Annie Sloan Saves Our Dining Room {Part I}

Welcome back to our home tour/house goals regrouping! Are you enjoying it so far? If you missed the first two, you can see them HERE and HERE. If you remember, last April I mapped out some home goals. You can read them HERE.

So let’s talk the dining room now. This is by far my favorite room in the house, for many reasons, but I have to say it was this room that sold me on the house. The view is unbelievable and the slightly raised ceiling is so vintage and classy. Here’s what it looked like when we bought the house

And then after we moved in and painted, and I added our furniture {again, my Nannie and Gramp’s 1950 original Heywood Weightfield table and side table}, it became painfully obvious everything needed a paint job. And that is where we pick up and talk about how Annie Sloan Chalk Paint saved our dining room {hehe}. Here’s what it looked like when I did our house goals last year, after I painted the sideboard.

So much needed to be done to this room….the table and the bench needed to be painted, the parson’s chairs needed to be slipcovered, and some other decorative items needed to be added. Although I don’t feel we are 100% done {mainly feel I need a rug in here}, I think we’ve made good progress….

Having everything white is exactly what I had been hoping for. I have always wanted an all white dining room….probably since the first time I opened my Shabby Chic books. It just seems to refreshing and calming. And hosting dinners in this room is really fun. I have to say, aren’t the white slipcovers on the parson’s chairs amazing? My mom in law made them for me. She also did the wonderful one on my desk chair. I know, she’s awesome, right?? Boy I love that lady.

 Unimportant side confession here: I’m not very good at knick knacks/centerpieces/decorative items. It’m just too cluttered mentally to worry about changing things out for seasons, etc. I like to complete a project and then have it done forever. Not to mention that knick knacks don’t last long in this house…they get broken, tossed, shoved, I think you get the picture. :) With that said, I usually have SOMETHING on the center during special holidays or meals. You can see my Christmas yarn trees HERE and my Thanksgiving centerpiece HERE. I especially love it during the Summers when my roses are in full bloom…garden roses are my very favorite thing to put in the center of the dining room table.

I know I need to find something for this area:

And yes, I know this is crooked. I have a tripod, just need to bust it out and give a try. Can we all say LAZY? hehe…

Anyway, I pulled this darling wicker tea cart out of my parent’s garage when I needed somewhere to put the Hot Chocolate station for Jake’s birthday party. It’s pretty beat up so I covered it with a table cloth. When the party was all said and done, I realized that I really loved the cart and started considering keeping it in here. There are a couple problems with it, mainly, it’s super, super, super wobbly and the glass needs a very good cleaning  {really an easy fix} as it’s been duct taped together for the last 10 years. Anyway, if I can figure out how to stabilize it a little bit, I’m going to keep it….but it will need something on display there. So I need to rack my brain about that one.

A couple things that was on the House Goals check list for this room was paint the bench and get some new chairs. Well, we’ve done both. First, the bench:

This is really one of the only things that is waiting to be finished in this room. I bought some fabric to slipcover a cushion for this bench, as it’s a bit hard to sit on. But we’re still saving money for the cushion…so that project will come soon. The pillows are all Simply Shabby Chic from Target except for the one with pink and blue flowers. That one is vintage Ralph Lauren…like 25 years old! My mom has had it forever!

As far as the paint job on the bench, Part II about our dining room will be up tomorrow and I”ll share my thoughts on painting the table, the sideboard, the bench and the chairs all with Annie Sloan chalk paint…so come back.

Oh and yes, we painted these chairs too. Remember them from this post? Craigslist $40 find, thank you very much…with a little love from my father in law and a little pure white paint, and wah- lah!

So I think if I had to say anything about this room it would be this: Annie Sloan definitely saved it! As I said earlier, come back tomorrow…I’ll tell you my thoughts on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

So what do you think about the dining room? Anyone else love an all white room? xoxo

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5 thoughts on “Annie Sloan Saves Our Dining Room {Part I}

  1. 1
    Nicole says:

    I just love your dining room! It is simple, elegant, bright, like-a-magazine, etc.! ;)

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    Catherine Castelli says:

    I love all your white… Ahh someday, I have only a few home goals. White inside is one of them, NO BLACK! And Crimson Red front doors. Great job Amy!!!

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    Suzanne B says:

    Your dining room looks wonderful! I think all white is lovely but I cannot rock it in my house. I do have a lot of white, splashes of color and accents of black. It keeps my husband happy because he does not like the all white look so if makes for a nice compromise.

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    Stefanie Montijo says:

    Hi Amy! Love the dining room, decorating is so fun right! For your vintage tea tray I think a topiary from target or michael’s would look lovely and your table some mercury candlesticks also from either store! Have fun love your decorating and God/spiritual posts!!!

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    Jenny says:

    Oh..I love how your table turned out & those Craig’s list chairs are amazing. I’m feeling tiffany blue cushions?
    The bench is amazing! I love how the wood is washed out, I don’t even think you need a pad bc the slats give it so much charm.
    What about putting a stack of books on the table?

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