Category: Entry way

Living and Dining Room Refreshed

My client’s next project to tackle was the living and dining rooms.  The  quickest and easiest way to impact a room is by adding color to the walls.   The photo below is before the walls were painted.

I love the instant impact paint can have on a room.  It’s budget friendly and done in just a day or two.  The room looks warmer and more inviting.  A sleeker new fan was installed, a mirror was hung over the sofa and throw pillows were added to the couch.  I found a catchall basket that is under the cocktail table for the kid’s laptops and other miscellaneous items to keep the room free from clutter.

The wood furniture was hand crafted by my client’s father.

I found these lamps at an Antique show and created new lampshades to soften the look and add some visual interest on the mantle.

An arm chair and side table were added to create additional seating and to help define the living room from the dining room.   I had both pieces in my garage, waiting to be customized.

The dining room furniture was from my client’s mother.

This table was originally in the entryway but was too small for the area.  A daughter brought this handmade mirror home from France.  I am going to take a family portrait plus a photo of the girls to fill these frames when the weather becomes warmer.

The first change in the dining room was to reupholster the dining room chairs from a burgundy fabric to a multi-colored one, which pulls in the colors from both the living room and kitchen.

Pillows and placemats were made  with the seat fabric.

Another new piece of art, which hangs next to the hutch.

The client’s china and crystal items were used to create a more visually interesting display in the hutch as well as on the buffet.

My client picked out the dining room chandelier.

This is probably my favorite new piece of artwork, hangs prominently between the living room and kitchen.

The entryway was painted a light gray with a rug added to add color and depth.  This view is from the entryway into the living room.

The french provincial chair while it isn’t identical to the kitchen table set, it can be added when needed.  Otherwise it’s a great place to sit down and put on shoes.

The table was another piece I had in my garage.  It is a better size for the entryway and was painted a sage green color to match both the kitchen chair fabric and the rug.

The mirror was also in my garage.   A glass lamp and other items were added to the table for light and visual interest.

I was disappointed when this project was finished.  My clients are truly lovely people who I enjoy very much and it was great to work with them on making design changes to their living and dining rooms, entryway and kitchen.

Entry Way Table Update

My client wanted her entry way table to get an updated look.  Specifically, she wanted it painted gray with a crocodile pattern on top.  It certainly would be a dramatically different look for this piece.

Before Photo

This table had quite a bit going on with the mural painting on the front, a border on the top plus different color legs.  Painting it one color would change the entire feel of the table.

full shot

The feature of this table’s makeover is the crocodile pattern on top.  To achieve this look, I applied a plaster paint through the crocodile stencil, painted it the same gray color as the rest of the table and finally glazed the top to more fully illuminate the pattern.

crocodile top

I’ve think it might be interesting to apply the crocodile pattern on the drawers and cabinet doors too.

looking down at knobs

I pleased with the great texture of the table top.

crocodile top

My client entertained the idea of having silver nail head trim on the edge of the table top but decided against it.

front full shot

My client has been out of town and hasn’t seen the table in person and I’m eager to hear her thoughts on the table’s dramatic change.

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