Monday, June 16, 2008

Repainted, Refluffed and Redecorated Dining Room

Here is the refluffed, repainted, redecorated Dining Room.

Well, it has taken a lot longer than I thought, but I am ALMOST done with the dining room and kitchen nook refluffing, repainting and redecorating. Today I am showing you the dining room. There is still a few more things I have to do, but I will explain those as I show you the pictures. Please click on any picture to enlarge for details.

Below is the dining room in the BEFORE stage. Nothing really wrong with it. The curtains are floral, the plates were old ones, that I never really liked. The hutch was fine, but just not the look I wanted. The dining table and chairs were a dark stained wood. You might remember, I painted the table yellow a few months ago. I ended up not liking it because it blended into the yellow walls too much. So I painted it again. This time black.


Below is the AFTER, very hard to get pictures today...The walls are more yellow than they appear in the picture below. I replaced the old hutch (and sold it) with this hutch, that I previously had in my kitchen nook. It originally was dark stained wood. I painted it Apple A Day red. The curtains have been replaced with a red and yellow rooster toile. The same pattern can be seen on the chair cushions.


This Rooster and Roses Plate is going to be the center focal of a mosaic buffet I am going to do in this dining room.

The buffet that I am going to mosaic is in the picture below. I am painting it black and then doing mosaics on the top. I hope to do this within the next month. I will post pictures when it is done... The picture below also shows the oil painting we bought while in Venice, Italy.

Below is a close up of the new chair cushions in the La Petit Ferme toile pattern. The cushions were made for me by Shelley at Judd Home Decor. She also did some for my kitchen nook and you will see those in the next day or so. She does amazing work. Pillows, cushions, bedding and much more. Please visit her website if you are considering redecorating. We did this via email, long distance and everything turned out wonderful!

Inside view of the hutch below. You can see the fabric covered cardboard backing we installed, that I mentioned in a previous post. The fabric matches the sides of the chair cushions.

Close up of the sugar mold candles on the dining table.

Two water colors we purchased from a street side artist in Sienna Italy.

Another water color purchased from the artist in Florence, Italy.

In the corner below is a vintage bird cage stand. The bird cage is new and I placed an ivy plant inside. I hope that it will grow and curl around the cage.

Close up of the beautiful oil painting

Close up of the bird cage....

Close up of the Rooster on top of the hutch

So there you dining room refluffed, repainted and redecorated. Stay tuned. In the next day or so I will post the kitchen nook.


Miss Jean said...

Absolutely magic! You did an awesome job. And to have those paintings to remind you of your trip!!!!

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

OH! Penny, I love your refluffed, repainted and redecorated dinning room. You did an amazing job. I don't know what I like the best. I think it might be the curtains and the chairs and the hutch. It just looks so pretty. I was on my way to bed and I though to myself OH I am going to look one more time to see if she posted her refluffed, repainted and redecorated dinning room. I am glad I did. Thank-you so much for sharing. OH and I will be looking for more to come.
Did I mention that I love the bird cage also?
Take care,

Alison Gibbs said...

Penny that looks wonderful.
Fabulous colours

Mary Isabella said...

You are one awesome decorator. Everything is sooo stunning....Mary

Meggie said...

I LOVE your new look dining room, Penny. Your chair cushions are awesome...really ties things together. Such creative ideas.....!! Nice work, indeed!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Oh this is lovely! I especially love that red hutch, and the new curtains and chair cushions! I just knew you would make it all into something really beautiful.


Adrienne said...

Fantastic! Absolutely wonderful! You did a great job. Do you want to come help me with mine? I don't know what I love best - it's all so nice. What a change you made. ~Adrienne~

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Perfectly wonderful! The hutch and fabric really draws your eye. I can't wait to see the finished mosaic piece .... I am imagining it my mind's eye and it's WONDERFUL!! So great to have the oils and watercolors from Italy. Great job, Penny!

Lib said...

Oh Penny, What a Beautiful job !!!
You do Beautiful work!!!!
HAve a great wk.

Connie said...

What a difference!! I love the colors you used, sweetpea!!!! AND I LOVE roosters!

LW said...

The first thing I did this morning was come here to see…
Your dinning room is so lovely, I love the yellow walls, and I love the birdcages,
I love the black chairs…and really love the red hutch…

How wonderful to be able to sit and see reminders of you
Italy trip… The paintings are all beautiful.
I could live in the field of poppies….

Great job Penny….!!!!!!!!


Janet said...

Perfect; worth the long wait ( for you and for me), lol.


Beverly said...

Penny, this was definitely worth the wait. I know you must love it - I sure do. Everything works together perfectly. I particularly love your fabrics.

The mosaic piece will be gorgeous. I love Rooster and Roses. I have a plate hanging in my kitchen.

Your art pieces look wonderful, and bring back special memories.

Carey said...

