True Friendship Part TWO: The Reveal

Alright, so you’ve read all about the renovation process, right? If not, go here . Now, for the reveal photos. There are a few things that are left to complete, but we accomplished so much with such a limited budget and an even tighter timeline.

I don’t want to clutter up with a lot of pictures of the before – and quite honestly, there aren’t a lot of before pictures anyway. But, if you want to compare – go here , and get a glimpse at where we started.

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One of the biggest changes in the dining room came in the form of color. The room used to be a deep, barn red and now is a light and fresh taupe with crisp white trim and built-ins, which we added . The old Ikea chandelier was thrown out, and replaced with this beautiful fake crystal chandelier. Honestly, people, they’re fake! Want one for yourself? Get it here !

The new built-ins are home to lots of ornamental stuff, but also save all of Allison’s entertaining china, crystal, silverware, tablecloths, and napkins. They also are domestic to baskets of gloves, and scarves. They are fashionable kitchen cabinet intensity, on account that we used kitchen base shelves to create the bulk of the unit. So there’s lots of room up pinnacle for my preferred eating room display: the bar in a basket!

The side table and mirror here used to be in Allison’s foyer, where the new doorway was created. So we moved it here, only for the time being. Eventually, this wall too, will come down and the dining room and kitchen will become one large space with a center island. For now though, it was great to have a spot for its reuse. Two captains chairs flank the table, and are perfectly positioned to pull up to the table when it extends from round to oval. I gave Allison these chairs, and she recovered the chair seats with a Waverly blue and white fabric here .

Here you could see the decorative rope braid trim that we delivered to the pinnacle of the counter floor, and to each of the shelf fronts. The case portions have shelves that can be adjusted, and still want the crown molding, which we are waiting to install until it is able to go around the entire open area. That’ll occur after the wall between the kitchen and eating room comes down.

Most everything on the shelves came from the attic of Allison’s house, or from the basement at my house – which I was all too happy to give her. You can see the boho beads I used to sell on Cross Bottle Guy draped over a beautiful gilt column base. Allison’s oldest daughter Grace was kind enough to model those beads for me when I first made and sold them – so I gave these to her as a thank you.

Isn’t she stunning!? I don’t know why I stopped making these. They surely are stunning and so flexible. Perhaps they may make a come back at Christmas.

The curtains aren’t custom, every other cost savings; but they’re again-tabbed which gives them a miles less difficult fold lower back and a nicer appearance than the pole pinnacle curtains. They simply kiss the floor, and are made from a artificial silk. Allison knew she desired red, olive, and blue inside the room – however could not parent out a way to get all of them to work together. I suppose we did it right here, with splashes of purple in candles, and books in the case portions, olive curtains, and blue and white fabric on the chairs. We’ve kept the room otherwise impartial for easy shifts to any color modifications she desires to make.

cross bottles

For color, we spray painted the bindings of paperback books with gold and purple spray paint until we got the look we desired. We then tied bundles of them together with jute twine, and they made for really wonderful shelf filler. Allison is an avid collector of my cross bottles , so there are several of those in the dining room, too.

Allison also collects blue and white porcelain, as I do, and lots of you. So loads of it ended up in her eating room, such as this little lawn stool – which I’ve been informed has end up some sort of table chair to that little console desk for her youngest daughter. SO lovely!

Here you could see the need for that crown molding, but again – one venture at a time. We all know how that goes, proper? The heavy wool rug with the formidable, rich colorations became replaced with the aid of this seagrass alternative with a fawn border. The entire room feels a lot bigger, and brighter than it ever did earlier than. We added mild to the inner of the case pieces, together with 5-outlet strips to the top of each piece for Allison with a view to more simply plug in things – like crock pots, etc..

I love the top of this table, which was a honey o.K.Before Allison stained it with an ebony and then walnut stain.

The case pieces have brushed nickel bin pulls at the drawers, and crystal knobs on the doorways, to assist tie within the crystal door knobs on the french doorways, and the chandelier. The shelf styling, done by using me, was definitely lots of a laugh. I just went from room to room, and picked what I thought could look high-quality. Sure, it left the relaxation of the residence in shambles, however we will paintings on that later!

The room has in reality gracious windows, and receives a ton of natural mild – which floods the room and adjoining foyer with a stunning glow. We reused Allison’s curtain rods, and just hung them higher to deal with the new curtain length.

So there you have it. A BIG change from where we started , right? Alright, alright. Here’s a before:

Told ya!

… Fun Vignette Time …

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I hope you loved this little story of friendship and renovation. All of Allison’s circle of relatives LOVES the brand new room. She has hosted numerous own family dinners with her extended circle of relatives when you consider that we completed the protection, and she and her own family eat there every night time. I informed her that we would need to wait a 12 months earlier than the kitchen wall came down if she wanted me to assist – so, at the same time as it might not be whenever soon, preserve your eyes peeled for more photos and memories of friendship and renovation!

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