Sunday, July 29, 2012

Dining Room Makeover

It all started with a tour of the 2012 Southern Living Showcase Home by Dillard Jones Builders that was built in our area.

  We toured the home a couple of months ago, which was gorgeous, as you can imagine.     We were told, as we entered, that all the furniture was for sale.     That piqued my interest and I made a point of carefully looking to see if there was anything that I could use or..... afford.  lol

 We had talked about making our dining this year's big project.   It was the only room downstairs in our house that had not been updated from Oak to a darker wood.    It was almost 30 years old, but still in good condition.

Below is a picture of the kitchen in the model home.  Isn't the ceiling stunning?   I fell in love with the table and bench.    Long story short.....we left without making any purchases.
Later, though, I was looking through the brochure and noticed the name of the furniture store that the table set came from. 
   My hubby had some business with them the following week and I tagged along.   I asked about the table and learned it was being returned to them, as no one had purchased it.   The little wheels in my head starting turning. 
  We didn't make it back to the store on the day the table was to be returned or even in the next few days.    However, when we did make it back there, the four chairs had sold.  The table and bench were still on display in the show room.

Guess what came home with us????  I love the detail on the table, bench seat and back of bench.

 Actually, the guys had to deliver it and put it together.

It's blackish/brown with beautiful gold and a hint of red scrolls on the top.
I found this side piece at Home Goods, just as it arrived and was put on the floor to be displayed.   Talk about timing and God blessing us.   Others were interested in it as well, but  I got a clerk to tag it sold in about 5 seconds.  lol     It goes perfectly with the table top, the round mirror and lamps that I already had.

I got rid of all the old pieces of furniture in the room and went on a search for pieces to refill the room.   I first went to different areas of the house to see what, if anything, I could pull from to add to the dining room.  See the metal corner cabinet.   I've had it at least 5 yrs.    I scraped, painted and sprayed it.     Guess where it came from?    Outside on the patio.  (see below)

It worked well in the corner outside for years. ( See it in the left hand corner.)
  Since the chairs had sold, we chose four fabric covered chairs that complimented the table top and colors in my drapes.   I had three pillows made for the bench in the same color fabric.

While in NC on business at a shop called A DAY IN THE COUNTRY I saw this small baker's rack.       It's  a replica of one that is in the Biltmore Estate.  It was a bit pricey and I didn't want to pay the sticker price.
The manager told me they had some in their warehouse and that it was open to the public.    I said, " Show me the way"!    It was another 15 min. up the Mtn. to Bat Cave.   I know what you're thinking...... but it's not that  BATMAN or Robin there .   lol   Seriously it's the town's name.    Sure enough that little rack was $34.99 vs. 99.00 in the main store.
It's the Manual Woodworkers Outlet Store in Bat Cave, NC   They have tons of STUFF in there.  Have any of you been to either of those shops?
I pulled this painting from another room and painted it's red matte black.   What a difference that made.  Goes great with the mirror and lamps in pic above.
While in the outlet I spotted this Tuscan looking tapestry with attached hardware.     It was  $37.99 vs.  120.00 in the store.   You can't beat those prices!

The next pic shows it a little bit better.

Thanks for stopping by and taking peek at my dining room redo!
                                             Before                                       After

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