I love your new room, its so pretty. Your paintings are beautiful. I never would have thought of decorating with roosters, but its absolutely stunning. Now you need to come to my house and help me, I have a hard time pulling colors together.
I cant wait to see the buffet table when its done....and I look forward to seeing your other rooms.

TinaTx said...

Love your newly refluffed dining room! It looks wonderful!
Great job!

Kathleen Grace said...

Well that was worth waiting for! I love the colors of course. The paintings you found in Italy are perfect. The whole room just took on so much more personality and zing with the painted furniture and beautiful fabrics you chose. I have the same toile in black and cream in my dining room:>) I cant wait to see the buffet with your fantastic mosaics on it!

Sweet Designs said...

Penny your "fluffing" came out beautiful! I love your dishes too, I have both patterns myself.

Jeanne said...

Penny, Your room is beautiful. All the detail works wonderful together. You have a wonderful style of decorating that I love.. The painted cabinet is the best idea. You should send this to HGTV. Smile! The bird cage touch and the candles with just the right colors match your fabric. All I can add is, brilliant.


Manuela said...

It turned out really pretty! I love the hutch and how you accessorized the top. Good Job!


Brook said...

Penny it is simply beautiful and you brought all the colors together perfectly. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Great job Penny...worth the wait. What a nice fresh look !!! And you know I love that rooster plate !!!

Is that THE Manuela I see up above ??? If so "hello" hope things are going well for you !!

Take care,
Kathy :)

bj said...

Ooo, LA is just BEAUTIFUL, Penny. I know you will enjoy it to no end. I love EVERYTHING you did and it makes my heart sing, just looking at it all !
hugs, bj

bj said...

I meant to ask, since I am feeling a DINING ROOM RE-DO coming on (shhhh, don't mention it to Bill)
could you pls. tell me the name of the color of paint on the walls ? I adore yellow but not too bright..this is just perfect...I already have a red hutch...I just need black chairs and yellow walls...a bigger rooster, more toile, a birdcage......heh heh heh...

Donna said...

Penny, it looks fabulous! I love the colors you used. Your table looks great and I LOVE the oil painting from Italy.
Great job! Your hard work paid off!

Sandi McBride said...

I love the rooster best of all...that's a dining room that I'd love to eat in...lovely!

Catherine Holman said...

Oh, Penny it's fabulous! I love the way you pulled the colors from that wonderful large painting to decorate the room. I especially love the red hutch. It's a great inspiration piece. What a lovely cheerful room!

Brenda said...

Girl you did a great job! How French it looks. I love the top with the rooster and flowers. Eye candy for sure.

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

The before, was nice but it did not say a talented artist's lives here. Now, your room has personality. Everything well thought out. I love the colors. The drapes are just gorgeous. I am going to visit the designer's web site during lunch.
Great makeover!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Penny everything looks did a great job. I adore the RED hutch!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Penny, I just love it all! Really kicked it up a notch with the new fabric and that red china cabinet really pops out there. Love it...and all those watercolors you got in Italy. Oh, if I go back again, you can be sure I'll bring more of that home with me. That's my one regret, not buying some things while I was there years ago.

You did a fabulous job!

DEBBIE G. said...

Oh Penny...How beautfuil! I LOVE the red hutch..along with the curtains & chairs & the chandelier with the red shades!!!! You thought of everything so perfect!!!
Enjoy your hard work hon:)

Barb said...

Hi Penny,

Yay! What a lovely job you did. You can feel the love through the pictures. Absolutely beautiful and so French in feeling. I LOVE IT! The mosaic buffet sounds amazing. You have lots of talent girl!

Now, I can't wait to see the rest.

Have a wonderful day. Try not to work so hard.

hugs to you.

KaReN EiLeeN said...


Haven't been by in a while....I am so glad I stopped by, what a difference paint can make!! Your dining room looks wonderful!! I love all of your paintings too. I still have mine in bags from Italy. You have inspired me to get them framed soon. The painting from Venice is beautiful!!


Rhondi said...

Hi Penny
The room looks great. I like the punches of color, the red buffet is great and the chairs look good in black. The colors from the paintings add a wonderful accent. Love the fabric backing inthe buffet and the fabric onthe cushions. Everything turned out fabulously! Isn't it amazing what some paint and a few new accessories can do for a room? You must be very pleased.
Hugs, Rhondi

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Penny,
Your room looks like a magazine. The French Country look I love. I have it my kitchen and have not grown tired of it. You did good girl. Thank you for sharing and I can't wait to see the nook.
Have a Blessed Day,

Anonymous said...

Wow! I think it's a HUGE difference and LOVE EVERYTHING that you did. It's so warm and inviting.

What brand of paint did you use on the hutch?

I can't wait to see the sideboard!


Sandra... said...

