2.04.2013

Foyer & Dining Room: Before and After

We are slowly but surely making progress on our home. It's hard to believe we've lived here almost a year now. Where in the world does the time go? Here are a few "Before" photos of the dining room and foyer:
 Here are some "After" photos so far. We still have some progress to make, but I'm thrilled with how far we've come. We didn't spend as much money as you might think because my Papa did a lot of the work and I helped him. I did all of the caulking and painting all by myself. It was a lot of work and I may have used some choice words throughout the process, but it was totally worth it and I'm glad I did it. I really do enjoy doing home projects and I love the entire process. I had a vision in my mind and I picked out every single detail, so it was wonderful to watch it come to life!
I especially love how much fresh flowers add to any room. Their vibrant pops of color are just what the doctor ordered. I swear, they can cure what ails you.
Isn't this the most darling little gem? I love it. My Mama also gave me this along with the turquoise cake stand.
I have been going back and forth on whether or not to paint the dining room walls a lighter shade of the aqua blue that's on the ceiling since we moved into the house. I am torn.
Some of you have asked about the name of the ceiling paint color in the past, and I wish I could tell you, but I mixed up about 5 or 6 different sample colors and created my own color to get just the right shade. As the granddaughter of a talented carpenter and custom home builder, I have learned several tricks over the years. Basically, if I can't find what I have in mind, I make it myself.
I've also been asked about the chandelier. My mama gave it to us as a housewarming gift. She found it on sale for around $60 at Home Depot. My heart is broken to tell you that it has been discontinued. If I could get another one I certainly would. It's the perfect size and it's just absolutely stunning in person. We installed a dimmer switch just for this beautiful creature.
The dining room table is from World Market. I looked at it over a year ago when we lived near Savannah and fell in love. But, we simply could not afford it at the time, and frankly we couldn't now either. My mama was with me when I first saw it, so she kept on the look out for a sale. Last June she found it on sale for half the price and had a 10% off coupon. We got the table, two benches, and two chairs for right at $400. I am sad to tell you that this table, too, has been discontinued.
We added dentil crown moulding in the dining room as well as a ceiling medallion that I painted white before we hung it. The medallion and chandelier were the icing on the cake!
We also added wainscoting to the walls and it made all the difference, so we are getting ready to put it in the foyer as well. Here you can see the difference in the details of the crown in the dining room and the foyer. They are exactly the same size, just a different style.
Our foyer dresser is another wonderful find from my Mama. She found this beauty at a Rooms To Go Outlet, which was part of the Cindy Crawford line, for $99. It is big, heavy, and the drawers hold an incredible amount. Right now this baby is slap full of Blue Willow dishes that are patiently waiting for us to get a china cabinet to display them in. I am also toying with the idea of turning the mirror vertically, but don't tell Brandon. That thing is super heavy and he might have a stroke if I ask him to take it back down, add new hardware on the back, and hang it back up again. As for the oyster shell chandelier, I made it and will be sharing a tutorial on Friday.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We spent ours working, doing yardwork, going to church, buying new trees for the front yard, and watching the Superbowl (which I didn't actually watch, I just pretended to.) I suppose if a team I really liked was playing I would be more excited about it. For those of you who are participating in the Get Healthy Link-Up: I have decided to host the link-up every other Thursday, and the schedule is to the left on the sidebar. One thing to note is that the next one is scheduled for Thursday, the 14th, which is Valentine's Day, so I will actually be posting on Wednesday the 13th instead during that particular week. I am so proud of each of you who are participating and I am enjoying hearing about your progress, so thank you for sharing! Also, I will be hosting a wonderful giveaway tomorrow, so stay tuned!

32 comments:

  1. i fall more in love with your house & decorating every time you post pictures! you are talented! and i personally LOVE the color of your dining room! have a great week

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    1. Morgan Paige, you are precious! Thank you so much! I love the color, too, but that same color is in two of the guest bedrooms, the foyer, all the hallways, and the bonus room. I always dreamed of having pale aqua walls in the dining room. Some days I love the color it is, other days I'm ready to paint it, lol. Anyways, thank you again! I hope you have a great week, too!! xoxo

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    2. Hi I'm in love with your house very beautiful. Can you please tell me the color of your walls in your dinning room. I love it. Thanks doll.

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  2. Can I move in?! I love that table and your decorating style!

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    1. Of course you can, Megan!! :) Thank you so much! Have a wonderful week! xoxo

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  3. I love your house and I can't believe you guys have lived there a year already-wow! We wanted to add ceiling plates/medallians in our house but couldn't find them here anywhere (maybe they are more of a southern thing?). Where did you find yours?

