The Evolution of a Dining Room

Our last sticks and bricks (home NOT on wheels) was a townhouse. It was right under 1400 sq. feet, two story, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, with two screened porches. Some other saints from our church also lived in the townhouse complex and we loved all being so close together.

There was a game that our friends played every time they came over, which was quite often. Basically, as soon as they got in our home, they began looking for what changes I had made in the decor. You see, I LOVE to decorate. But what I love EVEN MORE than decorating is redecorating. I’m always changing things. It is actually something that is very creatively motivating for me. My grandmother tells me that when I was young she would find me rearranging and redecorating my doll house. I rarely actually played with the dolls.

I was looking through some old pictures today and found these of our dining room in our townhouse. I thought it would be fun to take you through the evolution of it, considering we only lived there three years, and the last picture still wasn’t exactly what it looked like right before we moved out. =/ (It’s a sickness. I can’t leave well enough alone.)

Dining Room 1:

townhousediningroom1This was the dining room shortly after we moved in. The china cabinet/secretary is a family piece that I love. When I got it, it was blue. Then I painted it dark brown (what was I thinking???) and then this yummy creamy white. The light fixture was what came with the townhouse and was hung off center. We bought this table for our previous home, and it worked great there, but when we moved to Florida we started living life around our dining table. What I mean is that we ate meals with our brothers and sisters in the Lord together a lot. We would spend whole evenings around the dining table and this one just didn’t cut it. I sewed the parson chair slipcovers and the curtains were a gift from a sister who wasn’t using them anymore. (both the curtain and slipcover fabric were reused in Tiny.)

Dining Room 2:

townhousediningroom2We eventually bought a ridiculously huge table from Ikea. Backstory: we went to Ikea one day and saw this table. We loved how comfortably it could seat more than six people so we went home to think about it. We got online and looked up the measurements of their biggest table in this style. We measured it out in our space, and it was a great fit and could even extend to fit more. We went back to the store a few weeks later and asked for the biggest table they had, assuming it would be the one we saw online. What we bought instead was a monster table that they don’t even have the measurements for online. Yep. This table was huge. We got it home, started putting it together, and knew something wasn’t quite right. We decided to keep it anyway.

We bought six chairs to go with it, cushioned with arms. The slipcovers were washable which was great with kids. However, because the table was so much bigger than we expected, the chairs didn’t fit the space very well. Because they had arms you had to pull them out from the table really far just to sit down, but because the table was so big, there wasn’t much room to pull the chairs out. We had to move the china cabinet to another wall.

I painted the walls a light grey called Silver Birch by Glidden. I found a large lamp shade at Ikea with the hardware to hang it from the ceiling so I could finally hang the light over the center of the table. I wrapped the shade in multi-colored yarn, and it was a really easy, and textural statement in the room. The curtains were a beautiful green and white linen with a scroll pattern. The “Creation” art was framed with plexi-glass and a plastic frame that kept it light. It was great.

Dining Room 3:

townhousediningroom3Welp, I ended up painting the china cabinet once again. =) I painted the table to match it (Dusty Miller by Glidden), and sold four of the six white chairs on craigslist. I kept two and used them in our office space. I LOVED these cane back chairs. I eventually recovered the seats in a dark gray and white chevron. Because of the new chairs we could move the china cabinet back to the long wall, which I prefered. I loved the butterfly curtains, which was just quilting cotton layered on top of a twin sized flat sheet for fullness.

In this edition of the dining room I finally hung my curtains correctly; high and wide. The light fixture was two hanging plant “pots” that I wired together to make a ball. The exposed light bulb was really harsh so I eventually bought a paper lantern to hang there and not only loved the softer light, I loved the size and texture of it so much better. I also eventually sold the monster table on craigslist because I found a little smaller, but still comfortable double pedestal table that can extend when needed. It is my dream table and currently resting peacefully in our storage unit. =) I also painted it Dusty Miller to match the china cabinet.

Well, there you have it. Three very different dining rooms in three years in one townhouse.

So, which dining room do you prefer? Are you a habitual redecorator like me? Come on, I know there’s gotta be others out there…Anyone?…

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  • Shea
    January 28, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    I think my favorite would be dining room 3! And yes, I love to redecorate too! I used to repaint and by new bedspreads and decor every couple months in middle school and high school. Drove my parents crazy. Changing the space up makes you feel like you’re living somewhere refreshing and new 🙂

    • Bridget
      January 28, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      When I was in school I didn’t have any money to buy new things, but I would spend my Saturdays rearranging and organizing my bedroom simply because I wanted to. I’m glad I’m not the only one. 🙂 There is definitely a sense of refreshment and newness! And 3 is my favorite too!

  • Sandi Thomas Preddy
    January 28, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I loved one and three. Love the cane back chairs….reminded me of some we had when my daughter Tami was little. I LOVE the buffet and hutch. Yes, I love to redecorate but Henry has clipped my wings. I want to re-do some things in our motor home. He about had a COW when I junked the bedspread that came with the unit and replaced it with a colorful quilt with turquoise, pink, orange and yellows. So much more cheerful. You have great tastes. Wish we were closer and you could give me some ideas. Oh, the trouble we could get in to!! Haha

    • Bridget
      January 28, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks, Sandi! Henry having a cow about the bedspread made me laugh! RC knows better now. Our fifth wheel is a 2002 so I’ve been changing everything and not feeling bad about it. 🙂 I would LOVE to get into some decorating trouble with you! Maybe sometime our paths will cross again.

  • Shanda
    January 28, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I was reading this not knowing that Jon was also reading it. He looked up from his phone and said, “I think you and Bridget would be great friends!” I laughed and told
    Him I was about to say the same thing. 🙂

    I also love decorating and redecorating and scouring Craigslist for the things that would just make like better. I also love rearranging furniture and have been having an itch to do that in our bedroom but I just couldn’t come up with a way that worked better than our current set up… So we are selling our furniture and got a great deal from a friend on better furniture! I’m inspired to change up other things in the room now.

    When I was in middle school and high school I had a lot of trouble sleeping, so in the middle of the night I would rearrange my room. My family was pretty used to waking up with everything in new places.

    It’s just so fun!

    • Bridget
      January 28, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      I’m so glad and agree that we would be great friends! ?

      Yay for a great deal on new to you furniture!! I just finished our bedroom in the fifth wheel and I love it!

      I’m loving knowing I’m not the only furniture rearranger and redecorator out there. I’m in good company.

  • Shirley Dills
    January 29, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Bridget I loved seeing the evolvement of your taste and the variation… Simple, yet very up to date…I wished I had you over to make suggestions for our space. Maybe I will send you pictures and you could help me update this. I’m so tired after 12 years of the same ol same…
    You are young and have fresh ideas. I have settled for what I have, but feel some dis-satisfaction…

    Love your third dining area… Wish I had courage to use paint, can’t ever make a decision on colors and I have never painted.

    • Bridget
      January 29, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Thanks, Shirley! You can definitely send me pics of your dining room. Just use my email address.

      Hope you and Bruce are doing well!

  • Brenda
    January 30, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I loved 1, 2 and 3. Not so much because of the style, though it is flawless, but because I enjoyed every moment around the table(s) sharing Christ and the many moments of silly words and laughter that ensued. Love you sis! And thank you for the trip down memory lane.

    • Bridget
      January 30, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Without a doubt that was the best part!! Love and miss you too!

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