Congratulations! Your dining room looks beautiful now!!
You have a nice blog... hugs from Argentina!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Delightful and well worth the wait! You really punched up the look as well as the color. I'm so glad that you didn't continue to live with old plates that you never really cared for...that's just a waste, right? You've done excellent work, Penny!

Teresa Sheeley ~ French Poppy said...

Penny it's beautiful. It feels like a piece of a tuscan village - the rooster, the red hutch, and that spectacular artwork. I just love it. Kudos!!


Katherinellen said...

You did a wonderful job.....Beautiful! You are so talented.....beautiful pictures and plates also....You have a great day. Kat

PAT said...

Penny this is amazing. I absolutely love every bit of it. You are so talented.

I'm looking forward to seeing your buffet table with the mosaic top!

The chair cushions are so pretty. I love this pattern toile.

Tracie said...

Wow, Penny!
It all looks fantastic. I love the colors - and that hanging birdcage with the plant - so romantic. Everything's beautiful (big thumb's up ;)

Pam said...

Wow. Wow. And wow again. Love it!

Nance said...

this is definitely worth the wait, penny! i love everything about it... that new trim on top of the cabinet, the cushion matching the cabinet backing, the paintings ... wow! you are very talented!

Brenda Kula said...

Oh darlin! You have all my favorite colors! Wonderful job!

Fete et Fleur said...

Wonderful changes. Your room has come to life.

Hugs! Nancy

Linda said...

Hi Penny,
Love the dinning room makeover, the colours are fab, as you know I'm a bit of a fan when it comes to bold coloured rooms. Can't wait to see what you do with that buffet I'm sure that it will look wonderful.
Cheers Linda

Alaura said...

Hey There Penny; I love what you have done with your dinning room. Your have a great eye for detail. It looks real warm and sunny. Love it Love it.
OH and by the way, I have a new blog site and blog, Please stop by and let me know if you can read it. I sure hope so, thank you.

hus Alaura

Pat said...

Your dining room looks so pretty Penny --I love all the bright colors and the paintings and water colors are so beautful! Great ideas in your new room. I can't wait to see the kitchen nook!

Hugs, Pat

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Hooray, Penny! It looks amazing! I am in love with that red hutch! Amazing what a transformation you have made! That can be hard to do sometimes, when you have seen something the way it is for so long. I'm impressed with your results, it looks fantastic!

Enjoy your new space (and I'm dying to see the nook!)


KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh, Penny I could move right in. I can only imagine how the mosaic server is going to look. The colors in this before and after are really the sign that you know what you are doing with interiors. The paintings from Italy are beautiful, and the hutch in red is striking. The accents in the room are perfect, this color scheme toile is so country french. I love how you gave a closeup of each accent too. What a beautiful room, now what's for dinner? Karen

daisy cottage said...

Penny this is as charming as can be - you did a beautiful job... can't wait to see more - this is FUN!!


Edie Marie's Attic said...

Oh Penny! The new dining room is fabulous! I love love love the red china cabinet and the chairs done in black are so classy. All of you Italian paintings are perfect. Nice finishing touches Penny. You did an awesome job!!
I had no internet connection for 2 days and I was so upset I couldn't see your post!! I feel better now!
Hugs, Sherry

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Oooooohhhh I love it Penny! Your hutch looks gorgeous and that fabric is so perfect! The table looks so good!!! Pat yourself on the back girlfriend, you've done an amazing job :)


Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Now come do mine--please. That red china cabinet is gorgeous.

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Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh Penny, it looks gorgeous!!! You are making me love red! I think that paint color is the same that I have in my house! It looks beautiful, every detail! That oil painting is so pretty, it makes me wish I was there! Beautiful job!


Janera said...

Gorgeous! I thought the before was nice, but the after is fabulous!

Thanks for the sweet message you left on my little site. I enjoyed the visit and hope you will come again soon.


Shelley Jo said...

That's is so lovely, Penny. I have those same colors in my living room - yellow walls, red sofa and love seat. I absolutely love the red and yellow toile material. Fabulous job!!

Susie Q said...

Penny, it is all so, so pretty. You know we now share that fabric pattern! The curtains in my re-done dining room are the same pattern! I think you knew that...: ) Oh how I LOVE the red cabinet! The table, the chairs...the birdcage...everything is perfection. It takes so much work but now you can rest and trylu enjoy how beautiful it all is. I love it!

Bill was just talking about us making a trip to Ashville and your area next year. I do so hope we do and we can meet you and your husband. You have no idea what that would mean to me!


Cami said...

I love your color scheme. I keep things very bright in my main living areas. The bedroom is pretty pastel, but I like color most other places. I am always so impressed and inspired when I visit.

Rue said...

Hi Penny :)

You did an amazing job in your dining room. It was really pretty before, but the makeover is fantastic!


Sue said...

You have been really busy. Gorgeous, just lovely.