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    1. Thank you so much, Emily! I know-time is fleeting! It makes me sad! I got our at Lowe's for $50. They are in the lighting section near the ceiling fans. They have several different sizes. I know you can definitely order them from their website if you don't have a Lowe's nearby or they don't have them. They are an off-white it the package, but you will need to give them a good coat of white spray paint before you hang it up or else it will look really pasty or yellow when it's on the ceiling if you don't. I hope you can find one! If not, let me know and I'll be thrilled to get you one and you can pick it up when you come by in April :) Love and hugs!! xoxo

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  4. Wow this is amazing!!! You did an amazing job and I really love the two different colors that you chose to paint with. I've never seen it done quite like that and it looks great!

    By the way, I am having a large group giveaway going on at my blog that you may be interested in. Tons of stuff us ladies love :)

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet friend!! I'll definitely have to check it out :) Thank you for sharing!! Have a fabulous week! xoxo

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  5. I love what you have done. My favorite is the ceiling paint color and the medallion. It's gorgeous. Very costal, yet classic Southern. You have wonderful taste.

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    1. Thank you so much, Maria! You are right-Coastal and Southern, my two true loves! Sometimes I just find myself staring at the ceiling when I walk past. :) Have a blessed week! xoxo

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  6. Oh my...it is all gorgeous (just like you and your sweet heart!) You are so truly talented and inspiring!

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    1. Bless you, Michelle! You are so sweet and precious! Thank you so much! Have a blessed week! xoxo

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  7. So pretty!!! I LOVE fresh flowers they make me so happy! Those pink roses are beautiful!
    I started Zumba today and also did a leg workout on Pinterest I found! It felt great! Except for the Latin music on the Zumba DVDs. It was SUPER hard to follow and I watched the videos you posted and doing Zumba to country or rap music would be sooooo much easier than with the Latin music. haha!
    Oh, I have also started a blog with my best friend (if you noticed my google name changed).
    I would LOVE it if you would some check it out! :)
    here's the address- http://twosistersbyheart.blogspot.com/

    We're experimenting with it right now so if you have any tips that would be great! :)

    Hope you are having a good evening!
    Amanda

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    1. Thank you, Amanda!! That's so wonderful that you started Zumba! I hope that you love it! I'm glad I'm not the only person who has trouble with the Latin routines, lol! I will definitely check out your blog! :) Thanks again and have a great week! xoxo

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  8. Love seeing your alls beautiful home and the before and after pictures! You definitely have the eye for decorating!

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    1. Thank you, Mallory!! :) Have a fabulous week! xoxo

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  9. I seriously love your mixture of turquoise and neutrals- it's one of my favorite color schemes! That ceiling color is gorgeous, and I really love how it looks with the neutral wall color- it's almost like, to only see the blue on the ceiling and nowhere else, makes it that much more special, hahaha, if that even makes sense? Hope you're having a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ashley! I totally get what you're saying...I call it the "sky effect!" I don't think anyone else calls it that, but it's all good! :) Have a blessed week! xoxo

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  10. love your style, cherish! i just picked up 4 new dining chairs for a STEAL at world market. whoop! love that store! also -- i'm super excited to see your tutorial on your oyster chandelier. i have this crazy idea in my head that i want to make an oyster mobile for a nursery some day. i have no idea if that is reasonable/safe/cool but i am excited to see your DIY steps. i don't see a lot of oyster shells in texas... but hey! i'm on the coast! maybe i'm looking in the wrong place? not eating enough oysters myself? HA!

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    1. Leah-thank you so much!! That's awesome that you got such a steal on chairs from World Market!! I love oyster shells, and I know this is crazy, but I actually experimented with making an oyster shell mobile, too. I used a base that I got at Pottery Barn Outlet years ago that had some starfish on it. It wasn't difficult to make, but it is very heavy, which was my main concern about it. But, I think you should totally go for it!! :) Have a wonderful week! xoxo

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  11. Wow it's stunning!! truly. impressive.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!! xoxo

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  12. I absolutely LOVE your design style..you have a great eye! Especially love the foyer!

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet friend!! Have a fabulous weekend!! xoxo

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  13. I've recently come across your blog via a friend's blog. You have a great eye for decorating. We've recently built a house and are wanting to add moulding to the dining room but I just haven't found anything I love...until now. I love the detail in yours. Where did you find it?

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    1. Hey Courtney! I'm so glad you found me and introduced yourself!! Thank you so much! My Papa is a custom home builder and I told him what I wanted and he ordered everything from a local builder's supply company. You should be able to show a picture of what I have to someone at a local builder's supply store and they should be able to tell you exactly what pieces you need. The dining room moulding is called "dentil" moulding, and it comes in an array of sizes. I hope this helps you some!! Have a blessed weekend!! xoxo

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  14. Beautiful dinning room remodel, had share on my blog. Hope you don't mind.
    http://maggieoverbystudios.com/2013/10/16/cookie-cutter-to-custom/

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  15. I love your dining room and your style . . . pink roses are my favorite. :) I can't wait to explore more of your blog! (Just found you through the Favorite Paint Colors blog.)

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  16. This is beautiful, Cherish! I love everything about it - the crown moulding, the medallion, the wainscoting, the color choices - but my absolute favorite part is the chandelier.

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