Monday, May 24, 2010

home sweet home: dining room

This was our dining room a long time ago:
It held no furniture for YEARS (but it was a great dance/gymnastics room).

Then we finally filled it up:
And spruced it up a little bit with this molding:
Here is the finished product from one angle:

And here it is from the other direction:
(This is where we have Sunday dinner.)

That wall over yonder is my favorite part. Denise saw these old, rusty window panes at this antique shop and told me I needed them. She has vision. I do not. (I love her.)

Dave's comment when he saw those heavy metal things was that we needed to make sure we were all caught up with our tetanus shots.

But I LOVE how they turned out.

Denise had the idea to put a bunch of dining stuff in each frame, but I could never find enough stuff, so I got foam core board cut to fit in each frame, covered each one with white coarse linen, and stuck in pictures of places we've been (you know how I salivate over traveling the world). We like to talk about those places over Sunday dinner.

And it means something to all of us.

26 comments:

  1. You salivate over traveling....I salivate over your dining room!

    Loooove it!

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  2. shawni....it has really come a long way! your dining room is beautiful....lots of wonderful memories to be had around that table i'm sure :)

    very clever with the foam board to be able to switch out pics easily :)

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  3. I love it! I think the molding made the room!

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  4. Just beautiful. I would love to know what your paint colors are. We are repainting and I can't decide.

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  5. Gorgeous room, Shawni! You have amazing taste!!

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  6. Gorgeous! I love how light and fresh the room feels.

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  7. Shawni, this is beautiful! I just love it!

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  8. Love it! Looks so great! I love how you seem to have a lot of natural light flowing through the windows too!

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  9. That wall of pictures is FABULOUS!!!!

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  10. I love your dining room and I don't remember if I commented on your post about your living room remodel but I love that room too! HA!

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  11. It turned out beautifully.

    Things I love:

    That you got rid of the area rug! I like that it gives the space a fresh, clean look.

    The window pane turned picture frames. The foam core board, linen and tiny push pins are such a great idea. I may have to use this one some day.

    And the finishing touches with the molding, white mirror frame, and painting the bronze wall hanging blue.

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  12. LOVE the molding,
    and how did you re-paint/treat that dark wall-carving-thing-ee?
    I really like the update on that. I have some pieces that I like and still want to use, but they need a little change.

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  13. I love that you decorate with pictures. I have almost only pictures on my walls and LOVE every single one of them. I wonder sometimes if people think its a little overkill. But, thats the first thing people compliment always. Looks great!

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  14. you have no vision my tail feathers! GREAT - now I'm on the lookout for amazing-keep-your-tetanus-shots-uptodate-window-frames. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

    G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S.
    karin

    p.s. haha! my word veri is 'dines' how appropriate. maybe better would be:
    envy.
    covet.
    inspired.

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  15. I think it is so smart to switch from light carpet to the dark carpet on the stairs. It gives a nice contrast, and being such a high traffic area, it's probably a lot easier to keep clean looking. I really like it!

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  16. Shawni that is AWESOME! The furniture doesn't even look the same!

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  17. I love how you "framed" your traveling pictures. Thanks for showing me how to do it.

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  18. I love it!!! I love your decorating style. I loved your living room and I love the dining room too!!

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  19. Oh my! IT is stunning! I love the rustic window panes and the pictures inside. So sorry about your fish! :(

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  20. Wow, what a beautiful DR! I love all the personal touches & the window travel pics are gorgeous. Job well done!

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  21. Oh wow! What a beautiful room! I love your style.

    I'm doing a post with DIY window projects and was referred to you by Kristy at Sliding Down the Stairs. I love what you've done and if you're interested in me including a picture and link, I'd love to 'show it off' for you and have it in the collection (or in showing off your makeover - let me know!). :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Nice to "meet" you.

    Roeshel

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  22. You have a beautiful home (and family!). How did you do the molding in your dining room? We are about ready to embark on this project, and I can't find this style anywhere. Is there a name for it? Thanks a ton!

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