of windows in the den in my last house and I love that look. Beautiful room. The mantel is wonderful with the white/creams too. Good for you, this is beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Kathleen Grace said...

The chairs set off the table so beautifully BJ! I know what you mean about loving something so much you keep looking at it! I am so happy for you that you got such a great deal and just what you wanted. I think the clock looks great on the mantle too!

Annie Joy said...
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Annie Joy said...

This is to replace my other comment, which contained an error.
Thank you so very, very much for your posting. I have an oak table with six matching chairs and had just about given up on having anything else. I know that I could never have convinced my husband that white chairs would be a good thing, but now I can show him your dining room! Now, I doubt that six chairs for $150 will appear, but maybe he'll let me paint an old random chair to see how it looks and we can go from there. Thank you again -- Annie
p.s. You have just the right mix of white and color -- beautiful!

Stacey said...

I loved it before but now I really love it with your new chairs. I'm shocked at how much the chairs pull the whites from around the room all together. The mantle is much more noticeable now...don't you think? I love your clock there! You knew what you needed and you were right!!

Julie Harward said...

I can tell how much you love it because your darling personality was bouncing off the walls in this post...very fun!
Not too much at all, it all looks great, I too LOVE those chairs, what a deal that was! and please don't put a tablecloth on the table, just get lots of different cute placemats.
The clock looks real nice there too...and that lemon pie..my favorite..looks so delish to me!
Come say hi :D

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Oh BJ!!! They look wonderful! It makes your dining room look so different and FRESH! I love, love, love all of the little white changes you made too. The clock is perfect above the mantel....
Hugs,
Penny

Shelia said...

HI BJness! OH, I love your creamy white chairs and nearly peed myself when you said 'bet your splinters in your fanny'! :) You're a gal after my own heart! Now those chairs may the world of difference in your dining room. It's so gorgeous. I love your light fixture and am like you, I don't think I'd paint it either. I love me some shiny brass too! Let's just wait a year or two and it'll be back. I agree with you - decorate the way that makes you happy! You are one fantastic decorating woman! I love all you do. My mouth is watering just looking at your beautiful pie! Yummy - Mr. Precious' favorite - lemon pie!
See how much alike we are? I got new chairs, you got new chairs. We're in love with our furniture and joined 750 parties today! :0
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Carol said...

Oh, BJ! Your dining room is loaded with charm. The white chairs really did make a difference. All the elements go together to make a wonderful place for family dinners or cozy dining for two. Thanks for sharing!

Smiles,
Carol

Beverly said...

Girl, you've done it again. Those chairs look awesome, and the new look of your dining room is fabulous.

And, I love the clock above the mantel. The shutters are perfect.

Now, where's my slice of pie?

Mimi said...

Wow, those creamy white chairs really make the table look so much nicer. Your dining room looks so nice and welcoming, it says to come sit, have a serving of that luscious looking lemon pie and a cup of coffee!

Tennis Girl said...

I love what you have done to the room, BJ. It looks so cheery and colorful! Thanks for sharing.
Robin

nancy said...

BJ, you surely got some really pretty things. Thanks for showing your favorite things. Take care. Nancy

GrannySue said...

How lovely. I appreciate your excitement. It's kind of contageous, makes me want to redo something in my house! What a wonderful job you have done. It all comes together so nicely. I like all the photos.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Good for you! The chairs really make the room pop with color! This proves how mixing things up a bit can be a really good thing!!!

Martha said...

What a beautiful, warm, and inviting home you have, dear BJ and thank you for being such a delightful hostess! I love things to mix and match too. Delightful, thank you!

Betsy said...

BJ ~ thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I don't know how you found me, but I'm so very glad you did! :) Your house is so cute...I think you have a bit of the Mary Englebreit style going on!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

BJ, it does look like a cottage inn dining room. The chairs look great with the table, and the shutters add so much charm. I laughed out loud about the "pass gas" remark! laurie

Shirley said...

