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:
This 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:
We 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:
Welp, 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?…