Our Farmhouse Dining Room

I’ve never had a problem decorating in all the years I’ve owned a own home.  I’ve always had a vision.  But this house is a conundrum.  It isn’t speaking to me.  It doesn’t know what it wants to be.  That’s why it’s taken me three years to figure out what colors to paint and how much to add or delete.

I tend to lean towards the traditional style with a Country French twist.  I love the farmhouse look, but don’t think I can live with all that white.  I really love Southern Style, but it looks too expensive for my modest budget.  With all this in mind I believe I’m going eclectic with the Country French/Farmhouse/Southern Style.  Is there such a thing?

With more ideas floating around in my head than there are chickens in a coop, I’ve decided to draw up a plan and hit this wonky house room-by-room.  First up, the dining room, which currently houses our parrots until we can afford a sun room addition (just beyond the french doors) and a new staircase that will lead to the upstairs bedrooms.  If you’ve ever been in an old farmhouse, you know what I’m talking about when I say that the existing staircase is an accident waiting to happen.  Not something I want to climb up and down on in my old age.

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Since the birds live here for now, all I could really do is paint.  I finally painted the crown molding we had installed last year.  I painted it with Ace Hardware’s Best Look paint in Bright White.  I also painted the ceiling medallion with this same paint.  The ceiling medallion covers an unsightly hole that was left when we took down the old light fixture and replaced it with the new one.  One of those things you have to roll with when you live in an old house.

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Once that was done, I painted the ceiling.  Someone had painted it with a gloss paint.  Who does that?  Anyway, I painted it with Benjamin Moore’s ceiling paint in Ultra Flat.  What a difference!  No more glare!  Half way through my second coat, I moved the ladder over to paint the next section, and to my horror and dismay the paint tray slid off the ladder deck onto the floor.  I cried ugly tears.  Thank goodness we had planned on replacing the carpet in here anyway to make it easier to clean up after the birds.  Still, I have to live with that memory until we decide what type of flooring to install here.  And, yes, I could have put down a drop cloth, but after years and years of painting I’m pretty good at keeping the paint where it belongs . . . most of the time.

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Then came the walls.  They were originally painted a baby blue.  Better for a baby’s room, but hey, who am I to judge?  I painted the walls with Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage (SW6164).  This color is warm and inviting and feels like a big hug.  I love it!

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I’m still trying to figure out what kind of window coverings would be good for this room.  I’m leaning towards sliding barn doors.  Hmm . . .

With the dining room completed (at least as much as I can do for now) next stop on this room-by-room trip is the living room . . .

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