Thursday, September 12, 2013

Dining Room Shake Up

I have been MIA this week, laid out with a combination ear infection/tooth infection. Multiple dentist and doctor trips and a few more to go kind of got me down, but not for long...

It is hard to feel sorry for yourself when you have so many awesome people helping you out (thanks for the chauffeur and babysitting services this week Dad!).

But enough about the bad, let's talk about the good. I have been meaning to show you a few things for a couple months!!! The first being the new buffet in our dining room. There wasn't anything wrong with the white one that was previously in there, except that it wasn't long enough to really fill the wall (you can see that one here). I wasn't actively searching for anything but one quiet evening in June I stumbled across this wood cabinet in the back of a clearance area in HomeSense. It didn't jump right out at me as something I adored, but I found myself staring at it for a more than a few seconds. 
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I knew I loved the color, but I wondered what was drawing me to it...  I realized after continuing to browse the rest of the store that I loved it's simplicity. I liked that it wasn't a certain style. I tend to float around between eclectic, minimalist and vintage styles so this is a great basic foundation for whatever direction I feel like I'm currently pointing. The price tag read $500 which is a great price, but I will admit I've only ever spend that much money on three piece of furniture in our home (our living room couch, the dining room mirror and our master bed frame) so I did hesitate. But in the end I decided that at nearly 30 years old I should have a handful of decent (read non-ikea/thrifted) furniture I love so it came home.

The only thing I was not happy with is the hardware, but I haven't yet decided what knobs I want to replace them with.

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The second shake up happened without any notice. I was out thrift shopping for books with my Grandma in late July when I saw this super sculptural wood table. I was big, chunky and NOTHING like something I would buy.

When I got home I kept thinking about it and decided that at $50 I was a fool to not buy it! So I went back a few days later, loaded it up and spent the next 2 weeks transforming it from a dinged up wood table to a sleek white statement piece.
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My family knows me so well, I found this cool vintage frame in a box of trinkets my Aunt sent over last year.
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I finally knew what I wanted to use it for when I reorganized the room, so I painted it up. I love that it mimics the lines of the huge mirror in the back of the room.
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I have been on the hunt for a larger, longer light fixture for close to a year (ironic that I've replaced nearly everything else, right?) but I do kind of like how unexpected the table is with the light. 
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If you're wondering where the last table went, it's now up in my office where Wren and I have some serious room to get our craft on!

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Old habits die hard for this girl, and the shuffle is always ongoing... but I know this is the happiest and best this big room has ever looked. 


Art and Sand said...

The shuffling never stops. I am always moving furniture from one room to the next in our tiny cottage.

Beka0430 said...

I absolutely LOVE the new dining table. I can't help but think that the slip covers on the chairs detract from it a bit though. Have you considered removing the slip covers to see if that allows the table to really take center stage? I'm imagining the space it opens up underneath would draw the eye more to the shape of the table.

Holly Baker said...

I hear ya Beka! I am actually on the hunt of a bench on one side, manly because I want to put 3chairs on each side and Imea no longer makes these chairs in the same dimension (and I am not keen on buying 6new chairs). But the bench should let more of the detail show underneath

Chelsea said...

I love everything you've done! Great find with that buffet! I can really relate to feeling it's finally OK to spend some money on good pieces. We just replaced our handed down and refinished dining set for something we absolutely love. It was our biggest purchase for our home yet, but made sense as we'll have it for a good long time and it feels totally 'us'. I have a small request: would you do a post on your office? :)I remember a post you did on it once a while ago but would love to see it again with the new table! You know, whenever you have a free moment ;)

Stacey said...

I hope you're felling better soon Holly, dentist trips are no fun! On the plus side the dining room is looking fabulous!


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Julie said...

sorry to hear that you haven't been well! okay, that dining table is amazing! simply amazing, you did a fab job! and the sideboard is perfect for the room...great finds!

Kelli @ Life at 818 said...

so pretty - and great job on that table! fabulously cool right there girl

Sadaf Trimarchi said...

I love the lines of that white table! It looks so simple and pretty with the wood buffet. Of course I'd be a nervous wreck with those slip covers, but I'm guessing they clean easily.

Miranda said...

Love the pink accent corner on the frame. So simple, yet dramatic. I'll have to try that on a project!

gillar girl said...

I hope you're feeling better Holly! I've loved all the dining room configurations you've done but this is absolutely gorgeous! That table rocks!!!

Jamie-So Much Better With Age said...

LOVE your chandelier and if you ever sell it, I will buy it!!
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b19 said...

Hi Holly! My name is Bre and I came across your blog very accidentally through Instagram and I am glad I did. What you have done to your house is beyond amazing. I was wondering if you had any before pictures of your new dining room table, as well as any pictures of the process of refinishing it, as I am really curious to see how you achieved its final look. Thanks so much!

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