Dining Room Updates

One of my 2012 goals is to finish making over the dining room. It’s a small cozy room whose walls used to be sage, which I loved, but after ogling over many a Swedish dining room, I decided to lighten it up with a coat of Steamed White from Lowe’s.

The side chairs now wear Duck Egg Blue from Annie Sloan.
You can read about my chair painting project here.
Hubby found this old barn board in a nearby field. He thought I’d make a sign out of it.
I fancied using it on top of the table instead, which wears Old White from ASCP.
The inside of the china cabinet also got a dusting of Duck Egg Blue. It used to wear a very light blue,
but the darker Duck Egg makes the china pop better. Before it just sort of blended altogether.

In the cupboard is Meito China, handpainted in Japan.

My mother’s Waterford Crystal resides in here, also.

My newest aquisition is this floor mat that I bought at Denise’s Adornments in Geneva, IL.

It has purposeful imperfections, which is great for our house.
I have to be careful what goes on the floors due to our cherished yet naughty little kitties.

So far the kitties haven’t abused this lovely treasure of mine.
I bought two of these 6′ x 10′ floor mats. The other is in the living room.

Say hello to my little lamb, another recent find at Country Naturals, also in Geneva.
Can you tell Geneva is my favorite place to shop?

I’ve got a few more things to do in this room, and then it’s on to the kitchen!

Joining These Parties …

Repurpose Remodel Reveal at The Rooster and the Hen
Simply Creative at Simple Home Life
Restore It Wednesday at Restore Interiors
Power of Paint at Domestically Speaking
Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design
Chalk Paint Party at Shades of Amber
Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Open House Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence
Potpourri Friday at 2805
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Furniture Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Sunday Night Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

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  1. I love that floor mat. Did you paint on it?
    The barn wood on the table is just the right touch of rustic.


  2. Oh, this is such a pretty and fresh dining room. I love the wall colour and the chairs too. And that old board on the table? Who’d a thunk! Love it!! Blessings to you. Pamela

  3. Your dining room is so gorgeous! I love everything but was really smitten with the old barn board you used on your table!!!! LOVE that :o)

  4. Love the duck egg blue.
    Love the SHEEP!!!
    Love the mats.
    Love the dining room.
    Love the little pink roses.

    *le sigh*


  5. Hi Jennifer,
    I love the finished room, very cottage cute! That floor mat really is gorgeous.

  6. Wow, Jennifer, I love everything about this room. The colors are so soft and pretty, the china is beautiful, and your dropped leaf table has so much character! Your lamb is really sweet too ~ “hello little lamb”!

  7. Jennifer, this is such a pretty room! I am so jealous of that floor mat! It’s unique and adds just a touch of whimsy. Love your paint colors too!

  8. Your room is just lovely. Loved the way u used the wood as a center piece on your table. Can’t wait to be invited for dinner!

  9. I love your dining room. Very calming colors.

  10. Your dining room is lovely. I like the barn board on the table.

  11. JENNIFER>>>> I am loving the look of your dining room. The lamb… OMG! I want him and teh floor mat – how cool is that. Your colors are so fresh and pretty. WOW! xoxo

  12. Simply gorgeous! I love it! I love how you used the graphite and the duck egg on your chairs. The whole room is so very pretty! As well as your photography. Great job, Jennifer!

  13. Beautiful room! The colours (and the floor covering!) make me thing of Miss Mustard Seed’s dining room!

  14. YOur diningroom is lovely. I love the colors and the cabinet with the beautiful china.

  15. It’s such a pretty dining room. Very fresh looking. Love everything especially your cabinet. Lovely!

  16. Love your dining room! I have one o the bamboo mats in my kitchen and just love it!

  17. I absolutely LOVE your dining room!! I think I’d find an excuse to sit in there all day enjoying the beauty and peacefulness it exudes. The floor mat works perfectly with the lighter, softer colors.
    Can you tell I’m loving it?? :-))
    Mary Alice

  18. Beautiful, soothing colors….I’m loving the duck egg blue! I would love to sit and have muffins and coffee in this room!

  19. Love the Hutch and the centerpiece the floor is so different and really beautiful.

  20. Your dining room really looks pretty. I can definitely see the swedish vibe in there. I love all the lighter colors that are so popular right now. Love those blue chairs at your table too!

  21. The barn wood on the table is stunning – lovely and rustic 🙂

    Greetings from Australia♥

  22. what a gorgeous room! love it all!!

  23. Jennifer, I have just been doing a bit a cleaning around “Living Life” and found your comment offering help when no one could comment over at my place. For some reason it was sent over to spam. I am so sorry to be getting back with you so late. Thank you so much for you helping me.

    I am enjoying browsing your posts. Hugs, Bonnie

  24. This is a darling room! I love all the paint finishes. I especially like your cabinet. I shows off everything inside so nicely!

  25. I just found your blog from French Country Cottage. Your dining room looks beautiful! Your colors are all amazing, and i love love the old board on top of the table. It all couldn’t possibly look any more charming and bright and pretty!


  26. Love your space it’s so feminine…And very sweet that your husband picks up things for you …Blessings Lori P.S I invite you to check out my new blog if you haven’t yet…

  27. Oh my goodness…I thought that floor mat painted hardwood. It’s so cool. I love all of your upgrades, the colors are perfect…and all of your little touches…the china, the wood runner on the table, the sheep. Love them all!! 🙂

  28. beautiful!! love the colors 🙂 It all looks so vintage chic!

