Let's review first, shall we?
The dining room and living room are connected, but they are easily two separate areas. The dining room started out looking like this (view from the living room):
What is all that stuff? Well...
The only good things happening in this space were the $20 IKEA rug, the DIY curtains and the coffee bar.
We really needed new furniture. But you all know my issue with spending money. So we waited. And looked. And waited and looked. And actually, it was worth the wait. We found a great table from the "As-Is" section of Mathis Brothers. It was originally $600 and we got it for $150 due to some scratches along the top. The scratches were very minimal and honestly, no matter whether our table was new or not, it would end up scratched. So it came home with us.
I knew I wanted non-matching chairs, and since I got four for about $1 a piece, I decided to just go crazy and paint them green. You can see more details here. Now the dining room looks like this:
View from the kitchen:
Much better, eh?
As I'm looking at these pictures, I'm noticing a few ridiculous things. Can I just point them out to you, please?
Well, you can't win 'em all, I suppose. Still, I really do love it. And remember how I said it wasn't finished? Well, as you can see in the picture below of the gallery wall, there is still an empty frame. That darn frame has been empty for a year and unfortunately I think we've gotten used to it. I've got to figure out what to put in that stinkin' frame.
Really, the whole gallery wall is a bit random. We've toyed with the idea of painting all the frames the same color, but for right now, we kind of like the eclectic feel of it. Well, besides that empty frame. Do you want to know what's in the frames? (This is where you shout YES! from cyberspace).
|Eric's pen and ink from high school|
|print from Marisa Rodondo|
|one of Eric's creations (yes, that is us!)|
|print from Katie Daisey|
|print I made|
|Indian tribes of North America print that I found in my parent's garage|
|an engagement photo taken by our friend Kyle|
|DIY bulletin board with vintage postcards|
A few more shots of the after:
What do you think? Do you like mismatched chairs as much as I do? Do you have any empty frames in your house that you went ahead and hung on the wall?