Confessions of a dining room

This is the one room in our house that has gone through the most changes.

house photos-6

This is the wayyy before, like when it was sold to the former owners before.  I’m just glad I didn’t have to take down any wallpaper. It wouldn’t have scared me away, but it sure makes my life a lot easier.

Dining room lamp

Our very first walk through of the house. HATE that light fixture.


By the time we moved in, they had already patched and painted the walls, not bad just meh. That table is from Target and was the first furniture purchase I made for the house.  While it may look fine in this picture, the scale was off and I wanted something bigger. Plus, I got my lovely West Elm chandelier with birthday money! Love is capiz.


I sold the old table for 70% of what I paid for it. How’s that for awesome?

I bought this table from craigslist for FORTY DOLLARS! Excuse me, I still get excited about that. It was painted brown and burnt orange with some type of weird harlequin design on top, but it was so easy to look past it. I painted it “Foggy Mirror” by Valspar and coated it with a bajillion layers of polycrylic. Ta Da! New table!


I made some paintings for the wall to replace the beach picture, I need something with a little more weight.


And then I painted the frames white, which I am still on the fence about. Oh yeah, it might be hard to tell but there are some new accessories on the table now.


It’s actually the entire contents of my kitchen cabinets because… I tricked you! This post isn’t about my dining room. It’s about my current project.


I started this a year ago and only painted the lowers on one side. I thought, it’ll be great I can do it at my own pace without tearing the kitchen apart.

No… Just no. It does not work like that. I do not work like that.  I’m a let’s just get it all done now kinda girl, and I’m lying to myself anytime I think otherwise.

Yuck, that “honey” looks so much worse in photos. Here you can see what I did a year ago.

It was about time to declutter and reorganize. I was up until 1:30 last night painting and organizing. Oddly, it is so energizing! I always feel immensely better when I know things are in there place.

This is both sides primed now including all of the doors which are in the garage. I opted not to paint the insides for now. Mainly because I didn’t want to bite off more than I could chew. I painted the insides of the built in cabinets in the living room and it was a PAIN. I don’t even see the insides. Maybe down the road I would like to do something interesting like paint it a color or line it with grasscloth. For now, I’m leaving as is since we’ll eventually replace the counter tops and the sink (Oh man, don’t get me started on the sink…) and we’ll put in a backsplash. I didn’t want to make any rash decisions when it came to the cabinet interiors.

I can’t even begin to describe how good it feels to get the ball rolling on this project. This past year, hasn’t been an easy one and by getting this done, I kinda feel like I’m punching all the past year’s problems in the face. Take that, problems!


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14 responses to “Confessions of a dining room

  1. Laura

    You could get some inexpensive wall paper. I used a vinyl. Then get double sided duct tape and “tape it” to the backs so when you open the doors you see a pretty print. Thats what i did.

    • Gloria

      Oh yes! That is something else I’m seriously considering. Target has some cute wallpaper, but it’s not exactly inexpensive. Too many options!

  2. Awesome job!
    I covet your dining set!

  3. Here’s your blog! Yay! I tried to find it when you commented on mine not long ago, but didn’t notice it on your profile until this very day! I’m so glad I did. You pretty much just said everything that I’m always thinking about tackling projects like this! Especially in your last post about redoing your bathroom. Now I’m going to have to back and reread a million of your posts. No thanks for making it impossible to get anything done around here. :)

    • Gloria

      So glad you found me! Too bad I don’t have a million posts. But you’re in luck because that happened to be a New Year’s resolution… One.Million.Posts. 34 down, 999,966.

      I always struggle with how to leave my comments, I don’t know if I should sign in to google, or a personal url, or via wordpress account so it usually ends up being a different one everytime. Plus, I don’t want to be that person who obnoxiously pimps out there blog. Someday, I’ll aim for consistency!

  4. That is looking awesome!! I love all the work that you have done. The capiz shell fixture: Love! The table find, and beautiful white paint: Love! What a beautiful dining room. :)
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for leaving the very kind comment. I love new followers! :)
    One question. You said you found me on apartment therapy? Am I on there somewhere? I didn’t know. If you did find me there, send me the link, please.
    Thanks so much!!

  5. Hi Gloria!! Thank you for sending the link! I thought when I saw myself on Aparment Therapy and read the kind things they said “this is so cool, I can’t believe they featured our kitchen on this site”! But then I scrolled down to the “comments” section. Man, people are cruel! I can’t believe some of the mean and hateful things that were said. The nice comments are so nice, and I love them so much, but the hateful and extremely honest comments really ruin my whole day. I am not the one who sent the photos to apartment therapy. They chose to feature our kitchen on the site. I would never list photos of my home on Rate my Space, or anywhere besides my blog, where people would feel free to leave such awful comments. I am glad that you found my blog through them, though. Not everyone will like my style. I love country, beach, english, vintage, and all sorts of cottage style. It is very eclectic. But I love my home, and I’m glad you think it’s pretty, too. :)
    Hope you have a wonderful day!

    • Gloria

      Oh please don’t let it ruin your day! Apartment therapy is just a bunch of grouchy Hipsters who are cranky cause their bones hurt from being crammed up in their mid century “small cool” studio/closet apartments. So that is why I specifically went to your blog to let you know I liked your place. You should be SO proud of it. No style is ever going to please everyone, but I can tell that you really love your place and it looks incredible!!!

  6. This is so great! I’m in love with that light you put in over the table ;)

    • Gloria

      Thanks coley! I got the light from west elm and they still sell it! It’s one of my favorite things in my house!

  7. Hey Gloria, what color did you use on your table and your dining chairs???
    Please and thank you :-)

  8. Pingback: Who ISN’T Painting Their Cabinets These Days? | A Little Paint

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