Your dining room is gorgeous!! Love the white chairs. I think they made all the difference. It all looks so crisp and clean. Yes, I'd love some pie : ))

Bobbi said...

Hi, Love your dining room and the chairs look great in white...very nice! That pie looks very yummy! Hope your week is a wonderful one!
hugs...
Bobbi

Twice as Nice said...

I almost felt like I was in your home with you, listening to you talk about how happy you are about your new chairs. They look so great and really lighten up the space. So pretty!

Diann said...

Hiya BJ!

Wow, It always amazes me how much adding white makes everything else just "pop"! The white chairs look fantastic in your dining room! Love those shutters as well. Everything looks just wonnderful.

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Dearest Ms BJ! WOW

And again i say WOW :) love the daisys and the sweet look of spring.

Your chairs are beautiful but I think i have to choose the mantle as my fav!

Its Gorg darlin-- hope to see you Friday with us! ;)

Claudia

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Hi BJ! What a hilarious gal you are!! *passed gas* :)

The room looks fantastic! The new chairs look great!
What are the things hanging on the ladder in the corner? They look neat!Great job!

Millie said...

you did good, girl!! Now...I'll just have a slice of that lemon pie if you don't mind!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

BJ,
I love the way your new chairs look in your DR!
I too am a lover of a lot of things, mixed and matched and subscribe to the philosophy of more is more.....
I adore all of the pretties in this sweet room too!
Debbie

Barbara said...

Oh BJ, it has been a while and I have missed you my friend, but boy did I pick the right day to stop by....The dinning room is wonderful...I have an oak table with a white base and chairs and it really makes a difference. Love yours! Your bakers rack with the white dishes is just perfect and I think I might just put a shelf like yours over my window. I really like that and it give another place to display. Everything you did is gorgeous and you have every right to be proud. I am so happy for you to get the chairs.

I am trying to do so many things and not getting much done. We have had to do a lot of new fencing and when Roy is at work, I am the boss!!!!!!

Trying to put together some post for this week before Roy comes home and we are off to auction on Thursday with as many goats as our trailer will hold. We have 83...I think. We are headed to Goldwaite and I think we will spend the night in that area, just to get away from home for a day or two. There is the most wonderful shop there called Kreations....Roy said I could shop...not at all like him, but I will take advantage of his lapse.

Well, I am rambling. Sorry.

Barbara

Kissed by an Angel said...

Wow that looks stunning!! I love lemon meringue pie too!!!
xxxx

Chris said...

Hi BJ,
I love how you love your home and always changing things around. I think your home is a place you could visit and put your feet up and your hands around a hot cup of tea and just feel so at home. You should be proud of that. AND that pie, did you make that?, it looks like something out of a magazine. Yummo!!

Hugs,
Chris

CIELO said...

Oh wow... I'm totally in love with your new dining set... love love the white chairs! It makes the room so much prettier, and light and romantic and and... just love it! And thank you for participating in Show off your cottage Monday"....

Have a great day, BJ!

hugs

cielo

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Oh its soooooo beautiful. I love it. Can you come do mine? I can cook, I can't decorate. I need help.

Thanks for being a part of my SITS day and making it so spectacular. Your time and your words mean the world to me.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
www.mawhats4dinner.com

Diva Kreszl said...

oh my you are a girl after my own heart, a kindred spirit! I absolutely love this roome, each and every lovely piece. and guess what pie is my all time favorite dessert above all else too! I ask for birthday pie instead of birthday cake every year! you know what, my husband gets that rolled back eyes look too when I'm decorating, what's that all about?

Atticmag said...

Nice work on the chairs -- but the pie, oh my. So scrumptious looking in the pretty room. Jane F

Brambleberry Cottage said...

BJ, you crack me up. Whenever I need a lift, I just visit you, sweet lady!

I love the chairs! They do wonders for your dining room. No wonder you keep peeking in on them. :)

Hugs,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Bonnie said...
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Bonnie said...

