Thursday, April 12, 2018

Picnic Weather

This is the loveliest Spring we've ever had meaning it isn't oppressively hot yet! It has been cool and lovely! Friday afternoon we spent three hours on the quilt including lunch, lingering, reading, creating and playing together.


Rachel got the knitting set with her tickets she earned this year in CC at our end of semester auction! And the picnic blanket is a Joanna Gaines Matilda Jane super clearance find!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Slow Day

Jane Austen Devotional
Watching the International Space Station
Spring Playlist
Samuel loves these Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales books! Loves them. Shown: Alamo and WWI.
Handmade menus make leftovers more exciting!
Beeswax candles
Sourdough bread

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Monday, April 09, 2018

Dining Room Project: Input Requested

Good morning! Hope you all had a great weekend!

I don't know what it is about this time of year but when we finish CC and our school load lightens a bit, I am annually in the mood to do a home project! I'm still thinking about the dining room just like I was a year ago - here is a post I wrote almost exactly a year ago that outlines some ideas. I did accomplish some of these things!

Even though I have fearlessly painted furniture in the past, I've been a little hesitant about painting this time. Here is the history - I bought this table and chairs for $200. It was a steal. Then I spent several summers sanding, stripping and refinishing every teensy bit. I don't really want to do that again!

But, the top of our table really does need to be redone and I'm not loving how the stain looks orange-y in many lighting situations.I'm also pretty sure I won't be able to re-stain the entire thing, it just takes too long and summers are too hot here for that! I really do love this table though so I want to figure out how to make it work!

Another view of the table here.

Here is the other side of the dining room for reference.

As a next step - I looked through a bunch of things on Pinterest that I liked and tried to watch for what caught my eye multiple times.

Here are some inspiration photos that jumped out as my favorite:

source {as best as I can tell}

source {couldn't find, so I'm linking to Pinterest}

The common thing that jumps out at me is that I want the table top to be stained rather than painted. I like the dark chairs - will I like black? We will not be buying new chairs - so I'm not looking at different anything other than finishes. 

I also noticed that I've maybe been overly worried about how well the floor matches the finish. It doesn't really look like any of these are an exact color match when wood flooring is involved and most of them have a rug which I'm not interested in at this point. 

Casual, homey and warm are the feeling I want. Not formal or fussy and I know I definitely don't want white or cream. 

My only hesitation is will I regret painting the chairs? I just love the chairs we have but I also know that once they are painted it would be an even bigger pain to go back to unpainted in the future. The original refinishing job I did was about 20 years ago {wow!} so I want this to last me a while if I invest the time!

I could paint the whole chair and leave the seat stained? Paint the whole chair? Don't paint the chair? Should I paint the table legs black too or leave them stained?


Next, I have braided rug type seat pads on the chairs now and these won't match if I paint the chairs black. So, I would need to figure out some sort of cover/cushion to make them more comfortable. It needs to be soft but I'd love for it to have a grain sack look either striped or non-striped. 

I'm willing to make them - but I don't want just a pillow with ties on it. Have any of you made them? This fabric looks dreamy. I also like the buffalo plaid black/white cushions shown above in one of the photos. 

Lastly, I'm kind of wanting to update the curtains too - these are great and still in good shape - but aren't really my taste anymore. 

Here are some inspiration photos for what I like on window treatments:

I also like these linen ruffle curtains {different color} but would want them to have this sort of top. Or even with two colors like this

Ok, I want to hear from you! Looking forward to reading your comments!