I hope you all had a fabulous Valentines day-we ordered Chinese and watched The Vow-it was fabulous.
Today I am sharing the finale to our dining room revamp!
Our dining room table is the only piece of furniture that we kept for the new and improved space. I’ve talked about the table before here, it’s such a solid piece and can totally withstand my two girls sitting on it (literally sitting on top of it because that’s how they do).
Now lets talk Craigslist and the bench pictured above. I rescued these lovelies from a playroom full of toddler jumping and marker scribbles. Someone was practically giving them away at $40 for the pair. I was sort of taking a gamble seeing as I had no idea how long they were, but in the end the turned out to be perfect. Now while the benches themselves were cheap, the vinyl to reupholster them certainly was not! I went with a more expensive vinyl that feels soft and buttery, and has a lovely stretch that cheaper marine vinyl does not have-it was $35 a yard, but
I we (my mom purchased 5 yards for me as part of my xmas gift) held out for sales and ended up spending about $160 for 8 yards-which sure beats the $280ish dollars it would have been. I don’t have a lot of photos from the reupholstering process because we had no idea what we were doing, and it would be like the blind leading the blind- we don’t know two shits about upholstering. What I will tell you is that for first timers I think we really did a great job!
We had to remove the bench from the frame to reupholster it, and in order to get the benches to scoot under the table we sawed off part of the arm. To conceal the staples, and add some interest we added gold upholstery tacks. And remember when I talked about painting the wing-back chairs following that great tutorial from Hyphen Interiors? Well, I did. I can’t say I’m thrilled with the results, which is why I’m purchasing black slipcovers instead. You can see from one of the photos that they are a little streaky, and the fabric does feel similar to a stiff canvas-but it’s just not comfortable. And talk about lint magnets!
Without any further jabbering, here is another before and after:
I removed the wing-back so you could see the benches and the rugs underneath the table
The gorgeous over-dyed rugs (they didn’t have one quite big enough so I bought two and put them together) are from Rugs USA. I cannot find this particular rug (the Kimberly) on their site anymore, but I bought mine when they were 70% off, and they quickly sold out. Nuloom, which I believe is the actual maker/supplier of the rug, is also sold out. These rugs were normally around $500 a piece, and I scored two 5×8’s for $300! They are hand tufted over-dyed wool, and the quality is absolutely amazing! I love the way they ground the space.
I Love the Ikea Stockholm chandelier, the mid-century dresser, and the faux sheepskin. All those elements together are glamorous without being over the top.
Since I decided not to put the books back into the room, I knew neat piles of books on the table would have to suffice. This is where I read, sew, menu plan, and I needed the space to reflect that without being cluttered by books.
I knew these Ranarp industrial sconces from Ikea would become very popular, and I was right because weeks after I purchased mine Country Living featured them in their magazine. These chic clamp on spotlights add a lovely industrial/boho vibe that tempers some of the girly elements in the room. I don’t know if this happens to you, but I seem to predict trends simply based on what I’m drawn to at the moment. It happens all the time. Like when HGTV had a feature recently on the Benjamin Moore paint color “Hot Lips”. I was like, “whaaaa?” My kitchen has been hot lips for over a year!
Painterly fabrics are so hot right now. I fell in love with these pillows on Etsy, but couldn’t justify the close to $100 for the two of them. Luckily I found this pretty painterly fabric at Jo-Ann Fabrics. It’s a satin broadcloth with a lovely bit of stretch. It is incredibly soft, and feels a bit luxurious for the price since it’s just $16 a yard. Since I splurged on the vinyl for the benches, I went with another heavier duty sateen broadcloth to cover the window seat.
Hope ya’ll enjoyed my makeover story!