  29. It all looks so pretty in here! I love that blue in your cabinet, and the lovely flowers. Great painting jobs!

  30. Love you sweet dining room – just so peaceful. And that mat! Oh my! I would love for you to stop over and link this up to my Creative Inspirations Party happening now!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  31. What a beautiful dining room you have! Thank you so much for sharing what paint colors you used. They look lovely!

  32. What a beautiful room…off to pin!

  33. What lovely changes!

  34. Oh beautiful! Love the Duck Egg Blue, and the barn board. You have taught him well!! 😉

  35. The new blues look wonderful in your room and that rug treatment is the most! I would love to do that too…only my bunnies would chew it all up.

  36. 🙁 I want that lamb so bad!!!! And the new addition to the floor turned out great!!! Also I love that wood on the table..where is mine? 😉

  37. So pretty. Just love the colors!

  38. I think your dining room is so pretty. I love all the things you have done to it. I just got my first quart of duck egg and will be doing my bathroom vanity cabinets in it. Did you use dark wax or just clear? I love the little hanging lamb sign too!

  39. Jennifer, This room is beautiful. I love the blue chairs, rug and the cute lamb. Thank you for sharing your pretty dining room at my party.
    Hugs, Sherry

  40. What a lovely dining room! I had to pin your centerpiece.
    Thanks for sharing!

  41. Your dining room is so lovely. Our house is kitty proofed too. 🙂 I’m your newest follower and I’d love it if you linked up to my little party: http://www.nutmegplace.com/2012/02/show-off-saturday-3.html

    Hope to see you there!

  42. Love you new soft color dining room. The Swedish look is so restful. The china does look awesome in the cabinet.
    Your floor mats are so interesting. My daughter would love those. Is Geneva near Benton, Il. My daughter lives in Benton, Il about 20 miles from Marian, Il. Don’t know if your are familiar.
    I am visiting from Katherine’s blog hop party. I am now following.
    Have a blessed weekend, Ginger

  43. What a lovely room but you KNOW I had to all in love with that simple board on your table! It’s PERFECT!! 🙂 Such a gorgeous room, I really enjoyed every detail.

    Shared on FJI Facebook and pinned for SNS 122. 🙂



  44. So pretty! I especially love the centerpiece on your table. I just bought my first Annie paint and can’t wait to try it. Your projects look so nice.

  45. your attention to detail is so beautiful. I love it all. Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop linky party xo

  46. Amazing!! Just so beautiful especially the floor!


  47. so beautiful i love the colours i would love it if you could link up at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/2012/02/hi-every-one-i-hope-you-have-had-great.html

    check out my giveaway too xxx

  48. so beautiful i love the colours i would love it if you could link up at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/2012/02/hi-every-one-i-hope-you-have-had-great.html

    check out my giveaway too xxx

  49. Thanks for your comment on Beautifully Coastal! I love the changes you’ve made and what a jewel of a hubby you have that brings you found barn wood!

    Lesli @ BeautifullyCoastal.com

  50. It’s all fabulous from the floor mat to your Mother’s Waterford. The china cabinet is so feminine and I like the clever use of the barnboard on the table! Your dining room is a stunner! Thank you for sharing your creative idea at Potpourri Friday!

  51. Beautiful! I am posting my dining room this Tuesday and I have a white table and aqua chairs too! 🙂

    I would absolutely love if you linked this up to my new linky party going on now!!!


    xoxo, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  52. I love the rustic elegance you’ve created. Beautiful! I’m a new follower and thankful for the inspiration. I shared it on my facebook page too. Enjoy your week!

  53. When I saw your room on the link party I could not believe how similar it is to my new make over! We must have had similar ideas!!! Take a look at my table I bought on craigs list and see if you think it looks like yours!! How fun! Dianntha

  54. Love love love this room! So pretty, you did a wonderful job.

  55. Everything is just beautiful. The color in the china cabinet really caught my attention.


  56. What a lovely room. I love that you painted the interior of your corner cabinet a darker color. It does make the china pop!

  57. I saw you featured over at At The Picket Fence and had to stop by to tell you how gorgeous your dining room is. I love the color combination. Perfect.

  58. Oh, Jennifer! What a beautiful dining room! Verrrry Swedish looking, girlie! The pale blues are so serene. LUV it!!! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  59. Now I want to go to a tea party at your house! It’s like a fairytale! This project would be perfect for our new linky party featuring “Transformations” called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts Friday, March 2nd 2012 at 7:00 am MST and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)


  60. OMG!!!…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE….!!

  61. Just gorgeous! This makes me rethink my dining room. Thank you for sharing this at my link party!

  62. What a pretty dining room! Love the blues. I’m featuring your dining room in the PoPP Spotlight at Domestically Speaking. Thanks for joining the party!

  63. Your dining room is gorgeous! The pieces all go so well together. The little lamb is just perfect.

  64. ¡Me ha encantado tu comedor!. con tu permiso, Jennifer, haré una mención al mismo el próximo día 4 en http://almacendeinspiraciones.blogspot.com.es/

    Saludos desde España, Blanca

  65. I love the matching color of both your chairs and your table. I also love the font you have on your floor. I’d do that to my floor but my mom would have a heart attack.


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