I hope you all had a Merry Christmas!
It was probably one of our most stress free…..slower paced, and…….simpler (is that a word?) Christmases that we have had.
Simpler…..(IS it a word?)
And in keeping with simpler (???) times, I wanted to share with you ….
Simpler times = Nothing big……
HOO HOO…HEE HEE….HA Ha ha….
Tell me you haven’t missed those knee slapping one liners!
Many of you have asked about where my dining room transformation stands.
It has only been about three years since I first started the changes, people.
That’s like a week in YouAreTalkingTooMuch time.
Why ya‘ rushing me?
And it still isn’t where I really want it.
But I thought I would do a SIMPLE post and just catch ya‘ up a bit.
Here is one before photo, to remind you where we started…and before you all start freaking out….remember I have a two other brick fireplaces, so it wasn’t a HIDEOUS event that I painted this one white….AND…this table was so big, that the diners against the fireplace could burst in flames if they were wearing polyester. PLUS…..you couldn’t get around the ends of the tables without the end diners getting up.
Can you tell I worry about what you all think?
It needed changes….for realz.
Major needs: I needed seating for our large extended family, but space to be able to move around in the room at the same time.
Solution number one. Gaining seating but still keeping space to move around.
Round table gives us more space in the room and TWO thrift store “leaves” with my round breakfast table give us more seating. Sits up to 8 easily!
The round table suggestion was from many of my readers, and I listened.
Using the table I already had worked but I didn’t have any leaves…so I hit up the thrift stores. Two leaves, that were adjusted a bit, work perfect with a table cloth to hide the differences.
So, with one leaf, the table sits 6, I have another leaf, and it will sit 8 but that seating doesn’t stop there!
The drop leaf table serves as a “buffet” style table against the wall but makes an awesome extra table which we used for up to six kids this Thanksgiving.
No lie. 14 people can now sit in this room if the blue velvet chairs are out , we adjust where the tables are…and it works..
Not crammed….and it looked and felt good.
I even take out the leaves at times and use the velvet (Craigslist) chairs as seating at opposite ends of the table.
Just for a change….
and because I’m crazy like that.
And what did I do in my breakfast room when I took out my table and used it here?
My family is so used to changes, it’s pitiful. I think this way will stick for a bit!
Can you believe those chairs were free? NASTY and from a restaurant that was re-decorating.
I found that awesome navy and off white animal print fabric and had the cushions re-upholstered and scrubbed down the chairs myself.
It was the first time I have ever PAID to have a piece recovered.
BUT, I love them and know that I could not have done such a fabulous job.
Plus, paying to have them reupholstered is one way to make me stick with this change for a bit.
Here is a reminder before “shot” in my breakfast room.
AND a before dining room….
Your heads spinning yet?
If I wasn’t keeping this post so simple, I would take more time to tell you about the EIGHT Restoration Hardware chairs and Wisteria mirror coming from Craigslist and only costing around 100.00 TOTAL
WE HAVE SO MUCH TO CATCH UP ON!
But we have a whole new year to do it in.
Happy New Year friends!
Do you like the changes?
Did you like the before?
Did you have a simple Christmas?
I would love to know…..