Dining room in reverse chronology

Whenever I see the words before and after combined with decorating,  I’m all in.

I have posted before pictures of the dining room at the cottage 6 months ago. 

But now…….the dining room reveal…….I’m calling it DONE!

I thought it would be fun to post the pictures in reverse chronology,

meaning ……I’m going to show today’s pictures first and work my way back to the before, 6 months ago.

Kinda like you’re watching a movie and then they cut to what led up to that day.

Here we go…….today ready for Valentine’s Day celebration.




Dining room chairs arrived this week. I tried for 6 months to make the old parson chairs work.

Even with chair covers, they were bringing the dining room down. Sigh..

Sometimes you just got to do what you knew all along you would have to do.

I still can use the table I got at a local consignment store.

From Valentine’s d├ęcor to Christmas

Actually this picture looks pretty good, until you see the old beige chairs that the covers don’t quite fit.

The chairs were stained and discolored without the covers.

And here we are. Back to fall. Notice how my shots are only of the top of the table. Sneaky aren’t I?

I liked the top of the table dark, but I painted it white in January, trying to avoid buying new chairs.

And even that didn’t work.

I painted the table once again this week after the chairs arrived. The white table top didn’t work. That table has been 3 different colors in 6 months. Yikes, that’s a lot… even for me. I losing that paint brush.


And here we are. Six months before. Dark, gray and dingy  walls. I could not wait to paint this room. I appreciate the creativity of the paint below the chair rail. It was too busy and too dark for my taste. 

Now one more after picture. What a difference the paint made. Above the chair rail the color is Sherwin-Williams  Basalt Powder.

And now I’m back to today and the chalkboard in the kitchen, all decked out for February.



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