I hope you all had lovely Thanksgiving weekend! Ours was supremely relaxing, and for that I am additionally thankful.
As you may recall, I had been trying to make over my entire dining room before Thanksgiving, calling it the “Countdown to Thanksgiving” project.
I didn’t make it.
BUT, I did make quite a bit of progress, and I had just a few moments to snap a couple of pictures of the table set for our family Thanksgiving dinner. It was a dark, rainy day, so the light isn’t great, but hopefully you can get the basic idea.
I don’t know if you remember, but this corner was really dominated by the big, monolithic, grey faux stone wall. It was cool, but it was So. Very. Dark. We live in the Pacific Northwest, so though we’re not as far north as, say, Scandinavia, because of the cloud cover we might as well be. I need every scrap of light I can get.
Here’s the before, in all it’s glory.
Wow. I can’t believe we actually lived with that for so long.
And now, drumroll…. here’s the after-for-now:
Big grey wall? Gone! I covered it up! Not with paint, with plaster! I love how it looks like some old wall in a loft or something. I had thought it would be quick and easy, but it ended up taking several days and over 50 pounds of plaster (and some help from friends, family, children… seriously, I was conscripting people over here). But I love the way it turned out and I’m planning to do the front, too.
We also painted (yes, painted) one of those pink chairs to try that (it worked!), threw some stuff on the wall so it didn’t look barren, and brought my old reclaimed door inside and threw some aqua paint on it to try that out. And of course, you already know about how I tore out the stone planter. No more laundry basket safety feature needed!
I’m still working on it, but already it’s so much brighter that I feel like I might actually make it through the winter with all of my sanity intact!
Yep, even with all the imperfections and things I still want to change, this little corner makes me happy.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m really feeling the holiday spirit this year, I have to say. I have lots of ideas for things I’d like to do. But I also want to keep going until this room is really done. That and I really need to put my stuff back in the china hutch / cabinet / thingy! So I’ll be juggling both of those things for the next weeks.
I’ll keep you posted!