Okay then, it's time to share our formal dining room with y'all. Since we bought our home new I had (and in some rooms, still have) a blank slate. I love blank slates...nothing to fix, cover, change or hide.
Since we entertain our families on holidays and such the formal dining room was the first room we painted and furnished. I have long wanted a deep burgundy dining room, I mean as far back as I can remember. And that's exactly what I got. This view is what you see when you walk into our home and look directly to the right:
The furniture we bought at Haverty's in 2008. It was discontinued and this was their floor model, I fell in lurve, lucky for me so did the hubs and we got it on sale! I was hesitant to buy a floor model but we looked over it with eagle's eyes and there was absolutely nothing wrong with it. Score!
This is the other side of the room, (the window treatments are from JCPenney in Soft Gold):
Just look at the detail on the wood:
Here's the china cabinet, which I love, love, love (and no, it's not leaning, I think I was though):
And with the chandelier turned off:
Close up to spy on what all is inside:
The china set is clear burgundy, passed down to me from my mom, I love the set but we all (even mom) agree that they need to be replaced with a white set...that's on my "to find list". Once again, I want that "pop" factor.
And the sideboard, I'd like to add a couple of buffet table lamps and maybe a tall apothecary jar beverage dispenser, and yes that mirror got a makeover, before I repainted it, it was silver...total silver:
Okay, enough of the furniture, back to painting...Oh Emm Gee...we painted and painted and painted, three coats total. I didn't think this burgundy was ever going to cover the white walls. The result was beautiful though, it's the exact color I wanted and totally worth the effort. It's difficult to capture the true color on camera/computer, I have yet to achieve that one, maybe when I get my new camera for my birthday this year. Anyway, it always shows a tad pinkish, trust me, it's not, in reality it is true deep burgundy.
This is the straight on view:
And the view from the kitchen:
After we painted, we installed the crown molding and chair rail, now that was interesting. It was the first time we'd ever done that...ever. At the time we used a miter box to make the cuts...seriously...a miter box. We learned our lesson, when we do the rest of the house it's nothing but power tools for us.
I love the "eggs" on the crown molding, it's also on the chair rail.
These corner blocks are a life saver and I like the look of them much more than I thought I would:
Now the future plan is almost funny. Y'all, after all that painting, we're going to repaint the bottom back to it's original color, white-ish. I know right? But after seeing sooooo many other pictures of other dining rooms with the lower half a crisp white color, we've realized we like that so much better.
Plus, we've noticed that our furniture doesn't "pop" as it should. I'm positive that with the lower portion below the chair rail painted the same color as our trim that it will do the trick. And yes, I know what you're thinking so let me answer that for ya real quick...we're adding trim molding as well.
This is the look I'm going after:
Too much burgundy. This is another view of the room:
Don't you agree that will look 100 times better when we repaint "white" below the chair rail? I agree.
On with the tour, this little beauty (well it's not really little, it's nearly 3 feet tall) was given to me by my mom. It was her's and has seen many color changes over the years that she had it and may see more but for now I love it the way it is.
And I just love this mirror and shelf, a flea market find and I didn't even have to paint it!
Finally, the centerpiece of the room. My chandelier. A cherished treasure given to me by my grandmother, God rest her soul, she had it hanging in her own dining room for many, many years. Imported from Italy long ago, it's solid brass with genuine crystals and I wouldn't change a thing about it. I adore my chandy.
I hope you've enjoyed the tour of my formal dining room.
Let me now take a moment to apologize for the quality of these pictures and all the others previously. Right now I have only a (nice) "point and shoot" camera that I struggle with all the time trying to get decent shots. Our previous DSLR bit the bullet and honestly, they improve cameras so quickly that we opted to buy a new one as opposed to getting the old one repaired. I cannot wait to get a new camera and obviously I need one badly!!!