Thursday, March 14, 2013

Credenza and Dining Room Reveal

I'm on Spring Break, I did not plan to take a trip anywhere.  Instead I planned to stick around at home and do some painting, do some yardwork, visit with my grandkids, relax and drink coffee every morning with my hubby.  I can check almost everything off my list except for the yardwork and the grandkids who stop by tomorrow :)

So this is what my dining room looked like before the new paint job.  On the left is my credenza that will also have a makeover.  (The clutter was from prepping up the area for the big makeover ;)  ).  We moved into this home a little over two years ago and I painted the top part of the dining room a burgundy red.  I loved it for a while but I was getting tired of it really fast.  I wanted the new color to be lighter but however would I paint over that burgundy??  Thank the Lord for Behr Ultra paint with primer in it already.  I thought about a light tan, light gray and settled with 380F-5 Harmonic Tan.  Weird name for a green tint or more like a light sage.  It's really pretty in person.

I started with the credenza first.  I was so thrilled that this past Tuesday was such a beautiful warm day when I decided to work on the credenza.


Annie Sloan Chalk Pain and Wax

 I first wanted to paint the credenza a dark expresso brown.  I looked at the samples Annie Sloan Chalk paint had to offer, which is the kind of paint I wanted to use but from what I'm told, she doesn't believe in the dark brown expresso color.  The ladies at "Studio Eleven", the store where I bought the paint, were very helpful and gave me a recipe of how to make an expresso color using AS Chalk Paint.  When I got home though, I changed my mind 1) because I was scared of messing it up and 2) the more I looked at that Olive color the more I was loving it.  So I used Olive only.

My kitties have to be involved in everything that I'm doing.  This is Asha, inspecting every nook and cranny.

This was after the first coat.  It dried almost immediately.  I did not use an AS paint brush but that will be next month's investment.  I waxed the unit about an hour later and then I decided to scratch the edges with some fine sandpaper.  I was not planning to distress it but changed my mind although it was very conservative, especially since I only had the clear wax.  I gave it another wax coat the following day.  It's so easy to use, you just dab it on and rub/buff it in.  That's it!!

Time to tackle the dining room.  Ewwww, the more I look at that color, the more I don't like it.

and here's the transformation.  Kitties doing their inspection

Hubby steam mops the floor before we lay down the rug

Same view from picture above but now with everything put back in.  I can't get over how much bigger the room looks!

and there's the credenza.  We placed it in a different spot and I'm thrilled how it looks there.

We just bought the rug today.  It's much bigger than the last one and I'm certain in helps make the room look bigger.

Since it's Spring and Easter season, I decorated accordingly.  The lace runner belonged to my mom.  I love the color of the credenza.

A collage of pics of my grandkids underneath the mirror.

Front view of the credenza.  What do you think?

What a difference, huh?  I feel so accomplished and thanks to my hubby who was very very helpful throughout the whole process.  I'm sure he'll be kinda glad when I go back to work so that I don't have to impose on his daily schedule anymore ;)

Now, if I can convince my MIL to let me paint those chairs! lol ;)

Have a great weekend and remember to savor every moment.

Before and After pics:
Credenza

Dining Room

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36 comments:

  1. WOW BEV!!! That looks great!! I'm interested in this Annie paint stuff, especially if you can just paint over anything, no sanding!!

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    1. Awww, thx Kearbear!! The supplier Where I bought the paint from calls it the "lazy girls paint" only becuz you don't have to do all that prepping. It dries so fast you can have a piece of furniture done in one day! I'm already looking around the house trying to find out what else I can paint. To find a supplier near you, just google, "Annie Sloan paint in ". It's expensive but goes a long way.

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  2. Love, love, LOVE it, Bev! When you gonna come do my house???

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    1. Thank you Neeters!!! I would love to come down, anytime to paint your furniture! Maybe I can be a stowaway in Elise's luggage next week ;). Love ya!! p.s. I have a surprise for you and Palwesh but I'm not going to say what it is. Elise will have it ;)

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  3. Your dining room looks incredible! I love your wall color and the way that you updated your credenza with the AS paint. I'm wanting to try it but haven't done so yet. Have you visited Studio Eleven's new shop on Main Street? I love it!

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    1. Thank you Paula. It definitely brings a smile to my face every time I see it, I'm convinced the room is bigger too ;). Yes, I've been to Studio Eleven, that's where I bought the AS paint. They were so helpful even in the midst of their move from the previous place. Have a great weekend!

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  4. What a great change and I did like what you did to the credenza

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    1. Thank you Martha. I'm very content with it.

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  5. Beautiful transformation to the credenza!! Your dining room turned out to be gorgeous! I love all the soft colors!
    I am your newest follower!

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    1. Thank you Susan. I never realized it was going to be so pretty.

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  6. The transformation is huge! I love your color choices for wall as well as credenza! Your kitty is precious - mine love to help me as well! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.
    xo,
    Lisa

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  7. Thank you Lisa. I visited your site and your cookies are amazing!! So talented!

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  8. Wow! What a beautiful transformation. I love the new wall color; and the credenza looks great. You did a great job!

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    1. Thank you Shenita. Just trying to keep up with you girl! ;)

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  9. I love the new color on your credenza, beautiful transformation! The whole room looks so fresh!

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    1. Thank you Cristina. I'm still smiling.

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  10. OH. MY. GOSH!

    I cannot even believe the transformation!

    You did a fabulous job- it is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

    WELL DONE!!!

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    1. Thank you Michele. You're so sweet.

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  11. Great color on the walls and credenza. Looks fabulous! Thanks, Helen

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  12. Love the new color scheme of your dining room and the buffet turned out gorgeous! ~d

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    1. Thank you Di. I was a little anxious at first but am so thrilled with it now.

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  13. Wow what a transformation, I love the new lighter colors. Perfect:) Thanks for sharing at the Cabin!

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    1. Thank you Dawn! I never thought I would like that light sage green but I'm really thrilled with it.

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  14. Found over @ Our Home Away From Home link party...I am a new follower!

    I love your credenza - and the new colour on the walls really brightens the space - great job!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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    1. Thank you Cheryl. I'm convinced the room has grown by a foot!!

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  15. Oh my goodness...what a fabulous makeover!!! Your dining room looks so bright and cheery now. LOVE the colors you chose. The credenza turned out beautiful. You can never go wrong with Annie's Chalk Paint! :) Hopped over from Transformed Tuesday and I'm happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Judy

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  16. Thank you Judy. I have a crush on Annie Sloan! ;)

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  17. Beautiful transformation, Bev! Love the color!!!~~Angela

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  18. Your credenza turned out beautiful. I love the color and the new color scheme in your dining room. So pretty and fresh. Thank you for joining us at Transformed Tuesday this week. I'm a new follower.

    Hugs,
    Peggy~PJH Designs

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  19. Your featured on Transformed Tuesday. :-)

    Hugs,
    Peggy

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  20. I love that shade of green! So pretty. I'm featuring it in the PoPP Spotlight this week. Thanks for linking up.

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  21. What a great makeover:)

    Lovely!
    Our dining room is a shade of green also.. I still love it.
    And the tree you are making is beautiful..my daughter did one in her son's room before he was born..so similar!!

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  22. Beautiful! I love the new color you put on your walls - it really brightened your dining room up! Plus, now I think I have to add Olive ASCP to my arsenal. Their Cocoa color is really pretty too - a friend of mine did a big bookcase in that and it turned out great.

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