Monday, August 29, 2011


My dining used to be painted a dark brick red. I really liked it. 
      As we all do, I have enjoyed personalizing my home with various paint colors and techniques over the years, and the results were warm, colorful and at times practical (I faux painted the hallways when the kids were younger and it was great at hiding a zillion finger prints and marks etc. and the paint I used was easily wiped clean). But now with us trying to sell this monster home it was time rethink each room and space. 

I had already painted the sun room and kitchen a nice creamy neutral color (here's a peek but more on that later) and loved how it "cleaned" up and simplified the rooms. 
See the faux with the stenciling and see the neutral paint starting to cover it up? 

So I went ahead and used the same color down the hallways (hopefully the boys now all teenagers won't be quite as destructive.....!) but I didn't want to paint the red dining room walls that same color as I felt that that would be just too blah and boring...
so I picked out this brownish/taupe color from Sherwin Williams that was a tone darker than the inserts on the living room picture wall.
Note that I did not put the tapestry back nor the drapes. This also helped "open" things up. I swapped the two sideboards around too because the wall looked huge and bare! 
The alcove before
The alcove after
I then decorated and painted the dining chairs (more on those in a separate post) and voila!

Clean, simple, up to date....I really like it!
I would love to hear your feedback on this so go ahead and leave me a comment, negative or positive...:)


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  1. Fantastic job! I really like the colors you chose! Found you via House in the Roses party. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn

  2. Hello friend...coem over from Marty's....I love the new color and the new those black painted chairs!!!! Hope you have a great week...Picket

  3. Loved the red dining room, course, no everyone doesn't so you were wise to repaint it, and it looks just as good as the red, just different.
    Really love the new look in the alcove, the cabinet just seems to show up more or something.
    Great job!! and hope you sell your house, if you really want
    Blessings, Nellie

  4. Well I am totally impressed. The new colors definitley updated everything. Your home is stunning. I absolutely love the picture wall in the living room. Gorgeous. I would love all your space. We just downsized and I feel like I am in a cracker box. lol. Thanks so much for the tour and for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  5. It looks great. I love what you have done .

  6. It is so bright and airy now!! Very welcoming!

  7. You chose some really nice colors. It's amazing what a change in paint color can do for a room's personality. Your home is lovely!

  8. I just discovered this on A Stroll Thru Life, and I'm so excited that I did! I have been going back and forth over whether to paint chairs for my dining room black. I love the way yours look.
    I feel confident to take the plunge.

  9. You made some great changes to make your house appeal to more possible buyers. I love the effect both ways though.

  10. I featured your blog today on my post. I hope you will stop by and grab my I've Been Featured button. Hugs, marty

  11. you have a beautiful home. Stroll Thru life sent me. Hugs!

  12. What a difference. I love the red, however the new color really brightens the room. I really like the changes you made. The Living room wall is stunning! I am your newest follower.

  13. Beautiful, the color choice is great. I liked it red, but I like the new look better. Great job.

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