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Welcome to my little dining room makeover

This is more of a sneak peek rather than a full-on reveal. We have curtains coming this fall and things will probably be pushed and shoved a bit. 


Remember that mushroom-hued paint for my dining room? At the end of last May? { Sorry that it was up all summer. Yes I know you're tired of that mushroom photo! } I’m a slow painter — but this paint job dragged on and on and on. It’s the yummiest darkest taupe. With a teensy bit of plum and a good measure of gray. Very dramatic, very dark. It's now my dining room backdrop — and I love it.

Dark tones look down-right fabulous, but they are tricky to actually paint. { Yes, I’ve complained ad nauseum to family and friends and now I must complain all over you. } Cut lines must be precision perfect. Dog toenails nick the sills and trim and must be touched up. Constantly. Brush against the wall? Strange ashy marks appear. I still love the color and would gladly repaint it the same Sherwin Williams Manor House deep mousy-gray today. I’m just saying...  

It finally is all finished and here it is:



Bangle chandelier from Mailbox Maven/eBay. I’d love a matching miniature for my wrist! French dining chairs, Craigslist. Upholstered exquisitely by New Again Upholstery. Vintage Panton pair, Craigslist too. 




The painting is by Allyson Cummings from Providence Antiques. I love Cummings’ art. Her work is simply incredible. Graphic and gestural and layered. Go to her website and you'll fall in love too.

The side board is a lovely old primitive Empire piece. It was the first piece of furniture Mr. Man and I picked out together at Pride of Dixie { Atlantans, remember that old flea? } and we purchased it before we even had a home to put it in. Our dining table is Thomas Moser. We took a spontaneous trip to Maine to select it and hunt down windsor chairs which we've now moved to our kitchen.



The antique demijohns are from A. Tyner Antiques. They were barter for a logo and identity package. The crazy cool woven Hershey-Kiss-like piece was a birthday gift from my sister. She found it at Duke’s Antiques in Lexington, Virginina. It’s resting on a metal stand from Vagabond Vintage aka Mothology.


 Sorry for the lousy photos. I'll replace them with better ones soon!


I’m slathering on bright white on the foyer and living room walls. I’ll give you some sneaky peeky goodness as soon as I { painstakingly slowly } finish painting.


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Reader Comments (15)

It is turning out lovely! (I did not use the past tense because i know you and that means that things continue to evolve, evolve). It is printworthy!!!! xo

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterleslie

Gorgeous, gorgeous. And, I'm with you. I want a gold bangle like that, too!

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterangela | the painted house

Gorgeous color...I love that you painted the chair rail and trim the same...I debated that greatly in my DR and am still considering it. Think I'm sold. Painting is spectacular too...

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterModFruGal

I, too, love that paint color and that you painted both the walls and the trim the same. The room looks great!

September 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon
September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJEN RAMOS

Yeah! I have been looking forward to seeing this room! I love the table, and how you mixed it with the chairs, and that light fixture...give me a moment...perfection! I love it, how lucky your family is to have such a super nester in their midst.

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

We had the privilege of dining in this newly re-created dining room not too long ago! It was so delightful -- just like the room and it's owner! Can't wait to see the fabric choice for the curtains. Thanks for your generosity in sharing your sources too!

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacy O'Neill

WHAT a gorgeous color, wow! I love that you've painted the trim the same color as the walls, too, I just adore that look (I do that in much of my own home, too).

(New follower, btw, hi! :o)

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

pfft. those walls are FLAT. try cutting a staight line on heavy spanish plastered walls and CEILING. BAH! repaint? HELL NO. but, the FLAT hall walls finally got painted and a greener version of grey/taupe. it was gonna be a bright green pastel, but oh lordy, we got a lot of hall and it was oh no, this is not gonna look good with the maple woodwork. quick, find all the old paint cards. look for an acceptable neutral. little did we know taupe was gonna be all over teevee. and i go for the darker color, not the lighter i was told to get. and ceiling the same color + it's gorgeous. works with the maple 2nd floor and the oak on the 1st.

and painting the whole room taupe is a very good thing,

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpansypoo

Oh the hotness. It looks amazing, Susie!!! I love how all the disparate pieces you've been giving us a peek at have come together. That is one stunner of a dining room.

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternkp

I love your chandelier!

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca

i love that dining room almost as much as your family. it is the sickness.

The room is looking fabulous & love the wall color!

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSo Haute

you've outdone yourself! this looks FANTASTIC!!!

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwoolgathering & miscellany

Hey!!! I designed that chandelier!!! It's a Worlds Away piece, and I have to say, looks quite fab against the taupe walls.
And, I can't believe one of my besties ModFruGal didn't tell you that!!
Love your blog, best eye candy inspirational blog I've ever seen. Keep all those photos coming, I'm so full of ideas I don't know if I can sleep! LOL

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlauri jones

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