Friday, September 23, 2011

Miriam's Dining Room Continued

As we resume our story of the young lovers, Miriam and Ross,  continuing their adventure in the early days of marriage, we join them in their dining room........


I have a tendency to assume I (we) can do more than I (we) are capable of accomplishing. This is a nice way of saying I wanted Ross to get in way over his head in the dining room project. This is the ONLY time Ross has been right, and I have been not right. ( I refuse to use that other word). I thought we (he) could pull off the chair rail, rework the windowsills and replace the baseboard. He knew he couldn't. So we got my buddy and savior, Nigel Mernagh, to do the wood work details in our transformative project.

He pulled off the chair rails.............
and added a new larger baseboard..........

Then started applying the wood to create the paneling details.......

You can tell he's a professional, look at the size of that level!!! Then he added the vertical pieces.............

To save some moolah, Miriam and Ross decided that they would patch the walls and paint the room themselves, but first they had to learn how to spackle, and being the computer geeks they are, they researched it on line, and kind of got it right.

I don't know why he's smiling, there is still a whole #$@ load of work to do.
The corner cupboard was thick with gloppy old paint that had been painted over older gloppy old paint, and it was all pealing and crummy looking

So I talked her into stripping it, poor baby, she had no idea what I was getting her into. This is a picture of it partially stripped. I don't know if it will ever be finished, but we are forever hopeful.


Next weekend, we will finish the painting (maybe) and then I can start putting the fabric on the walls. Tomorrow Miriam and I are going to look at a great dining table I found on Craig's list, and if it looks as good in real life as it does on my computer, we will haul it home to join the sideboard I finished waxing last week.

Remember this? It used to look like this.......

I hope you all are enjoying reading about this project as much as Miriam and I are enjoying tackeling it. Ross is being a good sport, that's all we can ask of the new hubby. Stay tuned for the ongoing  adventures of the dinamic trio in decorating!!



3 comments:

Katie said...

The dining room is looking great. Love the painted sideboard.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

It is coming along, and I am laughing all the way! You write a great post~I saw your FL cottage while scrolling through Trad Home's online newsletter I subscribe to! I loved seeing it, so many pics of all kinds of great things. You should link your blog to that page! My favorite room was your bedroom, I just loved that fabric.

Charlotte Des Fleurs said...

Hi Betsy, This post is so old you will probably never read my comment, but just in case...

I am laughing at the red and gold swags and jabots in the diningroom. I recognised the fabric immediatedly. It was popular at Calico Corners about 15 years ago. I truly loved it but the cost per yard was way out of my league (about $35 at the time.) Also salivated over it a Rutherford's on Lovers Lane in Dallas where it was about the same price. Finally, about 10 years ago (as, I suppose, it was finally going out of style) I found a 2 or 3 yard remnant for about $10 per yard. That worked for me!

However, it was such a small piece that I did not know what to do with it. Finally, about 3 months ago, when I was off work with bronchitus, (too sick to work all day but just well enough to get bored) I decided to use it to reupholster a very large scale Louis XV chair. (And YOU say you procrastinate!)

Love the way it looks! Guess you probably ditched or sold those swags and jabots on Craigslist???

Smiles from My Slice of Provence, Charlotte

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