When we moved into #theshorttpickenshouse it was very much stuck in the early 2000's with its red walls and traditional chandelier. I had crazy plans for this room such as painting the ceiling a mustard yellow, but after we decided to move just 7 months after buying our house (you can read why here), I figured it was best to keep it somewhat tame for rent or resale purposes. Here's a look at some before's.
We lived with our kitchen appliances in the dining room for the longest time after we had to rip out the floor because we had originally planned to remodel the kitchen, and we didn't want to give ourselves an excuse not to get it done by making life too convenient. Let's just say I learned how to use a grill over the summer and it took me a while to quit going into the dining room every time I needed something out of the fridge once we moved them back.
As with all the rooms, I thought I might be able to knock this room out fairly quickly, but as with all the rooms, it held it's own little surprises. When I was prepping the walls to paint, the old layers of paint started pealing off in huge chunks right down to the plaster. It was a patching nightmare! We also had these odd air pockets appear on the walls after we got the paint up. I went and poked them with a safety pin and they went down once the paint dried without a problem. And lastly, this is the only room that I taped off because of the chair rail and the contrast of the black and white, and guess what? That black paint bled right through my tape and I had to take a tiny little artist brush to the whole room and touch it up. (bangs head against wall.)
Even though I didn't get to change out the lighting here (I was thinking something modern like this chandelier from West Elm), I'm still pretty pleased with how this room turned out.
I loved hearing your input and votes on Facebook and Instagram on whether or not to go white or black under the chair railing, and I'm so glad I went with the black. Once the doors were all painted black and underneath the chair rail, the whole house seemed to just connect and flow together in a cohesive way.
The picture on the wall below is super similar to one my grandparents had hanging above their dining room table, and when I saw it in a local thrift shop, I couldn't pass it up because of all the memories it brought back to me. Eventually, I'll get the one from my grandparents house and hang them together. I know they're not great works of art, but I believe that one of the things that makes a home beautiful and fills it with soul is styling it with things that have meaning or some kind of story behind them.
The clock used to be Kendall's grandmother's, and I love having it in our house now as a reminder of her.
Since this house was so small and also somewhat open concept, I really tried to keep in mind sight lines and how each room would look when looking into it from another room. I didn't want everything to match, but I did want it to feel connected as if each room was meant to flow into the next.
The next three images are looking from the kitchen into the dining and living room. If you're super anal and OCD you'll probably notice that not everything is centered in this house. It's one of those things that drove me crazy and I wanted to fix, but you just gotta take the good with the not so good sometimes. Also, enjoy my THREE different table centerpieces. I was shooting these images at the end of fall and trying to get a few shots that weren't fallish as well!
These next few are looking from the living room and you can see the views from the entry way towards the beginning of the post.
I added the basket and blanket (pictured above and below) into the corner to help fill some space and add some texture and color and warmth to the room. If you read my Living Room Before & After post, you know that we chose to style the rooms with things we already had since we were planning on moving so that's why this room may seem a little bare.
Had we stayed here, I would have switched out the chandelier as I mentioned earlier, probably added a plant or two by the window where the basket is, added and positioned the art to make it more proportionate to the room (that one piece is too small on its own for the space), and probably added a buffet or some kind of tables/dressers across from the clock or at the ends of the room with lamps to add more lighting and places for holding things when we entertain. We love having friends and family over so I'm always trying to take that into consideration when I'm planning a space.
And that's it! I'd love to hear what you think in the comments. Don't forget to sign up for our email list if you'd like to stay up to date on new posts!