Sarah Gunn: Wall Candy


Dining Room Makeover

From black and boring to bright and breathtaking

I have just finished working on huge super exciting project. It has involved a lot of painting. I mean a lot...walls, furniture, and accessories. Now that is it over {stay tuned for more info VERY soon} I feel like I need a new creative outlet. I think I know just what to choose: my dining room.

I want to paint the walls and all of the furniture. I settled for a black table and chairs because I could not find what I wanted in white when we moved in several years ago. I have regretted that choice ever since. I also hate that the buffet and hutch are so matchy matchy. I plan on ditching the hutch and painting or replacing the buffet. 

Here is the sad, dark, boring before:


And here is the plan:

I want to paint the walls white...I can't tell you how crazy this is for me....and maybe add large stripes or a stencil to the wall behind the buffet. Did I mention that I am not usually a fan of accent walls? Breaking all the rules with this one! The table will be painted in white as well, the buffet in a light shade of gray {I think}, and the chairs in a pretty, pretty minty or blue colour.

The boring beige window treatments which my hubby hung wrong, twice, will be replaced with some Tonic Living goodness that will fill the wall space on either side of the sliding glass doors. One of my biggest pet peeves is too small window treatments.

Then it will be time for art. I am going to try to create my first abstract art piece on canvas....we'll see how that goes. I am undecided about what I want to put over the buffet, but I think a mirror would add some much needed light to the space and act as a great backdrop for my pitcher collection. The only hesitation I have with that is styling and taking pics can be a total pain when dealing with mirrors.

I want a lantern style light fixture that I am also thinking of painting....maybe even pink. Finally, I would love a rug, like this Pottery Barn one, but that may have to wait until my kids start to eat more than they drop.

Stay tuned! I am going to crack open the primer this week!