This is such a great dining room! I love how you are not afraid to mix colors and patterns and the results are very cozy and warm. The new chairs look awesome and the mantel is really nice. I adore all your dishes etc. and that lemon pie is to die for!

I have the oak dilemma too and paint also makes my husband feel faint. So we have to find solutions to the giant oak that has fallen out of favor to the paint. You did it! Congrats!

Justine said...

Holy cow, BJ!!!!! Those chairs are frickin' fantastic with your table!!! It made a HUGE difference in the room. HUGE. I even like the shape of them better than the oak ones. But... what are you doing with all your oak ones? Dang, if I had the money I'd make Mr. Sweet ship em to me. Then I'd paint em. LOL

I have to tell you, I really love the way you decorate. I wish I could be less matchy matchy and more unique like that. I think it just makes a room so much more cozy and comfortable to spend time in.

Btw... I hope that little fart you let out didn't strip any of the paint off the chairs. God only knows with all the weird food you eat.

Justine :o )

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful make over. Love the white dining chairs. The pie looks so yummy!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I do love the chairs, the look and the entire room. Mostly I just love hearing you so happy and excited.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

BJ,
Your chairs are PERFECT for this room! Did you notice how gorgeous they are with your pretty white fireplace? They really made a huge change in your room didn't they. I love them with your bare table. I'm a tablecloth person, too, but your wondeful new creamy white chairs look so great contrasting with the wood top.

Your commentary made me LOL twice! HA! I LOVE the way you write! Don't ever change...OK?

Your white stone ware/tureen all looks so wonderful with your new look. The shutters just add he finishing touch! Love that cottage look! I know just what you mean about going back in and just enjoying it allll again...so much fun! :-)

Thanks for sharing all these wonderful pics...but most of all...thanks for sharing you! You are a gem in Blogland! :-)

Becky said...

Love the red in the quilt! Your dining room looks lovely and so welcoming. Happy Ruby Tuesday.

Here's my red photo.

Sarah said...

BJ, the white chairs really brighten your dining room. Everything looks terrific. Love that beautiful quilt. Did you stitch it?
Hope you have a fabulous week! ~ Sarah

A Lee said...

it is amazing that by painting the chairs white, you managed to pull the whole room together.
great home decorating job you did!

A Lee
http://www.therapeuticreiki.com

Hootin' Anni said...

Wow. just wow. What a warm, cozy and comforting make over.

Now, care to share a piece of lemon meringue pie with me? One of my favorite pies!!!!

My Ruby Tuesday is posted...plus a joke [PG-13] today. Do come by for a visit, won't you?!!

HERE

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I need a lot of help when it comes to making things look pretty so I studied each picture carefully. I have too much stained wood in my house because my husband thinks it a sin to paint wood. I just love the white chaires with the shiny table. I love the country touches. A wonderful room. Good job. Valerie

niartist said...

It's so beautiful BJ!!! I LOVE IT! I've been working on my dining room too, and I posted update pictures of it this morning ... I hope you can get a chance to come by and let me know what you think! :)

Mary said...

Oh bj, love, Love, LOVE your beautiful painted chairs!!! I think they really make the whole room look so fresh and totally wonderful!!! LOVE the clock on the mantel, too -- perfect! THanks for sharing your wonderful makeover at MM. :)

Betty said...

I can be such a matchey person but when I saw the picture with the white chairs I think I am sold that to much matchey may not be so good. Those chairs really make a good difference. Alas I do have a hubby that may have a heart attack at the thought of painting mine but it is the beginning of yard sale season, maybe I will be lucky! I only need four.
Have a great week.

Marice said...

i so heart that BJ! :) you have done a wonderful job for making such a lovely dining room :) not to mention those great deals!

u may view mine too here

Kathleen said...

Your dining room make over is lovely! So bright and cheerful..And you can love anything you want! It's a free country...:)