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More Dining Room Progress

I hope that you guys don’t mind me sharing little tidbits of our house updates as we do them. We are working with time and on a budget, but it is fun to see the differences as we go along. A lot has changed in our dining room since my last update. We really pushed to get some of the stuff on our list done (i.e. floors) to be ready to host Easter.  And in the past couple of days, we’ve made even more dining room progress!

More Dining Room Progress

This room looks so different from when we first moved in!

Dining Room

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Last fall we found this oak dining table for sale on Facebook for $60 and painted it white. It extends to fit 6 people and fits perfectly in our dining room. I love the spindle-y legs! Right now, it is a bit too bright of a white. At some point, I will repaint it and then distress is a bit. But that is for a later date!

New Dining Table

We also recently bought the large rattan chairs. I knew with a white table and chairs that we would need some warmth in this room. After seeing Bre’s dining room chairs (Rooms For Rent), I knew that wanted a similar look. I found these at Ikea.Wicker Dining Chair

We still love the script numbered chairs, so they are here to stay. For now. As for the old sentimental windows, I’m still not sure. I accidentally broke a pane out of the one on the left. Should I take the rest out or leave it as it for some added character? ;)

Script Numbered Chairs

We also finally put up some drop cloth curtains. I have a few different ideas about how to deal with the length once it gets colder again and we need to use the baseboard heaters. However, I haven’t decided what we will do for sure.

Drop Cloth Curtains

Our little coffee bar seems to get moved back and forth in the room all of the time! It is back on the short wall and I added a new dry erase calendar above it to help keep us organized. Eventually, I may add some shelves here and move the calendar to another spot to create a command center.

Coffee Bar Calendar

This old table was in our last house for just a bit. It belonged to my great aunt and was perfect for holding some extra items over the holiday weekend. We are still in search of the perfect buffet for this area, but for now, this seems to work!

Old Table Windows Fiddle Leaf

Finally, I moved my tea towel kitchen measurements “art” to the wall by the kitchen.  I like how the piece adds a little contrast to this space.

Tea Towel Kitchen Measurements

This room is really coming along, but we still have several projects we would like to accomplish in here, including:

  1. Replace outlets/switchplates/thermostat
  2. Do a faux shiplap wall treatment
  3. Touch up the table
  4. Add a buffet
  5. Paint the walls
  6. Put up shelving
  7. Finish trim painting

However, since the main area is looking pretty good, we aren’t in any hurry. We still have several other rooms that need some lovin’ first, in addition to outside projects (the chicken coop/run, replacing the roof, planting trees/grass, and cleaning up our garage.) We hope you will continue to follow along!

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floors | rug | table (second hand) | script numbered chairs | rattan chairs | pillows | vase (Home Goods) | eucalyptus stems | chandelier | fiddle leaf fig tree | curtains (details coming soon | dry erase calendar | coffee bar

Slipper Chair Upholstery Makeover

Sometimes with DIY, I pretend like I know what I’m doing. For example, check out this chair in the corner of our living room. I mentioned on Instagram that it needed a little help. However, I’m not a seamstress, upholsterer, or a person who really knows anything about sewing/upholstery. But I definitely faked it to look like I do with this slipper chair upholstery makeover.

Slipper Chair Upholstery Makeover

Here you can see how bad the chair was damaged.

Yeah. All of that was done by our sweet kitty, Rowan.

Beige Slipper Chair

I’m not sure if it was the weave of the fabric that attracted him (it wasn’t very tight) or the sleek style of the chair *wink*.

Cat Clawed Chair Furniture Corner

The chair was also rocking some pretty creepy looking stains. Once or twice, our son had spilled a drink on the chair and even though I soaked up the liquid and cleaned the fabric, it remained stained.

Trying to clean it possibly stained it more!

Stained Chair Seat

This chair is pretty comfy and we wanted to keep it, so obviously, it needed some help. I started by un-velcroing the fabric on the bottom of the chair and removed the back and legs to dismantle the chair into pieces. Our pup, Harper, helped out too.

Golden Retriever Helps Projects

I hope not to offend those who do upholstery (am I using that word correctly?), but honestly, this project with pretty much just tucking, folding, pulling, and stapling the fabric (canvas drop cloth) around the base and back pieces.

Staples Upholstery

And I must say that it looks a lot better!

Drop Cloth Covered Chair

Because I’m not the best with a sewing machine, I opted to just fold all of the edges under to make a straight line down the corners.

Upholster Chair Corners

The back piece was another story. Even though I still folded everything, I had to sew the pieces together with a few quick knots of thread every few inches. I’m not really sure what this is called or if it is even a real technique that people use, but it worked for me.

Upholstered Drop Cloth Chair

This chair is by no means perfect, but I think it turned out pretty good for a girl with no upholstery skills whatsoever. The best part thus far is that the cat has left the chair alone!

Drop Cloth Chair Swiss Cross Pillow

What do you think of this chair’s new look? Did I totally ruin the good name of upholsterers everywhere by botching this up more? Or did it turn out reasonably enough to pass the test?

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Looking for more? Check out these posts!

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Painting Upholstery

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New Laminate Wood Flooring

New Wood Laminate Flooring

10 of the Best Coffee Bars

We’ve been working hard over here trying to get our bathroom makeover finished and will hopefully have the final reveal for you in the next day of two.  However, since I’ve kind of been a blog slacker since the new year, I decided that I should post something fun and pretty for you guys in the meantime.  Our coffee bar is one of the best things we’ve ever put together.  It is so nice to have everything corralled together and has honestly saved us money, since we no longer make daily trips to the popular coffee shops! Check out 10 of the Best Coffee Bars I’ve found!

  1. AKA Design

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2. At the Picket Fence

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3. Seeking Lavender Lane

SLL Coffee Bar

4. At Home With the Barkers

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5. Refresh Restyle

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6. Little Red Brick House

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7. Elizabeth Joan Designs

Best Coffee Bars

8. Liz Marie Blog

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9. A Shade of Teal

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10. Nelly Friedel

Nelly Friedel Coffee Bar

Which one is your favorite?  Do you have your own coffee bar?